2014 Kawasaki Teryx First Look 0

Kawasaki introduced the all-new 2014 Kawasaki Teryx at the manufacturer’s annual dealer meeting in San Diego. The two-seater UTV gets a bump in power, more room, a larger chassis, upgraded suspension and a new CVT clutch. Although it is not a pure performance machine, Kawasaki promises a sportier ride while still increasing utility.

The Teryx’s 90-degree V-Twin gets the same treatment seen in the 2014 Kawasaki Teryx4 for more power in the low- to mid-range. The displacement has been bumped from 749cc to 783cc for a 26% increase in horsepower and 12% more torque in that all important rev range. Optimized camshafts and revised exhaust headers work with the extra cubes for a smooth engine profile. Even with the boosted engine performance. Kawasaki claims fuel economy has been improved for an increased range for the 7.9-gallon tank.

Putting the Teryx’s additional power to the dirt is a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that includes a centrifugal clutch positioned between the crankshaft and CVT drive pulley for longer belt life and reliability. Instant acceleration is also achieved thanks to the centrifugal clutch preventing belt freewheel. Unnecessary belt wear is also controlled by a system that cuts power if the engine rpm is high with no movement from the rear wheels for more than two seconds. The CVT feeds power to a transmission that features high and low forward gears, neutral and reverse. Selecting 2WD, 4WD or 4WD with front differential lock is as easy as rotating the dash-mounted switch.

A new Double-X chassis features a highly-rigid square tube frame with two X-shaped cross members for optimum durability and maximum strength. Limiting flex, this frame improves handling in rough terrain. The Teryx’s certified Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) cab frame also bolsters the chassis’ strength and extends out to the edges of the bodywork for expanded cockpit space. An 85.8-inch wheelbase matches the four-seat Teryx4, but a 16.7-foot turning radius makes maneuvering in tight quarters easy.

Fox Podium piggyback shocks offer up to 8 inches of suspension travel up front and 8.3 inches at the back. Both ends are adjustable for preload and compression to tailor the ride quality for work or play.

With the increased performance and handling comes the need for a strong set of brakes. 200mm front rotors gripped by dual-piston calipers promise to slow the front wheels with power and excellent feel. At the back an internal wet brake gives reliable service free from the elements.

Beefy 26-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires help maximize the Teryx’s performance with traction and control. The tire’s construction and tread design gives excellent forward traction while biting hard for aggressive cornering.

Kawasaki’s Electronic Power Steering (EPS) is calibrated to give the Teryx precise and low-effort wheel control. The Showa-built unit uses vehicle speed and torque sensors to determine the right amount of assistance. More power is added for slow speeds while the power is tapered as the pace quickens.

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