The Latest In ATVs For Sportsmen

New lines of all-terrain vehicles promise more power, versatility, environmentally friendly

operation and features, plus a host of improved accessories designed for the outdoor sportsman. (December 2007)

The past 10 years have seen monumental changes in all-terrain and utility vehicles as manufacturers have given us bigger, faster, cleaner, quieter, more fuel-efficient engines. This year we'll see more of the same, with companies filling out their newest lines with some bigger, tougher vehicles designed to do it all for hunters and outdoorsmen. Here are the latest models.

ARCTIC CAT

THUNDERCAT 1000 H2 EFI

The new Thundercat features a huge 950cc H2 engine with electronic fuel injection (EFI) that's built for massive torque, fast acceleration, instant cold-starting, optimized performance regardless of elevation or temperature, and better fuel mileage.

Engine type: 950cc EFI single overhead cam 4-stroke liquid-cooled V-Twin

Transmission: Duramatic Automatic with long-life maintenance-free belt

Dry weight: 716 pounds

Fuel capacity: 6.5 gallons

Wheelbase: 52.5 inches

Ground clearance: 12 inches

MSRP: $10,499

Web site: www.arcticcat.com

BAD BOY BUGGIES SUV

Bad Boy Enterprises' new SUV is the first all-electric 4WD "silent utility vehicle" with reverse. It's powerful, quiet and environmentally friendly, with an 800-pound load capacity. It's powered by twin 15-horsepower electric motors that deliver 170 foot-pounds of torque, and it can travel up to 28 miles at speeds up to 17 miles per hour on a single charge. With a rear flip seat, it can carry up to four passengers. Color choices include camouflage, green, red and black.

Engine type: 31-horsepower total dual electric

Transmission: n/a

Dry weight: 1,650 pounds

Fuel capacity: n/a

Wheelbase: 69 inches

Ground clearance: 8.25 inches

MSRP: $8,450

Web site: www.badboybuggies.com

CLUB CAR XRT 1550

The key feature of Club Car's XRT 1550 is a sophisticated traction system that continually senses driving conditions and automatically engages and disengages all-wheel drive without requiring the driver to stop, shift gears, push buttons or lock differentials.

Engine Type: 23-horsepower 675cc twin-cylinder air-cooled Kawasaki gas, or 20-horsepower 719cc 3-cylinder liquid-cooled Kubota diesel

Transmission: Automatic IntelliTrak All-Wheel-Drive

Dry weight: 1,559 pounds

Fuel capacity: 6.5 gallons

Wheelbase: 81.5 inches

Ground clearance: 7.4 inches

MSRP: gas, $9,400 / diesel, $10,750

Web site: www.clubcar.com

E-Z-GO ST 480

E-Z-GO's latest is the ST 480 utility model, which features a 16-horsepower 480-cc engine with on-demand locking rear differential. With a top speed of 17 mph, an 800-pound payload capacity and a standard roto-molded polyethylene bed, it can get you (and your cargo) where you need to go in a hurry.

Engine type: 480cc 16-horsepower 4-cycle V-Twin air-cooled Vanguard

Transmission: Automatic CVT

Dry weight: 1,100 pound

Fuel capacity: 6 gallons

Wheelbase: 77 inches

Ground clearance: 6 inches

MSRP: $8,239

Web site: www.ezgo.com

E-Z-GO ST 480

E-Z-GO's latest is the ST 480 utility model, which features a 16-horsepower 480-cc engine with on-demand locking rear differential. With a top speed of 17 mph, an 800-pound payload capacity and a standard roto-molded polyethylene bed, it can get you (and your cargo) where you need to go in a hurry.

Engine type: 480cc 16-horsepower 4-cycle V-Twin air-cooled Vanguard

Transmission: Automatic CVT

Dry weight: 1,100 pound

Fuel capacity: 6 gallons

Wheelbase: 77 inches

Ground clearance: 6 inches

MSRP: $8,239

Web site: www.ezgo.com

HONDA FOURTRAX

FOREMAN 4X4 (Manual Shift)

Honda's Electric Power Steering (EPS) debuted last year in the FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES, and now EPS is also available with the manual-shift FourTrax Foreman 4x4. Traxlok enables the rider to shift between 2WD and 4WD with the push of a switch.

Engine Type: 475cc air-cooled OHV single-cylinder 4-stroke.

Transmission: ESP 5-speed with Reverse (TRX500FE), ESP 5-speed with Reverse (TRX500FM) .

Dry weight: n/a.

Fuel capacity: 4.1 gallons.

Wheelbase: 50.7 inches.

Ground clearance: 7.5 inches.

MSRP: $6,849 to $7,199.

Web site: www.powersports.honda.com

JOHN DEERE GATOR XUV

John Deere's latest, the Gator XUV 4x4, includes the fuel-injected gas XUV 620i and the diesel XUV 850D, the most powerful, quickest accelerating diesel in its class. Both have the True 4WD system, with an on-demand locking front differential that allows the operator to select 1-, 2-, 3- or 4-wheel-drive operation, to optimize for turf friendliness or rugged terrain.

Engine Type: 617cc 2-cylinder 4-cycle, OHV gas EFI, or 854cc 3-cylinder 4-cycle OHV diesel

Transmission: Automatic CVT

Dry weight: 900 pounds

Fuel capacity: 5.3 gallons

Wheelbase: 79 inches

Ground clearance: 11 inches

MSRP: $9,499 (gas), $10,500 (diesel)

Web site: www.johndeere.com

KAWASAKI

BRUTE FORCE 750 4x4i

Kawasaki's Brute Force 750 4x4i ATV has gained a digital fuel-injection system and now features revised suspension settings, new seat urethane, increased sealed storage, new bumper design, polished wheels, lighter aluminum foot pegs, stronger axle boots and a factory-installed plastic conduit for easy winch installation.

Engine type: 749cc liquid-cooled 90-degree 4-stroke V-twin

Transmission: CVT with high and low range, plus reverse, and Kawasaki Engine Brake Control

Dry weight: 605.3 pound

Fuel capacity: 5.0 gallons

Wheelbase: 50.5 inches

Ground clearance: 9.7 inches

MSRP: $7,799-$8,549

Web site: www.kawasaki.com

POLARIS

SPORTSMAN 700 EFI X2

Polaris now offers its versatile Sportsman X2 in a 700cc model. This new ATV features the VERSATRAC system, which enables the rider to choose Turf mode, 2WD or On-Demand All-Wheel Drive by a thumb switch on the handlebar. When in Turf mode, the Sportsman X2 provides 20 percent tighter turns and minimizes damage to soft terrain. Polaris' Engine Braking System and intelligent Active Descent Control (ADC) also are standard. Engine braking assists in braking on steep inclines, while ADC provides four-wheel braking when the vehicle is in all-wheel drive, is operating at speeds below 15 mph and there is no throttle being applied.

Engine type: 700cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled twin cylinder with EFI

Transmission: Automatic PVT

Dry weight: 860 pounds

Fuel capacity: 6 gallons

Wheelbase: 57 inches

Ground clearance: 11 inches

MSRP: $8,19

Web site: www.polarisindustries.com

SUZUKI

KINGQUAD 450AXI 4X4 AUTO

The new KingQuad 450 from Suzuki features a single-cylinder liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine that offers superb low-end power for days spent working hard and top-end power for days spent enjoying the trail.

Engine type: 454cc SOHC 4-stroke single-cylinder, liquid-cooled

Transmission: V-belt CVT automatic with high/low range sub-transmission, 2WD/4WD/4WD front differential lock

Dry weight: 606 pounds

Fuel capacity: 4.6 gallons

Wheelbase: 50.4 inches

Ground clearance: 10.2 inches

MSRP: $6,599

Web site: www.suzukicycles.com

YAMAHA

GRIZZLY 700 FI AUTO 4X4

Yamaha's new Grizzly 700 FI Auto 4x4 is the most powerful Grizzly ever, with a 686cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine, EFI, a fully automatic Ultramatic transmission and a three-position On-Command In/Out 4WD feature that lets you switch between 2WD, limited-slip 4WD and fully locked differential 4WD -- all with the push of a button.

Engine type: 686cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled 4-valve SOHC

Transmission: Yamaha Ultramatic V-belt with all-wheel engine braking

Dry weight: 600 pounds

Fuel capacity: 5.3 gallons

Wheelbase: 49.2 inches

Ground clearance: 11.8 inches

MSRP: $8,199-$8,549

Web site: www.yamaha-motor.com

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