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Ag Professional reports:

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has introduced the all-new Viking EPS Side-by-Side (SxS) off-road four-wheeler vehicle designed to serve what the company calls "real world tough" demands of farmers, ranchers, crop consultants and agricultural site users. Yamaha claims it is setting a new standard in the three-person multi-purpose SxS segment.

The new Viking was designed and engineered as a performance high-capacity utility vehicle. It combines Yamaha's "most powerful four-wheel drive engine to date with a comfortable and confidence-inspiring three-person cab, precision steering and class-leading handling."

"This is the most comfortable and off-road capable vehicle in its class based in large part on feedback from farmers and ranchers, who asked for a rugged, high-capacity utility vehicle that is also comfortable and fun to drive," said Mike Martinez, vice president of Yamaha's ATV/SxS Group. "The all-new Viking is the only SxS to offer true three-person seating capacity with other features that farmers and ranchers want like electric power steering and enough cargo capacity to hold a fully-loaded pallet."

The rear steel cargo bed was purpose-built for durability and convenience, according to the company. The assisted dump bed can pack up to 600 pounds of equipment and supplies while the standard two inch receiver hitch is rated to pull 1,500 pounds. The Viking's chassis also contributes to its off-road capability with nearly 12-inches of ground clearance at the lowest point even when loaded.

Yamaha noted that the Viking is the only vehicle in its class with three-point seat belts for everyone, plus headrests all around, adjustable handhold for both passengers and a textured floorboard with dedicated foot wells. Its seating position provides for more head room than competitive models without sacrificing critical ground clearance, Yamaha claims.

Every Yamaha Viking is being manufactured exclusively in the U.S.A. at Yamaha's factory in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution. The all-new Viking EPS and non-EPS models will be available starting this August.

Power comes from Yamaha's strongest four-wheel drive engine to date - a 686cc liquid-cooled four-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder, four-valve fuel-injected engine. The company claims its engine has been optimized for working conditions with strong low-end torque while quick throttle response and smooth power delivery are maintained throughout the rev range. Yamaha Fuel Injection is provided for consistent starts and power even at elevation and in cold weather, and the 9.7 gallon fuel tank allows for long days of work. The Viking's 700cc-class engine makes more power than some larger 800cc-class machines.