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2010 Yamaha Snowmobiles Preview


by Pascal Bastien ,

Yamaha, a proven leader in quality and reliability, is introducing two new snowmobiles for 2010: the fuel-injected, 4-stroke, 3-cylinder RS Vector as well as the MTX SE 162.

Compared to rival manufacturers, Yamaha uses the most advanced technologies thanks to the expertise from its motorcycle program. The result is a remarkable portfolio of 21 snowmobiles powered by naturally-aspirated, 4-stroke engines, some of which boast an impressive 160 hp/L ratio.

The new RS Vector will be a serious contender for the title of Best Sport Touring Snowmobile of 2010.

RS Vector
The latest evolution of the famous 1,049-cc, 3-cylinder engine is now teamed up with the Delta Box II solo chassis. This highly-anticipated union promises to deliver both power and user-friendliness.

The fuel-injected Genesis 120 engine is a striking performer. The new electronic injection system, added displacement (from 973 cc to 1,049 cc) and revised intake cams produce torque in a nice linear fashion across the usable rev range.

During a short test ride of the new 2010 RS Vector and its predecessor, I did notice significant improvements over the 2009 models, such as more explosive takeoff and acceleration, while the ride is super smooth and the machine easy to handle -- all according to the Yamaha tradition for these machines.

The chassis benefits from firmer rear shock rebound, a wider rear axle, dual toothed driving pulleys (drivers), new bearings and more rigid rails. Ultimately, the goal was to improve riding dynamics on bumpy trails and offer greater stability and traction coming out of corners. It worked -- and wonderfully so!

For 2010, the RS Vector also inherits the racier, more modern rear section of the Apex, a 12-volt outlet, a more comprehensive instrument panel that is easier to read, as well as redesigned heated grips offering improved ergonomics.

For 2010, the RS Vector also inherits the racier, more modern rear section borrowed from the Apex.
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