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Yamaha R7, MT07 might launch in India in 2022 | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

In an interview with us, Yamaha India Chairperson Eishin Chihana mentioned the corporate is attempting to herald small shipments of the 2 bikes earlier than the tip of this 12 months.

Yamaha is working to launch the YZF-R7 and MT-07 twin-cylinder bikes in India earlier than the tip of the 12 months, chairman of Yamaha Motor India Group, Eishin Chihana, instructed us in a latest interview. 

Whether it is profitable, Yamaha will have the ability to herald small shipments of the 2 bikes as CBUs. But when it isn’t, then we would have to attend until 2024 to see these bikes on our roads.

Yamaha MT-07, R7: might arrive as CBUs

Chihana mentioned, “Massive bikes just like the MT-07 or R7, we are attempting to herald some batches. Not huge portions, however sufficient to fulfill our top-range prospects. If we are able to import inside this 12 months, we are able to keep away from the OBD-2 rules.”

Whereas the MT-07 and R7 are each Euro5/BS6-compliant, the Indian authorities has mandated that every one automobiles bought after April 1, 2023 should characteristic OBD-2 on-board diagnostic know-how. That is one 12 months sooner than Europe’s OBD-2 mandate, which is scheduled for 2024. Due to this fact, the Yamahas don’t at the moment characteristic the know-how, and it’s extremely unlikely that Yamaha will equip the bikes with OBD-2 a 12 months sooner than needed only for the Indian market

Yamaha, and the Society of Indian Vehicle Producers (SIAM) as a complete, is interesting to the federal government to delay the OBD-2 mandate and produce it in-line with Europe, however our sources inform us that the federal government is unlikely to budge on this matter.

Of their present type, the bikes may be imported and bought up till March 31, 2023, and Yamaha is hoping to make that occur. But it surely isn’t so simple as merely flying within the bikes; the corporate desires to make sure that additionally it is in a position to assist any potential prospects with service and real spares, which is what it’s at the moment working to sort out.

What in regards to the Tenere 700?

As for the opposite extremely popular mannequin constructed on this 700cc platform – the Tenere 700 – it doesn’t appear to be it would launch in India anytime quickly. As a result of whereas the MT-07 and R7 are constructed at Yamaha’s manufacturing unit in Japan, the Tenere 700 is produced in France, and that manufacturing unit is at the moment dealing with some provide points, that means that there are not any items to spare. 

That being mentioned, Yamaha can be taking a look at the potential of bringing within the triple-cylinder MT-09 that was beforehand briefly on sale in India, albeit in smaller numbers than the 700cc fashions. Nonetheless, the 07 fashions stay the precedence. 

Yamaha MT-07, R7: particulars

The MT-07 and the MT-09 are road bare fashions, and basically bigger, extra highly effective and higher geared up equivalents to the MT-15 that we get right here in India. The previous is powered by a 689cc parallel-twin, whereas the latter will get an 890cc inline-triple cylinder engine. 

The R7, in the meantime, is a fully-faired sportsbike that shares its platform with the MT-07. Its most direct rivals in India are bikes just like the Kawasaki Ninja 650 and the Honda CBR650R. The MT-07 will go up in opposition to the likes of the Kawasaki Z650 and the Honda CB650R. 

If Yamaha is ready to launch these bikes this 12 months, it’s unlikely that they are going to have the ability to compete with the Kawasakis on value as they are going to be coming in as CBU imports. They are going to presumably be positioned nearer to the extra highly effective, costlier four-cylinder Hondas, except Yamaha is ready to pull a shock transfer with aggressive pricing.

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