Abarth releases Tributo XSR Concept inspired by Yamaha XSR 900 motorbike

Article by Christian A., on November 10, 2016

Abarth developed the Tributo XSR Concept car to mark the release of the Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth motorbike. This motorbike is the first product to be released by the two brands, both well known for creating dynamic motoring models.

Having the same style as the Yamaha XSR, the Tributo XSR is finished in red and grey livery. Looking at it, it is clear that various parts are made of carbon fiber, highlighting its kinship with that of the Yamaha XSR, particularly with the seat cover, bumper and mudguard in the front, as well as its fairing.

The similarities between the Yamaha XSR and the Tributo XSR do not stop at the style as the two also utilize the same Akrapovic ultra-light exhausts. This particular feature was first made for the racing industry and was fitted in the two as a way to enhance the performance, sonority, and personality. Confirming that the two indeed share a bond is the XSR logo that has been placed on the tailgate.

Powering the Tributo XSR is the same unit used in the Yamaha Factory Racing Edition, specifically the turbocharged four-cylinder 1.4-liter gasoline engine capable of delivering 140 kW (190 hp) of power with peak torque at 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.). These are then transmitted to the front wheels using the manual five-speed gearbox, which is found in the 695 Biposto Record special edition. With this, this vehicle can reach a top speed of 230 km/h (143mph) with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) attained in merely 5.9 seconds.

Abarth has an excellent reputation when it comes to technical upgrades, craftsmanship, and performance. These are the same values which led the company to enter into a collaboration during MotoGP World Championship with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team. Under this pairing, Abarth was responsible for supplying the MotoGP team with a number of special vehicles.

It was last year for example when this partnership resulted in what would later be known as the two-seater Yamaha Factory Racing Edition 695 special series. It came with an engine capable of offering power at 190 HP and it got a white and blue body. However when it comes to performance, Abarth is not limiting itself to special series editions or even concept versions. Two such examples are the 2016 Abarth 124 spider and the Abarth 595.

The Abarth 595 comes with the base version and the Turismo variant. Both have the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine though the one in the 595 has an output of 108 kW (145hp) with the 595 Tursimo delivering 123 kW (165 hp). In terms of torque, the 595 is capable of 206 Nm (152 lb.-ft.) while the 595 Tursimo has 230 Nm (170 lb.-ft.). Meanwhile the Abarth 124 spider also has a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine which is capable of 127 kW (170 hp) with peak torque of 250 Nm (185 lb.-ft.).

Press Release

The new Abarth Tributo XSR concept car

To celebrate the presentation of the new Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth - the first motorbike created through the collaboration between two of the world's most dynamic motoring brands - Abarth has developed a new XSR prototype. The Tributo XSR is a concept car with grey livery and red finishing, in typical Yamaha XSR style. It boasts various carbon fibre components, highlighting affinities with the motorbike's front fairing, front mudguard and bumper, and seat cover.

The concept car and the Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth also share the use of Akrapovic ultralight exhausts, a component developed in the racing sector which boosts the personality, sonority and performance of both vehicles. The XSR logo on the tailgate seals the links between the two brands.

Performance, craftsmanship and technical upgrading have always been the Abarth brand's outstanding traits. The partnership with the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team during the FIM MotoGP World Championship is based on the sharing of these precise values, and Abarth has supplied the GP team with various special vehicles as part of the ongoing relationship between the two brands. Last year, for example, the collaboration with the Official Yamaha team led to the creation of the "Yamaha Factory Racing Edition" 695 two-seater special series, with specific blue and white body and 190 HP engine.

Abarth's typical attitude to performance does not concern only concept cars and special series editions. This is demonstrated by 2016's two major novelties: the new Abarth 124 spider and the new 595.

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