Earlier this year, Yamaha released the new, Euro-5 compliant versions of two of its most popular naked bikes, the MT-07 and MT-09. Both these bikes adopted the thoroughly modern and dark styling which has become synonymous with the MT lineup. Hinging on the dystopian subculture accentuated by dark and mysterious design cues, Yamaha adopted the “Dark Side of Japan” design language to its naked street bike lineup.
Just like the MT-07 and MT-09, we were expecting the MT-10 to follow suit shortly thereafter. At last, here we are with the 2022 Yamaha MT-10. However, it turns out the updates weren’t just skin-deep. For starters, though, let’s talk about its styling. If you thought that the outgoing generation MT-10 was radical enough, then you sure are in for a surprise. At a glance, it’s clear to see that Yamaha hasn’t really changed too much in terms of the bike’s styling. However, the new bike’s design may raise some eyebrows—literally. The 2022 MT-10 sports a dual LED headlight front fascia, with LED DRLs that make it look like it has eyebrows.
Other noticeable styling enhancements come in the form of the new bodywork which features intake ports on either side of the fuel tank, just like its smaller siblings. Lastly, we see an eye-catching new color scheme we’ve never seen from Yamaha before, with a dominant black and gray base infused with red and cyan elements which make for an extremely sharp, eye-catching contrast.
From a performance perspective, it’s safe to say that the MT-10 now well and truly sits in hyper naked territory. Its iconic CP4 engine, a 998cc, inline four-cylinder engine with a 270-degree crankshaft, has now been tuned to produce 164 horsepower and 83 lb-ft of torque. What’s more is that it now sports all the go-fast electronic doodads of the YZF-R1. That’s right, the MT-10 now gets a new six-axis IMU, and features cornering ABS, traction control, multiple ride modes, and even slide control. You even have the option to dial in settings for engine braking management and how high you want your wheelies to go.
As for the local market, we can expect to see the 2022 Yamaha MT-10 hit local showroom floors by the start of next year. Expect it to come at a slight premium, though, as the outgoing model currently fetches P799,000.