Yamaha has confirmed specs and pricing for the MT-10 streetfighter slated to go into production later this year. The MT-10 has generated a lot of buzz since its debut at EICMA 2015, with both fans and detractors either singing its praises or criticizing its outlandish looks.
The MT-10 is the spiritual successor to the long-in-the-tooth FZ-1, essentially a stripped-down YZF-R1S – the least expensive of the R1 line, without any of the lightweight engine internals or IMU – but with anime-inspired minimalist bodywork. Still, expect it to come with the same chassis, swingarm, suspension and basic electronics package as the R1. This includes ride modes, traction control, and full LCD instrumentation. The MT will also feature cruise control, something you don’t get on the R1. Yamaha claims 158 hp at 11,500 rpm and 81.9 lb-ft. at 9,000 rpm. MT-10 pricing, at least in the UK, will be £9999 (roughly $ 14,000 USD). Considering how hot the naked bike market is right now, with bikes like the BMW S1000R, Aprilia Tuono 1100 V4, KTM 1290 Super Duke, Triumph Speed Triple, and Kawasaki Z1000, among many others, Yamaha is entering into a crowded field.
Since it seems like most MO readers own standard bikes, according to our recent survey, news of the MT-10 should be exciting for you. Unfortunately, Yamaha has yet to confirm the MT-10 will be coming to the U.S. However, we’d be surprised if it doesn’t reach these shores before the calendar strikes 2017. In keeping with Yamaha’s nomenclature in America, the MT will likely get a name change to FZ-10 (or possibly continue the FZ-1 name) once its arrival is confirmed.