Yamaha’s new YXZ1000R is chock full of new SxS features


Yamaha is rolling into 2016 with an all-new YXZ1000R

billed as “the world’s only pure sport side-by-side (SxS) vehicle” and the first powered by a high-performance 3-cylinder 998cc engine with a 5-speed sequential shift manual transmission. Yamaha unveiled the new sport vehicle in an event in Long Beach, Calif., today.

“The YXZ1000R redefines the sport side-by-side category and solidifies Yamaha as the leader in powersports performance,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s recreational vehicle (RV) group vice president. “In the YXZ1000R, Yamaha has combined industry-first technology and performance with the durability and fit-and-finish SxS enthusiasts have been craving, and we’re confident the YXZ1000R will exceed all expectations.”


The YXZ1000R boasts all-new styling, featuring sharp lines and angles, the suspension projecting through the vehicle’s hood, and stylized wheels and tires.

The front fender gets a unique and aggressive look to showcase its massive front suspension. The newly designed front grille and carry bar outline the four-eyed LED headlight system. The rear fender is designed with highly visible LED taillight and a lightweight and durable fixed-position cargo bed, rated to carry up to 300 pounds. It has a water-resistant sealed storage compartment, plus four steel tie-down points welded to the frame.


The standard YXZ1000R sun top has sharp styling and is seamlessly integrated into the chassis, complementing the entire design. All-new color-matched doors incorporate inset handles that are convenient, durable and easy to operate with two-stage automotive-style latches and coil style door return springs.

The YXZ1000R’s sporty two-seat chassis features a cockpit-like cab with plush contoured high-back, cut-and-stitch seats, sliding adjustable driver’s seat, and a soft-grip, tilt adjustable steering wheel with 147mm of vertical travel. A first for the sport SxS segment, the YXZ1000R features throttle, brake, and clutch pedals.

The YXZ1000R’s 3-cylinder, 12-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled, 998cc engine boasts an aggressive 11.3:1 compression ratio and 10,500 RPM redline. The vehicle has broad, linear torque to respond to driver input across rpm ranges, and the triple throttle bodies provide a more direct connection between driver throttle input and engine response, the company says.


A high-mounted, high-volume clean air inlet provides maximum airflow, while dual air filters – one oiled foam and wet pleated paper type – provide maximum filtration and superior engine performance in even the harshest riding environments. The durable and reusable foam filter features tool-free access for simplified maintenance.

The YXZ1000R incorporates an all-new high volume, three-into-one stainless steel exhaust system, tuned for maximum power output. The exhaust meets EPA/CARB regulations with a muffler-mounted integrated honeycomb catalyzer and removable spark arrestor.


The YXZ1000R claims the industry’s first fully manual 5-speed sequential shift transmission in a SxS vehicle. The shift is manually operated via a clutch pedal and short-stroke shift lever. The all-new clutch design is optimized for the vehicle’s engine output, providing a smooth and connected shifting feeling. The all-new sport-inspired foot-pedal operated hydraulic clutch system provides light, consistent and natural feeling feedback to the driver, increasing confidence in challenging off-road terrain.

Strategically mounted low and longitudinally in the chassis, the engine placement affords the YXZ1000R long rear wheel and suspension travel. A single shaft, one-axis balancer reduces engine vibration by 25 percent, allowing a rigid engine mount to reduce weight and offer a more direct throttle/engine feel for the driver.


The vehicle’s front differential incorporates Yamaha’s on-command 2WD, 4WD and 4WD full diff-lock – a driver-controlled system that eliminates the hesitation or slipping experienced in computer-engaged systems. An automotive-style 4WD dial is intuitive and conveniently located on the center console, and provides simple and seamless transitions between the 2WD, 4WD and 4WD full diff lock settings.

The YXZ1000R employs Yamaha’s proven Electric Power Steering (EPS), set in a new, more compact and lightweight EPS unit.

Critical for premium handling is strong, smooth and predictable stopping power, and the YXZ1000R accomplishes this with four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes with twin piston calipers at all corners. Large 245mm rotors were adopted for enhanced cooling and reduced brake noise.

The YXZ1000R boasts long travel FOX 2.5 podium shocks with 16 inches of travel in front, 17 inches out back and a piggyback reservoir. The fully adjustable front and rear FOX shocks feature adjustable hi- and low-speed compression, adjustable rebound, and adjustable preload settings. The rear shock uses a FOX bottom out cup (BOC) technology that helps reduce the chance for bottoming out in extreme conditions.

The vehicle’s color-matched, rigid bushing pivot double A-arm design is uniquely configured and provides superior handling and a comfortable, confidence-inspiring planted feeling in tough terrain, over deep whoops, and throughout all-day off-road punishment. The front A-arms have optimized castor, bump steer and Ackerman – throughout the travel and steering angle – to achieve the best cornering ability and positive steering feedback with light effort.

The rear double A-arm design is uniquely configured to provide superior handling and a comfortable, confidence-inspiring planted feeling. Spherical bearings ensure accurate tire alignment and the rear shocks are mounted as far out as possible, providing the longest and optimum stroke. The rear suspension design provides straight-line stability with minimal camber variance throughout the entire range of travel.

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The YXZ1000R’s all-new sport-inspired frame was built to provide durable and reliable performance with nimble handling and a comfortable, secure-feeling SxS experience. Full underframe protection covers the bottom of the vehicle from front to back and side to side, while still incorporating easy access to service points.

The YXZ1000R features Yamaha-exclusive 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires with standard 14-inch cast aluminum wheels.

The all-new YXZ1000R is assembled at Yamaha’s U.S. factory in Newnan, Ga., for worldwide distribution. Color options include Yamaha Racing Blue/White, Blaze Orange/Black, and Yamaha’s 60thanniversary celebration Yellow-and-Black. Arriving at dealerships first, the 60thanniversary Special Edition (SE) model adopts Yamaha’s heritage color and graphic scheme and a true bead lock rim.


Credit: Dealer News Press Release

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