EICMA ’22: Yamaha XMAX Scooter Updates

The updated 2023 Yamaha XMAX. Credit: Yamaha

The Yamaha XMAX scooter is updated for 2023, with a list of improvements that should make for a better riding experience whether you’re commuting around town or leaving city limits.

Thanks to a 292 cc liquid-cooled SOHC single-cylinder engine, the Yamaha XMAX is an all-rounder that works in a wide range of scenarios. Although it’s not as powerful as the maxi-scooters we had here in Canada a few years back, it’s still capable enough on the highway, with 27 horsepower on tap. Of course, it’s very fuel-efficient as well, which is a big attraction for buyers in our current climate of rapidly rising fuel prices. It doesn’t sound like the Blue Core-series engine has any changes for 2023.

The Blue Core engine returns, with twist-and-go throttle for easy city riding. Credit: Yamaha

The XMAX gets a restyling for 2023, which may not sound like a big deal here in our market, but in Europe, where these things are everywhere, this is big news. The new X-shaped LED headlight and taillight will stand out even in Canada, along with the flashy new gloss paint and leather-look seat cover. That seat’s been reshaped, too, making it easier to reach the ground with your legs.

There’s still an LCD speedo gauge, but the scooter gets a 4.2-inch colour TFT screen now, with smartphone connectivity for infotainment purposes. Using the Y-Connect app, riders can access details about their scooter or control music playback and mobile connectivity. The TFT also displays navigation info from Garmin, if users pay for that service.

A dual display, with speedo up top and then a TFT screen below for infotainment purposes. Credit: Yamaha

The motorcycle-style front fork, keyless ignition, two-position adjustable windscreen, adjustable handlebars, 12V socket, and traction control features all return for 2023. As before, the XMAX has a 15-inch front wheel and 14-inch rear, with disc brakes front and back.

And now the tough part of this news release: Asking price is $7,599 for 2023, plus taxes and fees, which will add up quickly. If you buy this scooter to save on gas, it’ll take a while to see those savings realized—but you’ll sure have a lot of fun along the way!

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