Meet Yamaha's Latest SxS- The 2018 Wolverine X4 Hot
Meet Yamaha's Latest SxS- The 2018 Wolverine X4
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Meet the brand new four-seat Wolverine X4 recreational/utility side-by-side from Yamaha. We recently had a chance to check it out in person, and we are excited about this side-by-side. Three years in development, the Wolverine X4 is aimed directly at those who want a side-by-side for recreation with ability to take up to four people into the tight-trail areas of the off-road. Extreme efforts were made to make this side-by-side capable, comfortable, and inspire confidence on the trail. This new vehicle comes complete with a brand new 847cc parallel-twin long stroke engine. Yes, Yamaha has debuted a twin-cylinder 800-class engine to power the Wolverine X4, with an emphasis on a quiet and minimal vibration low-end power producing motor.
Getting that power to the ground is an all-new Ultramatic transmission specifically built to handle and utilize the power from the new parallel twin engine, and still featuring a clutch that keeps the belt tight no matter what. It features the On-Command 2WD/4WD/Diff Lock that makes sure you can tackle rough terrain with ease, with the turn of a dial. We like the way it looks! Center of gravity has been kept low for a firm “planted” feel even with 4 adults, and the weight has been centralized to the middle of the vehicle.
The suspension has 8.7-inches of travel with preload shocks in the front and 8.9-inches in the rear, but the wow factor comes in the rear with self-leveling shocks that adjust the ride height to the load without any user adjustment. It can tow up to 2000 lbs. The fact is the Wolverine X4 can do everything you want in the size of a 2-person side-by-side, but can throw in an additional two more people.
Yamaha wanted to create a 4-seat recreational side-by-side that remained extremely compact to the tune of 122-inches long, which is just slightly longer than a two-seat Wolverine. The X4 comes in just shy of 60-inches wide, so it is the most compact four-seat side-by-side on the market. Each rear seat bottom folds up and the seat back slides forward, so one or both seats can be used or stowed to make room for cargo. It is a clever approach to carrying people or cargo while still retaining an overall small vehicle. Extreme measures were taken to ensure the cab is comfortable for all occupants including a lot of of steps to produce a quiet cab so people can actually talk while out riding. It is the quietest side-by-side we have ever heard. Heat shielding, comfortable seats, foot and leg room, cup holders (six total), and DC outlets are available for both the front and rear passengers. The half-doors keep the trail out, and there is a full 12-inches of adjustment to the tilt-steering.
There is plenty of solid engineering built into the Wolverine X4 worth noting. A new instrument cluster keeps the driver informed, and the throttle system is a drive-by-wire system for optimum acceleration and engine control even in extremely rough terrain. This also allows for a Speed Management System that can limit the top speed to 25 MPH. The rear seats sit higher than the front, so the rear passengers can see. The entire vehicle was designed for the hard-cab enclosure option which includes the ability to add a heating and ventilation system.
We are excited about the Wolverine X4 because of its size and its capability to carry along 4 people in comfort. It is SOOOOO quiet with such a well thought-out cab that is supposed to address some of the complaints we have and you have on most 4-seat side-by-sides. Normally, when Yamaha sets out to solve some problems, they do. We can’t wait to be able to go for a ride here in the near future, so stay tuned to see our first review.
Wolverine X4 SE Matte Silver
Wolverine X4 SE Matte Carbon
Wolverine X4 Yamaha Blue
Wolverine X4 Graphite
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