2019 Yamaha ATVs & UTVS Are OUT!
2019 Yamaha ATVs & UTVS Are OUT!
Yamaha has released some big news for the 2019 model year, including updates to both their ATV and side-by-side lineups. Highlights include a new Grizzly SE model in the ATV lineup, a thoroughly revised YXZ1000R, and an all-new 2-passenger Sport/Rec side-by-side in the form of the Wolverine X2.
Side-by-Side Changes for 2019
2019 YXZ1000R – The 2019 Yamaha YXZ1000R receives a major overall for the new year, with changes that should enhance the cockpit, drivability, and overall package that the YXZ offers.
- New Radiator - The radiator has been relocated to the rear of the vehicle. There are many benefits with this, especially back east where it won’t pack with mud. Drivers and passengers will also experience less heat in the cab because no radiator lines are routed through the tunnel anymore. The radiator has a dual air intake system with one in between the front seats and an additional located in the rear of the vehicle, below the cargo bed. A high capacity dual fan system is now present instead of a single fan. Per Yamaha engineers, this is the largest radiator in Yamaha’s off-road history.
- New Gear Ratios – 24% lower 1st gear, 2nd-5th gears are each 7% lower. The clutch is exactly the same from last year to this year. Top speed hasn’t been altered
- Suspension has been completely changed with enhanced spring rates and refinements
- Sport Shift system sees refinements in the smoothness and quietness of shifting. Engine braking system in the SS should engage more smoothly and quickly than before, too.
- Upper ROPS shape has been altered so that you have improved visibility when going down hills. Yamaha also moved the sun top back a little and altered the overall shape for better visibility. Plus ingress and egress was enhanced with the ROPS changes.
- 4x156 bolt pattern is now standard.
- Bigger wheel and tire combo - 29” Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires (8 ply) now come stock on this machine
- Larger wheels allowed for the brake system to be enhanced. Better brakes with stock steel braided brake lines. There is also an enhanced master cylinder to control the additional braking power.
- Electric Power steering map has been changed to accommodate the new tires.
- Hub bearings are larger
- Main drive shaft and coupler has been changed for improved durability
- New Turbo kit directly from GYTR – 60% power increase over stock engine output. For the 2019 motor, buyers who want the turbo kit don’t have to change out the rods in the engine; the enhanced versions are included in the stock engine.
- Yamaha Adventure Pro with Magellan - GPS system that ties into the information from the machine. This essentially means that it monitors the machine’s vitals.
Viking and Viking VI – The highly capable and value minded Viking models remain the same durable, comfortable, and capable machines for the 2019 model year.
Wolverine X4 - Coming in as an all-new model for 2018, the 2019 Wolverine X4 remains mostly the same as the previous year. The 2019 model does have integration for the Yamaha Adventure Pro system (2018 models are not able to be retrofitted to link up with the Adventure Pro, unfortunately). And, you will also see some new color ways for the X4 this year.
Wolverine X2 - see our other article highlighting this ALL-NEW machine. 2019 Yamaha Wolverine X2 First Look, Thoughts, & Review
ATV Lineup Changes for 2019
Grizzly - All-new SE version
- The engine on the Grizzly SE includes more responsive power with increased mid-range and better acceleration
- A six percent gear reduction has been applied, overall
- A new look graces the Grizzly SE chassis – painted bodywork highlights the aggressive stance
- New 14-inch two-tone cast aluminum wheels provide a wider track width and increased ground clearance.
- All Grizzly models receive a new dash and a redesigned meter
The Kodiak 450, Raptor 700, YFZ450R, Raptor 90, and YFZ50 are all carryover machines for 2019.
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Yamaha Announces 2019 ATV Lineup
REALize Your Adventure with Yamaha’s Proven Off-Road ATVs
KENNESAW, Ga. – Yamaha is expanding its family of Proven Off-Road Utility and Sport ATVs, providing superior Capability, Comfort and Confidence in a wide variety of terrain and situations so off-road enthusiasts can REALize their Adventure.
For 2019, the Grizzly family welcomes an all-new Special Edition (SE) Grizzly featuring exclusive 27-inch Maxxis ‘Zilla tires and Yamaha’s award-winning engine tuned for dynamic recreational riding on the most demanding trails. Yamaha’s more utility-based ATVs include the Kodiak 700 and Kodiak 450, while Yamaha’s sport ATV lineup again features the Raptor 700R, and YFZ450R, along with respective youth models, the Raptor 90 and YFZ50.
“Yamaha continues to build on its Proven Off-Road platform of recreation and sport ATVs with more options providing value to a wide variety of riders,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s vice president of ATV / SxS operations. “Offering the ultimate balance of comfort, confidence, and capability, Yamaha is delivering options to suit the wide variety of needs for our expanding community of outdoorsmen and women, farmers, ranchers and adventure-seeking off-road enthusiasts.”
2019 Special Edition Grizzly: Top Performing Adventure-Seeking Big Bore ATV
The new 2019 Grizzly combines smooth, responsive, and quick-revving power with increased mid-range, and improved acceleration from a new six percent gear reduction. Producing less noise and vibration, the Grizzly still delivers an even sportier riding experience than ever, thanks in part to the enhancements in Yamaha’s all-time best-selling fuel-injected 700-class, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine.
In addition to the aforementioned features, the SE Grizzly features a new, aggressive look, painted bodywork, and new 14-inch two-tone cast aluminum wheels for increased ground clearance, and a wider track width.
All 2019 Grizzly models also get a new dash with a redesigned meter, a pre-installed two-inch tow receiver, Yamaha’s proven Ultramatic automatic transmission, On-Command 2WD/4WD system, and Electric Power Steering (EPS).
All featuring cast aluminum wheels, the new 2019 Grizzly is available in Ridge Red and Alpine White (MSRP $9,899), an all-new Realtree Edge camo pattern (MSRP: $10,299), and an SE Backcountry Blue (MSRP: $10,499).
2019 Kodiak 700: Superior Performance, Comfort and Value for Utility and Work-Minded Individuals
The Kodiak 700 is built for both work and play providing a comfortable, confidence-inspiring ride. Powered by Yamaha’s legendary 700-class single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, the 2019 Kodiak 700 is built Real World Tough with more than 1,300 pounds of towing capacity, 110-pound front rack capacity, and 198-pound rear rack capacity for a work-ready design and capability.
Styling, smooth power and low-end torque creates the foundation for adding a range of Real World Tech features, like Yamaha’s Ultramatic fully automatic transmission, On-Command four-wheel drive system and EPS (select models), all combining to make the Kodiak 700 the most powerful ATV in its pricing category, while maintaining Yamaha’s renowned durability and Proven Off-Road performance.
The new 2019 Kodiak 700 is available in Green, Red (MSRP $6,999), and Fall Beige with Realtree Edge (MSRP $7,299). Kodiak 700 models equipped with EPS include Green (MSRP: $8,599), Armor Grey with aluminum wheels (MSRP $8,799), Realtree Edge with aluminum wheels (MSRP $9,199), and an SE Backcountry Blue with painted bodywork and aluminum wheels (MSRP: $9,299).
2019 Kodiak 450: Mid-Class Utility ATV with Superior Performance, Comfort and Value
The 2019 Kodiak 450 combines Yamaha’s legendary durability and reliability with class-leading handling. Powered by a 421-cc fuel-injected engine for Proven Off-Road performance, it features a compact-chassis mid-size ATV customers will appreciate, along with a roomy riding position to comfortably accommodate even larger riders.
Delivering a Proven Off-Road level of capability, comfort and confidence only available from Yamaha, Real World Tech features on the Kodiak 450 include: Ultramatic automatic transmission, On-Command 2WD/4WD system, EPS, adjustable dual A-arm suspension and more.
The new 2019 Kodiak 450 ATV is available in Green, Red (MSRP $5,999), and Fall Beige with Realtree Edge (MSRP $6,299). Kodiak 450 models equipped with EPS includes Green (MSRP: $6,999), Fall Beige with Realtree Edge (MSRP $7,299), and an SE Backcountry Blue with painted bodywork and aluminum wheels (MSRP $7,599).
2019 Raptor 700R: The Pinnacle of High Performance ATVs
The Raptor 700 and Raptor 700R bring the best combination of power, lightweight handling and trail / dune-conquering performance in sport ATVs. The Raptor’s hybrid steel-aluminum frame is complemented by a controlled-fill aluminum sub-frame and cast aluminum swing-arm, all combining to produce a supremely strong structure and the lightest ATV in its class.
Utilizing Yamaha’s YZ-style fully adjustable piggyback shocks, the Raptor is a versatile machine capable of handling any terrain – from tight, twisty trails to wide open deserts. Lending to the terrain-taming prowess, front wheel travel is 9.1 inches, with 10.1 inches in the rear.
A plush seat, dual counter-balancers, electric start, and reverse are added features on Raptor 700R for all-day riding comfort and convenience.
The Raptor 700 is available in Graphite (MSRP $7,999), while the Raptor 700R is available in Team Yamaha Blue with color matched seat, A-arms and frame (MSRP $8,599). Featuring a GYTR front grab bar and heel guards the 2019 Raptor 700R SE (MSRP $9,199) comes in two new color options: Red or Armor Gray.
2019 YFZ450R: REALize Your Podium
The YFZ450R is the most technologically advanced sport ATV in the market, combining a high-tech, quick-revving, titanium-valve 449cc fuel-injected engine with a lightweight, professional-caliber cast aluminum / steel chassis.
MX-ready, the YFZ’s no-weld frame is designed from lightweight aluminum with a tension-steel bottom frame, allowing low engine placement for optimal mass centralization. Suspension components and settings reduce weight while providing agile, performance-pointed handling and rider comfort.
The YFZ450R’s bodywork is designed for ideal ergonomics and rider comfort with a T-shaped seat and maximum knee room permitting riders to easily move around the machine and attack corners to the finish line. An assist-and-slipper clutch reduces clutch lever effort for less fatigue, while simultaneously increasing clutch plate pressure for positive engagement. This clutch system also reduces engine-braking effect, which allows for faster cornering, particularly when downshifting.
The YFZ450R is available in a Team Yamaha Blue with color matched seat, A-arms and frame (MSRP $8,999). YFZ450R SE with a GYTR front grab bar receives two new SE color options, Red or Armor Gray (MSRP $9,399).
2019 Raptor 90: Entry-Level Machine for the Developing Enthusiast
The Raptor 90 brings the world of sport ATVs to riders ages 10 and up. With sporty styling based on the top-selling Raptor 700R, this entry-level ATV bring Yamaha’s Proven Off-Road sport ATV performance, legacy and quality to the entire family and next generation of budding motorsports enthusiasts.
The Yamaha Raptor 90 is equipped with a fun and exciting 89.9-cc engine and CVT transmission, providing versatility on the trails while maintaining a smooth, linear power delivery. Additional features include single A-arm front suspension, mono-shock swing-arm rear suspension, and 18-inch tires with lightweight matte black wheels to optimize performance and styling for advancing riders.
The Raptor 90’s chassis incorporates a comfortable and roomy rider position to allow developing enthusiasts the ability to grow and adjust their riding posture and position while affording years of enjoyment. Specially designed shocks, with youth skills and weight in mind, provide superior handling and comfort, increasing the fun and performance of the ride.
The 2019 Raptor 90 comes in two colors: Team Yamaha Blue, and White (MSRP: $2,899).
2019 YFZ50: First Time Rider, Life-Long Memories
The YFZ50 introduces the fun and exciting world of sport ATVs to riders ages 6 and up. Inspired by the championship-winning DNA of the YFZ450R, this first-time ATV brings Yamaha’s Proven Off-Road performance and confidence to the next generation of growing motorsports enthusiasts.
Designed to meet Yamaha’s style and industry-leading performance standards, the electric-start YFZ50 mounts a 49.4-cc engine and CVT transmission on a lightweight chassis, resulting in an entry-level machine that combines an exciting acceleration feeling with a comfortable ride to help first-time riders develop their off-road abilities. Parents can feel confident introducing their 6-year-old to ATV riding with supervisory controls integrated into the machine, including adjustable RPM and throttle limiters, as well as a tether switch capable of shutting off the engine from a pull-string if or when needed.
The 2019 YFZ50 comes in either Team Yamaha Blue or White (MSRP: $2,099).
Yamaha’s full-size ATVs are proudly Assembled in the USA at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution.
Yamaha Unveils New 2019 Side-by-Side Lineup
All-New Wolverine X2 Joins Yamaha’s Team of Proven Off-Road Side-by-Sides
KENNESAW, Ga. – Yamaha introduces its new lineup of Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles, providing superior Capability, Comfort and Confidence to deliver Proven Off-Road performance in a variety of terrain.
Yamaha’s 2019 lineup is highlighted by the all-new Wolverine X2. Following last year’s launch of the four-seat Wolverine X4, the Wolverine X2 leads the way in tight, technical terrain in a compact, nimble chassis as the ultimate two-seat trail-exploring vehicle.
Also new for 2019 is the enhanced YXZ1000R / Sport Shift (SS), redesigned to deliver added comfort and confidence for those ultimate high-performance off-road adventures anywhere in the country.
Yamaha’s SxS lineup also includes the hardworking Viking and Viking VI utility vehicles with three- and six-seat cabins, 600-pound dump bed, and powerful 1,500-pound towing capacity.
Bringing the off-road experience to the digital world, the 2019 Wolverine X2, Wolverine X4, and YXZ1000R / SS models are pre-wired for the all-new Yamaha Adventure Pro GPS powered by Magellan, adding more confidence and capability to explore more and share adventures with friends and family.
“From trail-exploring recreational vehicles, to hard working ranch hands, and the ultimate pure-sport machine, Yamaha’s 2019 Side-by-Side lineup is designed to meet – and exceed – the needs and demands of the diverse and continually growing community of off-road enthusiasts across the country,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s vice president of ATV / SxS group operations. “Yamaha tests all of its Side-by-Sides in real world scenarios ensuring the best combination of comfort, capability and confidence-inspiring performance to ensure off-road enthusiasts will truly REALize their Adventure.”
All-New 2019 Wolverine X2: Ultimate Trail-Exploring Machine
The all-new Yamaha Wolverine X2 combines Proven Off-Road capability and confidence-inspiring performance with Real World comfort in a compact, nimble chassis making it the ultimate trail-exploring vehicle in tight, technical terrain. Its versatile and work-ready Real World Tough design features a comfortable two-person cab configuration, along with a newly designed 600-pound-rated dump bed with an automotive-style one-hand operated tailgate, and impressive 2,000-pound towing capacity. No matter the adventure, both driver and passenger will enjoy the comfortable, quiet ride, which welcomes conversations at any RPM range thanks to the smooth, vibration-free power of the vehicle’s new 847-cc twin cylinder engine.
Yamaha’s driver-centric Real World Tech features include a new ultra-reliable and durable Ultramatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), enhanced to accommodate more than 60 pounds-foot of torque, as well as Yamaha’s dependable, driver-controlled On-Command four-wheel drive (4WD) system, and the industry’s foremost Electric Power Steering (EPS).
Available immediately, the all-new Wolverine X2 in Graphite starts at $12,699 (MSRP). The Wolverine X2 R-Spec with KYB piggyback shocks, hard suntop, overfenders, and cast aluminum wheels is available in both Ridge Red and Alpine White color schemes at a $14,499 (MSRP). For hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, the camouflage model is available in an all-new Realtree Edge pattern for $14,949 (MSRP). Donning painted bodywork, color-matched interior and other full-feature upgrades, the Wolverine X2 R-Spec Special Edition (SE) models are available in Tactical Black and Backcountry Blue at $15,299 (MSRP).
2019 Wolverine X4: An Unmatched Family Adventure Vehicle
The 2019 Wolverine X4 delivers superior handling, especially on tight, technical trails, combined with legendary Real World Tough Yamaha durability and reliability. Smooth, ultra-quiet power comes from a 847-cc twin cylinder engine while a compact, nimble chassis cradles the most versatile cab in its class with industry-exclusive stow-away full-size rear seats for expanded cargo capacity when needed.
Ultra-smooth power delivery is offered up via Yamaha Chip Controlled-Throttle (YCC-T), a drive-by-wire system providing precise throttle control. Throttle response is further maximized by an innovative ‘high-response’ servomotor for ultra-fast throttle application, 12-hole fuel-injectors, and a high-volume airbox with two-stage air filtration. The Wolverine X4 also comes standard with a new Speed Management System, which limits the vehicle to a top speed of 25 MPH by simply turning a (removable) key, making it ideal for work sites and other specialized operating conditions.
In addition to comfortably seating up to four adventure-seeking adults, the Wolverine X4 features an exclusive storage system with folding and sliding rear seats, expanding the versatility of the cargo bed area capable of carrying up to 600 pounds. Furthering its Capability and versatility, the Wolverine X4 is rated for a full 2,000 pounds of towing via a two-inch receiver hitch.
Yamaha Real World Tech driver-centric features include On-Command 4WD, reliable Ultramatic CVT and industry-leading, speed-sensitive EPS. Advanced self-leveling rear shocks provide a plush ride, as well as help maintain optimized ground clearance based on the terrain and cargo. Built for all weather situations, the Wolverine X4 is also the only four-seat SxS to feature a true full hard cab option available direct from the manufacturer.
Thanks to spiral- and helical-cut drivetrain gearing, its rubber-mounted and counterbalanced engine, and a variety of noise- and vibration-reducing features, the Wolverine X4 is one of the smoothest and quietest SxS vehicles ever built. All combined, the Yamaha Wolverine X4 is the most off-road Capable, Comfortable and Confidence-inspiring four-seat trail exploring SxS.
All Wolverine X4 models include overfenders and cast aluminum wheels. Standard color options include Ridge Red (MSRP $16,449) and Realtree Edge (MSRP $16,899). Donning painted bodywork, color-matched interior and shock springs, Special Edition models are available in Backcountry Blue and Bolt Blue Metallic (MSRP $17,249).
New 2019 YXZ1000R: Coast-to-Coast Pure-Sport Domination
Expanding the world of pure sport SxS performance is the new 2019 YXZ1000R. Designed for ultimate high-performance off-road adventures on a wide variety of terrain – from open deserts and dunes, to muddy trails and rough, rocky terrain – the new YXZ1000R’s aggressive, race-ready chassis delivers coast-to-coast capability, comfort and confidence.
The new YXZ1000R is powered by Yamaha’s industry-first 998cc triple cylinder engine and Yamaha’s industry-exclusive five-speed manual transmission, enhanced to deliver the industry’s only direct-connection experience for a broad range of drivers and landscapes across the country.
The new YXZ1000R boasts several enhancements including new styling, a new oversized relocated radiator, lower seats, updated suspension, and increased accessory integration. Designed with either a full-manual transmission for ultimate vehicle control and connection, or with high-tech paddle shifters in the SS package, all YXZ models are equipped with Yamaha’s most off-road capable Real World Tech features including dependable On-Command 4WD, and industry-leading, speed-sensitive EPS.
Available in Yamaha dealers this fall, along with pricing, The 2019 YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R SS comes in two colors: Team Yamaha Blue and Graphite. The YXZ1000R SS Special Edition model features Pure White painted bodywork, color-matched interior, true bead-lock wheels, a hard suntop, and other premium upgrades.
Viking and Viking VI: Hardworking, Dependable Farm and Ranch Hand
Yamaha’s Viking and Viking VI SxS vehicles are value-packed, with Proven Off-Road capabilities and Real World Tough durability. Combined with its comfortable and confidence-inspiring ride in its class-leading cab room for three to six people, Vikings are the toughest and hardest working utility-based SxS vehicles that are also fun to drive.
Viking SxS models are well-appointed with Yamaha’s Real World Tech features including an Ultramatic fully automatic transmission providing the industry’s most durable CVT transmission and natural-feeling engine braking, On-Command 2WD/4WD with full differential-lock, and EPS. Further benefits include a powerful 686-cc single-cylinder engine, 11.8-inches of ground clearance, large diameter front and rear wheel disc brakes, and a large 9.7-gallon fuel tank for long rides or all-day work.
The Viking’s comfortable three- or six-seat cab features automotive-style two-stage door latches, pass-through bucket seating, padded passenger handholds, dedicated angled floorboard foot positioning, and more. A reinforced rear steel cargo bed incorporates mounting points on the bed rails and a rubber cargo bed mat to reduce sound and vibration. Large enough for a fully-loaded pallet, the assisted dump bed can pack up to 600 pounds of equipment and supplies while retaining its supple ride and off-road capability. The standard two-inch receiver hitch is rated to pull 1,500 pounds – with or without a full load in the cargo bed.
All three-seat Viking models come with a hard suntop. For colors, the standard Viking is available without EPS in Green (MSRP $11,999), with EPS in Green and Red (MSRP $12,999), as well as Realtree Edge (MSRP $13,899) with cast aluminum wheels. Added Viking variations with EPS include a Special Edition (MSRP $13,999) in Backcountry Blue with cast aluminum wheels and overfenders, and a Ranch Edition (MSRP $14,199) in Metallic Sand with overfenders, center rearview mirror, hard suntop, under-seat storage, cast aluminum wheels, comfort-grip steering wheel, color-matched seats, and unique Ranch Edition badging.
Color options for standard Viking VI models include Green (MSRP $13,999) and Realtree Edge with aluminum wheels (MSRP $14,899). The Viking VI Ranch Edition (MSRP $15,599) includes a color-matched interior and soft suntop, under-seat storage, cast aluminum wheels, comfort-grip steering wheel, overfenders, center rearview mirror, rear bed grab bar, heavy duty front brush guard, and Ranch Edition badging.
All Yamaha SxS vehicles are assembled with pride at Yamaha’s state-of-the art facility in Newnan, Georgia, and designed, engineered and tested in the Real World to deliver the durability, reliability and superior build quality off-road enthusiasts have come to expect from Yamaha.