Very popular in the Malaysia market is Yamaha’s MT-07 but the model is getting a little long in tooth now, after its launch in 2015. However, a couple of photos have emerged, sourced from tmcblog.com and greatrider.com, showing what is purported to be a Yamaha MT-07 with turbocharging.

These patent drawings show a two-cylinder mill with a turbocharger installed, with the exhaust headers siamesed into the turbocharger and the forced induction air going up the left side of the engine. Turbocharging for motorcycles is not new, of course, with all the Japanese manufacturers coming out with a forced induction motorcycle back in the 1980s.

Turbocharging for motorcycles fell by the wayside by the mid-1980s, with developments in intake tract and cylinder head engineering delivering all the power riders could handle without the complexity, weight and lag of using a turbocharger. But with increasingly tightening emissions regulations – Euro 5 comes into force in 2020 – manufacturers have been looking for ways to get better power output from their bikes without flouting the law.

This means small capacity engines with forced induction to make up for the shortfall in power that comes with meeting emissions standards, a page taken from car engine makers. It remains to be seen when and how the future Yamaha MT-07 might do this without the disadvantage of turbo lag.

The 2019 Yamaha MT-07 carries a 689 cc, liquid-cooled, Crossplane two-cylinder that produces 73.7 hp at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Priced at RM38,288 excluding road tax, insurance and registration, the MT-07 comes in Race Blu and Matte Grey for Malaysia.