Another day, another teaser video from a major manufacturer, it’s almost as if there is a big Motorshow happening soon. Of course, EICMA 2019 starts on the 5th November, the big show where 2020 product ranges will be announced. Yamaha hit the ground running with a before show release of the 2020 Tracer 700.
Of course releasing teasers and hints before the big keynote speeches during the actual show does two main things:- firstly it frees up time and space during the actual address for more important announcements, but also it gives everybody more time to take it in and appreciate the new model before the next shiny thing comes up. A YouTube reveal promotes it to a broader audience, great thinking. Check the video here.
The subject of this reveal is the hugely anticipated Tracer 700. Released in 2016, the Tracer 700 was based on the tremendously successful CP2 engine. The parallel twin-engine, which also features in the
Ténéré 700 and the fantastic MT07. Updated to hit the incoming Euro 5 regulations in January, the Tracer is the first showcasing the new engine. We expect it will also make its way into the MT07, Ténéré and maybe a new XSR700.
The new regulations will see a complete engine overhaul, including injection, inlet, and exhaust changes. Yamaha is saying 72hp, which is down 2 over the 2019 model, torque remains the same, but importantly weight stays the same at 196kg wet as does fuel capacity at 17litres. With the ability to be restricted to meet A2 licence holders 47hp it could make a sensible choice for younger riders.
The styling has been updated with a sporty R1/R6 looking front end, and the ever-popular MT10 looking rear end. The side fairings look similar to that of the T7. We see an adjustable front windscreen, and LED indicators mounted in front of the handguards to keep the sleek and aggressive look. The bars also have a bridge piece which looks perfect for mounting on Sat navs and phone holders etc.
Complete with the updated engine and styling, we get treated to a new easy to read negative LCD dash.
On the whole, the sporty tourer has and will continue to sell in bucket loads, when it hits dealers in March. Hopefully, we will see a new MT07, with similar styling!