WHAT’S THE PRICE
AND HOW SOON WILL
IT BE AVAILABLE?
The price and the introduction
date haven’t been determined, but
other than the four-cylinder engine
and its sophisticated, tunable engine
management system (and the extra
cost of producing a lower-volume
vehicle), the R1DT is a simpler, less
expensive machine to produce than
a UTV like the YXZ1000R in many
ways. Because the R1DR is two-
wheel drive and has less sophisticated
suspension, a simpler chassis,
more basic bodywork and only one
seat, we’d expect the price to be
in the $15,000 to $20,000 range.
WHAT POWERS IT?
It is powered by an inline, four-
cylinder, 998cc, double-overhead-
cam, 16-valve engine from Yamaha’s
R1 street sport bike. The engine’s
power can be varied with the engine
control computer, and a lot of testing
has been done at 170 horsepower.
The R1 engine is highly adjustable.
Throttle maps and engine braking
can be tuned for driver preference
and track conditions. The engine
control unit also has a data-
acquisition feature that is very useful
for testing and tuning the car.