Yamaha Tactical Black Rhino
Don't Call It a Golf Cart
by AMOS KWON




In the event of a major climactic or apocalyptic event, there's no doubt that only a few things will remain: cockroaches, cans of Dinty Moore Beef Stew and several Yamaha off-road vehicles. The Rhino 700 Special Edition Tactical Black is pretty much what it sounds like -- serious business. As the baddest two-passenger ATV on the planet, the Rhino 700 is not only incredibly rugged and versatile but is built with a surprising level of technological features and creature comforts. 


Look at the Rhino's spec sheet and try to disprove its capability across the spectrum of work duties. A stealthy matte black lightweight steel frame wouldn't look out of place as military spec; it's built with the kind of stiffness that welcomes off-road punishment. A 686cc single cylinder, four-stroke engine with electronic fuel injection stays cool via a large radiator and oil cooler to make sure the tough four-wheeler moves over and through anything you throw at it. Traversing those wicked obstacles is made possible by tall 12.1-inch front and 7.3-inch rear ground clearance via the fully independent four-wheel suspension with five-way preload adjustable shocks, and Piggyback shocks protect your spine while you're cruising over top of god knows what. 




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The Rhino makes use of a fully automatic Ultramatic transmission with Hi/Lo range and reverse mode, the most advanced ATV drive system on the market. It even allows engine braking on all four wheels, making downhill control positively masterful. Push-button On-Command FWD switches between 2WD, 4WD with limited-slip, and 4WD with fully locking differential to truly make you king of the hill, bog and trail. Four wheel disc brakes ensure that you can bring it to a stop safely and reliably. Responsive rack-and-pinion steering and a tight turning radius prove huge assets for this beast in close corners, and towing capacity via its heavy-duty hitch is impressive at 1,200 pounds. The stamped steel bed can haul 400 pounds, but don't use that as excuse to toss your lesser friends in back. 


Meanwhile, you and your friend riding shotgun will stay cozy regardless of terrain quality. Padded bucket seats and headrests keep you firmly and comfortably in place, while anti-pinch three-point seatbelts make you forget they're even there (and more importantly, keep you safe). The automotive-inspired controls include an electric start switch and a digital instrument panel with a multi-function LCD screen that includes a speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, 4WD and transmission status, clock and a fuel consumption meter. 


This blend of cushiness and pure off-road nastiness naturally finds its place among law enforcement, the military and die-hard outdoorsmen, but city slickers willing to pony up $13k can also get the complete off-road package. That, and a sweet name.


$13,000, yamahamotorsports.com



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Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope. 


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The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.


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Ben Bowers
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Henry Phillips
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Chris Wright
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