2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 750 4×4 Preview

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2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 750 4×4 Preview

Seating seems the obvious place to start and as you’ve probably figured out by now the Teryx4 has room for four people. To make room for the extra two passengers Kawasaki had to make some major alterations to the frame. An all-new square-tube steel frame acts as the backbone of the Teryx4 and it features what Kawasaki calls a Double-X frame design with two X-shaped cross members bridging the box structures from corner to corner.

As for the heart of the beast, the Teryx4 is powered by a liquid cooled, fuel injected, 749cc V-Twin engine – none of which sounds any different than the mill powering the original two-seat Teryx. Where it differs is the addition of 15 percent more power. Kawasaki isn’t clear on how the extra power was attained, but we’ll let you know when we find out.

That new power is refined by an updated electronic fuel injection system, which features what Kawasaki calls new fine-atomizing 12-hole injectors.

Helping to get the power to the ground is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that features a centrifugal clutch assembly and an electrically selectable 4WD system with instant-switch access to 2WD, 4WD and 4WD + front differential lock system.

Connecting the Teryx4 to terra firma are large 26-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires. Handling is further aided by what Kawasaki calls sport-focused independent suspension that features single-chamber gas-charged and pre-load adjustable shocks with 7.8 in. of travel up front and fully adjustable shocks with piggyback reservoirs with 8.2 in. of travel in the rear.

Kawasaki boasts that the suspension is comfortable with four people on board while performing like a sporting Side-x-Side when you’re riding solo or with a single passenger. We’re eager to put Kawasaki’s claims to the test.

When it comes to four-seat Side-x-Sides, the Teryx4 is rather compact with an 86.1-inch wheelbase. As a comparison, the Polaris Ranger RZR 4 800 has a 103-inch wheelbase and the Polaris Ranger Crew 800 has a 108-inch wheelbase. Kawasaki says that this smaller wheelbase allows for a surprisingly compact 16.7-foot turning radius.

A quick look at the cargo box might help explain the shorter wheelbase. The Teryx4 cargo bed is 47.6 by wide by 17.9 in. long by 8.7 in. high. That’s significantly smaller than the cargo box on the two-seat Teryx, which has measurements of 44.2 in. wide by 32.7 in. long by 11.1 in. high. In addition to losing almost 15 inches in length, the Teryx4 cargo box has half the carrying capacity of the two-seat Teryx (249 pounds compared to 500 pounds).

That’s slightly less capacity than the Ranger RZR 4 800 (42 x 22 x 6.5), which can carry 300 pounds and a small fraction of the Ranger Crew 800 (54 x 36.5 x 11.5) and its 1000 carrying capacity. Towing duties shouldn’t be an issue, however, as the Teryx4 can haul 1,300 pounds.

All four occupants will appreciate the two DC sockets – one in front, another in back – providing 120 watts of electrical power. A 7.9-gallon fuel tank (larger than the two-seat Teryx and RZR 4) should keep you out on the trails for much of the day. Other conveniences include four cup holders, an auto-style parking brake, and an easy-open front hood that provides access to the front suspension, coolant reservoir, air filter and electrical equipment.

Finally, a multi-function electronic display provides a ton of useful information: Speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer and hour meter, clock, dual trip meters, 2WD/4WD indicator, front differential indicator light, parking brake indicator, water temp and fuel injection warning indicators, and reverse indicator light.

The base-model Teryx4 740 4×4 retails for $13,399 and is available in Sunbeam Red or Scout Green.

Teryx4 750 4×4 EPS

We’ve long been proponents of power steering and we’re thrilled that Kawasaki has added it to the Teryx4. A machine of this size will be hugely helped by power steering. According to Kawasaki, its Electric Power Steering (EPS) system offers the easiest, lowest-effort and most precise steering characteristics in all of four-wheeling.

We can’t speak for that until we get behind the wheel, but no doubt it will offer a much smoother ride than the base model Teryx4.

EPS offers additional damping on straights, especially on rougher surfaces, and there’s also less steering kickback and bump-steer when tackling rougher terrain. Low-speed handling and steering ease are improved, too, which no doubt makes tricky situations and low-speed work much easier to deal with.

According to Kawasaki, the key to the Teryx4’s light-steering comes from the same basic system used on Kawasaki’s Mule: a Showa-built system that doesn’t use a traditional power-steering pump so there’s no drain on engine power. Also, the system only works when the engine is running, so there’s no battery drain. As with most EPS systems, you’ll get more assistance during slow-speed use, and less as speeds increase.

Kawasaki GPX 750 R
Kawasaki GPX 750 R
Kawasaki GPX 750 R
Kawasaki GPX 750 R
Kawasaki GPX 750 R

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