TORONTO, ON via KENNESAW, GA. – June 15, 2017 – Yamaha Motor Canada is expanding its family of Proven Off-Road multipurpose ATVs adding the all-new 2018 Kodiak 450 to its line of premier Kodiak and Grizzly ATVs. The 2018 Grizzly-Kodiak family of adventure-seeking multipurpose ATVs are the most durable, reliable and fun to ride in their class with legendary Yamaha quality and performance features.
“Yamaha strives to offer more to their customers through building on its Proven Off-Road platform of Grizzly and Kodiak ATVs and adding more options that provide value to a variety of riders,” said Peter Smallman-Tew, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Yamaha Motor Canada. “The new Kodiak 450 offers the ultimate balance of comfort, confidence, and capability, with a list of customization options to suit the wide variety of needs for our expanding outdoor community.
All-New 2018 Kodiak 450 – Mid-Class Utility ATV with Superior Performance, Comfort and Value
The new Kodiak 450 combines Yamahas legendary durability and reliability with class-leading handling. Powered by a 421cc Yamaha fuel-injected engine for Proven Off-Road performance, its all-new chassis features a compact-footprint that mid-size ATV customers will appreciate, along with an extremely roomy riding position to comfortably accommodate even larger riders.
Delivering a Proven Off-Road level of capability, comfort and confidence only available from Yamaha, REAL WORLD Tech features on the Kodiak 450 include: Ultramatic® automatic transmission with high, low, reverse and neutral, providing the industrys most durable continuous variable transmission (CVT) and the most natural-feeling engine braking throughout the RPM range, On-Command® 2WD/4WD system, Electric Power Steering (EPS), adjustable dual A-arm suspension and more.
Developed with accessory integration in mind, the Kodiak 450 is designed for easy installation of genuine Yamaha accessories, including a new highly-integrated winch and mounting plate kit – with wiring already pre-installed by the factory on the Kodiak 450, custom over fenders, gun boot mounts, rack extensions, cooler carriers and more. Kodiak 450 EPS color options include the new Bluish Grey, Beige with Camouflage, Steel Blue and Green. In addition to Steel Blue and Green, the non-EPS Kodiak 450 comes in Red, with pricing starting at only $7,799 MSRP.
2018 Kodiak 700 – Superior Performance, Comfort and Value for Utility and Work-Minded
The Kodiak 700, Americas best-selling utility 4×4 big bore ATV*, is built for both work and play providing a comfortable, confidence-inspiring ride. The 2018 Kodiak 700 line includes a new Tactical Black and Light Metallic Grey Special Edition (SE) with Yamahas legendary On-Command® four-wheel drive system, as well as Green, Red and Realtree Xtra® models.
Styling, smooth power and low-end torque create the foundation for adding a range of REAL WORLD Tech features, like Yamahas Ultramatic® fully automatic transmission and Electric Power Steering (select models), all combining to make the Kodiak 700 the most powerful ATV in its pricing category, while maintaining Yamahas legendary durability and Proven Off-Road performance. MSRP for the Kodiak 700 starts at $8,949 MSRP.
2018 Grizzly – Top Performing Adventure-Seeking Big Bore ATV
Boasting superior handling, comfort and purpose-built performance for exploring, hunting and recreational riding, the Grizzly is one the most reputable and best-selling Recreational 4×4 big bore ATVs in Canada. Designed to be the most comfortable, off-road capable and durable, the 2018 Grizzly comes in a new Light Metallic Grey Limited Edition (LE) model featuring painted plastics, special graphics, machined aluminum wheels, removable fairing with windscreen, heated grips, thumb warmer and heated seat. A new Dark Matte Metallic Grey Special Edition (SE) model features machined aluminum wheels, painted bodywork and special graphics. New for 2018, Grizzly EPS models are available in Realtree Xtra Camouflage, Alpine White and Steel Blue featuring machined aluminum wheels and a Dark Grey model with standard steel wheels.
All Grizzly models feature aggressive styling, a handlebar-mounted work light, 26-inch tires, twin-piston four-wheel disc brakes, superior suspension, and Yamahas REAL WORLD Tech features: Ultramatic® transmission, EPS, and On-Command® with a fully locking differential, and more. The 2018 Grizzly delivers optimized engine character for the recreational rider via a 708cc engine at an MSRP starting at $11,799.
2018 Raptor 700, Raptor 700R and Raptor 700R Special Edition (SE) Models
For 2018, the Raptor 700R (MSRP $10,649) gets a new Dark Grey color scheme, while the Yamaha Racing Blue / White Raptor 700R SE (MSRP $11,799) gets a Team Yamaha Blue seat, color-matched A-arms and frame. As the best-selling sport ATV in America*, the Raptor 700R brings the best combination of power, lightweight handling and trail / dune-conquering performance in sport ATVs.
The Raptors hybrid steel aluminum frame is complemented by a controlled-fill aluminum sub-frame and cast aluminum swing-arm, all combining to produce a supremely-strong structure and the lightest ATV in its class. Utilizing Yamaha YZ-style fully adjustable piggyback shocks (only available on SE models), the Raptor is a versatile machine capable of handling any terrain – from tight, twisty trails to wide open sand dunes. Lending to the terrain-taming prowess, front wheel travel is 9.1 inches, with 10.1 inches in the rear. A plush seat, dual counter-balancers, electric start, and reverse are added features on Raptor 700R SE for all-day riding comfort and convenience.
2018 YFZ450R and YFZ450R SE Models
As Americas best-selling 450-class sport ATV and reigning MX and GNCC champ, the unrivaled, race-inspired YFZ450R gets a Yamaha Racing Blue / White YFZ450R colour scheme (MSRP $11,699) now comes with color matched A-arms and frame.
The YFZ450R is the most technologically advanced sport ATV in the market, combining a high-tech, quick-revving, titanium-valve 449cc fuel-injected engine with a lightweight, professional-caliber cast aluminum / steel chassis. MX-ready, the YFZs no-weld frame is designed from lightweight aluminum with a tension-steel bottom frame, allowing low engine placement for optimal mass centralization. Suspension components and settings reduce weight while providing agile, performance-pointed handling and rider comfort.
The YFZs bodywork is designed for ideal ergonomics and rider comfort with a T-shaped seat and maximum knee room permitting riders to easily move around the machine and attack corners to the finish line. An assist-and-slipper clutch reduces clutch lever effort for less fatigue, while simultaneously increasing clutch plate pressure for positive engagement. This clutch system also reduces engine braking effect, which allows for faster cornering, particularly when downshifting.
2018 YFZ50 and Raptor 90
Yamaha Motor Canada announces the return of popular YFZ50 and Raptor 90 youth ATVs to its 2018 model year lineup. The YFZ50 introduces the fun and exciting world of sport ATVs to riders ages 6 and up, while those age 10 and up can continue to hone their ATV skills aboard the Raptor 90.
With sporty styling based on the championship-winning YFZ450R and top-selling
Raptor 700R, these entry-level ATVs bring Yamahas Proven Off-Road sport ATV performance, legacy and quality to the entire family and next generation of budding motorsports enthusiasts.
View additional details on Yamahas entire Proven Off-Road ATV and Side-by-Side 2018 lineup at www.Yamaha-Motor.ca. Like and follow Yamaha at www.facebook.com/YamahaMotorCanada and on Instagram @YamahaMotorCanada,
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