CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha’s 2015 Viking VI is a six-person version of the Viking side-by-side introduced in 2013. The Viking VI is designed as a practical utility SxS with off-road capabilities, and it will be in dealerships by mid-July.
Like the Viking, the Viking VI is assembled at Yamaha’s factory in Newnan, Georgia. Although the Viking VI is aimed largely at agricultural and hunting applications, Yamaha says the SxS is still an option for recreational offroad riding.
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Yamaha claims that the Viking VI has more cab room for all occupants than any competing vehicle. The middle seats are reclined five degrees, which makes them slightly offset so passengers aren’t bumping shoulders during the ride.
There are handholds and cup holders for everyone, including two additional cup holders with built-in plastic rings to accommodate 12-ounce cans. Two DC power outlets are included, too, and in-cab storage can be found underneath the three front seats.
The Viking VI is on an updated frame, and the entire vehicle is 153.5 inches in length with a wheelbase of 115.6 inches. It weighs about 300 pounds more than the Viking. The steel cargo bed can carry up to 600 pounds, and it lifts with the turn of a handle for dumping. Tie down points are built into the bed, and Yamaha says its size is capable of carrying a full-size pallet. Towing capacity maxes out at 1,500 pounds.
One of the most notable features of the chassis is the underside. The skid plates are designed to be flat in the middle of the vehicle, but angled up on the sides to provide 60mm of additional ground clearance along the edges.
All-wheel independent suspension offers 8.1 inches of travel, and the Maxxis Big Horn tires have a redesigned internal structure to accommodate the additional weight.
The 686cc 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine inside the Viking VI is the same power plant used for the Viking, but with adjusted fuel injection, ignition advance mapping and clutch specs. The Ultramatic transmission includes a sprag clutch that engages engine braking.
Driving selections include 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive with a fully locked front differential. Electric power steering is included on some model configurations.
As expected, Yamaha is offering a bevy of additional accessories, such as a molded sun top, heated seat covers and even a chainsaw mount. Colors are green, red and camouflage. The standard non-EPS Viking VI has an MSRP of $12,799, while the camouflage version comes with a sun top and has a price tag of $13,599. The configuration with EPS is $13,799, and the camo/sun top combination is $14,599. The Viking VI SE, which will retail for $14,999, includes aluminum wheels, overfenders, mud flaps, a soft sun top, a sealed storage compartment underneath the left rear seat and bed rail accessory mounts.
From staff and wire reports. Media images courtesy of Yamaha.