KENNESAW, Ga. – June 12, 2017 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, the best-selling sport ATV brand in
America*, announces its 2018 sport ATVs including the top-selling big bore Raptor 700R and the
As the definitive leader in offering Proven Off-Road sport ATVs, Yamaha incorporates its legendary
racing performance into the most durable and reliable machines on the market, which are also proudly
built the USA at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide
distribution. The Raptor 700R and YFZ450R are the top-selling and highest performing models in the
world of sport ATVs, and epitomize ATV performance and dominance on the track, trail and dunes.
2018 Raptor 700, Raptor 700R and Raptor 700R Special Edition (SE) Models
For 2018, the Raptor 700 (MSRP $7,999) gets a new Graphite color scheme, while the Team Yamaha
Blue / White Raptor 700R (MSRP $8,499) gets a Team Yamaha Blue seat, color-matched A-arms and
frame. The 2018 Special Edition Raptor 700R (MSRP $9,099) comes in a new White color with both a
GYTR front grab bar and heel guards.
As the best-selling sport ATV in America*, the Raptor 700R brings the best combination of power,
lightweight handling and trail / dune-conquering performance in sport ATVs. The Raptor’s hybrid steel
aluminum frame is complemented by a controlled-fill aluminum sub-frame and cast aluminum swing-arm,
all combining to produce a supremely-strong structure and the lightest ATV in its class.
Utilizing Yamaha YZ-style fully adjustable piggyback shocks, the Raptor is a versatile machine capable of
handling any terrain – from tight, twisty trails to wide open deserts. Lending to the terrain-taming prowess,
front wheel travel is 9.1 inches, with 10.1 inches in the rear.
A plush seat, dual counter-balancers, electric start, and reverse are added features on Raptor 700R for
all-day riding comfort and convenience.
2018 YFZ450R and YFZ450R SE Models
As America’s best-selling 450-class sport ATV** and reigning MX and GNCC champ, the unrivaled, raceinspired
YFZ450R also gets a new SE in White (MSRP $9,299) with a GYTR front grab bar. The Team
Yamaha Blue / White YFZ450R (MSRP $8,999) now comes with a Team Yamaha Blue seat and color
matched A-arms and frame.
The YFZ450R is the most technologically advanced sport ATV in the market, combining a high-tech,
quick-revving, titanium-valve 449cc fuel-injected engine with a lightweight, professional-caliber cast
aluminum / steel chassis.
MX-ready, the YFZ’s no-weld frame is designed from lightweight aluminum with a tension-steel bottom
frame, allowing low engine placement for optimal mass centralization. Suspension components and
settings reduce weight while providing agile, performance-pointed handling and rider comfort.
The YFZ’s bodywork is designed for ideal ergonomics and rider comfort with a T-shaped seat and
maximum knee room permitting riders to easily move around the machine and attack corners to the finish
line. An assist-and-slipper clutch reduces clutch lever effort for less fatigue, while simultaneously
increasing clutch plate pressure for positive engagement. This clutch system also reduces engine braking
effect, which allows for faster cornering, particularly when downshifting.
View additional details on all of Yamaha’s new 2018 ATV models at www.YamahaMotorsports.com.
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About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, (YMUS) a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most
capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings
also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power
equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network
of dealers in the United States.
Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin
and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha,
*Based on IHS Markit Total new U.S. ATV registrations in the Yamaha defined Sport ATV category for
Calendar Year 2016.
**Based on IHS Markit Total new U.S. ATV registrations in the Yamaha defined 450cc class Sport ATV
category for Calendar Year 2016.
ATVs over 90cc are recommended for use only by riders 16 years and older.