Yamaha’s New Raptor 700 and Raptor 700R are
Assembled in U.S.A.
2013 Model Year Raptors
Get New Design and Performance Features
CYPRESS, Calif. – June 6, 2012 – Yamaha Motor
Corp., U.S.A., is producing a new Raptor 700 and
Raptor 700R for 2013 at its U.S. manufacturing
facility, Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. of
America (YMMC), in Newnan, Georgia.
Raptor 700 and Raptor 700R Blue White
The new “Assembled in U.S.A.” Raptor has
aggressive new styling and performance features
that reinforce its position as the highest
performance big bore sport ATV. It is the
first of Yamaha’s sport ATVs to be transferred
to its state-of-the-art factory in Georgia from
overseas facilities and is rolling out to Yamaha
dealers across the country immediately.
“Yamaha is the number one brand in sport ATVs,
and the Raptor 700R has been the category’s top
selling model due to its high quality, unmatched
performance and versatility,” said Steve Nessl,
Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group marketing manager.
“Yamaha is proud to bring the Raptor production
to our factory in Georgia, where the company has
made a significant investment to guarantee the
highest quality products are assembled right
here in the U.S. – the world’s largest ATV
The 2013 Raptor will be
available in three versions. The Team
Yamaha Blue/White Raptor 700R (MSRP $8,099) is
$300 less than the comparable 2012 model.
This year’s Special Edition Raptor 700R features
black plastics with red graphics and GYTR
accessories (MSRP $8,799) at $200 less than the
2012 SE. Additionally for 2013, Yamaha has
developed a third version Raptor 700 (MSPR
$7,699) in white with dual graphic kit options
priced at $700 below last year’s 700R model.
The all-white 2013 Raptor 700 comes with two
graphic kits at the time of purchase: a Red,
White and Blue Assembled in U.S.A.-themed kit
and an aggressive black and red kit.
Raptor’s hard-hitting power, balance and
handling are the key features that make it so
versatile – and so popular. Its 686cc,
four stroke, liquid-cooled engine has
quick-revving capabilities unique in a big bore
but necessary for top performance on trails or
in the dunes. Big power is a big reason
why the Raptor is the undisputed king of the
Sport ATV category.
powerplant features a forged piston and aluminum
cylinder with ceramic composite coating, which
provides reduced weight, increased cooling
ability and additional wear resistance.
The benefit? Light weight and durability.
Roller rocker arms reduce friction in the valve
train allowing the engine to rev more freely
leading to better overall performance and
improved throttle response.
True to the
sport ATV category, this big bore has a five
speed transmission – plus reverse – to give the
rider control over power management. A
one-piece aluminum die-cast rear swing arm
delivers superior rear wheel traction, reduced
weight and added comfort for the rider.
The 2013 model also features new Maxxis tires
with reduced weight and an aggressive new and
exclusive tread pattern, electric start and easy
to read indicator lights.
versions of the new Raptor 700 retain the
fully-adjustable, aluminum piggyback-type shocks
with high- and low-speed compression damping
giving experienced riders more control of their
own particular set-up – significant to
experienced riders who like to dial in their
suspension based on conditions, style and rider
The Raptor’s frame is also
unique with a special hybrid design that marries
a high-tensile steel frame up front and a cast
aluminum rear. With the production
transfer to YMMC, the steel portion of the frame
is now made in the U.S.A., has a new powder coat
paint, and the entire setup ensures the Raptor a
compact and light weight chassis that minimizes
vibration and ensures optimum rigidity.
The Raptor has double-wishbone front A-arms
featuring light weight and increased strength
thanks to the aluminum upper arms and steel
lower arms. It also has a Yamaha Cam
Adjust drive chain adjuster making for quick and
easy chain adjustments. The R’s hydraulic
front brake features YFZ-type twin piston front
calipers that are matched with new twin piston
rear calipers for improved feel.
is the number one brand in sport ATVs with the
industry’s most complete line of award-winning,
high performance, track and trail conquering
machines including, in addition to the three
Raptor 700 models, the YFZ450R (MSRP $8,599),
YFZ450R Special Edition (MSRP $8,949), YFZ450
(MSRP $6,899), Raptor 350 (MSRP $5,599), Raptor
250 (MSRP $4,599) and Raptor 125 (MSRP $3,499).
Yamaha will also produce the Raptor 90 youth
model (MSRP $2,699). Each of the sport and
youth models have an all-white version with the
dual graphic kit option – similar to the Raptor
All three versions of the new
Raptor 700/R will be in dealerships this summer.
For more information on this and other Yamaha
ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, see
About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS) a
leader in the motorsports market, makes the
toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and
Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s
ever-expanding product offerings also include
motorcycles, outboard motors, personal
watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power
equipment, race kart engines, accessories,
apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold
through a nationwide network of dealers in the
Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its
incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has
facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as
factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For
more information on Yamaha, visit
up to 90cc are recommended for use only by
riders 12 years and older and always with adult
supervision. ATVs over 90cc are
recommended for use only by riders 16 years and