In Depth: 2020 Wolverine X2 R-Spec XT-R

September 2019 Feature

Here is an in depth look at the new 2020 Yamaha Wolverine X2 R-Spec XT-R.

Top Features

1. All-New XT-R PackageFor 2020, the new Wolverine X2 XT-R leads the Wolverine range with beefy new radial tires, heavy-duty WARN winch, advanced suspension and a stylish paint and graphics package.

2. Real World Tech

Yamaha’s advantages are easily seen in the technology found in every Wolverine X2 XT-R: plush adjustable suspension, driver-centric On-Command 4WD, ultra-reliable Ultramatic CVT and industry-leading Electric Power Steering.

3. Potent 847cc Twin-Cylinder Powerplant

Featuring drive-by-wire throttle, a 270-degree crankshaft design and lightweight internals, the Wolverine X2 XT-R shares technology with Yamaha’s class-defining sportbikes, for thrilling performance on every ride with unmatched refinement.

4. Adventure Pro Ready

The Wolverine X2 XT-R comes pre-wired for Yamaha’s exclusive Adventure Pro GPS system, unlocking the next level of trail-ready navigation. Combining high-precision GPS with social integration and vehicle information, the Adventure Pro system redefines “state of the art.”

5. Spacious, Flexible Ergonomics

With high-back seats, shoulder bolsters and plenty of legroom, the Wolverine X2 XT-R offers comfortable, secure seating for whatever and wherever your next adventure takes you.

6. Versatility Unequaled

The Wolverine X2 XT-R offers a balance of work-ready capability, refined comfort and trail-proven confidence that confirm Yamaha is the ultimate outdoor adventure partner.

Features & Benefits

New For 2020

Unparalleled Refinement

The updated Wolverine X2 features a range of refinements to further boost capability, confidence and comfort in rough terrain, including a robust new frame fitted with all-new upper and lower A-arms. With the all-new, top-shelf XT-R trim level, new 27-inch radial tires boost grip and durability, a WARN VRX 4500 winch boosts confidence in tough trails and high-quality painted body and graphics package adds stand-out style.


Smooth and Powerful Twin-Cylinder Engine

The Wolverine X2 XT-R is powered by an 847cc DOHC, eight-valve, parallel twin-cylinder motor that features the full range of Yamaha’s advanced performance technologies. Forged pistons and connecting rods ensure durable high-rpm performance, with Yamaha’s 270-degree Crossplane Concept Crankshaft for linear torque development and excellent power throughout the rpm range. To improve efficiency, the engine features a dry-sump design for a more compact layout and an offset cylinder block to reduce friction losses, while rubber engine mounts and a geared counterbalancer ensures smooth running from idle to redline.

Ultramatic Transmission

Yamaha’s Ultramatic transmission is the most advanced and durable CVT drive system available. An automatic centrifugal clutch maintains constant belt tension for reduced belt wear and a sprag clutch delivers natural all-wheel engine braking. The robust clutch features an oversized belt for durability, while maintaining low cruising rpm for smooth, quiet running.

On-Command 4WD

Yamaha’s renowned On-Command 4WD system lets you switch between 2WD, limited-slip 4WD and a full diff-locked 4WD. Unlike competitors’ automatic 4WD systems, On-Command puts the driver in full control to make the most of available traction in any sort of terrain.

Unique XT-R Wheel and Tire Package

Extreme terrain calls for tires that handle the abuse while providing the confidence-inspiring grip and feedback. The Wolverine X2 XT-R rolls on new 27-inch GBC Dirt Commander radial tires that not only improve ground clearance and traction, but feature a durable 8-ply construction for exceptional durability.

Compact and Nimble Chassis

Designed for maneuverability, the Wolverine X2 chassis is super agile, making tight trails a breeze, with lightweight steering to select the ideal line when tackling obstacles. With an upswept underbody design, the Wolverine X2 XT-R boasts plenty of ground clearance and big approach and departure angles to clear challenging terrain. For 2020, the rear A-arms are redesigned to minimize camber changes across the suspension travel, for enhanced response in tough terrain.

Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T)

The Wolverine X2 XT-R engine utilizes YCC-T, a drive-by-wire system that converts the driver’s commands into digital throttle control. Throttle response is further improved thanks to a quick-response servo motor, precision fuel injectors and a high-volume airbox  with two-stage air filtration.

Class-Leading Electric Power Steering

Yamaha’s Electric Power Steering (EPS) provides the industry’s best balance of steering assist and positive feedback, with light steering, speed-sensitive steering response and minimized fatigue.

Plush Suspension

The Wolverine X2 XT-R features well-damped suspension at all four corners for improved chassis control and handling feel. Each piggyback shock is also fully adjustable for spring preload, rebound and high- and low-speed compression damping to allow tuning to suit a wide range of drivers and conditions. Built for Yamaha by KYB, these shocks give the X2 a flexible, balanced ride character, whether the day calls for cargo carrying or trail blasting.

Powerful All-Wheel Disc Brakes

Large 207mm vented disc brakes with two-piston calipers provide exceptional stopping power on all four wheels, with excellent feel and minimal noise.

Maximum Versatility

The Wolverine X2 XT-R features a tilting cargo bed to simplify hauling duties. Built with hydraulic assistance and a robust latch system, the bed transports up to 600 lbs. with multiple steel tie-down points to secure cargo or attach accessories. Add in a full 2,000 lbs. of towing capacity thanks to the standard 2-inch receiver, and the Wolverine is ready to get to work when you are.

Adventure Pro Ready

The Wolverine X2 XT-R comes pre-wired for Yamaha’s exclusive Adventure Pro GPS system, unlocking the next level of trail-ready navigation. This state-of-the-art GPS unit combines a range of functions into a single, rugged 7-inch full-color display. Search, download, record and share trail routes. Challenge your friends to time trials on saved courses. And with Yamaha’s uniquely integrated software, the Adventure Pro system displays advanced vehicle data with exceptional clarity.


Smooth, Quiet Powertrain

Thanks to helical-cut drivetrain gearing, the rubber-mounted and counterbalanced engine, and a variety of noise- and vibration-reducing inserts around the cabin, the Wolverine X2 XT-R is one of the smoothest and quietest recreational side-by-sides ever built. Sneak through trails without disturbing nearby animals, converse with your passenger, or simply enjoy the improved refinement after a long day riding on the trail.

Roomy, Practical Ergonomics

With high-backed seats, each with shoulder bolsters and automotive-style, three-point seat belts, the Wolverine X2 XT-R provides a comfortable perch for driver and passenger. Multiple cup holders, high-traction floorboards and adjustable driver seat and steering column round out the amenities.

Plush Suspension

Thanks to the well-developed suspension tuning, the Wolverine X2 XT-R provides a plush, well-damped riding feel that further improves cabin comfort. 2020 updates also increase rear suspension travel, enhancing bump absorption.

Superior Mud Protection

Fully-enclosed doors and high, wide fenders ensure that mud and rocks stay outside the cabin so you and your passenger can enjoy the ride even more.

LED Lighting

The Wolverine X2 XT-R features LED headlights and taillights, for brilliant visibility, long life and minimal power draw.

Accessory Ready

With nearly 600 watts of electrical output from the engine, a standard 12V DC port and multiple pre-wired accessory switches, the Wolverine X2 XT-R is ready for a wide range of accessories and add-ons.


Industry’s Most Durable CVT

The Wolverine X2 XT-R transmission uses its own cooling intake to maintain proper temperatures, an oversized belt to handle the torque of the large motor, and Yamaha’s unique sprag clutch to maintain constant belt tension—the end result is a drivetrain built for years of trouble-free service that leaves the competition in the dust and is backed by the industry’s only 10-Year V-Belt Limited Warranty.

Reliable Engine Lubrication and Cooling

With a large oil capacity circulating in the dry-sump system, a liquid-cooled oil cooler, and a large radiator with integrated blower, the Wolverine powerplant is able to handle the toughest jobs without complaint.

Full Underbody Skid Plates

Skid plates protect the entire underbody of the Wolverine X2 XT-R, from the front differential to the rear gear case, to ensure gnarly terrain doesn’t stop you. The skid plates also include convenient service points to access fluid drain locations without removing the guards.

Complete Instrumentation

The all-digital meter gives the driver a complete picture at a glance, with a large dimmable readout. Vehicle status and warnings are clearly displayed, along with easily accessed odometers and trip and hour meters.

Speed Management System

The Wolverine X2 XT-R comes standard with a Speed Management System, which allows the owner to limit the vehicle to a top speed of 25 mph, ideal for work sites or other special operating conditions.

Built Real World Tough, Assembled in the USA

As with other Yamaha ATVs and side-by-sides, the Wolverine X2 is assembled in the USA to meet Yamaha’s exacting standards for durability and reliability.


Engine Type              847cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled, DOHC; 8 valves

Bore x Stroke             82.0mm x 80.2mm

Compression Ratio    10.5:1

Fuel Delivery             Mikuni fuel injection with YCC-T, dual 36mm throttle bodies

Transmission             Ultramatic V-belt with all-wheel engine braking; L, H, N, R

Final Drive                 On-Command 3-way locking differential; 2WD, 4WD, full diff-lock 4WD

Suspension/Front      Independent double wishbone w/anti-sway bar, fully adjustable KYB piggyback shocks; 8.7 inches travel

Suspension/Rear        Independent double wishbone w/anti-sway bar, fully adjustable KYB piggyback shocks; 9.3 inches travel

Brakes/Front             Dual hydraulic disc

Brakes/Rear               Dual hydraulic disc, shaft-mounted parking brake

Tires/Front                 AT27 x 9-12 GBC Dirt Commander

Tires/Rear                  AT27 x 11-12 GBC Dirt Commander

LxWxH                      115.0x62.3x75.3 inches

Wheelbase                  83.7 inches

Turning Radius         189.0 inches

Maximum Ground Clearance          11.5 inches

Fuel Capacity            9.2 gallons

Wet Weight                1679 lbs.

Bed Capacity             600 lbs.

Towing Capacity       2000 lbs.

Warranty                   6 Month (Limited Factory Warranty); 10-Year V Belt Limited Warranty

Color                          Titanium Bronze/Tactical Black w/Suntop, Winch, Aluminum Wheels

***Wet weight includes the vehicle with all standard equipment and all fluids, including oil, coolant (as applicable) and a full tank of fuel. It does not include the weight of options or accessories. Wet weight is useful in making real-world comparisons with other models.

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