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The Amazing Rhino Utility Vehicle

The Yamaha Rhino 450, 660, & 700 are among some of the most exciting off road vehicles ever to be released!  These unique machines can be used as a utility vehicle, and they also have incredible off road capabilities.  When it was first released, the Yamaha Rhino 660 amazed people in it's ability to go places that seemed out of reach of a utility vehicle capable of carrying 2 people and 400lbs of cargo in it's mini truck bed.  The Rhino quickly proved itself as being as off road capable as some of the best ATV's around! 

Yamaha Rhino 660

The Yamaha Rhino 660 comes equipped with a powerful 660cc 5 valve single cylinder liquid cooled engine that produces tremendous torque and power to move this vehicle around with authority.  The powerful engine is coupled with the Ultramatic CVT transmission with High/Low range and reverse.  The transmission allows all wheel engine braking which can be especially helpful when towing heavy loads.  Further on down the drivetrain, the Yamaha On Command system allows the driver to switch between 2WD, 4WD, and 4WD with locked differentials - all at the simple push of a button!  This powerful engine combined with the efficient Ultramatic transmission and high traction drivetrain makes the Rhino amazingly agile in difficult off road situations.  This vehicle will really surprise you at what it can do! 

   Rhino 660 Engine

Yamaha Rhino 660 Engine

The Rhino soaks up the bumps with ease with it's fully independent suspension both front and rear, and the speed is kept under control by heavy duty disc brakes front and rear.  The powerful Yamaha Rhino can carry 400lbs in the rear bed, and has a towing capacity of over 1200lbs.  This is a real workhorse, and also an impressive off road performer!     

Yamaha Rhino Rear End View

Rear Suspension

First introduced as the 660, the newer Yamaha Rhino 450 model offers almost all the same exciting features as the 660, but with a smaller 421cc liquid cooled engine that provides good power and lowers the overall price tag of the 450 compared to it's 660 big brother.  Both the 450 and 660 look the same from the outside.  They are basically the same vehicles with different engines.  The Rhino 450 offers a more economical choice.  New for 2008, the Yamaha Rhino 700 takes the same great platform and adds numerous improvements and additional features such as fuel injection and much more.  The latest 700 version will replace the older 660.

Red Yamaha Rhino 450

The Rhino has also been offered in blue color with upgraded aluminum wheels.  There are many exciting accessories available to help customize your machine and make it even better!  No matter which version of the Yamaha Rhino that you choose in camo, green, red, or blue (or one of the latest exciting new color schemes), one things is for sure... this is an exciting off road vehicle that can comfortably carry 2 people and their gear in ways that a conventional ATV never could! 

UPDATE:  Unfortunately, the Yamaha Rhino 450 which offered a great value has been discontinued.  Now, Yamaha is focusing its efforts on the fuel injected Yamaha Rhino 700 that supercedes the older carbureted 660 model.  You can find out more about the Rhino 700 below.



MORE DETAILS:  YAMAHA RHINO 700

The Yamaha Rhino 700 brings newer technology into the Rhino line up.  The carbureted Rhino 660 has been replaced by the fuel injected Rhino 700 starting in 2008.  A larger 686 cc engine based on the Raptor design offers increased power output over earlier Rhino models.  Also starting in 2008, all Rhino utility vehicles came equipped with doors and additional passenger handholds for increased safety.  Mikuni fuel injection helps to ensure more precise air/fuel ratios throughout changes in temperature, altitude, and atmospheric conditions.  The Yamaha Rhino 700 fuel injection system incorporates a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) which feeds information to the ECU to be used in determining the right amount of fuel to be injected.  Fuel injection helps improve overall drivability.  If you've ever tried to start a Yamaha Rhino 450 or 660 (or any other carbureted vehicle) in very cold weather, then you probably know that it can sometimes be hard to get the engine running smoothly right away.  The choke helps to get the engine running, but if you try to begin driving immediately after you start up, then you might experience some bucking and sputtering and even stalling.  Once the engine warms up a little, then it will run just fine, but carbureted engines can be cold blooded.  Thankfully, fuel injection eliminates these cold start problems as the injector is able to finely atomize the additional fuel needed under cold conditions.      

   Rhino 700 Fuel Injection

Mikuni Fuel Injection

Besides the addition of fuel injection, a new airbox design puts the air filter under the hood and reduces intake noise in the cab area.  The new location of the air filter will also hopefully draw in cleaner air and reduce the amount of cleaning required of the oil soaked foam air filter element.  Other improvements on the Rhino 700 include: 4 wheel disc brakes, new parking brake design, sport style steering wheel, cup holders, and new CV joint protectors.  Another key improvement over the 660 model is that reverse is now geared lower to help ensure that the 700 has plenty of torque for backing out of difficult situations.  It was hoped that the Yamaha Rhino 700 would be offered with Yamaha's innovative new Electric Power Steering (EPS), but for now this is not being included on the Rhino 700.  This system incorporates an electric motor assist system that reduces steering effort by as much as 50% under certain conditions.  Multiple sensors are used as input for the EPS control system, resulting in a variable assist that boosts steering assist at lower speeds, and reduces assist when it's less necessary at higher speeds.  This variable, on demand power steering system greatly improves the driving experience, especially during low speed maneuvers in 4WD or full differential lock modes.  It is currently offered on the Grizzly ATV and hopefully will be incorporated into future models of the Rhino.  Under normal driving conditions, the steering effort on the Yamaha Rhino is very reasonable even without the power steering.  Where power steering would be most beneficial would be in situations where the front differential is locked.  From 2008 to the present time, the Rhino 700 has not changed very much.  Some might say that Yamaha should make some more drastic changes, but the reality is that Yamaha worked hard to develop a great product and so they don't have a lot of reasons to make big changes.  Why argue with success?  With a long track record behind the Rhino and with the ongoing subtle improvements, the Yamaha Rhino 700 continues to be the standard by which most other utility vehicles are measured.


 

 

 

 

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