2019 Yamaha Wolverine X2 First Look, Thoughts, & Review
2019 Wolverine X2 First Look, Thoughts, & Review
Yamaha continues to impress with more new models rolling off the Newnan, Georgia factory lines, and the 2019 model year looks to be like another banner one for the tuning fork brand. The latest model to roll out of that factory is the all-new Wolverine X2, which is the next iteration for the brand’s 2-seat Sport/Recreation side-by-side offering.
The Wolverine X2 is a major step up from the outgoing Wolverine R-spec in terms of capability, design, and functionality. Allow us to explain…
First and foremost, the improvements start from the ground up on the X2 with a new chassis and new powertrain components. The new chassis allows the vehicle to sit at 59” wide, making it legal to go on all of the 60” wide trails throughout the country. With an a-arm suspension design in the front and rear, we can assure you all that the handling with be true to the brands point-and-shoot, trail carving style that we see in the YXZ, Wolverine X4, and many others. With 8.7” of front and 8.9” of rear wheel travel along with fully adjustable KYB shocks on the R-spec models, the Wolverine X2 should also be able to handle the bumps, roots, and cargo loads along the way. Speaking of cargo loads, the X2 has a new hydraulic-assisted dumping cargo bed (it was stationary on the Wolverine R-spec) that can hold a hefty 600 lbs. The standard 2” receiver on the back of the machine allows it to tow 2000 lbs, too.
Back to the powertrain… we first saw the 847cc parallel twin cylinder, EFI-controlled engine (DOHC) make its debut in the Wolverine X4, and we were anxiously anticipating its arrival in a 2-seat platform. The day is here, and the X2 should deliver with the same, excellent powerband that we first experienced in the X4. In addition to the engine, which also receives Yamaha’s YCC-T throttle-by-wire technology, the powertrain package on this machine includes Yamaha’s industry leading Ultramatic transmission with that smooth and controllable centrifugal clutch. An industry standard 4WD system with locked rear differential and lockable front differential is controlled by a rotary dial on the dash. Easy, peezy.
When we said that this is a ground-up redesign, we really did mean it. The interior was not left alone when designing this machine. If you have seen the Wolverine X4, then the X2’s interior will be extremely familiar with the same, clean layout. The driver enjoys easy access to all switches and the instrument cluster in the center stack. The rotary dials for the LED lights and 4WD system are located on the left side of the adjustable steering wheel. The gated shifter is on the console, along with the parking brake. We are also glad to see that Yamaha included the X4’s center console and glove box storage systems from the X4 in this X2. Combined, these provide cavernous storage areas for the vehicle.
Ergonomics should be reminiscent of the X4, and for the most part that is a good thing. The driver’s seat is adjustable fore and aft with an easy, tool-less lever. The upright driving position should be good for all-day riding, especially when paired with Yamaha’s Electric Power Steering system. We are looking forward to reporting on how this machine fits a wide range of driver/passenger heights and sizes.
On the technology front, Yamaha has officially released an all-in-one navigation and vehicle diagnostics system – yes! Have you seen Polaris’ Ride Command system? Well, then you will be familiar with what the new Adventure Pro system from Yamaha is like, except for one large detail. The Yamaha Adventure Pro is a mobile tablet that has a secure docking system in the vehicle. How did they do this? Yamaha partnered with Magellan and used the latest version of Magellan’s TRX7 tablet GPS system. This Android-powered, 7”, weather-proof mobile tablet has a secure docking station in the Wolverine X2 and includes a dedicated Yamaha Adventure Pro app to run the newly developed, dedicated software. The wired docking station connects directly to the vehicle’s ECU, meaning that the tablet not only shows GPS but also live vehicle information like speed, engine temperature, and other vitals. And, yes, you can use the Adventure Pro for GPS duties like finding a list of over 100,000 existing tracks and trails in Magellan’s ever-expanding off-road trail database. The Adventure Pro also gives you the ability to track your own rides and share them with other users or via your social channels. The functionality of this system is great, and we look forward to taking a more in-depth look at the setup in a future article. This is a $749.99 option and it comes with the mount and wiring system in that price.
Overall, the all-new Wolverine X2 looks to be a top-notch option in the 2-seat Sport/Rec market, especially if you use your machine for heavy hauling and sport trail riding. Our ATV ESCAPE test team has already driven the new X2, and we’ll have a full First Drive report in the July/August issue of ATV & UTV ESCAPE Magazine. Be sure you are subscribed to the mag so you don’t miss out! It is FREE, after all…
The 2019 Yamaha Wolverine X2 is available now in 4 variations: Graphite Base EPS ($12,699), R-Spec in either Alpine White or Ridge Red ($14,499), Hunter RealTree Edge Camo ($14,949), and Special Edition in Tactical Black or Back Country Blue ($15,299).