2017 Yamaha FZ-10

The Yamaha “FZ” Series Becomes Yamaha “MT” From 2018 On!

You Know What They Say: “Out With The FZ And In With The MT…”

Updated August 24, 2018

Public service announcement: All Yamaha FZ models will be known as “MT” models in the USA from 2018 onwards, and it’s quite frankly bizarre that it has taken this long to happen. That’s right folks, if you want to be up to date with the model designation and naming trends then you’d better pay attention. The “FZ” moniker and naming convention is now going to be a thing of the past for Yamaha models, and they’re going to given the more universally accepted “MT” designation instead.

The Yamaha FZ Goes MT For 2018 Onwards

2017 Yamaha FZ-10

The MT name has been doing the rounds in other parts of the world since 2005. If you’re not familiar with the MT designation, it actually stands for “Master of Torque” and if you were talking about the FZ-10 or FZ-09 to anyone outside of North America, you’d probably be met with blank stares. We don’t know exactly why it has taken Yamaha Motor Corporation USA to finally introduce the more globally accepted designation, but it has finally happened and all Yamaha FZ models from 2018 onward will now proudly wear the Yamaha MT series name instead.

2018 Yamaha MT-09

This name change might not mean much to the average rider, but for the likes of us writers that have to cover new releases for the benefit of readers from all over the world, this new streamlining from Yamaha has made life a little easier for us. And of course, if you retain this tidbit of information you can use it to your advantage, correcting anyone and everyone who dares call a post-2018 model an FZ instead of the proper MT. A touch pedantic? Absolutely, but when it comes to motorcycle enthusiasts, we all know that we’re nothing more than glorified pedants when it comes to our favorite mode of transport.

2018 Yamaha MT-09

And by no means a made up example of that pedantry: “I think you’ll find that the Kawasaki ZX-10R actually produces 197.4 horsepower at the rear wheel, rather than the 198 that you quoted above,” etc etc etc.


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