For its first full revamp in 25 years, the goal with the VMAX was to inherit and amplify the concept and identity of the original, but also evolve it further with updated technology. The emotional expression of the original’s focus on loading the rear wheel was shifted to the front wheel for a more aggressive, updated look. Meanwhile, the expressions of the flow of intake air, combustion and exhaust, etc., retained their iconic appeal to make the VMAX identifiable with a single glance. The VMAX had a presence that put it above any one category of motorcycle, and had a functional form that fully communicated the breathtaking feel of acceleration it could deliver. Yamaha had achieved a forceful, powerful design rarely seen in a product from Japan.