Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, is introducing the new 2019 YXZ1000R™ Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle today. This is the first major update and upgrade to the YXZ since the introduction of the Sport Shift model. Designed for high performance off-road adventures, both the manual shift model and the Sport Shift model get a variety of modifications that most YXZ owners and racers make or would like to make.
The new YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R Sport Shift (SS) are powered by Yamaha’s 998cc triple-cylinder engine, and an enhanced five-speed manual transmission. For the first time the five-speed is “optimized with enhanced gear ratios.” Since the car is fitted with new 29-inch Maxxis® Bighorn eight-ply tires instead of 27-inch tires, we suspect that “optimized” means geared lower overall, and hopefully with a lower first gear. The gearing changes are said to provide proven off-road performance in both high- and low-speed situations. Increased clutch durability delivers greater confidence during aggressive operation, while simultaneously improving performance at low speeds. The YXZ1000R is available in both a fully manual package, with a center-console sequential shift lever and foot clutch pedal, as well as Yamaha’s Sport Shift package, with pure sport-inspired paddle shifters synced to Yamaha’s Chip Controlled Shift (YCC-S) technology, an advanced automatic clutch system, eliminating the need for a clutch pedal.
For those who require even more punch, the Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing (GYTR) turbo kit designed specifically for the YXZ line is now easier, faster, and less expensive to install. The GYTR Turbo kit uses the renowned Garrett GT2860RS turbo to meet Yamaha’s high standards of durability, reliability and performance, while also being the only turbo in the industry that is CARB, EPA, and 50- state compliant for 2016-2018 model year YXZs, with 2019s soon to follow. The new YXZ1000R/SS boasts new body styling and design, a larger, relocated radiator, lower- positioned seats, new suspension, new tires and wheels, along with enriched accessory integration. They are additionally equipped with Yamaha’s most off-road capable features including OnCommand® four-wheel drive (4WD), and speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS). YXZs are designed with either a full-manual transmission for ultimate vehicle control and connection, or with high-tech paddle shifters in the SS package.
Also new for the 2019 model year, the YXZ1000R comes pre-wired for incorporating the all-new Yamaha Adventure Pro GPS powered by Magellan, providing off-road enthusiasts the confidence and capability to explore more, and share off-road adventures with friends and family. This is an amazing addition to a machine, and for 2019 models the GPS integrates with the YXZ’s computer to add all relevant performance data to the GPS. It has an exclusive-to-Yamaha mode that allows you to designate a loop, then run laps. The GPS keeps track of lap times, but also engine temp and other relative data. It is an incredible addition to a sport UTV. The new YXZ1000R brings the pure sport power and performance of its predecessors with the same industry-first three-cylinder, 12-valve, DOHC, liquid cooled, 998-cc engine. Delivering the most reliable and durable power of any 1,000-cc class machine, it boasts an aggressive 11.3:1 compression ratio and 10,500 RPM redline.
Yamaha’s proven On-Command® system provides 2WD, 4WD and 4WD full diff-lock options in a driver-controlled system, eliminating any computer-generated hesitation or slipping, common in competitive models. Yamaha’s EPS with optimized steering ratios provides precise handling through the best balance of assist and positive feedback from any terrain.
Yamaha enhanced the driver/rider experience with a cooler, roomier cabin. A new oversized radiator has been relocated behind the seats, eradicating excess cabin heat while simultaneously eliminating the risk of clogging while driving through mud. Multiple air vents allow for consistent air intake, even with a storage box or cargo in the bed. The cabin space has also been enhanced for increased comfort with lower seats and an updated roof design, maximizing space within the cabin for both driver and passenger, while easing entry and exit from the vehicle. The new roof design, combined with the more aggressive body styling, creates greater visibility in a variety of environments.
Optimized suspension settings offer greater ground clearance and a smoother ride in more diverse environments. New FOX RC2 shocks with updated spring rates and new high flow internals developed exclusively with FOX Racing are now available with dual springs and adjustable crossovers. The advanced 26-inch shocks jut through the steeply-raked front hood to soak up 16.2 inches of travel in the front, while massive 32-inch piggybacks withstand up to 17 inches of travel in the rear. Yamaha designs, engineers and tests its SxS vehicles in the real world. The YXZ1000R is built with pride in Newnan, Georgia, and delivers the durability, reliability and superior build quality off-road enthusiasts have come to expect from Yamaha. 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 (SE) model features a Pure White painted bodywork, color-matched interior, true bead-lock wheels, a hard suntop, and other premium upgrades.
REALize Your Adventure and view additional details on Yamaha’s all-new 2019 YXZ1000R, along with the complete lineup of Proven Off-Road vehicles online at YamahaOutdoors.com, or by visiting your local Yamaha dealer.