New Viking VI Side-by-Side Vehicle Doubles Passenger Capacity

June 6, 2014 05:05 AM
New Viking VI Side-by-Side Vehicle Doubles Passenger Capacity


 Yamaha Announces All-New 2015 Viking VI side-by-side with room for six

The all-new 2015 Viking VI EPS six-person side-by-side (sxs) features an extended cab and maximum headroom, legroom and shoulder room for six occupants. Every Yamaha Viking and Viking VI is assembled in the U.S. at Yamaha’s factory in Newnan, Ga., for worldwide distribution.
Similar to the three-seat Viking introduced last summer, the new Viking VI is made for tough off-road duty boasting Yamaha’s industry-leading Ultramatic fully automatic transmission, On-Command four-wheel drive system, Electric Power Steering (EPS) and Yamaha’s 700cc-class engine. The machine boosts a 600-lb. Hauling and 1,500 lb. Towing capacity.
"We’re following our successful Viking three-person vehicle with the Viking VI this year. On the surface, if you look at it, it is basically a Viking with a second row, but there is a lot more that goes into that," says Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/sxs group marketing manager.
"We’ve found that this biggest category of … the side-by-side market is made up of multi-use or utility use customers," he adds. "30% are looking for even more than three people to fit into their vehicle."
"The Viking VI, is a comfortable, convenient, tough and off-road capable vehicle, and we expect to see it working ranches and hauling hunters from Texas to California, Oregon to Pennsylvania and everywhere in between," Nessl says. "The Viking VI is the natural evolution of a platform and concept that has captured awards, praise and market share since we launched the initial Viking last summer. Yamaha customers are excited and dealers are primed – we’re on the gas and expanding our sxs line today and for years to come."
The Viking VI configuration was designed with more cab room for all occupants than any competing vehicle. Built on a new frame, the Viking VI chassis features six comfortable and secure bucket seats, each with three-point seat belts and headrests, with a walk-through cab design. Similar to the original Viking, the middle seats are purposefully reclined five degrees to provide more shoulder room for all occupants. Dedicated passenger handholds and foot rests add to rider comfort.
Operators will appreciate the automotive-style driver position with simple and intuitive access to dash-mounted controls, an adjustable driver seat, and a full digital display panel with speedometer, odometer, trip meters and fuel level. Other conveniences include eight cup holders throughout the cab, a sealed storage container under the center front seat, additional storage under the remaining front seats, a large glove box on the front panel, and two DC power outlets – one in front and another in back. The cab is all wrapped within a ROPS US OSHA/ISO3471 certified enclosure.
Complementing cab comfort is the ride itself, which is smooth and predictable with an extended wheelbase that helps smooth out bumps, optimized all-wheel independent suspension with 8.1" of travel to absorb rough terrain, and strong and natural feeling hydraulic disc brakes all around that provide solid and secure stopping power.
Off-road Terrainability and Handling
The Viking VI also draws on Yamaha’s advanced technologies including the Ultramatic transmission, On-Command four-wheel drive and Electric Power Steering (EPS).
The Ultramatic fully-automatic transmission incorporates a CVT system with centrifugal clutch that maintains constant belt tension (no slamming belts or jerky transitions) and the Ultramatic system features a sprag clutch that engages natural-feeling engine braking, which is a key component when navigating tight turns and steep hills – especially with passengers and cargo.
The On-Command system puts the driver in control of engaging one of three settings: 2WD, 4WD or 4WD with a fully locked front differential, simply by turning the rotary dial on the left side of the dash.
Precise steering is key, no matter the occupancy or load. Steering assist from EPS helps lighten the effort and reduce fatigue especially over long periods of operation, with heavy loads and in rough terrain.
All-new Maxxis Big Horn tires were designed exclusively for the Viking VI with aggressive tread patterns and pressure setting optimized for the VI. "We really look for a lot of comfort from our tire—the way it flexs and gives it a nice cushy feel to the driver and passenger," says Patrick Biolsi, Yamaha ATV Testing Supervisor.
Proven Powerful Engine
The Viking VI pulls power from a 686cc 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder, 4-valve, fuel-injected engine proven on Viking and optimized for the Viking VI. The engine gets a redesigned intake system, fuel injection and ignition advance mapping, plus changes in the clutch specification to power up for the larger platform and achieve strong, smooth power and acceleration from extremely low speeds up through to the high-speed range. Ultimately, it is the most powerful 4x4 engine Yamaha has ever produced, and it makes plenty of power to handle the Viking VI at maximum capacity.
Real World Tough and Utility
The Viking VI engine is positioned under the vehicle’s rear cargo bed allowing for easy access and simple maintenance. Its large capacity air intake system, which contributes to the engine’s strong power delivery, is also easy to access and maintain with a reusable, large-capacity foam air filter positioned under the middle rear seat. It is easily accessible from the cabin without tools to clean or change in the field or shop.
The large flat rear cargo bed is made of steel, designed for excellent load capacity, and is rated to carry up to 600 pounds of cargo. At 14-cubic-feet of cargo space with no wheel wells, a full pallet fits flush and the bed has standard tie down hooks and one-touch tilt assist. A standard two-inch receiver hitch out back tows an additional 1,500 pounds.
Unique to the category, the Viking VI incorporates steel skid plates across the entire undercarriage: front-to-back and side-to-side, and the chassis is swept up on each side to reduce potential for friction in rough terrain. Also unique to the Viking line is row crop friendly track width.
The Viking VI comes in Hunter Green, Red and Realtree AP HD camo. MSRP for standard versions starts at $12,799 for non-EPS and $13,799 for EPS models. A Viking VI EPS Special Edition in Matte Silver with Soft Suntop comes with an MSRP of $14,999 and incorporates aluminum wheels, overfenders, mud flaps, a soft sun top, a sealed storage compartment under the left rear seat and Yamaha’s bed rail accessory mounts.


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