The R6 is still a screamer on the straightaways. In fact, the engine hasn't changed. It still demands to be ridden above 9,000 rpm—as most all of the current inline-four 600s do—but it's certainly rewarding if you keep it above that threshold. Honestly, this is not the most versatile engine for street riding, and I'd have liked to have seen some tweaks broaden the powerband out. Regardless, it's still hugely capable on the track, and will outpower nearly all of its competitors. In the Standard D-Mode setting power delivery is smooth—maybe even borderline mellow as initial power is put to the ground and the tachometer needle climbs through the rpm range, which results in confidence to fully open the throttle sooner, also equaling more cornerspeed.