SOURCE: Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

June 12, 2017 12:30 ET

Yamaha Announces 2018 Sport ATVs

Unrivaled Raptor 700R and YFZ450R Continue Dominance of Sport ATV Market

KENNESAW, GA--(Marketwired - June 12, 2017) - Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, the best-selling sport ATV brand in America*, announces its 2018 sport ATVs including the top-selling big bore Raptor 700R and the championship-winning YFZ450R.

As the definitive leader in offering Proven Off-Road sport ATVs, Yamaha incorporates its legendary racing performance into the most durable and reliable machines on the market, which are also proudly built the USA at Yamaha's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution. The Raptor 700R and YFZ450R are the top-selling and highest performing models in the world of sport ATVs, and epitomize ATV performance and dominance on the track, trail and dunes.

2018 Raptor 700, Raptor 700R and Raptor 700R Special Edition (SE) Models

For 2018, the Raptor 700 (MSRP $7,999) gets a new Graphite color scheme, while the Team Yamaha Blue / White Raptor 700R (MSRP $8,499) gets a Team Yamaha Blue seat, color-matched A-arms and frame. The 2018 Special Edition Raptor 700R (MSRP $9,099) comes in a new White color with both a GYTR front grab bar and heel guards.

As the best-selling sport ATV in America*, the Raptor 700R brings the best combination of power, lightweight handling and trail / dune-conquering performance in sport ATVs. The Raptor's hybrid steel aluminum frame is complemented by a controlled-fill aluminum sub-frame and cast aluminum swing-arm, all combining to produce a supremely-strong structure and the lightest ATV in its class.

Utilizing Yamaha YZ-style fully adjustable piggyback shocks, the Raptor is a versatile machine capable of handling any terrain -- from tight, twisty trails to wide open deserts. Lending to the terrain-taming prowess, front wheel travel is 9.1 inches, with 10.1 inches in the rear.

A plush seat, dual counter-balancers, electric start, and reverse are added features on Raptor 700R for all-day riding comfort and convenience.

2018 YFZ450R and YFZ450R SE Models

As America's best-selling 450-class sport ATV** and reigning MX and GNCC champ, the unrivaled, race-inspired YFZ450R also gets a new SE in White (MSRP $9,299) with a GYTR front grab bar. The Team Yamaha Blue / White YFZ450R (MSRP $8,999) now comes with a Team Yamaha Blue seat and color matched A-arms and frame.

The YFZ450R is the most technologically advanced sport ATV in the market, combining a high-tech, quick-revving, titanium-valve 449cc fuel-injected engine with a lightweight, professional-caliber cast aluminum / steel chassis.

MX-ready, the YFZ's no-weld frame is designed from lightweight aluminum with a tension-steel bottom frame, allowing low engine placement for optimal mass centralization. Suspension components and settings reduce weight while providing agile, performance-pointed handling and rider comfort.

The YFZ's bodywork is designed for ideal ergonomics and rider comfort with a T-shaped seat and maximum knee room permitting riders to easily move around the machine and attack corners to the finish line. An assist-and-slipper clutch reduces clutch lever effort for less fatigue, while simultaneously increasing clutch plate pressure for positive engagement. This clutch system also reduces engine braking effect, which allows for faster cornering, particularly when downshifting.

View additional details on all of Yamaha's new 2018 ATV models at www.YamahaMotorsports.com. Follow Yamaha at www.facebook.com/YamahaMotorUSA, www.twitter.com/YamahaMotorUSA or www.instagram.com/YamahaMotorUSA. #Yamaha #YamahaRaptor #YamahaYFZ #ProvenOffRoad

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.

*Based on IHS Markit Total new U.S. ATV registrations in the Yamaha defined Sport ATV category for Calendar Year 2016.
**Based on IHS Markit Total new U.S. ATV registrations in the Yamaha defined 450cc class Sport ATV category for Calendar Year 2016.
ATVs over 90cc are recommended for use only by riders 16 years and older.

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