All New Yamaha Wolverine X2 UTV Side by Side
Yamaha is definitely not new to the UTV game. In fact, they’ve been at this for more than 15 years. Building on success, they’ve launched the Yamaha Wolverine X2 to be the next generation of two-seat side-by-sides.
Yamaha Wolverine X2 Powertrain
Starting off with powertrains, powering the Yamaha Wolverine X2 is an 847cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin. Double overhead cams feed this monster through 8 valves. Mikuni fuel injection supplies the gasoline through two 36mm throttle bodies. Rubber engine mounts and a geared counterbalancer keep the twin-cylinder running smooth.
The Yamaha Wolverine X2 UTV comes with the namesakes Ultramatic transmission. This CVT drive system uses a centrifugal clutch to maintain consistent belt tension. An oversized CVT belt ensures durability, even with aggressive driving. In addition, a sprag clutch provides all-wheel engine braking for controlled deceleration, without touching the brakes.
Putting the power to the ground happens through the on-command 4WD. Drivers can choose real-time between 2WD, limited-slip 4WD, and fully locked 4WD. This system allows you to choose what you want, and change for different terrains.
Along with the on-command 4WD and Ultramatic CVT, the Yamaha Wolverine X2 includes an adjustable suspension. KYB developed shocks for Yamaha to ensure well-dampened suspension at all four corners. To keep you on the straight-and-narrow path, the X2 has Yamaha’s Electric Power Steering (EPS). The EPS system provides steering assist, but it also gives the driver positive feedback. Power steering really helps with mitigating driver fatigue during those long trail days.
Stopping the Yamaha Wolverine X2 is no big challenge, hence each X2 is fitted with 207mm vented disc brakes. Two-piston calipers put the clamps on the discs at each of the four corners.
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Work and Play
With the X2, it doesn’t all have to be fun and games. They also come standard with an all-new tilting cargo bed. This bed includes hydraulic assistance, multiple tie-down points, and a robust latch system. The Yamaha Wolverine X2 will haul up to 600-pounds and tow up to 2,000-pounds. A standard 2-inch receiver makes the Wolverine ready to work, whenever you need it. Yamaha includes the speed management system on the Wolverine X2, enabling the owner to limit top speed to 25mph. This is a great feature for the jobsite.
High back seats keep the driver comfortable and safe. Shoulder bolsters and lap belts help to keep body parts in the vehicle at all times. While GPS is not included as a standard feature, each Yamaha Wolverine X2 UTV is pre-wired and ready for the Adventure Pro GPS system. The rugged 7-inch full-color display allows the user to search, download, record, and share trail routes. Furthermore, the Adventure Pro GPS communicates with the Wolverine X2 ECU to display vehicle data and warnings onscreen.
UTVs and side-by-sides continue to progress in performance, functionality, and even comfort. The Yamaha Wolverine X2 includes the standard features that most people desire. With a price of $12,699, this does fit better in the value sector than many competitors. We hope to get our hands on one soon for some real testing, and we’ll follow up with the review.
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