NEW MODELS: INTRODUCING THE 2021 YAMAHA WOLVERINE RMAX 1000 2 & 4

Plus, old favorites return By the staff of Dirt Wheels

2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX

Yamaha is expanding its Wolverine lineup with a high-powered cross-over machine to take on the Honda Talon X, Polaris General, and Can-Am Maverick Sport. Basically, the Wolverine RMAX 1000 is a totally redesigned Wolverine 850; however, that model does remain in the lineup. The overall stance of the new machine is 64 inches, but there is some fender overhang, bringing the overall width of the car to 66.1 inches.

ENGINE

The RMAX has a slightly larger chassis than the older X2 and X4. It also has more travel, better brakes, and a bigger engine, producing 108 horsepower. That CVT-equipped engine is new but similar to the old 850. It has a balanced crankshaft for reduced vibration and a feature called D-Mode. This feature will allow the driver to select between one of three different power modes. All 108 horsepower is still on tap, but the power delivery is changed for work or crawl applications, casual trail, or spirited fast driving. This feature is similar to what Polaris offers in the Ranger XP and the Kawasaki KRX 1000. Yamaha claims top speed will be just under 70 mph.

A new dash panel graces the RMAX. It looks like it’s easy to view and, better yet, easy to see over to look at trail obstacles. In the center of that dash is a removable, lockable panel that holds Yamaha’s Adventure Pro GPS unit. The LE models come with an SSV Works stereo system, too.
The driver’s finger is pointing at the adjustable IQS shocks from Fox that are available in the LE versions. They also get adjustable power modes controlled by the knob on the left.

2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX

SUSPENSION

All four corners will use A-arm suspension. However, this Wolverine will have dramatically more wheel travel than the older animal. Upfront, the RMAX suspension moves an impressive 14.2 inches and 16.9 in the rear. The four-seat version is slightly different with 14.2 inches up front and 13.3 inches in the rear.

They all have huge 2-inch Fox shocks, which are typically reserved for high-performance UTVs. Furthermore, the LE models have Fox’s IQS, on-the-fly, electronic-adjustable shocks. With a flip of a switch, you can choose between either a soft, firm, or stiff setup.

These are similar to Honda’s (Live Valve) and Polaris’ (Dynamix), but on the Yamaha, the shocks only change stiffness via the switch, not as the terrain or your driving-style changes like in a high-end RZR. The base-model RMAXs are equipped with QS3 shocks. This Wolverine has stronger ball joints, larger brakes, and hubs close to what the YXZ has. The bolt pattern is the same as the newer YXZs at 4/156.

Huge 2-inch shocks are found on all four corners of the RMAXs. Travel upfront is 14.2 inches, and the back is 16.9 on the RMAX 2 and 13.3 inches on the RMAX 4.

2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX

CABIN

The all-new layout inside the RMAX also has hints of YXZ and more futuristic machines. In the center of the dash, there’s a removable Yamaha Adventure Pro unit. This is a collaboration between Yamaha and Magellan, which helps with navigation, as well as a vehicle info center beyond what any manufacturer gives its customers. The driver gets a new gauge cluster and a pedal assembly that have been rotated 4 degrees, so certain drivers will be able to reach them easier and remain comfortable for all-day rides. The passenger gets a new contoured grab handle with a quick adjuster. Both doors get a soft knee pad and a pocket for a speaker. The SE model comes with a complete stereo system from SSV Works. Two cup holders are available in the two-seater and six come in the four-seater, as well as multiple 12-volt charging ports.

Yamaha put huge YXZ-sized brakes, wheel bearings, and ball joints under the RMAX. These, along with excellent engine braking, will surely keep you in control.
(Right) A burly front bumper comes standard on RMAX 1000 models and includes two welded-steel trailering tie-down points, an integrated winch plate, and accessory add-on brush guard. The XT-R and LE versions are also equipped, with a Warn VRX 4500-pound winch, while Yamaha provided existing mounting points and pre-wiring to a dedicated, integrated switch located on the dash for the base models.
Both models have a 600-pound cargo rating, along with a 2000-pound tow rating, even when full of cargo. Furthermore, reverse lights are standard, and there is an outlet out back to install additional work lights. The tailgate is a modern automotive style with a single-handed operation.

2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX

DIFFERENCES

On that four-seater, the back seats slide up and will stow away when not needed, giving room for up to 600 pounds of cargo. The dumping cargo bed on the two-seater also has a 600-pound weight rating. Both versions have a 2000-pound tow rating.  

Finally, for traction, the RMAX 2 uses 30-inch tires all the way around and are mounted on 14-inch wheels. On the four-seater, the tire layout is a bit different. The tires are all 29 inches tall. The rears are 11 inches wide and the fronts are 9 inches wide and mounted on 14-inch wheels. This lowers the ground clearance slightly, and the wheel travel is less outback on the four-seater. The LE RMAX 4 gets Maxxis Carnage tires, while the two-seater LE and XT-R are shod with Maxxis Carnivores. All base models also have great tires in the GBC Dirt Commanders.  

2021 YAMAHA WOLVERINE RMAX 2 1000 & RMAX 4 1000

Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve

Displacement 999cc

Bore x stroke 93.0mm × 73.5mm

Compression ratio of 11.2:1

Fuel delivery Yamaha Fuel 

Injection (YFI); dual 48mm throttle bodies

Drive system On-Command 3-way locking differential; 2WD, 4WD, full diff-lock 4WD

Suspension/wheel-travel:

Front Dual A-arms w/ Fox iQS piggyback shocks; 14.2” travel

Rear Dual A-arms w/ Fox iQS piggyback shocks; 16.9”, 13.3” (4-seat)

Brakes.Front & rear dual hydraulic discs w/ two-piston calipers.

Tires:

Front 30×10-14; 29×9-14 (4-seat)

Rear 30×11-14; 29×11-14 (4-seat)

Length/width/height 119.3”x66.1”x77.8”;128.1”x66”x83.1” (4-seat) 

Wheelbase 86.7”; 90.2” (4-seat)

Turning radius 236”; 236” (4-seat)

Fuel Capacity 9.2 gal.

Wet weight 1845 lb.; 1903 lb. (4-seat)

Bed capacity 600 lb.; 500 lb. (4-seat)

Towing capacity 2000 lb. 

Color Cobalt Metallic, Armor Gray, Alpine White, Covert Green

Warranty 6 months limited factory warranty); Yamaha 10-year belt warranty

RMAX 2 Price $19,799; $21,999 (XT-R); $23,299 (LE)

RMAX 4 Price $21,299; $23,999 (XT-R); $25,299 (LE)

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In 2021, the YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R SS are still the kings of pure-sport riding or racing.  See our 2020 test here:   https://dirtwheelsmag.com/utv-test-2020-yamaha-yxz1000r-ss-xt-r/   The manual-shift five-speed transmission makes it an exciting car to drive. We are seeing people modify the YXZ and give them over 400 horsepower. For us, we like the bolt-on GYTR turbo kit on the SS model for the ultimate thrill ride.

MORE 2021 MODELS 2021 YXZ1000R & YXZ1000R SS

Both 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 an SxS.

Designed with either a full-manual, stick-shift, five-speed transmission for ultimate vehicle-to-driver connection or with aluminum paddle shifters and auto clutch in the high-tech SS package, all YXZ models have Yamaha’s  On-Command, EPS, and pre-wiring for the Yamaha Adventure Pro. Capability, comfort, and confidence are optimized for unmatched performance with high-flow intake and exhaust, an oversized rear-mounted radiator, fully adjustable Fox 2.5 Podium RC2 shocks, and 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn eight-ply-rated radial tires.

Special Edition (SE) YXZ1000R SS models are further equipped with color-matched contrast-stitched seats, a suntop, center-mount mirror, true bead-lock wheels, and enhanced under-body protection. The YXZ1000R SS XT-R package includes painted bodywork, Yamaha-exclusive Maxxis Carnage eight-ply-rated radial tires for exceptional traction and durability, centerline pod lights for enhanced illumination, and a custom front grab bar with a heavy-duty Warn VRX 4500 winch and an integrated in-cab switch.

At authorized Yamaha dealers this fall, the 2021 YXZ1000R, and YXZ1000R SS will be available in Team Yamaha Blue ($18,999 MSRP), with the YXZ1000R SS SE in either Yamaha Black or White ($20,699 MSRP). The YXZ1000R SS XT-R Edition will be available in Covert Green painted bodywork ($21,799 MSRP).

At under $15,000, the next-generation Wolverine X2 R-Spec 850 features updated doors, roof support, and a suntop to give the vehicle a sleek, sporty look. Adjustable suspension with high-/low-speed compression clickers gives you the most features in a recreational machine but still at a great price.

2021 WOLVERINE X2 & X4

The new 2021 Wolverine X2 and Wolverine X4 deliver power through 847cc, twin-cylinder engine, combined with Yamaha’s Ultramatic transmission, On-Command 4WD with front diff-lock, and EPS, all packed in a compact, nimble chassis.

New for 2021, the Wolverine X2 and X4 feature a sleek, new look and layout. The newly designed doors and frame enhance entry and exit for both the driver and front passenger, while more compact shoulder bolsters and new adjustable seat belts improve cabin comfort. The driver’s seat also features repositioned pedals and greater seat adjustability to accommodate taller drivers.

For 2021, all Wolverine X2 and X4 models are now equipped with 27-inch GBC Dirt Commander radial tires featuring eight-ply-rated construction. Larger tires deliver increased ground clearance, better traction in more terrains, and added durability. XT-R editions are further enhanced with a Warn VRX 4500-pound winch, high-quality graphics, painted Covert Green bodywork, and KYB piggyback shocks with fully adjustable spring preload, rebound, and high- and low-speed compression damping. The Wolverine X4 XT-R 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 2021 Wolverine X2 and X4 models will be available at Yamaha dealers this fall. The 2021 Wolverine X2 R-Spec and Wolverine X4 will be available in Armor Gray (X2, $14,499; X4, $16,499) and Realtree Edge in the X2 ($14,999 MSRP), with Covert Green XT-R Editions of each starting at $15,999 MSRP.

For 2021, all Wolverine X2 and X4 models are now equipped with 27-inch GBC Dirt Commander radial tires featuring eight-ply-rated construction. Larger tires deliver increased ground clearance, better traction in more terrains, and added durability.

2021 VIKING AND VIKING VI

According to Yamaha, the Viking line is equipped with Yamaha’s reliable and powerful 700-class engine, along with an Ultramatic transmission, On-Command system, and EPS. Combined with a comfortable and confidence-inspiring ride in its class-leading cab with room for three to six people.

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 added convenience and durability, along with sound and vibration reduction. Sizable 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 2-inch receiver hitch is rated to pull 1500 pounds with or without a full load in the cargo bed.

2021 Viking and Viking VI Ranch Edition models are available in Copperhead Orange Metallic painted bodywork with the color-matched interior, under-seat storage, cast-aluminum wheels, comfort-grip steering wheel, over-fenders, center rear-view mirror, rear grab bar, and distinct Ranch Edition badging.

2021 Viking and Viking VI Ranch Edition models are available in Copperhead Orange Metallic painted bodywork with the color-matched interior, under-seat storage, cast-aluminum wheels, comfort-grip steering wheel, over-fenders, center rear-view mirror, rear grab bar, and distinct Ranch Edition badging.

All 2021 Viking and Viking VI models will be available at Yamaha dealers this fall. The Viking will be available in Tactical Green with a suntop ($13,599 MSRP), Realtree Edge ($13,999 MSRP), or the Copperhead Orange Metallic Ranch Edition ($14,299 MSRP). Viking VI models are also available in Tactical Green ($14,399 MSRP), Realtree Edge ($14,999 MSRP), and the Copperhead Orange Metallic Ranch Edition ($15,699 MSRP).

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