While official information regarding the new V-Max remains nebulous at best, Simon Belton, Yamaha UK’s marketing manager, recently stated that it would need to be a 200bhp+ monster in order to be commercially successful. He was also quick to point out that the V-Max, now slated for 2009, may be languishing in development limbo because of problems with emissions testing and a litigation-adverse corporate culture in Japan. Following this setback, Yamaha Japan is now keeping mum, but Belton goes on to say, “The V-Max will do 0–100km/h in the blink of an eye.”
If this rumor and conjecture is correct, and the V-Max is delivered in limited numbers (with a high price and high power figures), it could be an exotic drag bike–style rival to Ducati’s Desmosedici RR. It could also start an exotic-bike power war between manufacturers in both Europe and Japan. We think we’d be OK with that.