2016 Yamaha YXZ1000R
ATV.com Sport UTV of the Year – Winnner
Yamaha introduced the first sequential shifting transmission in the market with a console-mounted shift lever and floor-mounted clutch just like a street rod. This sends the fun factor to the stars. The comfortable high back seating combined with a well laid out cockpit makes this Sport UTV a blast to drive. Add in some FOX suspension and long travel control arms and you have a desert assassin ready for battle. We are fully aware that many readers love their belt drive CVT machines. Yes, there were several other UTVs in the Sport segment this year, but if you look at pure innovation in this machine, from the shifting to the engine platform and its potential, Yamaha has stepped out with something that no one else had in a big way. Growth in engineering is what built this industry and not being afraid to add something new is a huge part of that. We love it and that’s why it gets our nod for best of 2016.