Here’s the All-New Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 and RMAX4 1000 Side-by-Sides

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All-New Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 and RMAX4 1000 Side-by Side come out swinging.

Assembled at Yamaha’s U.S.-based Newnan, Georgia factory, the Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 and RMAX4 1000 Side-by-Sides offer two and four-passenger configurations. They come with an all-new 999cc DOHC, eight-valve, parallel-twin engine with a maximum 8,500 rpm red-line. According to Yamaha, “delivering the highest power in its class.”

Drive modes:

Yamaha D-Mode integrates the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) “Drive-by-Wire” system, Yamaha has three custom drive modes which modulates power delivery to match the terrain conditions.

These modes are:

Trail Mode:  Smooth acceleration, linear throttle response, and full engine braking for a fun, relaxed ride.

Sport Mode:  Powerful acceleration, quick throttle-response, and smooth engine-braking for a sportier experience on wide-open trails, dunes, and more.

Crawl Mode:  Smooth acceleration, moderate throttle response, and full engine-braking to methodically traverse technical situations, such as rock crawling or mud sections, with ease.


Suspension and tires:

Both models come with adustable FOX 2.0 QS3 suspension. The LE models are equipped with FOX’s Intelligent Quick Switch (iQS) technology, allowing drivers to adjust suspension settings from the cockpit on-the-fly.

New 30-inch tires come standard on the Wolverine RMAX2 1000 and 29-inch tires on the Wolverine RMAX4 1000.  RMAX2 1000 models are equipped with GBC Dirt Commander 2 radial tires developed alongside the vehicle, while Maxxis Carnivore radials are supplied on XT-R and LE editions. The RMAX4 1000 comes with Yamaha-exclusive Maxxis Carnage radial tires on XT-R and LE models and GBC Dirt Commanders on standard versions.

Cockpit and electronics:

The “Yamaha Adventure Pro powered by Magellan” navigation system is now dash-mounted. It is integrated on XT-R and LE models. This system is lockable and removable.

The interior has industry-exclusive interior features. Yamaha says they included soft touch materials that have been placed in logical positions. The design of the interior, while all-new, is reminiscent of other Yamaha products.

Additional information:

The Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 and RMAX4 1000 both have a 600-pound bed capacity. They also come with a 2-inch hitch receiver, and a 2,000-pound towing capacity. The Wolverine RMAX2 1000 features a piston-assist tilting cargo bed. The four-passenger Wolverine RMAX4 1000 has sliding rear seats allowing for several storage options. .

Yamaha’s newest offerings hits the market at the same time as the upgraded Polaris lineup. You can see the full Yamaha Wolverine lineup (here).

“The all-new Wolverine RMAX2 1000 and RMAX4 1000 models are stout, powerful, and the most off-road capable recreational Side-by-Sides on the market today,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha motorsports group marketing manager. “These all-new Wolverine models are proudly assembled in the U.S. (They) deliver next-level comfort, versatility, and Yamaha’s legendary durability and reliability. The RMAX 1000 lineup answers the call to what off-road enthusiasts have been demanding:  extreme performance, capability, versatility, and durability.”


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