Updating its middleweight street-fighter for the 2019 model year, Yamaha Motor India has introduced the new MT-09 in the country. The 2019 Yamaha MT-09 is priced at ₹ 10.55 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and witnesses a price hike of ₹ 16,000 over the older model. Bookings for the new MT-09 are already open at Yamaha dealerships pan India, while deliveries should begin in the following weeks. The updated MT-09 gets subtle tweaks for the new year including a new paint schemes and graphics while retaining the same powertrain.
The 2019 Yamaha MT-09 comes in the Night Fluo paint option that is now available with the Yamaha Blu and Tech Black colour options. The MT-09 logo now comes with a red finish on the fuel tank. Barring the new colour scheme, there aren't any styling changes on the motorcycle, which continues to get the alien-inspired twin-pod LED headlamps, slender yet sharp 14 litre fuel tank and split seats. The red painted alloy wheels create a nice contrast against the colours on the bike.
Power on the 2019 Yamaha MT-09 comes from the same 847 cc in-line three-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine tuned to produce 113 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of peak torque at 8500 rpm. The motor is paired with a 6-speed gearbox and gets the Quick Shift System (QSS) for faster up shifts. The bike also comes with ABS and traction control system along with a assist and slipper clutch. The MT-09 gets 41 mm USD forks up front and a monoshock unit at the rear, both of which are adjustable. Braking performance comes from 298 mm dual discs up front and a 245 mm single disc at the rear. The bike's kerb weight stands at 193 kg.
The Yamaha MT-09 competes against a host of offerings in this space including the Triumph Street Triple, Ducati Monster 821, Suzuki GSX-S750, Kawasaki Z900 and the likes. Yamaha's MT line-up will be expanded in India with the launch of the MT-15 on March 15 this year.