Sep 13

Vmax model changes by years

1985:

* First V-Max appears on American market with 145 HP announced and 400 m covered in 11 seconds. V-boost equipped.

1986

Introduction for Europe in France:

* 104 HP at 7,500 rpm and a torque of 11.48 mkg (83.03 ft-lb) at 6,000 rpm
* No V-Boost for Europe
* Rear aluminum dished wheel
* 2 front 282mm ventilated discs with opposed pistons.
* 3D V-max emblem

1987

* Front aluminum dished wheel
* Black air scoops, side covers and tail lamp mount

1990

* Digital electronic ignition.
* Back to aluminum color for air scoops
* Introduction for Japanese domestic market

1991

For Europe:

* Modifications to suit noise regulation from 83 to 81 dB. Exhaust system changed and max. power decreases from 100.2 HP/ 7,500 rpm to 95.2 HP/ 8,000 rpm.
* New camshafts with lengthen valve opening to improve character: Max torque of 10.3 mkg (74.5 ft-lb) is at 3,000 rpm only (formerly 10.9 mkg (78.8 ft-lb)/ 6,000 rpm). To keep superb acceleration, rear transmission ratio is changed from 33/9 to 33/10.

1993

Fundamental chassis changes:

* Fork tubes increased from 40 to 43 mm. Ventilated-drilled discs of 298 mm with 4 pot calipers.
* Metzeler tires instead of Dunlop.
* More powerful generator.

1996

* Black wheels, air scoops, exhaust system and fork outer tubes.
* Cartridge type oil filter element

1998

* Back to chrome exhaust system

1999

* Back to polished wheels and fork outer tubes
* Carbon look for fenders

2001

* Front fork seal guards
* Carbon looks for tank cover

Thanks to the Yamaha Design Cafe

Vmax Development

1985 V-max Press Release