New Best-in-Class 999cc Engine, D-Mode Technology, Industry-First Comforts and Capability.
Toronto, Canada – September 3, 2020 – Yamaha Motor Canada sets a new benchmark in the recreational off-road segment, unveiling the all-new Proven Off-Road Wolverine RMAX 1000 line of two- and four-seat Side-by-Side (SxS) models. Assembled at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art factory in
Newnan, Georgia, these vehicles offer serious adventure-seekers a new level of class-leading high performance, as well as extreme capability, power delivery and versatility, without sacrificing reliability
or cabin comfort. The all-new Wolverine RMAX2 and RMAX4 1000 Side-by-Sides include Standard and Special Edition (SE) models set in an all-new impressive chassis, featuring a new engine, new Yamaha Drive-Mode
(D-Mode) power-delivery system, FOX QS3 suspension technology, driver-centric comforts and proven reliability beyond what off-road SxS enthusiasts have ever experienced. These join Yamaha’s
Wolverine family of recreational-based SxS vehicles, which includes the enhanced 2021 Wolverine X2 850 models and X4 850 models.
“Off-road enthusiasts have been demanding a Side-by-Side with extreme performance and capability – the all-new Wolverine RMAX2 and RMAX4 1000 models answer this call,” said Andrew Scott, Yamaha
Motor Canada’s ATV/SSV Product Specialist. “Stout, powerful and the most off-road capable recreational Side-by-Sides on the market today, these all-new Wolverine models deliver next-level comfort and versatility, along with Yamaha’s legendary durability and reliability.”
Proven Off-Road Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 and RMAX4 1000 Top New Features
• New category-dominating 999cc DOHC, eight-valve, parallel-twin engine: With an aggressive 8500 rpm redline delivering the highest power in its class.
• Yamaha D-Mode: Integrating the advanced and established Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) “Drive-by-Wire” system adapted from Yamaha’s proven, high-performance YZF-R1 supersport motorcycle, Yamaha creates the only SxS offering three custom drive modes providing optimum power delivery and engine braking while still utilizing full engine power to
match unique terrain and driving styles.
• Heavy-duty, comfort-focused and easy-adjust FOX 2.0 QS3 suspension: Complements the class-leading ground clearance and allows riders to quickly tune their shocks without tools for a variety of terrain.
• New massive and burly 30-inch (Wolverine RMAX2 1000) and 29-inch (Wolverine RMAX4 1000) tires: Standard RMAX2 1000 models are equipped with the versatile GBC Dirt Commander 2 radial tires developed alongside the vehicle, while the popular Maxxis Carnivore radials are supplied on the SE edition. The RMAX4 1000 is armed with Yamaha-exclusive
Maxxis Carnage radial tires on SE models and GBC Dirt Commanders on standard versions.
• Revolutionary new class-leading automotive-like cabin comfort: Featuring all-new, industryexclusive interior features and soft touchpoints in strategic locations.
• Versatility to the extreme: Wolverine RMAX2 1000 features a piston-assist tilting cargo bed, while the Wolverine RMAX4 1000’s simple-sliding rear seats allow for flexible storage or passenger solutions. Both vehicles boast a 600-pound bed capacity, 2-inch hitch receiver and 2,000-pound towing capacity.
MAX CAPABILITY: New 999cc Engine, Yamaha D-Mode, FOX 2.0 QS3 with iQS
The Wolverine RMAX2 1000 and RMAX4 1000 models exude dominance, powered by a new and advanced 999cc engine with multiple drive modes and Yamaha’s Proven Off-Road Ultramatic and OnCommand systems. All these innovations are housed in a new optimized chassis, delivering next-level capability, extreme terrainability and remarkable rigidity.
Inspired by the proven engine in the Wolverine X2 and X4, Yamaha scaled up the power in the RMAX 1000 models, creating a new best-in-class, high-octane 999cc DOHC, eight-valve, parallel twin-cylinder engine, revving to an intense 8500 rpm redline. Power is delivered through Yamaha’s reliable
Ultramatic transmission – the most advanced and durable CVT drive system available – redesigned to accommodate the increase in power and maintain constant belt-tension while idling or engaged in high-rpm and high-torque situations. After countless hours of extreme durability testing and decades of proven performance, CVT belt concerns are eliminated.
Power and engine-braking are maximized in various off-road situations with the combination of Yamaha’s reliable On-Command system, featuring two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive with limited-slip and full-differential lock. For the first time ever in a SxS, the new Yamaha D-Mode offers three
optimized power delivery settings to match the terrain and driver mindset while still utilizing the full power of the class-leading 999cc engine via the YCC-T system.
D-Mode provides the following three intuitive options at the turn of a dial in the driver’s cockpit:
• Trail Mode: Smooth acceleration, linear throttle response, and full engine braking for a fun, relaxed ride.
• Sport Mode: Powerful acceleration, quick throttle response, and smooth engine braking for a sportier experience on wide-open trails, dunes and more.
• Crawl Mode: Smooth acceleration, moderate throttle response, and full engine braking to methodically and easily traverse technical situations, such as rock crawling or mud sections.
The proven D-Mode system is equipped on every Wolverine RMAX 1000 SE model. Yamaha’s Speed Management System (SMS) is equipped on all RMAX4 1000 models. SMS seamlessly limits the vehicle’s top speed to 40 kph\ 25 mph by simply turning a removable key, making it ideal for work sites and other specialized operating conditions.
Every Proven Off-Road Wolverine RMAX2 1000 model is equipped with massive 30-inch tires in a “square” setup (same size front and rear), while Wolverine RMAX4 1000 models feature 29-inch tires in a staggered setup (narrower front). All are set on stylish and rugged 14-inch aluminum wheels and developed specifically to each model for precise steering character and a comfortable yet durable sidewall.
SE models are equipped with high-quality radial construction tires for an enhanced look and feel, with the Maxxis Carnivore on the RMAX2 1000 and a Yamaha-exclusive Maxxis Carnage on the RMAX4 1000.
Standard models receive GBC Dirt Commander tires on the RMAX4 1000 and Dirt Commander 2 radials on the RMAX2 1000, both of which have intermediate tread patterns for optimum traction in a wide variety of terrain. All Wolverine RMAX 1000 models are versatile and work ready with a 600-pound-rated bed capacity, automotive-style single-hand-operation tailgate, and impressive 2,000-pound towing capacity through
the standard 2-inch hitch receiver. The Wolverine RMAX2 1000 is equipped with a hydraulic pistonassist dump bed, while the RMAX4 1000 offers industry-exclusive, simple-to-stow, full-size rear seats,
allowing for expanded cargo or passenger capacity when needed. Both beds feature rugged steel tiedown points to securely fasten payloads.
MAX COMFORT: Stout, New Chassis with Auto-Style Cab Comfort, Smooth Running Engine.
The Wolverine RMAX 1000 lineup’s interior design is reimagined to provide the most comfort features experienced in the cabin of a SxS, minimizing fatigue and maximizing fun on all-day rides.
Vehicle mass is centralized with a low-mounted rear driveshaft for a serene and quiet-performing driveline, further silenced with robust spiral and helical gears. The smooth-running 999cc parallel twin is positioned in an inclined layout with a 270-degree cross-plane crankshaft and counter-balancer, while engine noise and vibration are kept to a minimum through its rubber-mounted system. The high-quality, aggressive-sounding exhaust is precisely tuned for all-day riding enjoyment, with the rigid high-volume
air intake and accumulator aiding in added noise reduction for increased cabin comfort. A new steering rack and Yamaha’s proven speed- and torque-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS) system has also
been adopted for light-effort steering, balanced feedback and precise steering character to further reduce vibration and driver fatigue.
The Wolverine RMAX 1000 line delivers superior contact-to-ground feel with impressive suspension travel and geometry for supreme articulation. Mounted to wide-arc A-arms, new FOX 2.0 QS3 shocks allow high-quality damping and maximum ground clearance throughout any operating speed
measuring a class-leading 13.8 inches on the RMAX2 1000 and 13.4 inches on the RMAX4 1000.
The RMAX4 1000 additionally offers an impressive 14.2 inches of front suspension travel with 13.3 inches in the rear. The RMAX2 1000 reigns supreme, providing best-in-class suspension travel at 14.2 inches up front and a massive 16.9 inches in the rear. To tailor the suspension for different riding styles and situations, the QS3 shocks feature three positions, adjustable without the need for tools, set for relaxed driving, trail riding or aggressive sport performance. The all-new three-piece front doors allow for easy entrance and exit with an inner steel structure, robust inner door handles for smooth operation in even the harshest conditions, soft touchpoints, and prewiring for full Yamaha Genuine Accessory speaker integration.
New seats provide a quality look and feel while new easy-to-adjust, six-position seatbelts offer increased comfort for all occupants. Fitment is further tailored with increased fore / aft adjustment in the driver’s seat compared to previous Wolverine models for added roominess and accommodation for taller drivers. The cabin offers a luxurious, automotive-type design for premium comfort and style beyond the competitors’ hard plastic interiors. The Proven Off-Road Wolverine RMAX 1000 line boasts industryexclusive soft touchpoints, including a rubber over-molded steering wheel with 17 degrees of tilt adjustment, an all-new soft-touch, quick-adjust passenger handhold, padded knee areas, and soft centre-console lid. Confidence-inspiring controls have been integrated into the dash and centre console for a natural, automotive feel, including a blue LED dash meter, sealed console and glove boxes, driver and passenger storage mats, an open-gate shifter, soft-touch parking brake lever, and two or six cupholders on the two- and four-seat configurations, respectively.
SE variations are also equipped with stylish cut-and-sew seats, a rear-view centre-mount mirror, colourmatched interior, chrome inlays on the shifter and brake lever, all-new blue LED interior floor and centre console lighting, and all-new blue LED-backlit On-Command, headlight, winch and D-Mode switches.
MAX CONFIDENCE: Proven Off-Road Durability, Reliability and Superior Build Quality
The Wolverine RMAX 1000 line’s next-generation styling has an imposing stance at 64-inches wide and sleek yet aggressive design for an overall unstoppable look. This is only furthered by best-in-class suspension travel, burly tires, and 86.7-inch (RMAX2 1000) or 90.2-inch (RMAX4 1000) wheelbase. Stealthy new front LED headlights and marker lights, along with head-turning colour combinations, give the RMAX 1000 lineup a distinctive and advanced look above all others on the trail.
For maximum confidence, the RMAX 1000 line features fully welded steel skid plates and a replaceable front plastic skid plate to tackle terrain without fear of damaging components in the most vital areas. For
tight situations and added protection while traversing trail obstacles, the lineup comes standard with welded-on rear wheel protectors extending from the bottom of the frame to reduce obstacle contact with the rear tires.
Solidifying owner confidence, all Yamaha SxS frames feature a two-stage coating process completed at the factory. First, an automotive-style, full-submersion e-coat is applied to ensure complete coverage, even inside the frame rails and tubes, followed by an exceptionally durable powder coat process.
New stealthy and advanced LED headlights give the Proven Off-Road Wolverine RMAX 1000 models a unique sinister look, while shining the ideal wide-beam pattern during off-road adventures. The 7.6-watt
LED mono-focus low beams constantly light up the trail, while the 15.2-watt reflector-type high beams provide maximum illumination for driving in lowlight conditions. In the rear, the integrated LED taillights, brake lights and class-exclusive reverse lights retain trail visibility and enhance lighting while backing up. A robust front bumper comes standard on RMAX 1000 models and includes two welded-steel trailering tie-down points, an integrated winch plate, accessory add-on brush guard and accessory pod light mounting brackets. SE versions are also equipped with a factory-installed, heavy-duty WARN VRX 4,500-pound winch featuring IP68-rated waterproofing, all-metal construction for durability, a threestage steel planetary gear train for smooth and reliable operation, and an easy-to-turn clutch dial.
Making winch installation simpler on non-equipped models, Yamaha provided existing mounting points and prewiring to a dedicated, integrated switch located on the dash. “There’s been a significant increase in off-road vehicle sales this year, with more people enjoying all forms of outdoor recreation,” Andrew said. “Whether an experienced or beginner driver, exploring trails or crawling rocks, the versatile all-new Wolverine RMAX 1000 line of Side-by-Sides offers an opportunity to reimagine adventure with its superior design and performance.”
The 2021 Wolverine RMAX2 1000 is available in White and Armour Grey at Yamaha dealers nationwide with an MSRP starting at $24,299, while the Wolverine RMAX4 1000 is available in Armour Grey with a starting MSRP of $26,099 MSRP.
SE Editions are available in a new Covert Green with all additional features mentioned above at a starting MSRP of $26,799 and $29,299 respectively.
A full selection of factory-designed, tested and approved Yamaha Genuine Accessories is also available for the Proven Off-Road Wolverine RMAX 1000 models, including three options for polycarbonate windshields, a glass windshield, a rear glass window, hard cab-enclosure systems with
lockable doors, and more.
To see the entire 2021 lineup of Yamaha ATVs and Side-by-Sides, as well as available Yamaha Genuine accessories, visit www.yamaha-motor.ca.
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