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Yamaha unveils 2020 side-by-side models with new special edition lineup

Proven off-road 2020 models up the ante with increased terrainability

2020 Wolverine X2

Yamaha Motor Canada introduces all-new Special Edition models for select Proven Off-Road 2020 ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles.Boasting superior capability, comfort, and confidence in a variety of terrain, the new Special Edition machines are equipped with stout new radial tires, a WARN winch, advanced suspension, new painted Titanium Bronze / Tactical Black colour scheme, and more.

"Yamaha continues to update the Proven Off-Road ATV and SxS platforms with the new Special Edition Wolverine, YXZ, and Grizzly models, taking trail performance and showroom appeal to the next level with added features to increase real world terrainability," said Chris Poirier, Yamaha's National Motorsports, Sales Operations. 

2020 Wolverine X2 and X4: The Ultimate Recreational Trail-Exploring Machines

The 2020 Wolverine X2 and X4 delivers superior handling, especially on tight, technical trails,combined with Yamaha's legendary Real World Tough durability and reliability. Smooth, ultra-quiet power comes from an 847-cc twin-cylinder engine, while a compact, nimble chassis allows  drivers to navigate tight, technical terrain. Along with new upper and lower rear A-arms to increase suspension travel while minimizing camber changes for improved response in rough terrain, the 2020 Wolverine X2 and X4 now also accommodates "square" - or same-size -accessory tire and wheel setups, in addition to withstanding the added rigor of winching.

Both Wolverine models are versatile and work-ready with a 600-pound-rated bed, donning an automotive-style one-hand-operated tailgate, and impressive 2,000-pound towing capacity.The two-seat Wolverine X2 is equipped with a hydraulic dump bed, while the X4 can seat up tofour with industry-exclusive, simple-to-stow full-size rear seats, allowing for expanded cargo capacity when needed.

Yamaha's driver-centric Real World Tech features on the Wolverine includes an ultra-reliable and durable Ultramatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), able to accommodate more than 60 pound-feet of torque, dependable driver-controlled On-Command 4WD system, the industry's foremost speed and torque-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS), and compatibility for the Yamaha Adventure Pro GPS, powered by Magellan.

The Wolverine X2 and X4 in the Special Edition trim is further equipped with new27-inch GBC Dirt Commander radial tires featuring 8-ply rated construction,increased ground clearance, traction, and durability, a WARN VRX 4500 winch,high-quality graphics and painted bodywork, and KYB piggyback shocks with fully adjustable spring preload,rebound, and high- and low-speed compression damping. The Wolverine X4 Special Edition retains the advanced self-leveling rear shocks to provide a plush ride, as well as help maintain optimized ground clearance based on the terrain and cargo. 

All 2020 Wolverine X2 and X4 models will be available at Yamaha dealers this fall. The 2020 Wolverine X4 will be available in Yamaha Blue, and with aluminum wheels in White and Realtree Edge Camo. The Wolverine X2 R-Spec with a suntop and aluminum wheels will be available in White and Realtree Edge Camo, along with a standard Yamaha Blue model.Both the Wolverine X2 and X4 Special Edition versions will be available in Titanium Bronze /Tactical Black.

2020 YXZ1000R SS

2020 YXZ1000R SS

The 2020 YXZ1000R SS is the ultimate pure-sport high-performance off-road adventure vehicle, capable of handling a wide variety of terrain - from open deserts and dunes, to muddy trails and rough, rocky terrain. The YXZ models are powered by Yamaha's industry-first 998cc triple-cylinder engine and industry-exclusive manual transmission, delivering the only direct- connection experience and feel in a side-by-side.

The Special Edition YXZ1000R SS model is further equipped with painted bodywork, color- matched interior, true beadlock wheels, and high-spec, fully-adjustable FOX 2.5 Podium RC2 shocks. The all-new YXZ1000R SS Limited Edition package includes all the Proven Off-Road upgrades, in addition to Yamaha-exclusive Maxxis Carnage 8-ply rated radial tires for exceptional traction and durability, centerline pod lights for enhanced illumination, a custom front grab bar with a heavy duty WARN VRX 4500 winch and integrated in-cab switch, a composite suntop, and contrast- stitched seats. YXZ models have Yamaha's Real World Tech features, including On-Command 4WD, speed and torque-sensitive EPS, and prewiring for the Yamaha Adventure Pro GPS. Capability, comfort, and confidence is optimized for unmatched pure-sport performance with high flow intake and exhaust, an oversized rear-mounted radiator.

Available at authorized Yamaha dealers this fall, the Special Edition YXZ1000R SS will be available in Team Yamaha Blue with aluminum beadlock wheels, and the YXZ1000R SS Limited Edition model will be available in Titanium Bronze / Tactical Black with added suntop, WARN winch, and beadlock wheels.

2020 Grizzly EPS Special Edition

2020 Grizzly EPS Special Edition

Announced earlier this year, the 2020 Grizzly has been designed for the sport recreational trail rider looking for excitement on every ride, delivering the ideal balance of big bore power and performance in an ATV. The new 2020 Grizzly EPS SE brings even more riding exhilaration thanks to its potent and proven 700-class engine, superior e-coated chassis running Yamaha- exclusive 27-inch Maxxis ‘Zilla tires, roomy ergonomics, advanced electronics, and stylish Special Edition painted bodywork.

The 2020 Grizzly EPS SE includes a factory-installed WARN Pro Vantage 2500 winch and also equipped with Yamaha's standard Real World Tech, including an Ultramatic automatic transmission, On-Command 2WD / 4WD system, and EPS.

The 2020 Grizzly XT-R will be available at Yamaha dealers this fall in Titanium Bronze / Tactical Black.

2020 Kodiak 450 SE w/ Diff-Lock

The 2020 Kodiak 450 SE combines Yamaha's legendary durability and reliability with class- leading handling. Powered by a 450-class, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with electronic  fuel injection, it delivers work-ready performance with more than 1,300 pounds of towing capacity, while its compact and nimble chassis handles tight and technical trails.

Delivering Proven Off-Road capability, comfort, and confidence, the 2020 Kodiak 450 SE boasts Yamaha's standard Real World Tech features including an Ultramatic

automatic transmission, EPS, adjustable dual A-arm suspension, and for the first time ever on a Kodiak 450, Yamaha's three-position On-Command 4WD with 2WD, 4WD limited slip, and 4WD with full-locking differentials. This rugged new special edition Kodiak also includes a factory-installed Warn Pro Vantage 2500 winch and premium alloy wheels to complete an already well-equipped package.

The 2020 Kodiak 450 SE with aluminum wheels is available in a Matte Silver and the new Tactical Green SE with On-Command and a WARN winch.

2020 Viking VI

2020 Viking and Viking VI

Yamaha's Viking and Viking VI SxS vehicles are value-packed, with Proven Off-Road capabilities and Real World Tough durability. Viking SxS models are well-appointed with a reliable and powerful 700-class engine, along with Yamaha's Real World Tech features including an Ultramatic transmission, On-Command 2WD / 4WD with full differential-lock, and EPS. Combined with a comfortable and confidence-inspiring ride in its class-leading cab with room for three to six people, Vikings are the toughest and hardest working utility-based SxS vehicles that are also fun to drive. 

The Viking and Viking VI's reinforced rear steel cargo bed incorporates accessory mounting points on the bed rails and a rugged rubber cargo bed mat for further sound and vibration reduction. Sizeable enough to carry a standard pallet, the piston-assisted dump bed can pack up to 600 pounds of equipment and supplies while retaining its supple ride and off-road capability. The Viking's standard two-inch receiver hitch is rated to pull 1,500 pounds - with or without a full load in the cargo bed.

All 2020 Viking and Viking VI models will be available at Yamaha dealers this fall. The Viking EPS-equipped models that include a suntop and aluminum wheels are available in Green, Realtree Edge, or the Copperhead Orange Metallic Ranch Edition with a suntop. Viking VI models are also available in Blue.

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