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1996 Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat 4TV Model Specs

The FZR series middle version FZR600, which was not sold in Japan, debuted in 1989 as the successor to the FZ600. As a middle super sports equipped with a full cowl that is basically the same as the FZR400 on a steel frame that is similar in shape to the aluminum frame of the FZR400, it is sold while receiving minor improvements as a 599mm 4-valve water-cooled straight 4 engine It had been. The YZF600R Thundercat debuted in 1994 as a new middle supersport to replace the FZR600.

1996 Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat 4TV Model Specs

The Keihin CVKD carburetor with a throttle sensor is newly installed on the 599㏄ water-cooled straight 4 engine that has been inherited from the FZR600, which is mounted on a delta box frame made of steel extrusion. By utilizing the sensor to adjust the ignition timing according to the accelerator opening, both a very smooth feeling and a sharp response can be achieved from a low speed range. 

1996 Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat  dashboard

1996 Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat  Gas Tank

1996 Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat  stock seat
In addition, Yamaha's first ram air supercharging system is adopted, and if it exceeds 120 liters / h, the effect is shown and the pressure is increased by about 3% at the maximum, and the maximum output is improved by about 5PS. Full cowl's design has changed from FZR600, which has a straight and sharp atmosphere. Although there is also a connection with the older brother YZF1000R Thunder Ace, the image of the front mask that adopted a dedicated one-light headlight was unique only to Thunder Cat.

1996 Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat  fairing headlight

1996 Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat  Red Maroon

The Thunder Cat is a slightly larger body for a 600mm car, but its weight is light, and it has a comfortable position setting with uprights, and the suspension has a supple finish. Like, it ’s more like an all-around sports tourer than a super sport. In addition, there is a relatively low price, and it will be widely popular in Europe as a well-balanced basic sport with excellent cost performance. Even after the full-scale 600㏄ super sports YZF-R6 appeared in 1999 as a successor model, it was sold as it was until 2003 without changing the basic mechanism and style.


Engine model Water-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder
Total displacement
599㏄ inner diameter? Process 62 × 49.6㎜
Compression ratio 12: 1
Maximum output 101.1PS / 11500rpm
Maximum torque 6.7㎏-m / 9500rpm
Fuel supply Type Carburetor [CVKD36]
Transmission type Always meshing type 5-speed return Overall
length 2060㎜   
Overall width 754㎜   
Overall height 1190㎜   
Axle distance 1415㎜
Seat height 810㎜
Dry weight 187㎏
Fuel tank capacity 19L
Tire size (front) 120 / 60ZR17
tire size (After) 160 / 60ZR17