2017 Yamaha Wolverine and Wolverine R-Spec Preview

Lucas Cooney
by Lucas Cooney
R-Spec SE offers features never seen before on a Wolverine

For 2017 Yamaha has continued the evolution of its lineup of Wolverine UTVs. The lineup is split up between the Wolverine R-Spec models and the more budget-friendly Wolverine models.

Wolverine R-Spec
2017 Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec SE Studio

The flagship of the family is the Wolverine R-Spec SE – the most feature-rich model in the lineup.

Dressed in Matte Silver, the Wolverine R-Spec Special Edition boasts color-matched seats and springs, soft-grip over-mold steering wheel and under-seat storage. Polypropylene overfenders are designed to protect the UTV and its occupants from the elements.

Providing even more protection are full-coverage aluminum skid plates, including a front bash plate, rear and side frake skids and aluminum A-arm guards. Further setting the R-Spec SE apart are 12-inch beadlock wheels.

2017 Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec SE Beadlock Wheel

Retail price for the new R-Spec SE is $14,799.

Yamaha outfitted every 2017 Wolverine R-Spec UTV with electronic power steering. Four colors are available, including Alpine White with cast-aluminum wheels ($13,499), Yamaha Blue with cast-aluminum wheels ($13,499), Hunter Green ($13,199) and Realtree Xtra Camo ($13,799).

2017 Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec Blue
2017 Yamaha Wolverine Green

As for the non R-Spec Wolverines, Yamaha aimed to pack a lot of value into this UTV. Prices start at $10,999 for the base model ($11,599 for Camo). You can upgrade to an EPS model for $11,999 ($12,599 for Camo), while the Yamaha Blue EPS model with cast aluminum wheels retails for $12,299.

Wolverine Family Features

All Wolverine models are powered by the same 708cc single-cylinder engine that pumps out a claimed 47 horsepower. Another shared feature is front and rear independent double wishbone suspension controlling 9.7 inches of travel up front and 10.6 inches of travel in the rear. R-Spec Wolverines offer fully adjustable suspension, while non R-Spec models only offer preload adjustability.

2017 Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec SE Action

Other shared features include Yamaha’s Ultramatic continuously variable transmission, On Command four-wheel drive, 1,500-pound towing capacity, 300-pound cargo-bed capacity, 9.7-gallon fuel tank and digital instrumentation panel.

2017 Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec EPS SE Specs

Engine Type708cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 4 valves
Bore And Stroke103.0mm x 85.0mm
Compression Ratio10.1:1
Fuel DeliveryYamaha Fuel Injection (YFI), 44mm
IgnitionTCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
TransmissionUltramatic V-belt with all-wheel engine braking; L, H, N, R
Final DriveOn-Command 3-way locking differential; 2WD, 4WD, locked 4WD; shaft
Front SuspensionIndependent double wishbone, KYB® fully adjustable shocks; 9.7-in travel
Rear SuspensionIndependent double wishbone, anti-sway bar, KYB® fully adjustable shocks; 10.6-in travel
Front BrakeDual hydraulic discs
Rear BrakeDual hydraulic disc, multi-disc wet parking brake
Front TireAT26 x 8-12
Rear TireAT26 x 10-12
Length/Width/Height117.0 in x 60.6 x 74.2 in
Wheelbase81.3 inches
Ground Clearance11.4 inches
Curb Weight1,404 pounds
Bed Capacity300 pounds
Towing Capacity1,500 pounds
Fuel Capacity9.7 gal
Available ColorsMatte Silver w/Suntop & Beadlock Wheels
Lucas Cooney
Lucas Cooney

I have been working exclusively in digital media since 1997. I started out with TSN.ca, spending nearly nine years creating and editing content on Canada's leading sports website. I left to join VerticalScope, Inc., one of the world's largest online publishers, to start a number of powersports publications. While at VerticalScope, I've helped create and oversee content for a wide variety of different publications, including ATV.com, Off-Road.com, ArcheryTalk.com, Tractor.com, RVGuide.com, and many more.

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