The Yamaha Motor Corp., 2015 Viking Side-by-Side (SxS) is rolling off the U.S. assembly line in Newnan, Georgia, just in time for fall hunting and harvest.
Yamaha's 2015 Viking is a three-person SxS vehicle featuring a driver-directed four-wheel drive system, the industry's most durable and reliable automatic transmission, and the most natural feeling electric power steering (EPS).
"The 2015 Vikings are in production and rolling out to dealers across the country this fall," said Steve Nessl, Yamaha's ATV/SxS group marketing manager. "From the summer farm shows to farmers and hunters who are starting to harvest crops and game in the field, we continue to get great feedback from current and future Yamaha Viking owners."
The Viking's unique cab configuration allows for pass-through bucket seating and maximum headroom without sacrificing critical ground clearance. Automotive-style controls engage the 686cc engine and Yamaha's three-way On-Command system - featuring 2WD, 4WD and 4WD with differential lock - is driver-controlled with an automotive-type rotary dial selector. Yamaha's Ultramatic transmission with high, low and reverse has proven to be the industry's most durable CVT system and provides the most natural feeling all-wheel engine braking.
The Viking's rear steel cargo bed was purpose-built for durability and convenience. Large enough to carry a fully loaded pallet, the assisted dump bed can pack up to 600 pounds of equipment and supplies while the standard two-inch receiver hitch is rated to pull 1,500 pounds.
The Viking features nearly 12 inches of ground clearance at the lowest point, a full steel-composite smooth skid plate front-to-back and side-to-side, and an optimized frame with upturned side rails allowing for smoother transitions over obstacles. The Viking's long-travel four-wheel independent suspension is perfectly balanced to provide a plush and comfortable ride with a quality damping feel in rough terrain, all while carrying either a light or full load.
Standard EPS models come in Steel Blue (MSRP $12,799), Hunter Green with sun top (MSRP $12,999), Red with sun top (MSRP $12,999) and Realtree AP HD camo with sun top (MSRP $13,599). The 2015 non-EPS models start at $11,799 MSRP.
A new 2015 Special Edition in Matte Silver comes with a hard sun top, cast aluminum wheels, over fenders, mud flaps and the Yamaha accessory bed rail mounting system (MSRP $14,049).
Every Yamaha Viking is assembled in the U.S.A. at Yamaha's factory in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution.