One of the hottest UTVs on the market is definitely the Yamaha Viking. First introduced in 2014, the Viking was one of the first utility UTVs with standard capability for 3 persons, and It was an instant success. It combined everything Yamaha was known for into one package, including ruggedness, reliability, affordability, and even a hint of sportiness. And when it comes to sportiness, there’s something that many people often ask about this model: what is the top speed of the Yamaha Viking? Since I know several people who own one, I decided to ask them to see what the answer to that question is.
And the answer is that the Yamaha Viking is going to achieve a maximum top speed of 56 MPH on a straight line, and it will reach that speed in about 11 seconds. Also, Yamaha also makes a version of the Viking with capability for 6 passengers. Since this trim is significantly heavier, it will only achieve about 52 MPH on a straight line. Also, these top speeds will only be reached if the UTV doesn’t have any speed/rev limiters installed. If it does, the Viking will NOT achieve the top speeds posted above.
If you want to know if there’s a speed difference between the EPS and EPS ranch versions of the Viking, check below. Also, to achieve the maximum speed of this UTV, you must do several things. First of all, only the driver should be riding on the side-by-side. Also, the tires must be in good shape and the tread must be as new as possible. If not, the UTV will probably not achieve the top speeds posted above.
Is There A Speed Difference Between The EPS And Ranch Versions Of The Viking?
This is something that many people ask about, and the truth is that NO, there are no speed differences between the ranch version and the ranch EPS versions of this UTV. And the reasons are obvious: the ranch and ranch EPS versions do not change anything related to the engine itself. The ranch edition that Yamaha has been selling for a few years now simply adds aluminum wheels, rearview mirror, hard sun top, and a few extra things that farmers will appreciate.
The EPS version is different from the other ones by the fact that it contains electronic power steering, which is an awesome feature because it makes steering the UTV much easier. Keep in mind that the Viking is a farm-oriented UTV, and it will probably be used for several hours under the scorching hot sun. A lighter steering wheel will be invaluable. But anyways, aside from this, the isn’t that much difference between the ranch and ranch EPS versions, at least when it comes to top speed.
Yamaha Viking VI 6 Seater Top Speed
If the Yamaha Viking VI is physically bigger, then that probably means that it’s heavier and therefore slower right? that is true. The Viking VI is a little bit slower than it’s 3 seater version, with a top speed of about 52 MPH. Keep in mind that it’s going to take a long time to get to that speed though.
What Is The MPG Of The Yamaha Viking?
This is another question that Viking owners often ask themselves. And the answer is that the Viking is going to achieve about 60 MPG, but this will depend a lot on the kind of terrain that you are riding on. The best MPG will be achieved when riding on pavement or even terrain, but if you are riding on the snow or on muddy or very uneven terrain, then expect the MPG to get worse.
Also, you can’t really trust the MPG meter on the Viking. Many owners have confirmed that it’s not accurate, so if you are looking for an accurate measurement of MPG, you are going to have to manually measure how much gas your ride uses.
How To Make Your Yamaha Viking Faster?
If you are reading this article, then you probably want to make your Viking faster. The Viking is officially classified as a utility UTV, and farmers love it, but there are also a sizeable crowd that has been using this ride for more sporty or offroading purposes. These folks have done several things to make the Viking faster, and some of these things I have posted below. If you are looking to make your Viking faster, then follow these tips!
- Purchase A Performance Air Filter: One of the best and most cost-effective ways to improve the Viking and any UTVs speed for that matter is to install a proper performance air filter. Most stock filters are made with durability and catching as much dirt as possible in mind, but it also affects the performance of the UTV, especially on a straight line. That’s why a performance air filter can be so effective. They tend to allow more air to get into the engine, which is exactly what you want. I personally use K&N performance filters, and I recommend that you do so too.
- Reduce Weight As Much As Possible: Another great way to improve the performance of the Viking, especially if you are on a budget, is to reduce as much weight as possible. And the best way to do this is to take off some plastics of the UTVs chassis. Some of these plastics are super heavy, and many people have reduced more than 20-30 pounds of their Vikings. This is equal to a small but noticeable top speed improvement. Also, this method is completely free, perfect for people not willing to spend money on mods.
- Purchase Performance Tires: This one can be pretty costly but it’s so worth it. The stock tires that come with the Viking are going to be fine for cruising at a small farm or a trail, but when it comes to performance, they fall short. Replacing them with some decent ITP tires is going to make a complete difference in how your UTV handles, both onroad and offroad. Expect your Viking to feel more damped and to accelerate faster with these tires. The main problem of this is that the tires can be expensive, but they tend to last much longer than the stock tires so they are well worth it.
Top Speed Of Other UTVs & ATVs
Since official top speed numbers are so demanded by enthusiasts nowadays, I decided to talk about the top speeds of several other ATV & UTV models, some of whom I personally own. If you are interested in knowing more about them, please click below!