Video: Watch Out Polaris! The New 2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX 1000s Are Coming

Yamaha RMAX 1000 (Image: TFLoffroad)

Our man Alex tested the Yamaha Wolverine RMAX 1000 (RMAX2-1000 and RMAX4-1000) in Hurricane, Utah – he was impressed.

UTVs like the 2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX 1000 series compete against the work and fun UTVs. These vehicles are becoming extremely popular for off-road builders and their do-it-all abilities are noteworthy. The 2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX 1000’s direct competitor is the Polaris General which you can read more about (here).

Power comes from a parallel-twin sourced by Yamaha. The 108 horsepower powerplant is connected to a continuously variable transmission. The power is fed to the rear wheels via a locked rear diff. There is a front locking diff that activates with the flip of a switch.

One important note about that CVT – Yamaha has a 10-year warranty on the CVT’s belt.

The power is modulated thanks to the Chip Controlled Throttle system.

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The Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) optimizes power delivery for a variety of situations through an all-new three-position D-Mode. The Sport Mode is ideal for wide open trails, sand, and spirited driving. Trail Mode is perfect for a fun, relaxed ride or taking on the trails with smooth acceleration and linear throttle response. For those adventure seekers, the Crawl Mode can take on slow technical situations, like rock crawling, with ease. In combination with Yamaha’s Ultramatic® and On-Command systems, the Wolverine RMAX2 1000 XT-R delivers the perfect amount of engine braking by operating the throttle in accordance to the user’s selected D-Mode setting.

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There are a number of notable updates on this all-new version of the Wolverine:

  • Most models come with Fox QS-3 adjustable shocks. These shocks have three settings – soft, medium and firm. The Fox QS-3 shocks must be adjusted at each corner. Fortunately, it’s an easy process to click each shock into the setting you need. If you get the top-of-the-line LE model, you get the IQ-S shocks. These shocks permit adjust on the fly technology with a flip of the dash-mounted switch.
  • Warn winch comes standard on the XTR and LE models.
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  • Both of the 2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX 1000 have a 600-lbs hauling capacity and a 2,000-lbs towing capacities. The two-seater has a hydraulically assisted dump bed which is in the same place the four-seater houses the rear seats.
  • The entrance is new and far easier to work with. Yamaha changed the internal architecture to allow for wider opening doors, and a larger foot-well area which makes for easier ingress and egress.
  • Pricing starts at $19,700 for a base model two-seater and can easily exceed $25,000 for a fully loaded LE.

The Yamaha Wolverine RMAX 1000 lineup is available now at dealerships.

Check out this video for an in-depth review of this machine!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.