Let’s say, for a moment, that you were offered the chance to buy a high-performance off-road vehicle. It will come fully ‘caged with seating for two. It will be extremely light compared to a pickup or a rally rocket, and as such the 1.0L three-cylinder and it’s 110 horsepower will be more than enough to have fun and get into trouble with, especially when you decide that you want to flirt with the triple’s 10,500 RPM redline. You will be shifting a five-speed sequential manual gearbox and drive options ranging from locked 4wd to 2wd, so you can go play in a rocky trail or hang the tail out on a fire road. Sound like fun?
The Yamaha YXZ1000R isn’t the company’s first UTV, but as they claim, is the first true “sport Side x Side”. While many a Polaris RZR fan might have something to say about that, we have to agree, if only because there is no continuously variable transmission in the Yamaha. But there’s much more than just what we’ve covered so far: Fox 2.5 Podium Shocks help with the 16 inch (front) and 17 inch (rear) suspension travel and are fully adjustable, a full-length skid plate, front and rear swaybars, adjustable steering wheel and seats, and there is even 300 lbs. of cargo capacity with steel tie-down points.
There are three color combinations available: orange and black, the current Yamaha Blue/white company livery, and a throwback yellow/black company livery. No Mossy Oak camo here! What is here is a rather eye-watering price tag: $19,799. There is no doubt that it is an awesome and capable UTV, but what do you think…is the cost too far when it is pretty much a toy in most of the country?