YAMAHA MOTOR CANADA LTD.
YAMAHA INTRODUCES ALL-NEW YXZ1000R
First and Only Pure Sport Side-By-Side Solidifies Yamaha
Leadership in Powersports Performance
Sept 1, 2015 (Toronto, ON via Kennesaw, GA) – Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd.
introduces the all-new YXZ1000R, the world’s only pure sport Side-by-Side (SxS)
vehicle. Boasting a high-performance 3-cylinder 998cc engine with a class-
defining 5-speed sequential shift manual transmission, the two-seat YXZ1000R
provides a superior driver-connected experience in the dunes, desert or on the
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“The YXZ1000R redefines the sport Side-by-Side category and solidifies
Yamaha as the leader in powersports performance,” said Mike Martinez,
Yamaha US 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.”
All-New Three-Cylinder, 998cc Side-by-Side Engine
The YXZ1000R’s 3-cylinder, 12-valve, DOHC, liquid cooled, 998cc engine puts
out the most reliable and durable power of any 1,000cc-class machine. As the
industry’s first sport 3-cylinder engine, it boasts an aggressive 11.3:1
compression ratio and 10,500 RPM redline to provide a true sport SxS
With broad, linear torque, the YXZ1000R responds to driver input with exciting
sport performance power from low- to high-rpm range, and the triple throttle
bodies provide a more direct connection between driver throttle input and engine
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
The YXZ1000R incorporates an all-new high volume stainless steel exhaust
system, complementing the vehicle’s aggressive styling. The three-into-one
YXZ1000R exhaust is tuned for maximum power output and meets EPA/CARB
regulations with a muffler mounted integrated honeycomb catalyzer and
removable spark arrestor.
Industry First Sequential Manual Side-by-Side Transmission
The YXZ1000R features the industry’s first fully manual 5-speed sequential shift
transmission in a SxS vehicle, delivering a direct connection between driver and
machine for superior performance, confidence and the first and only true pure
sport SxS experience.
The 5-speed sequential shift is manually operated via a clutch pedal and short-
stroke shift lever for smooth, secure gear engagement. With the YXZ1000R’s
direct-drive transmission, driveline efficiency is increased, supplying optimal
engine power directly to the rear wheels, while cam dampers on both the input
and output shafts keep shifting smooth and precise.
The YXZ1000R’s all-new clutch design is optimized for the vehicle’s class-
leading engine output, providing a smooth and connected shifting feeling with
reliable power. 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.
Unmatched Handling and Performance
The YXZ1000R is born of true Yamaha performance DNA serving up unmatched
handling characteristics, resulting in the vehicle’s features being perfectly
positioned and integrated into a single, seamless package working as one.
Strategically mounted low and longitudinally in the chassis, the engine placement
affords the YXZ1000R long rear wheel and suspension travel for superior sport
SxS performance. A single shaft, one-axis balancer reduces engine vibration by
25% for a more comfortable ride while also 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 proven 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, the optimized steering ratios
provide precise handling through the best balance of assist and positive
feedback from the terrain. This combination creates maximum comfort and
confidence in rough off-road conditions. The steering wheel is located in an
optimal position and features a steel armature, soft grip over-mold, and driver tilt
adjustability for maximum cabin comfort, fit and feel.
Critical for premium handling is strong, smooth and predictable stopping power,
and the YXZ1000R accomplishes this by featuring four-wheel hydraulic disc
brakes with twin piston calipers at all corners. The resulting unmatched brake
“feel” delivers added confidence during aggressive driving. Large 245mm rotors
were adopted for enhanced cooling and reduced brake noise.
Massive FOX 2.5 Podium Shocks® Standard
The YXZ1000R boasts massive long travel FOX 2.5 Podium Shocks® with 16-
inches of travel in front and 17-inches out back. The piggyback reservoir shock
absorbers provide top performance, confidence and comfort for driver and
The YXZ1000R front suspension catches the eye as it protrudes upward through
the hood of the vehicle, making their top end visible from outside and inside the
cockpit, projecting an aggressive, defiant image. The fully adjustable front and
rear FOX shocks feature adjustable hi- and low-speed compression, adjustable
rebound, and adjustable preload settings. The rear shock utilizes a FOX Bottom
Out Cup (BOC) technology that helps maintain ongoing comfort while reducing
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 superior straight line stability with minimal camber variance throughout
the entire range of travel.
All-New Styling and Design
The YXZ1000R boasts all-new styling, embodying Yamaha’s passion for pure
sport performance and the SxS enthusiasts’ independent, confident, and
A sleek and nimble appearance plants the driver and passenger in the vehicle,
creating a total man-machine integration and connection. The YXZ1000R
features sharp lines and angles, jaw-dropping suspension projecting through the
vehicle’s hood, and stylized wheels and tires.
The front fender gets a unique and aggressive look complementing the vehicle’s
overall high-performance styling and enhanced visibility, and showcasing its
massive front suspension. The newly designed front grill and carry bar continue
the aggressive theme outlining the ominous four-eyed LED headlight system for
The rear fender features a unique, durable and functional design, also with an
aggressive, compact look and an efficient, highly visible LED taillight. The
lightweight and durable cargo bed provides the best combination of function and
durability for high-performance sport SxS performance. The fixed position bed is
rated to carry up to 300 pounds and features a water resistant sealed storage
compartment, plus four steel tie-down points welded to the frame for strong and
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.
Cab and Ergonomics
The YXZ1000R’s sporty two-seat chassis features a cockpit-like cab with
comfortable and convenient ergonomics, 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.
The cabin allows for quick and easy access to functional items for both the driver
and passenger. A first for the sport SxS segment, the YXZ1000R features
throttle, brake, and clutch pedals for true sport driving performance. The vehicle’s
floorboards are positioned for maximum legroom, while maintaining a planted
feeling in tough terrain, with dedicated closed-in floorboards for both driver and
Three-point seat belts, integrated shoulder bolsters and passenger hand-holds
provide optimal support and occupant comfort, while the driver’s side features a
new and durable 8 position (90mm) adjustable seat that smoothly slides by a
convenient lever, quickly locking into the preferred location without any tools
The YXZ1000R dash layout balances functional features with intuitive
ergonomics for both driver and passenger. A hybrid digital-analog multi-function
meter features speedometer, tachometer and shift light, providing critical
information with sport-inspired styling. The center console incorporates a parking
brake handle, headlight switch, On-Command® dial, and the all-new sequential
manual shift lever. A convenient center storage tray and passenger-side latching
glove box offer quick and secure storage options, while a center-mounted 12V
outlet powers accessories and personal items.
Industry Leading Durability and Reliability
Yamaha SxS vehicles are known to be the most durable and off-road capable,
and the YXZ1000R continues that tradition bringing an all-new level of reliability
to the sport SxS segment.
The YXZ1000R’s all-new sport-inspired frame was built to provide the industry’s
most durable and reliable performance with nimble handling and a comfortable,
secure-feeling pure sport SxS experience. Its optimized frame dimensions result
in the best handling sport SxS ever.
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. Yamaha
employed lightweight and extremely durable Thermoplastic Olefin to provide the
best impact resistance, flexibility and wear reduction, while also allowing the
vehicle to easily glide over obstacles encountered on the trail.
All New 27-Inch Tires and Cast Aluminum Wheels
The YXZ1000R features Yamaha-exclusive 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial
tires with standard 14-inch cast aluminum wheels, providing the best combination
of styling, durability, ground clearance and handling. The tires’ 6-ply radial
construction allows for optimum traction, durability, comfort and steering
precision, and the standard 14-inch cast aluminum rims have a unique, durable
and functional design.
The all-new YXZ1000R SE Yellow and Black 60th anniversary edition with bead
lock rims will be in Canadian dealer showrooms in October, with an MSRP of
$26,149 CDN. Pricing for the blue and white YXZ1000R model is yet to be
determined and will not be available until February. Canadian colour options are
limited to the two aforementioned models.
More details available at www.Yamaha-motor.ca