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Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo:7272) announced today that it will launch the new Wolverine X4 ROV (Recreational Off-highway Vehicle) in North America and other markets from September 2017. ROVs are key products in the RV1 business segment, and, featuring a newly-developed 2-cylinder engine, this new model for recreational use achieves both off-road performance and comfort. Manufacturing will be carried out by U.S. Group company Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America (YMMC).
Following on from the 2-seater Wolverine recreational model launched in 2015, the Wolverine X4 features two rows of two seats to create a 4-seater model.
The ROV’s main features include 1) comfortable performance thanks to the quietness, smoothness, and low vibration of the newly-developed 847cm3 2-cylinder engine which also has the power for off-road driving with four people aboard, 2) a slim, compact body and nimble handling ideal for off-road performance, and 3) versatile rear seats, in which the seat cushion can be folded upward and the seat back slid forward to expand the available luggage space.
The Wolverine X4 is Yamaha Motor’s sixth ROV model since the launch of the initial VIKING in 2013, building a model lineup which caters to a range of customer needs including a varying number of occupants across commercial, recreational, and sports applications. Yamaha Motor plans further new product launches in order to continue expanding sales in the future.
This model is not able to be registered to obtain license plates, and thus cannot be driven on public roads.
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo:7272) announced its all-new flagship cruiser-class model, the Star Venture, powered by a 1,854cm3 air-cooled V-twin engine, which will launch in North America this August.
The Star Venture is designed to satisfy the increasing demand for long-distance touring models that combine comfort, riding enjoyment and reliability. The standard Star Venture package will include full-dress features, such as advanced electronic control, large LCD screen and extensive storage, and the transcontinental version will feature additional equipment and features to further enhance the pleasure of long-distance riding.
The Star Venture will offer 1) a sophisticated infotainment system for more enjoyable riding, 2) a high-quality finish and body design befitting a flagship cruiser, 3) a new engine with YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle) and a characteristic V-twin pulse and 4) SURE-PARK, the world’s first commercial motorbike electric-drive system for forward/reverse parking assistance*1 . The infotainment system’s audio components were designed for superb acoustics in collaboration with audio experts at sister company Yamaha Corporation.
The cruiser category now accounts for approximately half of total demand in the evolving U.S. motorcycle market. Full-dress cruisers have great market appeal as the perfect choice for mature couples looking for a relaxed form of travel. Demand is expected to remain stable among customers looking to step up to this class.
1) Infotainment System for New Dimensions of Riding Enjoyment
The Star Venture’s high-quality infotainment system for advanced acoustics, information and vehicle control is a Yamaha Motor first. The 7-inch touch panel enables easy operation of the audio and navigation systems, vehicle information display, heater and electric screen, and communication systems for telephone, radiotelephone, passenger communication, text receipt and more. Everything combines together to make journeys more enjoyable and rider inputs easier. (Specifications and functions vary depending on the package.)
2) High-quality Finish and Design
Yamaha Motor’s new ultimate cruiser is a synthesis of 1) robust power and enhanced riding pleasure for crossing continents, 2) sophisticated functionality for easy long-distance travel, and 3) infotainment and communication capabilities that enable couples to experience memorable journeys together.
The design, built around a V-twin fuel-injected engine emblematic of large-displacement cruisers, is expressed aerodynamically in lines connecting the front face, saddle bag tops and rear edges. Designer styling and surface finishing distinguish metal parts in the engine and body, special fin tailoring evokes a handcrafted look, and the speaker layout, seats and grips are designed with meticulous care for sensory and ergonomic pleasure.
3) New Engine Featuring Redesigned Air Intake, Exhaust System & Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle
This Star Venture is powered by a 1,854cm3 air-cooled OHV V-twin 4-valve engine. The all-new air intake and exhaust system, cam profile, and port shapes realize excellent torque combined with intake/exhaust tones suited to a grand cruiser. The Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) system, a Yamaha Motor cruiser first, offers a choice of ultra-smooth touring mode and sharp-responding sport mode.
The newly designed engine layout has an air-intake path through the middle fairing, generating a pleasant resonating sound. Separate left and right mufflers create a well-modulated exhaust sound profile in both low- and high-speed ranges. The sound progression as RPM rises adds to the Star Venture’s distinctive character.
4) Convenient SURE-PARK System
Yamaha Motor’s unique SURE-PARK system provides convenient, accurate positioning for parking. The system uses electric drive for small forward and reverse movements at a speed of approximately 1 km/h, eliminating maneuvering difficulties sometimes associated with touring motorcycles.