When Yamaha designed the four-seat Wolverine X4, they created a new, more refined vehicle built around a new, twin cylinder 850 engine. We’ve been hoping for a two-seat Wolverine 850 since the four seater was introduced, and now it’s here! Here’s what you need to know about it.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
The new Wolverine X2 starts at $12,699 for the base model with steel wheels and spring preload adjustable KYB gas shocks. The Camo model is $14,949. The X2 R-Spec comes with fully adjustable KYB piggyback reservoir shocks, red or white painted bodywork, and aluminum wheels for $14,499. For $15,299, Special Editions come with fully adjustable KYB piggyback reservoir shocks, tri-color seats, fender extensions and Matte Carbon or Matte Blue painted bodywork. The Kawasaki Teryx starts at $12,999 and goes to $15,199 for the LE. Textron’s Wildcat Sport starts at $14,599. Can-Am’s Maverick Sport starts at $14,699. Polaris’ RZR S 900 starts at $14,699.
IS THE ENGINE LIKE THE X4’S?
Yes.The same healthy 847cc, double overhead cam, 8-valve, inline twin that powers the X4 powers the new Wolverine X2.It’s much stronger and smoother than the previous Wolverine’s 708cc single cylinder engine. The cylinders are offset to reduce friction.
IS IT MORE REFINED THAN BEFORE?
Much.There numerous measures aimed at reducing noise and vibration. The X2’s large volume intake and exhaust makes it outstandingly quiet. New engine mounts absorb more vibration. A new closeout panel isolates the cabin from engine noise.
IS THE CHASSIS DIFFERENT?
Yes. The new X2 is narrower (59″ vs. 60.6″) and shorter (115″ vs. 116.9″) than the previous Wolverine.
IS THE SUSPENSION DIFFERENT?
Yes. The new X2 has 8.7 inches of front suspension travel and 8.9 in the rear. The previous Wolverine had 9.7″ up front and 10.6″ in the rear. The shorter travel retains stability with the narrower width, and the suspension works well at woods speeds.
CAN IT WORK HARDER?
Yes. The tilt bed can carry 600 pounds, twice as much as before, and it’s longer and wider than the previous Wolverine’s. The X2 can tow 2000 pounds, 500 more than before.
IS IT MORE COMFORTABLE?
Yes. In addition to being far more smooth and quiet, new seats, a tilt wheel and great visibility make the new Wolverine very comfortable.
IS IT STILL GREAT FOR CHALLENGING TERRAIN?
Yes. The Wolverine X2 has more power with the maneuverability and tough terrain capability that made the first generation machine one of our favorites. Look for the full test in UTV Action’s August issue!
Along with this new model announcement, Yamaha released a GPS integration platform with help from Magellan. Read all of the details HERE.