Yamaha Viking VI 2015 SxS UTV has room for 6 and cargo! (Photos and Video)
Yamaha unveiled upgraded version of Viking Utility Task Vehicle (UTV), new 2015 model of SxS (Side x Side) buggy with room for 6 occupants. As usual, new Viking VI will be assembled at Yamaha’s plant in Newnan, Georgia, USA. Every UTV from the company is shipped worldwide from there.
Significant improvement from older Viking UTV is increased seating capacity for six occupants. Viking VI has more head, shoulder, knee and leg room compared to its predecessors. In addition to providing more space in passenger section, the SxS UTV comes with stamped steel rear dump bed for carrying load, tools, and such.
2015 Yamaha Viking VI All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) hosts a single cylinder 686cc 4-stroke 4-valve SOHC, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that pushes out undisclosed power and torque figures through an Ultramatic transmission system. High and Low range drive modes can be selected. Downhill engine braking through all four wheels is assisted by an automatic spring clutch. On command torque delivery system has three way locking differential – 2 Wheel Drive, limited-slip 4 Wheel Drive and fully locked differential 4 Wheel Drive.
Dual hydraulic disc brakes do duty on all four wheels. Maxxis Bighorn tyres – AT25 x 8 – 12 rolls on the front and AT25 x 10 – 12 pushes the Viking VI from the rear. Ground clearance is 11.4 inches, turning radius is 244.1 inches. Wet weight of Yamaha’s new UTV is 733kg, with 36.7 litre fuel tank capacity. Towing capacity is 679kg and carrying capacity on rear dump bed is 271kg.
Launching in July 2014, Yamaha will put a price tag of $12,799 (Rs. 8,03,560 approx.) for base version and $13,599 (Rs. 8,02,352 approx.) for the Realtree Camo version. EPS (Electronic Power Steering) equipped models will start at $13,799 (Rs. 8,14,027 approx.) and EPS Special Edition will be offered at base price of $14,999 (Rs. 8,84,882 approx.). In addition, Yamaha has a variety of special attachments and functional accessories for the new 2015 Viking VI SxS.
All-New Yamaha 2015 Viking VI Side-by-Side Has Room for Six with Yamaha Performance and Durability; Assembled in U.S.A.
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announces a new utility Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle: the all-new 2015 Viking VI EPS six-person SxS. The extended cab Viking VI combines Yamaha performance and durability with the comfort and convenience of a Vikingâ€”now with maximum headroom, legroom and shoulder room for six occupants. Every Yamaha Viking and Viking VI is being assembled in the U.S.A. at Yamahaâ€™s factory in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution.
Similar to the three-seat Viking introduced last summer, the new Viking VI is made for tough off-road duty boasting Yamahaâ€™s industry-leading Ultramaticâ„˘ fully automatic transmission, On-CommandÂ® four-wheel drive system, Electric Power Steering (EPS) and Yamahaâ€™s proven and powerful 700cc-class engine. With 600-pounds hauling and 1,500-pounds towing, Viking VI is made to be the toughest, hardest-working and most off-road-capable six-person SxS ever.
â€śYamahaâ€™s latest all-new Side-by-Side, the Viking VI, is a comfortable, convenient, tough and off-road-capable vehicle, and we expect to see it working ranches and hauling hunters from Texas to California, Oregon to Pennsylvania and everywhere in between,â€ť said Steve Nessl, Yamahaâ€™s ATV/SxS group marketing manager. â€śThe Viking VI is the natural evolution of a platform and concept that has captured awards, praise and market share since we launched the initial Viking last summer. Yamaha customers are excited and dealers are primedâ€”weâ€™re on the gas and expanding our SxS line today and for years to come.â€ť
Yamaha performance and durability makes the Viking VI an immediate category leader, and Viking configuration makes it the most comfortable and convenient six-person SxS in the industry. The Viking VI was designed with more cab room for all occupants than any competing vehicle.
CLASS-LEADING CAB COMFORT and CONVENIENCE
Built on a new frame, the Viking VI chassis features six comfortable and secure bucket seatsâ€”each with 3-point seat belts and headrestsâ€”set within a walk-through cab design. Similar to the original Viking, the middle seats are purposefully reclined five degrees providing more shoulder room for all occupants. Dedicated passenger handholds and foot rests add to the comfort and long list of features that set this vehicle apart from other vehicles in the multipassenger, multipurpose segment.
Viking operators will appreciate the automotive-style driver position with simple and intuitive access to dash-mounted controls, an adjustable driver seat, and a full digital display panel with speedometer, odometer, trip meters and fuel level. Conveniences for all occupants include eight cup holders throughout the cab, a sealed storage container under the center front seat, additional storage under the remaining front seats, a large glove box on the front panel and two DC power outletsâ€”one in front and another in back. The cab is all wrapped within a ROPS US OSHA/ISO3471-certified enclosure.
Complementing cab comfort is the ride itself, which is smooth and predictable with an extended wheelbase that helps smooth out bumps, optimized all-wheel independent suspension with 8.1 inches of travel to absorb rough terrain, and strong and natural-feeling hydraulic disc brakes all around that provide solid and secure stopping power.
OFF-ROAD TERRAINABILITY and CLASS-LEADING HANDLING
Yamaha gets consistently high marks for its 4×4 vehiclesâ€™ off-road capabilities and handling, in large part to industry-exclusive and leading technologies like Ultramatic transmission, On-Command four-wheel drive and Electric Power Steering (EPS).
Yamahaâ€™s Ultramatic fully-automatic transmission incorporates a CVT system with centrifugal clutch that has been proven to be the industryâ€™s most durable by maintaining constant belt tension (no slamming belts or jerky transitions). If maintaining the industryâ€™s best belt life wasnâ€™t enough, the Ultramatic system also features a sprag clutch that engages natural-feeling engine braking, which is a key component when navigating tight turns and steep hillsâ€”especially with passengers and cargo.
The On-Command system puts the driver in control of engaging one of three settings: 2WD, 4WD or 4WD with a fully locked front differential, simply by turning the rotary dial on the left side of the dash. Compared to other systems in the industry, there is no guessing, waiting or slipping before all four wheels grab terrain with On-Command.
Precise steering, no matter the occupancy or load, comes from a number of design and performance features, and one of the most significant is Yamahaâ€™s industry-leading Electric Power Steering. Steering assist from EPS helps lighten the effort and reduce fatigue especially over long periods of operation, with heavy loads and in rough terrain. But Yamahaâ€™s system also provides the most natural-feeling assist with just the right amount of feedbackâ€”no floating or inconsistent steering feelâ€”due to its specially designed rack and pinion layout and overall EPS setting.
Reaching down to the ground are all-new Maxxis Big Horn tires that were designed exclusively for Yamaha and optimized specifically for the Viking VI. Their aggressive tread patterns and reputation for durability are similar to the original Viking, but the construction and pressure setting have been optimized for the VI. In short, the new tires contribute to the vehicles overall comfort, handling and durability.
POWERFUL and PROVEN ENGINE
The Viking VI pulls power from a 686cc 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder, 4-valve, fuel-injected engine proven on the Viking and optimized for the Viking VI. The engine gets a redesigned intake system, fuel injection and ignition advance mapping, plus changes in the clutch specification to power up for the larger platform and achieve strong, smooth power and acceleration from extremely low speeds up through to the high-speed range. Ultimately, it is the most powerful 4×4 engine Yamaha has ever produced, and it makes plenty of power to handle the Viking VI at maximum capacity.
REAL WORLD TOUGH & UTILITY
The Viking VI engine is positioned under the vehicleâ€™s rear cargo bed allowing for easy access and simple maintenance. Its large capacity air intake system, which contributes to the engineâ€™s strong power delivery, is also easy to access and maintain incorporating a reusable, large-capacity foam air filter positioned under the middle rear seat. It is easily accessible from the cabin without tools to clean or change in the field or shop.
The large flat rear cargo bed is made of steel, designed for excellent load capacity and is rated to carry up to 600 pounds of cargo. At 14-cubic feet of cargo space with no wheel wells, a full pallet fits flush and the bed has standard tie down hooks and one-touch tilt assist. A standard two-inch receiver hitch out back tows an additional 1,500 pounds.
Unique to the category, the Viking VI incorporates steel skid plates across the entire undercarriage, front-to-back and side-to-side, and the chassis is swept up on each side to reduce the potential for friction in rough terrain. Also unique to the Viking line is row-crop friendly track width.
The all-new Viking VI comes in Hunter Green, Red and Realtree APÂ® HD camo. MSRP for standard versions start at $12,799 for non-EPS and $13,799 for EPS models. A Viking VI EPS Special Edition in Matte Silver with Soft Suntop comes with an MSRP of $14,999 and incorporates aluminum wheels, overfenders, mud flaps, a soft sun top, a sealed storage compartment under the left rear seat and Yamahaâ€™s bed rail accessory mounts.
More information is at www.YamahaOutdoors.com and www.YamahaViking.com