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

simplified maintenance.

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

aggressive attitude.

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

high-performance illumination.

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

secure storage.

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