Welcome the 2016 Yamaha YXZ 1000R Pure Sport SxS- First Look Hot
Yamaha has heard the howls of their customers sounding like a pack of wolves begging, waiting, pleading for a Pure Sport Side-By Side, and has delivered in a huge way! Yamaha has released its first pure sport side-by-side and it goes by the name the YXZ 1000R. Did we mention that Yamaha is claiming that this is a pure sport ride unlike anything in the industry? In fact, Yamaha says it is a whole new driving experience, and, based on the specifics, they may be entirely right. The YXZ is purposely built for the most extreme and fast terrain on the planet.
The engine is a departure from the other engines in the industry with 3 cylinders, an RPM range of 10k plus, 998 cc, DOHC, and serious torque shooting out the other side. Horsepower comes in at 112, but don’t think it is slower because of that number because Yamaha says the overall machine allows the XYZ to go faster than many competitors’ machines with higher horsepower. It is a dry-sump design in order to mount the engine lower in the chassis. Vibration has been taken into account in every aspect of design to keep it to a minimum for machine integrity and rider comfort.
The transmission is a manual 5-speed that is sequential shift, allowing the driver to push or pull through the gears keeping the driver in complete control of RPM and power. The transmission is also not connected directly to the engine, which allows for better balance of the XYZ. There are no other manual transmission side-by-sides out there, and it seems this makes the fun factor a real factor in driver enjoyment. Who doesn’t like to run through gears in an incredibly fast off-road vehicle?
What about suspension? On paper the suspension on the YXZ 1000R comes in like the top 5 kids in class with numbers all right around the same. However, Yamaha says its suspension is the valedictorian of the suspension class because of the details of the design that allow huge speed and rough terrain while still providing confidence and control. The front suspension is dual a-arm with a sway-bar, and 16.2 inches of travel. The rear is also a dual-arm setup with a sway bar and and 17 inches of travel. The shocks are Fox 2.5 RC2 and are fully adjustable. For you really, really fast and aggressive drivers, the FOX 2.5 RC2 will not let you down or almost not let you bottom out. Yamaha has engineered the entire machine around the suspension acting to keep the tires tracking exactly where you point them, and the back end not bucking no matter the speed or the terrain. There are 13 inches of ground clearance.
The details continue on the YXZ 1000R starting with the OnCommand system with its typical 2WD, 4WD, and 4WD-Diff Lock settings. OnCommand has been engineered to take the extreme torque loads, including spikes this engine puts out, so it can take the abuse and keep the machine tracking in a straight line. The driving position is low in the machine but with the hood sloped, the driver can see directly in front of the bumper. With great speed comes great braking requirement, and the YXZ 1000R has dual piston caliper brakes on all 4 wheels. EPS comes standard on every model, and the EPS unit is smaller and lighter. Tires come in the form of 27 inch Maxxis Big Horn 2.0’s, and there is a removable plastic skid plate running the length of the machine. The cargo bed holds 300 lbs and has steel tie-downs to make sure your stuff doesn’t leave the vehicle. LED headlights and taillights come on the YXZ and can even change color for dramatic effect. A suntop is also standard on the different models. There are many Yamaha accessories available for the new YXZ 1000R to make the ride your own.
The interior has a hint of airplane in the layout, buttons, dials, shifter, and most of all, the instrument cluster. The tachometer is big and next to it is the digital instrument cluster. It looks pretty darn cool. In fact, the interior makes me want to watch “Top Gun” and then go ride! The seats are bolstered, foot rest strategically placed, and passenger grab bar padded to make sure both driver and passenger stay put in the vehicle. Even the steering wheel has been designed to not flex at fast speeds on extremely rough terrain. The cab is supposed to make both drivers and passengers feel safe as well as comfortable, and it does just that.
So I want one. I can’t help but want one. It is clear Yamaha has put so much effort into the new YXZ 1000R to make it perform at “11” all the time, take that abuse, and want more. It is a driver’s side-by-side. It is a pure sport side-by-side that gives a driver an experience like nothing else on the market. I will be experiencing that soon. Below are the specs. Watch for my first ride impressions.
Special Edition- $21,599
998cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline three-cylinder; 12 valves
Bore x Stroke Compression Ratio Fuel Delivery
80.0mm x 66.2mm 11.3:1
Yamaha Fuel Injection (YFI); three 41mm Mikuni throttle bodies
Ignition Starting System- TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition Electric
Transmission- 5-speed sequential manual external transmission; wet multiplate clutch, external flywheel
Final Drive- Yamaha On-Command; 3-way locking differential; selectable 2WD and 4WD with diff lock; shaft drive
Suspension / Front - Independent double wishbone w/anti-sway bar, fully adjustable FOX 2.5 Podium® RC2 Shocks®; 16.2-in travel
Suspension / Rear - Independent double wishbone w/anti-sway bar, fully adjustable FOX 2.5 Podium® RC2 Shocks®; 17.0-in travel
Brakes / Front - Dual hydraulic disc
Brakes / Rear - Dual hydraulic disc
Tires / Front- Maxxis® MU09 27 x 9.00R
Tirres / Rear - -14 Maxxis® MU10 27 x 11.00R-14
LxWxH- 122.8inx64.0inx 72.2 in 90.6 in
Wheelbase- 236.2 in
Maximum Ground Clearance - 12.9 in
Fuel Capacity- 9.0 gal
Wet Weight- 1510 lb
Bed Capacity- 300 lb
Warranty- 6 Month (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color- Racing Blue/White w/Suntop; Blaze Orange/Black w/Suntop