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We Wheel Yamaha’s New Wolverine X4 Side-By-Side

Yamaha’s Newest Beast—the Wolverine

Fred WilliamsWriterStaffPhotographer

There are many different styles of UTVs and side-by-sides these days, and even within most manufacturers there is variety. Yamaha is no different, but we recently spent some time in their new Wolverine and are impressed at the blurring of lines between work and play.

In case you missed it, Yamaha released their YXZ side-by-side a while back and it impressed many enthusiasts with its manually shifted transmission and performance suspension. But not everyone needs a 1,000cc toy; some need a little workhorse with some play thrown in for good measure, and that’s what the Wolverine is. However, just because the Wolverine may look like a farm, ranch, or hunting cabin work machine doesn’t mean it’s not up for a good time. We took a Wolverine on an adventure that was filmed for an upcoming episode of Dirt Every Day on MotorTrendonDemand.com and were fully impressed by the power, traction, and suspension performance of the little machine.

Being truck guys we don’t spend a lot of time behind the wheel of side-by-sides, but we were blown away by how much fun we had, and it made us wonder why we don’t drive one of these more often. With an 850cc engine, four-wheel drive, power steering, and room for four, this might be the perfect ride for both work-week and weekend wheeling.