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2019 Yamaha NMax: Hits and misses

2019 Yamaha NMax: Hits and misses

The sporty 155cc scooter from Yamaha called NMax was first introduced to the Philippine market in 2015. With a promise of premium design and comfort under its banner, the Yamaha Nmax dons a curvy but sleek outlook that makes it standout from its competitors in its segment.

2019 Yamaha NMax - pros & cons

This scooter came from the sophisticated and luxurious family of Yamaha Max series along with the flagship scooter for the automaker in the Philippines, TMax and XMax. That’s why there is no wonder that this scooter is built to impress through its style and dynamism.

Yamaha Nmax 155 is available in two trims - the Standard and the ABS. There is not much difference between the two except for the standard trim has no Anti Lock Braking System and has an additional color option.

Yamaha NMax dimensions:


1955 mm


740 mm


1115 mm

Minimum Ground Clearance

135 mm

Seat Height

765 mm


127 kg


Dubbed as one of Yamaha’s premium scooters, the NMax 155 is powered by a single-cylinder, four-stroke, four-valve, liquid-cooled SOHC 155cc engine. Although it has almost the same look from its closest competitor Honda’s PCX150, the Yamaha NMax 155 is definitely ahead of the race as it fires up a maximum power of 15 hp and torque of 14.4 Nm, whilst the other has 14 hp and 13.6Nm torque, respectively.

Yamaha Nmax side

Take a look at the other specifications of this premium scooter:


Single Cylinder Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve, SOHC



Maximum Power

15 hp at 8000 rpm

Maximum Torque

14.4 Nm at 6000 rpm

Lubrication System

Forced-Feed Lubrication, Wet Sump

Transmission Type

V-Belt Automatic

Fuel Supply System

Fuel Injected

Fuel Type



Now that we know the major specifications of the Nmax, let’s dig deeper and see what the automakers have hit or miss for this scooter in terms of specifications and features:

What are the pros or advantages of having Nmax 155?


Just imagine riding a scooter with a dynamic and sporty body design on your daily rides, cool right? Apparently, the Nmax’s design was strongly influenced by Sport Scooters. Yamaha’s genius move on fusing the sporty outlook with their boomerang size motifs and central tunnel underline trademark for the MAX series is truly remarkable.

Yamaha NMax

Engine, fuel efficiency, and earth-friendly

The Euro 4 standards-compliant liquid-cooled 155cc engine was developed through Yamaha’s advanced Blue Core technology. This is like hitting three birds with one stone, aside from the power that it puts out, the engine of Nmax increases combustion and cooling efficiency leading to lesser emissions while. Simultaneously, it helps on reducing power losses in order to give you quicker acceleration with a higher top speed, and most importantly, lesser fuel consumption.

Yamaha Nmax engine

Yamaha has truly stepped up their game, the NMax doesn’t just provide you with powerful rides but can also help you reduce fuel costs at the same time, help on lowering the toxic gas emissions in the country.

 What is EURO 4?

Ans. It is the globally accepted European emission standard that requires vehicles on using fuel with lower sulfur (0.005 percent, or 50ppm) and benzene (maximum of 1 percent by volume) contents. These two are the major toxic gasses that are usually emitted by vehicles that can be harmful to both nature and living things. This was fully enacted in the Philippine in June 2016.

Another key feature of the Nmax that enhances its fuel efficiency and riding performance is the VVA or Variable Valve Actuation system it includes. This can provide strong torque at low speeds and higher power at high speed - giving you the superb driving experience while keeping a good fuel economy.

2020 Yamaha NMax 155 headlight

LED lights and LCD instruments

Channeling its sporty character well, the Yamaha Nmax is equipped with stylish and superb triple lamp LED headlights and LED taillights. The twin-eye LED headlight is designed for the low beams while the central light is for the high beam mode. The Full LCD mono eye meter panel that includes the bar-type fuel gauge, speedometer, a clock, and the fuel economy data.

Wide diameter disk brake with ABS

The 230mm wide disk brakes are also employed in the NMax 155. This is applicable for both front and rear discs. Furthermore, the higher trim is equipped with Anti-lock Braking System which is an additional safety feature that is usually not present in other motorcycles. This can help you in having a more controllable braking power and better confidence in varying road conditions.

Yamaha Nmax image

Lightweight chassis and tyres

Present in the NMax’s chassis are the twin shock rear suspension system and smooth-action telescopic front forks that ensures a comfortable travel time for you and your passenger. Meanwhile, the 13-inch wheels with the sporty styling has a measurement of 110/70-13 for the front and 130/70-17 for the rear which can deliver good road holding.

What are the cons or disadvantages of having Nmax 155?

Quite outdated for a maxi-scooter

Since it channels the sporty aura, it somehow lacks the modernity in terms of styling and design compared to its competitors in the maxi-scooter segment. Some few good touch-ups on the overall design can be a good addition to the next years’ editions.

Yamaha Nmax LCD

LCD display

Although it's great that this scooter has an LCD for the instrument console, Yamaha could have made it better in terms of readability. The small-sized fonts within the small size display can make it a little bit hard to look at while on the go.

So, there you go! It is pretty obvious that we’ve got so much good to say about the NMax and fewer cons to describe. Hence, this Yamaha scooter from the Max series can really be a powerful and superb choice for someone who loves to ride with style and utmost performance. Planning to get yourself a Yamaha NMax 155? Refer to the list below for the complete price list!




Yamaha NMax 155

PHP 109,000

PHP 119,000


The standard trims are available in Midnight Black, Blue, and Gun Metal Gray colors while the ABS trim is available in Gun Metal Gray and Midnight Black only.

Also Read: 2020 Yamaha NMax 155 nears PH launch – same look, better specs

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