SOURCE: Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

June 08, 2016 12:50 ET

Yamaha Announces 2017 ATV and Side-by-Side Model Lineup

Real World Tough ATV and Side-by-Side Vehicles Assembled in the USA

KENNESAW, GA--(Marketwired - June 08, 2016) - Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces its 2017 line of ATVs and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles for the upcoming harvest and hunting seasons. Yamaha's full line of 2017 4x4 and utility-based ATV and SxS vehicles includes:

  • Viking and Viking VI SxS models: the leading multi-passenger utility vehicles with best-in-class features
  • Wolverine and Wolverine R-Spec SxS models: the most off-road capable with class-leading comfort
  • Grizzly ATVs: Full size, full featured, best overall performing big bore ATV
  • Kodiak 700 ATVs: Superior performance, comfort and value for hard work and utility

Proven the toughest, most reliable and off-road capable utility-based vehicles that are also fun to drive, all of Yamaha's SxS vehicles and full-size ATVs are Assembled in the USA at Yamaha's factory in Newnan, Georgia. For 2017, Yamaha is producing new features, colors and Special Edition ATV and SxS models.

"Yamaha has been making utility-based 4x4 ATV and SxS vehicles for hunters and farmers for more than 30 years, and the 2017 line represents the best-of-the-best in performance, durability and comfort," said Mike Martinez, Yamaha's vice president of ATV / SxS operations. "Yamaha is proud to support the hunting, agriculture and outdoors communities, and to produce the most durable and capable ATV and SxS vehicles right here in the U.S."

2017 Viking and Viking VI – The Leading Multi-Passenger SxS with Best-in-Class Features

With class-leading cab room and comfort, coupled with superior handling and off-road capability, Vikings are the toughest and hardest working utility-based SxS vehicles that are also fun to drive. The 2017 Viking and Viking VI are now offered in a new Midnight Blue Metallic SE with silver cast aluminum wheels, overfenders and silver seats.

Highlighting the 2017 Viking line is the premium Ranch Edition Viking VI in Copper Metallic painted bodywork with color-matched brown interior and soft sun top, silver cast aluminum wheels, review center mirror, mud flaps, overfenders, underseat storage, a rear bed grab bar, a heavy duty front brush guard, and unique Ranch Edition badging, bringing an all-new level of comfort and convenience to tough off-road work.

Viking enhancements carried up from 2016 include automotive-style two-stage door latches and a parking brake warning buzzer. Noise and vibration reduction features include new rubber damper plates, a more rigid chassis, additional sound dampening materials and an engine-mounted torque rod for a more relaxing ride at any engine RPM. The newly reinforced rear steel cargo bed now incorporates mounting points on the bed rails and a rubber cargo bed mat to further reduce sound and vibration, all while improving durability and cargo-carrying options and capacity. Large enough for a fully-loaded pallet, the assisted dump bed can pack up to 600 pounds of equipment and supplies. The standard two-inch receiver hitch is rated to pull 1,500 pounds.

All coming standard with a sun top and at an MSRP starting at $11,999, additional Viking colors include a new Steel Blue with cast aluminum wheels, Hunter Green, Red and Realtree Xtra®. MSRP for the 2017 Viking VI EPS starts at $13,999, with Hunter Green, Red and Realtree Xtra® rounding out the color options.

2017 Wolverine and Wolverine R-Spec – Most Off-Road Capable SxS with Class-Leading Comfort

The new Special Edition (SE) Wolverine R-Spec in Matte Silver features painted bodywork with color-matched seats and springs, convenient under seat storage, and durable injection-molded polypropylene overfenders for increased protection from the elements. The new SE adopts a stout yet lightweight full-length, full-coverage aluminum skid plate set -- including the front bash plate, center, rear and side frame skids -- aluminum a-arm guards, robust 12-inch true bead lock wheels and a new soft grip over-mold steering wheel with a design exclusively developed for ultimate off-road control and handling. MSRP for the new Wolverine R-Spec SE is $14,799.

New for 2017, every Wolverine R-Spec now comes with Yamaha's proven Electric Power Steering (EPS), providing precise handling through the best balance of assist and positive feedback from the terrain. In addition to the new SE, the Wolverine R-Spec is now offered in Team Yamaha Blue / White with machined aluminum wheels. Returning colors include the Alpine White with machined aluminum wheels, Hunter Green and Realtree Xtra®. MSRP starts at $13,199.

The 2017 Wolverine (non R-Spec) is a fun, comfortable and off-road capable SxS for trail and outdoors enthusiasts. The Wolverine offers new and existing SxS customers alike a full-featured, supremely off-road capable option at a value-packed price point starting at $10,999 MSRP. Adding to the Wolverine's value-packed features, the 2017 model is now offered with Yamaha's durable and reliable EPS system.

Setting the standard in off-road capability and class-leading comfort, all Yamaha Wolverine SxS models feature a new double overhead cam (DOHC), 708cc engine with optimized torque, power delivery and engine character for exciting recreational driving. The Wolverine's automotive-style cab is designed to provide maximum comfort and confidence for both driver and passenger, especially in extreme off-road environments. Designed and engineered for exploring extreme terrain, the Wolverine features a nimble chassis with a compact design, look and feel, along with Yamaha's proven core technologies: Ultramatic® fully-automatic transmission, On-Command® four-wheel drive and EPS.

2017 Grizzly – Best Overall Performing Big Bore ATV

Boasting superior handling, comfort and performance purpose-built for exploring, hunting and recreational riding, the 2017 Grizzly is designed to be the most comfortable, off-road capable and durable big bore ATV. New for 2017 is a Matte Silver SE with machined aluminum wheels, painted plastics and special graphics, a new Alpine White model with machined aluminum wheels, and new Steel Blue model with machined aluminum wheels. In addition, now all Grizzly ATVs will be equipped with EPS. The 2017 Grizzly is also offered in Hunter Green, Realtree Xtra® and the Crimson Metallic Limited Edition (LE) featuring painted plastics, special graphics, machined aluminum wheels, removable fairing with windscreen, heated grips, thumb warmer and heated seat.

The latest generation Grizzly features aggressive styling with redesigned front and rear fenders, a handlebar mounted work light, 26-inch tires, twin-piston four-wheel disc brakes, superior suspension, and Yamaha's proven core drivetrain technologies. Along with Yamaha's proven Ultramatic® transmission, the 2017 Grizzly delivers optimized engine character for recreational riding featuring a 708cc engine with more power and torque than previous models. Yamaha Grizzly's handling, performance and off-road capability provide the rider with confidence and comfort, all at an MSRP starting at $9,699.

2017 Kodiak 700 – Superior Performance, Comfort and Value for Utility and Work-Minded Individuals

Redefining the mid-size utility ATV category, the Kodiak 700 is built for work with a comfortable and compact feeling new chassis. The 2017 line of Kodiak 700s include a new Midnight Blue Metallic SE with silver metallic painted wheels and Yamaha's legendary On-Command® four-wheel drive system, a new Steel Blue model with cast aluminum wheels, along with Hunter Green, Red and Realtree Xtra® models.

Styling, smooth power and torque create the foundation for a range of features that all combine to make the Kodiak 700 ATVs the most powerful in their pricing categories, while maintaining Yamaha's legendary durability and off-road performance. The Kodiak 700 features a 708cc engine with engine character optimized to deliver smooth power and strong torque for all-day comfort and ease of use. All Kodiak 700s feature Yamaha's proven Ultramatic® fully automatic transmission with high, low, reverse and neutral, providing the industry's most durable CVT transmission and the most natural-feeling engine braking throughout the RPM range. MSRP for the Kodiak 700 starts at only $6,999.

View further details on Yamaha's all-new 2017 SxS and ATV lineup online at www.yamahaoutdoors.com. Follow Yamaha at www.facebook.com/yamahaoutdoors, www.twitter.com/yamahaoutdoors and www.instagram.com/yamahaoutdoors. #YamahaJune8 #YamahaWolverine #YamahaGrizzly #Kodiak700 #YamahaViking #VikingVI #YamahaOutdoors

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, (YMUS) a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company's ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamahamotorsports.com.

ATVs over 90cc are recommended for use only by riders 16 years and older.

SxS Vehicles are recommended for use only by licensed drivers 16 years and older.

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