Some people have been asking for Yamaha to put the new 850 motor in the Grizzly to help compete with some of the other big motor atv's but Yamaha and the others in the Japanese big four makers don't seem to be interested in putting that much motor in an atv.
I personally haven't found a moment that I felt the 686cc was under powered.
Here's an idea on how to promote more atv sales. Manufacturers can team up (Yeah right, I know.) and invest in the state and national parks for 50" trail creation and maintenance. Give people a place to ride and give the parks the money they need and we've got an atv promotional system.I came from a Rancher 420 so the Kodiak has tons of power for me, its a 22hp upgrade! When I was chatting with sales guy I brought up the mysterious "850" and a factory rep told them it would require a completely different chassis and they would be basically cannibalizing there own 700 sales. To me that means they are content with Grizzly/Kodiak 700 sales as they do control the big single cylinder segment. I keep hearing guys say they would jump ship from other manufactures if Yamaha had an 850, but would they really? Does the 850 @ 69hp make enough HP to draw in Popo and Can-am riders? UTV's alone have killed off ATV sales and that's where the money is right now.
I haven't found it either. Yamaha seems to be hiding it so it's probably not that good. Here's a video showing some testing on the Kodiak.Anyone know what the horsepower rating is for the new 686cc vs the 708cc motor? I found that the 708cc is 48.3 HP, but have not been able to find anything on the new 686, I have been curious on how they compare. the attached photo is also interesting on how the competition compares on horsepower.