Yamaha 2017: Everything You Need to Know About the Sidewinder M-TX SE Turbo

March 2016 Feature, Industry News, Yamaha Ryan Harris Web Exclusive

All you turbo-loving chute climbers can rejoice. Yamaha has a cool new Sidewinder Turbo M-TX LE complete with a new 998 Genesis triple 4-stroke and factory turbo system. The sled is rated at 180 horsepower and comes with new body work and a new steering system.

Yamaha has drastically increased the performance level for 2017 with the introduction of the all-new Sidewinder series of snowmobiles, featuring the Genesis 998 Turbo, along with the return of the completely overhauled VK540.

The Sidewinder takes the lead as Yamaha’s new flagship snowmobile, and will be available in different variations for R-TX, L-TX, S-TX, X-TX, M-TX and an all-new sub category, the B-TX series. The B-TX series is for low elevation boondockers who want a 153” track length and a narrower ski-stance than traditional deep snow models, but with the sea-level clutching and moderate lug height to tackle the trails when required.

At the heart of the Sidewinder is the diabolical all new Genesis 998T which has made the Sidewinder the new production snowmobile HP king. The turbo comes factory-installed from Yamaha’s facilities in Japan and delivers top of the class performance with the reliability customers have come to expect from Yamaha.

The 2017 Yamaha Sidewinder M-TX has a new, fresh look thanks to revised body panels.

The same front and rear suspension, track and tunnel as the 2016 SR Viper M-TX returns for 2017.

We had a chance to ride the new Sidewinder M-TX Turbo. It has the power and traction to get you anywhere on the mountain. Boost is ready at the flip of the throttle, and the sled rockets forward like a galactic spaceship. Yamaha athlete Jason Soucie pictured.

Here it is, the all-new 998 Genesis Turbo... the Sidewinder.

The Sidewinder Turbo System and 998cc Genesis Triple

Exhaust Layout

Turbo Unit




Engine Components

Lightweight DOHC Cylinder Head

New 4-Hole Fuel Injectors

Engine Braking Control

Lightweight Coated Aluminum Cylinders

New Press Forged Crank Shaft

New Connecting Rods

New Forged Pistons

New Piston Cooler

Forged Camshaft

Hydraulic Chain Tensioner

Counter Balancer

New Coolant Pump

New High-Volume Oil Pump

Sidewinder Chassis Application

New YSRC Transmission System

New YSRC Primary Clutch

New YSRC Roller Secondary Clutch

New YSRC Transmission System

New Deep Snow Ski

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