The radically-styled Yamaha YXZ1000R is a new kind of Side-by-Side Vehicle (SxS) that has been conceived, engineered and manufactured as a 100-percent pure sports recreational model. Powered by a new generation torque-rich 3-cylinder engine driving though a rally-style 5-speed sequential transmission, the YXZ is like no other model ever seen in the off-road world.
Compact 3-cylinder engine
Never before has the sports-minded side-by-side customer have access to such high levels of supersport-class engine performance. With an ultra-compact inline 3-cylinder layout, this outstanding new 998-cubic centimeter DOHC (double overhead camshaft) engine has been designed to deliver breathtaking acceleration that puts the YXZ1000R in a whole new class.
Fed by triple fuel injectors with 41-millimeter bodies, the free-breathing 4-valve cylinder heads run with a high 11.3:1 compression ratio that contributes significantly toward the YXZ’s massive midrange torque and free-revving character. And with its vibration killing single-axis balancer, this torque-rich 3-cylinder engine is an exceptionally smooth runner.
For reliable and effective engine cooling in adverse conditions, the YXZ is equipped with a high-capacity aluminum radiator featuring an integrated fan that automatically cuts in when required.
Industry first 5-speed sequential-shift transmission
Yamaha developed an all-new 5-speed sequential-shift transmission that has been designed to complement the exhilarating supersport character of the torque rich 3-cylinder engine. The rally-style sequential shift enables ultra-fast gear shifting for awesome acceleration, while the manual gearbox ensures instant and efficient transmission of power to the drive wheels without the power losses associated with some other CVT systems.
On-Command 4WD with Diff-Lock modes
With the twist of a dial, On-Command 4WD gives the driver ultimate traction, with easily selected 2WD, 4WD and 4WD full Diff-Lock modes. The YXZ1000R’s all-new drivetrain incorporates and takes advantage of Yamaha’s proven On-Command 4WD system with full Diff-Lock for challenging terrain.
Agile pure sports chassis
The YXZ1000R’s chassis has been developed to enable its driver and passenger to experience the best handling performance ever achieved by a sport side-by-side model. The lightweight high-tensile steel chassis has been constructed to Yamaha’s exacting standards using optimized dimensions in order to ensure class-leading performance and outstanding durability.
An overhead protection system complete with a lightweight sun-top is fitted as standard, and its rugged tubular structure has been developed to offer high levels of front and rear visibility for the driver and passenger.
Beneath the chassis is a removable 3-piece composite underbody protection system that offers high-impact resistance and also gives easy access to service items. Manufactured from 4-mm thick TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) – with 6-mm thickness at the rear section – this light and resilient guard also enables the YXZ1000R to glide over most obstacles found on the trail.
The ultimate long-travel suspension package
The YXZ1000R is built for jaw-dropping acceleration together with outstanding top speed. So in order to optimize its off-road performance, Yamaha equipped this next generation SxS with one of the most sophisticated and capable suspension systems ever seen on a production off-roader.
Electric power steering (EPS)
For reduced steering effort and precise handling in all conditions, this ground breaking SxS is fitted with Yamaha’s class-leading speed-sensitive Electric power steering. The rack and pinion steering system assembly is operated by a soft grip steering wheel for all-day comfort – and the EPS motor is mounted close to the steering wheel on the steering column, well out of the way of dirt and debris.
Large diameter all-wheel disc brakes
To match its engine and chassis performance, this new generation SxS is equipped with one of the most powerful braking systems to be found on a side-by-side. The 245-mm diameter discs are fitted to all four wheels, and are gripped by 2-piston calipers for powerful and effective braking performance with plenty of feel, allowing the driver to brake later and harder.
There’s also an automotive style parking brake lever mounted in the cabin’s center console that operates a shaft-mounted brake.
Alloy wheels with exclusive 27-inch Maxxis tires
To underline the YXZ1000R’s exclusive supersport specification, the standard model features aggressively styled 12-spoke alloy wheels with an optimized offset that gives steering agility together with high-speed stability. These lightweight wheels are fitted with Yamaha-exclusive 27-inch Bighorn 2.0 radial tires that offer extreme performance as well as increased ground clearance. Delivering optimum traction with increased durability, as well as high levels of driving comfort and steering precision, these are the ultimate tires for the ultimate SxS.