ATV and UTV technology continues to progress, and the 2008 model year is no exception. All of the major manufacturers are focusing on innovation with their new machines. Here is a rundown of some of the best new iron from each brand.
At number 2 in North American market share, Yamaha has seriously added to its cachet with off-roaders in the past few years. Bill Balance’s domination of the GNCC circuit aboard a YFZ450 certainly helps. For 2008 the YFZ is still a leader in the pure sport class. Among the race-bred innovations on the 450 are: a lightweight chassis contributing to a super 350 Lb. dry weight, five titanium valves per cylinder on a liquid-cooled 449cc engine, magnesium cylinder head cover and right-side crankcase cover, a cam chain tensioner and oil pump that are especially designed for small size and light weight and ignition coils that are integrated into the spark plug caps. Joining the venerable YFZ in Yamaha’s sport ATV lineup is another powerhouse, the Raptor 700. The 700 is powered by a fuel-injected 686cc four-stroke engine. It has an aluminum swingarm in back that has 10.1 inches of travel and dual a-arms in the front that move 9.1 inches. There are disk brakes all around and the Raptor has a 2.9-gallon fuel tank. Further sport quads in the Yamaha stable are the Raptor 250 and 350. The Wolverine 350 and Wolverine 450 are 4x4 quads that are more sport than utility-oriented.
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