During the late 90s Yamaha's VMAX project team started to work on the rebirth of a legend. The team understood just how special the original VMAX was to its owners - as well as those fans who admired the bike without ever riding. The project team identified the following four goals that would enable them to create a worthy successor to the legendary original model: Awesome acceleration feeling together with strong performance Distinctive, precise and sharp handling A sophisticated chassis with unique bodywork With these main aims in mind, the development team has created an all-new powerful state-of-the-art 1,679cc V4 engine, providing 200 PS and 166.8 Nm of torque combined with Yamaha's finest and latest electronic engine control technology such as YCC-I and YCC-T. The team also created an all-new low-profile diamond-type frame, which uses the engine as a stressed member in order to deliver the right balance of rigidity. This makes for excellent straight line stability - together with precise and sharp levels of cornering, all packed in a head-turning and forceful appearance.