I don't understand their reasoning either. They are in competition with Polaris and Can Am and Arctic Cat whether they like it or not, and Polaris is the nut they will have to crack to gain significant market share.
Now, I am going to be honest here. I have been pondering the Wolverine since its announcement, and a group of us went riding last week end and there was a Viking in the bunch. I think they are a fine vehicle, but, I won't be getting a Wolverine. I will be keeping my Ranger. The Wolverine doesn't offer enough improvement for me to make the switch. The main reasons are NO TURF MODE, no dump bed, no swing tail gate, and not enough power. I think the Wolverine will be more capable on hills as far as stability but that is not enough since I don't have big problem with that with my little Ranger.
Now, if the Wolverine proves to be a super hill climber and a cut above the rest as far as trail capability (and the price is drastically discounted) I might change my mind, but I will have to see it first hand.
In truth the Wolverine should have no problem getting the required power needed to climb the long steep gravel hills that the Viking was having problems on, but why should the new owner have to shell out more money and void his warranty to get the power that Yamaha should have supplied from the factory? My 570 ACE has only two less horsepower than the Wolverine and it is one of the less stressed Polaris engines as far a power to displacement that they currently produce. My Ranger with its antiquated 2 valve heads and pushrod valvetrain and 760cc has 50 horsepower and the RZR 800 has 54. And why should the new owner have to shell out more money for clutch work to get the performance that Yamaha should have supplied. It is not like it would have cost them any more money. Apparently the only difference is machining and tuning. And why not install a tilt wheel? Cheap! And the legendary Yamaha reliability, they have already held up the release for a defect. I read about the superiority of the Yamaha clutch yet I read about them failing on the six seat Vikings. I guess this sounds like a rant but I was really considering the Wolverine but these shortcomings are disappointing.