The new Yamaha Ténéré 700 has just received the globally-prestigious Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020, on top of its recent iF Design Award bestowed by the iF International Forum Design. The awarding marks the ninth year in a row — ever since 2012 — that a Yamaha Motor product has received a Red Dot Award. Last year, it was the Niken.
The Ténéré 700 is an adventure tourer in the best traditions of the Ténéré brand, drawing on its brilliant history of success in one of the world's toughest rallies — the Dakar — in the 1980s-90s. The Ténéré 700 borrows the 689cc, water-cooled inline 2-cylinder CP2 (crossplane, parallel-twin) engine from the MT-07 with a 270° crank engine mounted on a lightweight body frame.
Yamaha says the new Ténéré 700 balances off-roading, adventure, and touring performance and puts it at a higher level than the other adventure bikes in the same displacement category.
With the design concept of “Exciting Adventure Ténéré,” this model has a high-positioned face that incorporates a three-piece shield over its distinctive headlights and tank, creating a design that expresses a spirit of adventure.
The Red Dot Award was founded in 1955 and has since become one of the most respected design awards worldwide. Outstanding designs are awarded by three awards, “Red Dot: Best of the Best”, “Red Dot” and “Honourable Mention.”
Ténéré 700 in the Philippines
While the Ténéré 700 is set for release in Japan this coming June, and May or June in the United States, fans and adventure riders in the Philippines may have to wait a little longer. Our source from Yamaha Motor Philippines has disclosed to MotoPinas.com that, as of the moment and considering the crisis brought about by the coronavirus, the possibility of importing the Ténéré 700 for the Philippine market this year is “very slim”. But, let's all be optimistic and hope that after this crisis, 2021 will see a lot of new motorcycle models coming, including the Ténéré 700.