Yamaha Motor Canada
has announced it will offer the MT-10, bringing it over under the name FZ-10 as an early 2017 model. As of this writing, Yamaha’s American arm has not made an official announcement for the U.S. but we expect one shortly.
In Canada, the FZ-10 will retail for CN$15,499 (US$12,055). That puts it CN$3500 lower than the 2016 YZF-R1
and $1200 less expensive than the YZF-R1S
The FZ-10 is powered by an 998cc Inline-Four derived from the R1/R1S engine. As with the R1, the FZ-10 uses four-valve cylinder head design but uses 31 mm steel intake valves instead of the 33 mm titanium intake valves on the superibike (the 26.5 mm steel exhaust valves are the same however). Intake and exhaust cam profiles and timing were altered to improve low-to-mid-range torque and power.
The engine still uses a crossplane crankshaft, but it’s heavier than the one on the R1 for improved control at low engine speeds. Yamaha modified the pistons and combustion chamber and compression ratio to make the engine more street-friendly. The FZ also uses a single set of injectors compared to the twin-injectors on the R1.
Yamaha claims a peak output of 81.8 lb-ft. at 9000 rpm for the FZ compared to 83.2 lb-ft. at 11,500 rpm for the R1. No horsepower numbers were released for the Canadian-spec FZ-10, but considering the peak torque is the same as the European specifications, we expect horsepower to be similar to the 158.2 hp at 11,500 rpm claimed on the other side of the Atlantic.
A Yamaha Chip Control Throttle handles the fueling, offering three power modes to go along with three levels of traction control. Cruise control is standard, working at speeds from 50-160 kph (31-100 mph) in fourth gear or higher.
The chassis is comprised of the R1’s deltabox frame but the rear subframe is steel instead of magnesium, so it can better support the extra weight of luggage (sold separately, of course).