2020 VMAX


An iconic machine that carries clout with its powerful 1679cc V4 engine delivering drag racing style and performance.

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Power Unrelenting

The ultimate power cruiser delivers unmatched performance from its 65-degree, four-valves-per-cylinder, 1679cc V-four—producing eye opening amounts of perfectly controllable acceleration, flowing from a compact engine that looks as powerful as it is.

Advanced Ride-by-Wire Throttle

Downdraft four-bore fuel injection with YCC-I® intake technology and YCC-T® fly-by-wire throttle provide awesome acceleration throughout the broad powerband.

High-Tech Aluminum Chassis

Lightweight aluminum chassis puts the engine low and forward for mass centralization, resulting in a machine designed to handle curves as well as straightaways.

Performance Technology

Borrowing liberally from advanced sportbike technology, VMAX® features a slipper clutch, wave-style brake discs, ABS, and complete suspension adjustability front and rear.

Unmatched Fit and Finish

Functionality and forward-thinking style uniquely combine with features like oxidized-titanium-coated 52mm front fork tubes, magnesium engine side covers, fluorinated polyethylene fuel tank and the organic electroluminescence multifunction display.


Power Unrelenting

The thunderous 1679cc, 65-degree, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected four valves-per-cylinder, DOHC engine pumps out astonishing power to reinvent the VMAX legend. You’ve never experienced anything like it.

Variable Length Intakes

The superbike-proven Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) switches nearly instantaneously between 150mm and 54mm height intake funnels as needed for a broad powerband that delivers optimum performance at any rpm.

Ride-by-Wire Throttle

Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T), the fly-by-wire system, delivers optimum acceleration under all conditions.

Race-derived Combustion

Engine combines four-valve technology with a high 11.3:1 compression ratio, forged aluminum pistons and NGK® Iridium spark plugs with R1-type direct ignition coils to extract maximum horsepower from the fuel charge.

Compact Cam Drive

Cams are driven by a combined chain and gear system to precisely control valves while keeping cylinder heads remarkably compact for such a large displacement engine.

Slipper Clutch

Hydraulically activated clutch includes racetrack-proven ramp-type slipper clutch system that makes braking from speed while downshifting smoother.

Robust Five Speed Transmission

Five-speed transmission has superbly spaced gear ratios to take full advantage of the engine’s awesome power in straight-line acceleration or through the canyons.

Unique Shaft Drive

Delivering this power cruiser’s muscle to the street means a beefy shaft drive. Special shaft design includes two cross joints to accommodate the fat 200/50R18 rear tire.

High Volume Cooling

The high-performance engine is cooled by two radiators for efficiency and clean looks. Lubrication is via a simple, reliable wet sump system.

V-four Voice

Four-into-one-into-two-into-four exhaust system with EXUP® delivers a broad, seamless powerband with the right VMAX look… and a sound unlike anything on two wheels.

Custom Styling

The iconic VMAX aluminum intake covers are hand buffed by craftsmen for superb quality and individuality.


High-Tech Aluminum Chassis

The chassis is light and compact, with a cast aluminum main frame, Controlled-Fill die-cast and extruded aluminum rear frame and cast aluminum swingarm.

Huge, High-tech Fork

Cartridge-damper-type front forks have substantial 52mm inner tubes with oxidized titanium coating. Forks have both compression and rebound damping adjustability plus spring preload.

Fully Adjustable Remote Reservoir Shock

Link-type Monocross® rear suspension has a remote reservoir and features compression and rebound clickers plus remote preload adjustment.

Class Leading Brakes

VMAX uses Brembo® master cylinders, the front with radial pump master cylinder. Large 320mm wave-style dual front discs are matched to radial-mount monoblock 6-piston calipers. On the rear wheel, there’s a 298mm wave design disc and single-piston caliper. These high-tech brakes also incorporate advanced ABS.

Beefy Handlebar

Tapered handlebar provides a muscular 1-1/8” diameter look at the triple clamp while using conventionally sized controls.

Grippy Radial Tires

18-inch radial tires, 120/70R18 front and 200/50R18 rear, are mounted on cast aluminum five-spoke wheels.

Underseat Fuel Tank

For mass centralization that contributes to the bike’s lean looks, the 4-gallon fuel tank is mounted under the seat, with the filler under the rider’s backrest.


Calculating Power

The Electronic Control Unit (ECU) uses three microprocessors to control fuel injection, ignition, YCC-T, YCC-I, meters and other electrical components.

Drag-style Instruments

The instrument panel includes an analog, step-motor driven tachometer, and digital speedometer with LED indicator lights. Prominent LED shift timing indicator adds to the performance character of the VMAX.

OLED Display

Organic electroluminescence multifunction display provides a more precise display vs. LCD and includes clock, fuel meter, trip meter with fuel reserve trip meter, transmission gear position, coolant temperature, stop watch, and more.

Bright Lighting

H4 60/55W headlight provides excellent visibility and distinctive style, while the trick-looking LED taillight is light, bright and highly efficient.

Additional information

Weight311 kg
Dimensions2395 × 820.5 × 1191 mm

4 stroke, 4 valves per cylinder, 65° V-4, liquid cooling

Valve system

DOHC, 16 valves


102 cu in, 1679 cc

Bore x stroke

3.5 × 2.6 in, 90 x 66 mm

Compression ratio

11.3 : 1

Rated output

197 Hp (147 kW) @ 9.000 rpm

Max. torque

167 Nm (123 ft lb) @ 6.500 rpm


Wet sump


Multi-Disc Slip Clutch


Fuel injection, With YCC-T and YCC-I


TCI, Transistorizado

Sistema de arranque



5 speeds

Final drive

Shaft drive


27 mpg, 43,45 km/gal, 8,7 l/100 km


Aluminum, Diamond shape

Front wheel suspension

120mm travel, 4.7 in travel, 52mm telescopic cartridge fork, Fully adjustable preload, compression and rebound, Oxidized titanium coating

Rear wheel suspension

109 mm travel, 4.3 in travel, Remote adjustable for preload, compression and rebound, Single shock w/remote reservoir

Brake, front

Brembo® radial pump master cylinder, Dual 320mm wave-type discs, Radial mount 6-piston calipers

Brake, rear

298mm wave-type disc, Brembo® master cylinder, Single-piston caliper.

Tires, front

120/70 R18, Bridgestone/BT028F G

Tires, rear

200/50 R18, Bridgestone/BT028R G

Seat height

30.5 in, 775 mm


1699 mm, 66.9 in

Fuel capacity

15 liters, 4 gal


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