2020 Yamaha VMAX First Look Preview

Yamaha continues to offer its VMAX power cruiser for the 2020 model year.

Yamaha returns its mighty 170-hp-plus VMAX to its US model line for 2020.
Yamaha returns its mighty 170-hp-plus VMAX to its US model line for 2020.Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

Yamaha's current-generation VMAX power cruiser celebrates its 12th year of production for the 2020 model year. Originally released in 2008 as a Star Motorcycle (Yamaha's old cruiser sub-brand), the VMAX has been rebranded and now slots in Yamaha's Sport Heritage motorcycle line. As always, the VMAX turns heads with its muscular stance and high-output 1,679cc V-4 engine.

The VMAX is powered by a huge 1,679cc V-4 engine that pumps out an absurd level of tire-smearing torque.
The VMAX is powered by a huge 1,679cc V-4 engine that pumps out an absurd level of tire-smearing torque.Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

We've ridden the VMAX a few times over the years, and everytime we take a spin on it, we're amazed at not only how quick it is from stoplight to stoplight, but how smooth and well-mannered, especially during urban rides. Keep in mind, this is a motorcycle that delivers more than 170 hp and upwards of 100 pound-feet torque at the back tire. Smoke show, anyone?

The VMAX is powered by a huge 1,679cc V-4 engine that pumps out an absurd level of tire-smearing torque.
The VMAX is powered by a huge 1,679cc V-4 engine that pumps out an absurd level of tire-smearing torque.Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

For 2020, it continues to offer the same sticker price as it did when it was released in 2008, but comes in a stealthy Matte Raven Black to help hide its silhouette when streaking across town. Of course, those looking to save a bit of money, can always opt for a used VMAX, which made our Best Used Motorcycles With High Torque Engines list.

Instrumentation on the VMAX is basic, however it does benefit from a huge shift light—a must when racing through stoplights on your way to work.
Instrumentation on the VMAX is basic, however it does benefit from a huge shift light—a must when racing through stoplights on your way to work.Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

2020 Yamaha VMAX Specifications

Dual front brakes with six-piston radial-mount calipers keep speed in check on the 2020 VMAX.
Dual front brakes with six-piston radial-mount calipers keep speed in check on the 2020 VMAX.Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
While cutting edge for its day, the aviation-style digital instrumentation readout above the fuel tank looks dated.
While cutting edge for its day, the aviation-style digital instrumentation readout above the fuel tank looks dated.Yamaha Motor Corp., USA