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Yamaha Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Wide Range of New Models and Special Editions

KENNESAW, Ga. – June 4, 2015 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces its 2016 line of ATVs and Side-by-Side vehicles while celebrating its 60th anniversary as one of the world’s leading motorsports companies. This significant and extensive announcement covers Yamaha’s utility ATV, sport ATV, youth ATV and recreational Side-by-Side (SxS) categories.

“This year marks one of Yamaha’s most significant new ATV and SxS model launches in history,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s Recreational Vehicle (RV) vice president. “Today everyone at Yamaha is excited to introduce a number of all-new ATV and Side-by-Side models, redefine some existing categories, and celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary with classic Yamaha yellow and black special editions. And we’re not done yet.”

Yamaha’s new 2016 models announced today include: the all-new 2016 Wolverine and new 2016 Wolverine R-Spec in Alpine White SxS vehicles, the all-new 2016 Grizzly and all-new 2016 Kodiak 700 line of 4x4 ATVs, the all-new 2016 Raptor 90 youth ATV, and the 60th anniversary Special Edition Yamaha yellow-and-black Raptor 700R and YFZ450R sport ATVs.


NEW 2016 WOLVERINE SxS
The all-new 2016 Wolverine is a fun, comfortable and off-road capable SxS for trail and outdoors enthusiasts. At a $10,999 MSRP, the Wolverine offers new and existing SxS customers alike a full-featured, supremely off-road capable option at a value-packed price point.


NEW 2016 WOLVERINE R-SPEC in ALPINE WHITE SxS
The new Wolverine R-Spec in Alpine White features Yamaha’s Electric Power Steering (EPS), plus long-travel suspension with standard KYB piggyback shocks featuring 9.7 inches of travel in front and 10.6 inches of travel out back. With an 81.3-inch wheelbase, 11.4-inches of ground clearance and wide-arc A-arm design, Wolverines provide a superior combination of terrainability, ground clearance and handling.

All of the 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.

The new Wolverine R-Spec in Alpine White gets cast aluminum wheels, white painted plastics and aggressive graphics for the hardcore off-road enthusiast looking for custom features. MSRP for the Alpine White is $13,499.


ALL-NEW 2016 GRIZZLY 4x4 ATVs
The all-new 2016 Grizzly 4x4 ATV combines superior handling, comfort and performance in a machine purpose-built for exploring, hunting and recreational riding.

From front to back, top to bottom, the 2016 Grizzly 4x4 is designed to be the most comfortable, off-road capable and durable big bore ATV for riding enthusiasts who enjoy recreational trails and technical terrain. Aggressive new styling and a new chassis incorporate redesigned front and rear fenders, an all-new handlebar mounted work light, new 26-inch tires, twin-piston four-wheel disc brakes, new suspension, and Yamaha’s proven core drivetrain technologies. The new Grizzlies come in non-EPS, EPS, Special Edition and Limited Edition variations with multiple color and styling options. Non-EPS models start at $8,899 MSRP and EPS models start at $9,699 MSRP.


ALL-NEW 2016 KODIAK 700 4x4 ATV LINE
The all-new 2016 Kodiak 700 line of 4x4 utility ATVs includes the Kodiak 700 (MSRP $6,999), Kodiak 700 EPS (MSRP $8,199) and Special Edition (SE) Kodiak 700 EPS (MSRP $8,899) all boasting class-leading performance and value for the hard-working utility ATV customer.

Assembled at Yamaha’s U.S. factory in Newnan, Georgia, the all-new Kodiak 700 ATVs are built for work with a comfortable and compact feeling new chassis. New styling, smooth power and increased 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.


ALL-NEW 2016 RAPTOR 90 YOUTH ATV
The all-new 2016 Raptor 90 youth ATV is built for riders ages 10-years-old and up. The entry-level Raptor serves up styling and a sporty ride reminiscent of its big brother, the Raptor 700, but at a size and performance level appropriate for younger first-time riders and budding enthusiasts.

The new Raptor 90 mounts an 89.9cc air-cooled 4-stroke SOHC engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) on a newly designed lightweight chassis. The CVT provides seamless acceleration without the need to shift, and reverse gives young riders more versatility on the trail. With increased power over Yamaha’s previous Raptor 90, the new model provides sporty performance while maintaining a comfortable ride and simple operation. The Raptor 90 comes in Team Yamaha Blue/White at $2,799 MSRP.




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[B]NEW 60TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION RAPTOR 700R and YFZ450R SPORT ATVs[/B]
Yamaha is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year with classic Yamaha yellow and black styling on the 2016 Special Edition Raptor 700R (MSRP $8,899) and Special Edition YFZ450R (MSRP $9,199) sport ATVs.

The Raptor 700R and YFZ450R are the best selling and highest performing models in the world of sport ATVs. They epitomize the pinnacle of ATV performance and racing dominance on the track, trail and dunes. The 2016 anniversary models combine motorsports history with the height of modern performance.

Follow Yamaha at [url]http://facebook.com/yamahamotorusa[/url], [url]http://twitter.com/yamahamotorusa[/url], and [url]https://instagram.com/yamahamotorusa/[/url].

Follow Yamaha Outdoors at [url]www.Facebook.com/YamahaOutdoors[/url], [url]www.Twitter.com/YamahaOutdoors[/url], and [url]www.Instagram.com/YamahaOutdoors[/url].

#Yamaha2016 #YamahaWolverine #YamahaGrizzly #YamahaKodiak700 #YamahaRaptor #YamahaYFZ450R

[B]About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA[/B]
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 [url=http://www.yamahamotorsports.com]ATVs, Motorcycles, Generators, Side x Sides, Snowmobiles - Yamaha Motor Corp, USA[/url].​
 

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Overall decent, I'm a bit let down by the missing announcement of a full sport model. I was debating on painting mine pearl white, and now there is a white version..lol same thing happened when I bought my cbr in late 2012, the 2013 model year had white..smh.
 

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I notice the wolverine non r spec has

Non piggyback shocks, they only have the typically 5 click preload adjustment.

Non high back seats

No roof

No tail gate

No eps
 

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I really don't see why anyone would get the regular over the r spec. Just the shocks alone are worth more than the price difference, not to mention the roof, tailgate and seats.
 

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I am flabbergasted at the fact that they are selling a Wolverine without a freaking tailgate. I can understand the shocks, but not the seat, eps, and tailgate, those should be standard features for gods sake.
 

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I am flabbergasted at the fact that they are selling a Wolverine without a freaking tailgate. I can understand the shocks, but not the seat, eps, and tailgate, those should be standard features for gods sake.
I guess to lower the price point, it's not far out of reach for people that are looking at some of the cheaper Chinese models. If I was looking and my budget only allow for something around the 8,500- 9k area I'd buy it and add that stuff back over time. That price puts it next to the grizzly 700. Still I'm so glad I have the eps rspec
 

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That is usually the way it goes Epic.

Had you considered wrapping your ride instead of painting it?

Google "3M 1080" and check out that product. There are some good videos on YouTube about it too if you use the same search. I guess it is pretty durable, and a much better option that plasti dip. I just ordered samples and plan on wrapping mine in the next couple weeks.
 

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That is usually the way it goes Epic.

Had you considered wrapping your ride instead of painting it?

Google "3M 1080" and check out that product. There are some good videos on YouTube about it too if you use the same search. I guess it is pretty durable, and a much better option that plasti dip. I just ordered samples and plan on wrapping mine in the next couple weeks.
I was debating paint or plasti dip, thinking Matte teal since you can get an oem white unit.

I've seen the wrap, never thought about it though. I thought it was more expensive when compared to paint or plasti dip
 

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If you bought a full vehicle wrap with graphics it would probably be a few hundred dollars, but you can a 5 x 10 roll of 1080 for about $100. From what I have read it is pretty durable, and you could wrap the fenders and hood separately and re-install. If you check out the colors the offer which include carbon fiber, there is a pretty good selection. The do offer a matte apple green color that would hook up with your wheels pretty nicely.
 

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I just saw a video on Yamaha Outdoors Facebook page, it says are you ready? coming September 2015. Video out in the desert of something slinging dirt.
 

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Yep, only think I can figure is the Kodiak is a compact chassis
Based on the specs listed the Grizzly is (LxWxH) 81.5x48.4x49.3 and the Kodiak is 81.5x46.5x48.8. So the Kodiak is 2 inches narrower and a half inch shorter.
 

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Nice shot of what looks like a RZR being left in its dust. I'm sure this new ride will be sweet and I'll be envious, but the Wolverine is the perfect ride for the trails and areas I ride on.
 
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What I plan on doing when my plastic gets too many scratches is having my plastic rhino lined in olive matte green. I think that rough look would make for a tough looking rig imo
 

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Based on the specs listed the Grizzly is (LxWxH) 81.5x48.4x49.3 and the Kodiak is 81.5x46.5x48.8. So the Kodiak is 2 inches narrower and a half inch shorter.
Yamaha page said compact chassis with big bore power, but that doesn't seem to be drastically different size wise.
 

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I'm curious to see what this new sxs is all about. I still don't think I made a bad choice in getting the wolverine.
 
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