HOW DOES THE PRICE
R-Spec starts at $12,199.
The Electronic Power
Steering (EPS) version
is $13,199. Kawasaki’s
Teryx starts at $12,999.
Arctic Cat’s base Wildcat
Trail 700 goes for
$11,899. The Polaris RZR
570 costs $10,299.
HOW NEW IS THE
It’s an all-new machine,
not a revamped Viking.
The engine, frame, cabin,
bodywork and suspension
are new and designed for
sporty driving and extreme
terrain. For more agility,
the Wolverine’s wheelbase
is 2. 75 inches shorter ,
but it’s less than an inch
narrower for stability
during hard cornering. The
Wolverine’s engine is also
moved more forward in
the frame than the Viking’s
for a more mid-engine
placement. The underside
of the frame is swept up on the sides,
front and rear, for extra clearance in
rugged terrain. Rear-wheel protectors
extend from the frame to stop the
wheels from snagging on trees or rocks
in tight areas.
WHAT KIND OF UTV IS IT?
It’s a cross between pure-sport
trail UTVs and a very sporty sport
utility machine. The suspension is fully
adjustable, and the 9. 7 inches of travel
up front and 10. 6 in the rear are similar
to what you find on pure-sport trail
UTVs, but it’s 60. 6 inches wide, not 50
inches. The machine isn’t all play; it has
a 300-pound-capacity, non-tilting bed
and it can tow 1500 pounds from its
2-inch receiver hitch.
WHAT POWERS IT?
Yamaha’s largest, most advanced
UTV engine so far—a 708cc, double-overhead-cam, four-valve single. In
addition to having more displacement
than the 686cc Viking engine,
the Wolverine runs slightly higher
compression— 10.1:1 versus 10.0:1.
Lower gearing than the Viking adds
even more snap.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
Selectable 2WD/4WD with front
differential-lock mode. Standard
4WD mode activates the limited-slip
differential. One more click of the
The new Wolverine is Yamaha’s sportiest UTV yet. Its acceleration, handling and suspension
earned our respect, and the comfort level is amazing.
provide 9. 7
inches of front
708cc, four-valve single
engine so far.