In a move predicted by absolutely no-one, Yamaha has announced a tie-up with famed FIAT tuners Abarth to create a limited edition XSR900 for 2017.
Just 695 examples of the XSR900 Abarth will be made and sold worldwide, each individually numbered, and the bikes will feature a stunning new grey colourscheme and some high end, lightweight components.
Powered by the excellent 900cc triple from the MT-09 and standard XSR900, the Abarth interpretation features café racer styling with clip on handlebars, a retro style carbon fibre half fairing, suede solo seat and further use of carbon fibre on the mudguard and rear tail unit. A full Akrapovič titanium exhaust with titanium double slip-on mufflers is also claimed to increase performance, reduce weight and create a sportier soundtrack. We think it looks stunning.
No prices have been announced for the Abarth but riders looking to swing their legs over one of the 695 bikes will be required to order online. The bike can be purchased through a dedicated Yamaha microsite on 17 January 2017, with deliveries expected to take place in April 2017.