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Yamaha Wolverine Designed for Difficult Terrain

The Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec, the newest addition to the company’s side-by-side offering, is engineered for exploring extreme terrain.

Yamaha’s Wolverine R-Spec SxS is made for off-road enthusiasts, hunters, and explorers looking to navigate tight, technical trails and extreme off-road terrain,” says Mike Martinez, Yamaha.

Compared to the Yamaha Viking, the Wolverine features a nimble chassis with a compact design, increased travel, and a slightly larger engine.  

Suspension adjustability
The Wolverine’s long-travel suspension with standard KYB piggyback shocks features 9.7 inches of travel in front and 10.6 inches of travel in back. Suspension customization features include high- and low-speed compression damping, rebound damping, and spring preload adjustability. The adjustability allows you to tune the comfort and handling based on your personal preference and terrain.

All-new chassis and design
The new UTV’s chassis is designed to maximize visibility while allowing you to navigate tight trails and challenging terrain. The vehicle’s 81.3-inch wheelbase, 11.4 inches of ground clearance, and wide-arc, A-arm design provide improved ground clearance and ability to handle difficult terrain.

Rear-wheel protectors extend from the bottom of the frame to reduce obstacle contact with rear tires. The chassis is upswept on the sides, more than two inches higher than the center of the frame to help the vehicle pass over obstacles.

Full-coverage skid plates from front-to-back and side-to-side eliminate catch points. For added protection, Yamaha used standard front A-arm-mounted CV boot protectors and rear A-arm built-in skid plate protectors.

Durable steel wheels and exclusive 26-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires provide optimum traction, durability, and comfort.

Creature comforts
The Wolverine’s two-person cab has high-back bucket seats to provide support and comfort for off-road riding.

The driver’s seat is three-position adjustable and the passenger has a three-point adjustable, dash-mounted handhold. The cab features a center console with more storage options. Other interior features include two cup holders, two center console storage bins, a glove box, under-seat storage, digital display, and a 12V DC outlet for powering accessories.

The Wolverine comes standard with a hard sun top and a ROPS cage.

Off-road capability
The Wolverine features Yamaha’s proven On-Command and Ultramatic automatic transmission. The On-Command four-wheel drive system features two-wheel, four-wheel, and four-wheel drive with diff-lock. Featuring high, low, reverse, and neutral, the Ultramatic system with one-way sprag clutch provides consistent engine braking that helps eliminate free wheeling down hills.

Durable four-wheel disc brakes provide strong and predictable stopping power. A separate, new wet parking disc brake system provides increased protection from the elements.

Yamaha’s Electric Power Steering (EPS) with rack and pinion steering provides positive feedback, a light steering feel, and precise handling.

The Wolverine is powered by a double overhead cam 708-cc engine with optimized torque, power delivery, and engine character for recreational driving. The fuel-injected, four-valve engine packs a 10.1:1 compression ratio. A new air induction system produces less emissions to meet the latest EPA standards.

Six steel tie-down points are connected to the chassis and a removable tailgate can be stored in the front of the bed. The bed is rated to haul 300 pounds of gear and the two-inch receiver can haul an additional 1,500 pounds.

The Wolverine R-Spec will be available in April 2015. MSRP for non-EPS models starts at $12,199 and for EPS models starts at $13,199.


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