Yamaha’s Wolverine R-Spec UTV Shipping To Dealers

The new Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec UTV hitting dealer showrooms this month.

The new Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec UTV hitting dealer showrooms this month.

Yamaha’s new UTV, the Wolverine R-Spec, is coming off the production line in Georgia and will be available at dealers this month. The Wolverine R-Spec is targeting hunters and off-road recreation users. Key features of the vehicle include:

  • 708cc EFI engine
  • 2WD, 4WD, locked 4WD Drive Train
  • Yamaha Ultramatic V-Belt transmission with all-wheel engine braking
  • 26″ tires and steel wheels
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Independent double wishbone suspension front and rear with 9.7″ and 10.6″ of travel respectively
  • Ultra-long-stroke KYB nitrogen gas charged piggyback shocks
  • 11.4″ of ground clearance
  • 300 lb. cargo bed capacity
  • 1,500 lb. towing capacity
  • Sun hard top
  • Electronic power steering (EPS) versions

The models are currently available in Hunter Green and Steel Blue with a RealTree Xtra Camo version available in May/June. MSRP for non-EPS models starts at $12,199 and for EPS models starts at $13,199. Learn more:  Powersportsbusiness.com

Comment:  After several years of minimal UTV product development Yamaha has come back in a big way the last few years. First with their Viking lineup of UTVs targeting work and crossover recreation use in the 2014 model year and further expanded for model year 2015, and now with the new Wolverine series targeting purely recreational use. I would expect Yamaha to expand the Wolverine lineup with a 4-person version and more sportier models. Although the latter might be handled by another product line launch specifically targeting high performance/sport recreational use.

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