2020 YAMAHA ATV LINEUP
— Raptors, Grizzlies, YFZs & Kodiaks —
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
The 2020 models have finally started to roll in! Yamaha hit us with their new models. They include some great new color schemes and a few additional upgrades. We are always excited to see what changes and improvements have been made to new lineups, or in some cases give a solid fist pump when seeing our favorites stay in the lineups. Fortunately for everyone, Yamaha continues to support sport quads, offer great 4×4 quads and keep the kids happy with a few youth models to choose from. We will see what they come up with for their UTV platforms soon enough!
GET IT, GRIZZLY
The impressive Grizzly returns with a few improvements. One of our favorite big-bore 4x4s remained mostly unchanged for 2020, but Yamaha wired it up to receive the Yamaha Adventure Pro GPS system that was previously released for their YXZ1000R. Magellan provides the system for Yamaha, and the tablet offers GPS, which comes preloaded with tons of trails, dealer locations, waypoints and more. You can get the Adventure Pro through your dealer or go through www.shopyamaha.com at a price of $749.
The engine of the Grizzly 700 remains a potent 686cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC 4-stroke, and the transmission is still fully automatic. Front differential lock is a standard feature on the Grizzly, making it a very capable 4×4. You can go to your local dealer and pick up an Alpine White or Tactical Green model for $9899. A Realtree Edge Camouflage version starts at $10,299. The Special Edition Matte Silver model is adorned with a brilliant Matte Silver with new machined aluminum wheels and a Warn Pro Vantage 2500 winch installed for $10,799.
Your youth will love to get a miniature copy of your big bad Grizzly for them to ride with you. The 2020 Yamaha Grizzly 90 holds a potent little 90cc engine with a CV-style automatic transmission. Just like the big Grizz, the little version has wide fenders to defend your kiddo from mud and roost while including front and rear cargo racks. You can keep your child safe with an adjustable throttle stop, and an electronic speed limiter is stock. It comes in Yamaha Blue for $3099.
The Kodiak line is designed to tackle your ranch work with ease or take trips into the trails. Yamaha offers the Kodiak 700 in multiple color schemes, outfitted with components to suit your needs. The base model starts at $7,199 in Tactical Green or Ridge Red. Fall Beige with Realtree Edge camo is an additional $300. If you want Electronic Power Steering on the Kodiak, the price will jump up to $8,799 for a Tactical green version, or $9,049 if you want Realtree Edge with aluminum wheels installed.
The Kodiak shares a 686cc four-stroke engine with the Grizzly 700 line. Its CV automatic transmission is tuned for calmer riding and a quieter output than the Grizzly so hunters don’t scare away game. However, if you want to get a Kodiak with more impressive trail-riding capability, the Special Edition models come with a front-locking differential. The SE Matte Silver model has aluminum wheels and is priced at $9,299, while the Tactical Black SE model has aluminum wheels plus a Warn Pro Vantage 2500 winch for $9799.
If you don’t require the size or power output of a big-bore 4×4, the Kodiak 450 is a great option for a mid-sized ATV. When this machine first came out, we got to put it through its paces in the tight, wooded trails of Washington—terrain where it truly excels. It was nimble and powerful enough to tackle most any trails. It is designed to tackle work with cargo racks and towing capabilities. The rider area is roomy enough for larger riders to comfortably move around. The base model starts at $6199 in Ridge Red and Tactical Green, with the Fall Beige scheme running for $6499. EPS models come in Fall Beige or Ridge Red for $7299, and an aluminum-wheeled SE Matte Silver model tops off the lineup for $7599.
We praise Yamaha for keeping some of our favorite models on their lineup! The 2020 Raptor 700 and 700R look fresher than ever with updated color schemes. These big-bore fire-breathers still rock a solid rear axle and an independent front suspension setup. A torquey motor with a five-speed manually shifted transmission remains in the sport quad, along with reverse. The white base model starts at $8099. You can upgrade to fully adjustable piggyback reservoir coil-over shocks on the 700R model that is offered for $8699, and then you can choose between two Special Edition models. The Red and Midnight Blue SE Raptor 700Rs come with GYTR heel guards and a front bumper for $9299.
Yamaha’s little Raptor 90 takes DNA straight from the big-bore itself. The plastics and design are aggressive and will make any youth rider want to pilot the ATV. Riders ages 10 and up will have the power of a single-cylinder 90cc powerplant to get them around. Single-A-arm front suspension and a swingarm-type rear suspension offer a comfortable ride for your growing youth. You can get the 2020 Raptor 90 in Team Yamaha White and Blue for $2999.
TOP THE PODIUM
Yamaha’s YFZ450R is the remaining pure race-ready sport quad in its category. The titanium-valved single-cylinder engine pumps ponies with 449cc. It is mated to a manual five-speed transmission. Fuel injection, an aluminum-steel frame and a powerband that revs to the moon are all part of the R’s repertoire. This quad continues to top podiums in the fiercest of racing environments, and it doubles as a fantastic trail machine for riders who crave speed and sport performance. The base model comes in Team Yamaha Blue with color-matched parts for a starting price of $9099. Like the Raptor 700R SE, the YFZ Special Edition model comes in Red or Midnight Blue with a GYTR front grab bar for $9499.
If you want to get your child into your favorite sport of ATV riding, the YFZ50 is the perfect place to start. The miniature copy of the 450R sports a soft and smooth 50cc engine with an automatic transmission. There are safety functions built in, like a throttle limiter and a parental-controlled kill tether to help keep your kids under control and having a great time. Six-and-up-year-olds will have a blast cruising around on a 2020 Team Yamaha Blue and White YFZ50 for $2199.
If you want to check out Yamaha’s impressive lineup of machines, go to www.yamahamotorsports.com or find your local Yamaha dealer. We are patiently awaiting the 2020 UTV models to come out next!