2014 Yamaha Viper combines best of both

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Daring? yes! Bold? Yes! Yamaha intros a new line of Vipers into its 4-stroke collection of stealthy sleds.
If you are talking 4-stroke engines, Yamaha is at the top of the game. If you are talking newest chassis, Cat is sitting on a new platform that has been widely praised.

So why not put them together and have the holy grail of 4-stroke snowmobiles?

That is what Yamaha is hoping to do with its new SR Viper for 2014. It will be powered by what most people know as the Nytro motor (a Genesis 3 cylinder, 1049cc fuel injected, naturally aspirated motor putting out 135+ ponies).

There will be some changes to fit it into the Cat-supplied lightweight rider-forward chassis, including a newly routed exhaust, fuel mapping and clutching.

Here are some other basics.

We like the goodies that are standard on Viper, such as a new dual face gauge with a lot of modes, Yamaha tuned clutching, a sleek look that’s edgier than past Yamahas and good storage.

Viper will come in a coupled 129-inch track length in both a standard package with comfort-tuned HPG front coil-over shocks and comfort-tuned rear skid and an upgraded rough trail package called the RTX SE with FOX Float 2 shocks up front and rebuildable HPG aluminum shocks in the rear skid.

The new Viper also will come in a coupled 137-inch length track and will be designated the SR Viper LTX, with an upgraded LTX SE version also available.

Finally, there will be a longer tracked uncoupled 141-inch version dubbed the SR Viper XTX SE with Float shocks up front, a rebuildable HPG front track shock and a Float 2 rear shock.

Viper will come in a coupled 129-inch track length in both a standard package with comfort-tuned HPG front coil-over shocks and comfort-tuned rear skid and an upgraded rough trail package called the RTX SE with FOX Float 2 shocks up front and rebuildable HPG aluminum shocks in the rear skid.

Subscribers can read about all the corporate decisions, inside tech, and more here!

Read more about Arctic Cat's joint venture with Yamaha here

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  • I am  current owner of a 2011 Yamaha Nytro XTX. I love my sled. I drove the new Viper XTX SE and it is so much easier to steer and is a lot easier to drive. I dont Know why a lot of people are upset. This is a good move for both sides. Some Arctic cat People are mad, why. Whats the difference between Suzuki and Yamaha? Either one is not made by Arctic cat so why be mad. Yamaha 4 strokes are a very good if not the best engine in snowmobiling. Now its the best of both worlds.

  • I,M happy about the new viper so happy I traded my 2012 apex xtx and snow check my new 2014 sr viper xtx se ,, cant wate for fall to get here and go pick it up ,, so let everone wine ,, I no when I pass the wineres on the trail or stop for gas thay will be checking the new viper out ,, and I think this will be one of the best snowmobile,s to ever hit the snow !!!!!!!!!!!!! p.s the BEST !!!!

2014 Yamaha Viper combines best of both