Type: Factory Special
The R7 may look like a svelte R1, but beneath the skin is a technological masterpiece. Only minor modifications were allowed by the production-based World Superbike series rules, so Yamaha pulled out all the stops for this homologation special. The chassis is twice as stiff as an R1’s, and the engine sports 20 titanium valves and nickel-plated forged pistons. To simplify homologation, the R7 produced only 100bhp out of the crate, but had a separate, unused bank of fuel injectors that boosted power to 135bhp when activated.