New ATVs and UTVs for 2007

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Suzuki Eiger 400 Hunter X Hunter Edition
This new limited edition of the Eiger 400 features Advantage Max-4 HD camo bodywork, matching camo shock absorber covers and front and rear soft bags. It also comes with a Suzuki Accessories gun scabbard. The racks have been updated for 2007, with better mounting points, and this model is prewired for easy winch installation. Suzuki Eiger 400 Hunter X Hunter Edition Dry Weight: 590 lb. Suspension Travel (front, rear): 6.7 in., 6.7 in. Transmission: CVT automatic Engine Type: Air/oil-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke Displacement: 376cc Price: $5,899 Outdoor Life Online Editor
Kawasaki KFX90
The new KFX90 is designed for riders 12 years of age and older. A new 89cc, air-cooled four-stroke engine delivers good midrange performance, and it’s emissions certified for sale in California. It also comes equipped with a USFS-approved spark arrestor. Push-button electric starting and an automatic transmission are easy for young riders to manage, and the KFX90’s wide stance, 18-inch tires and full floorboards all work to inspire confidence in new riders. As an additional safety precaution, Kawasaki has added a keyed ignition switch to prevent unauthorized use. Kawasaki KFX90 Dry Weight: 254 lb. Suspension Travel (front, rear): 2.8 in., 2.9 in. Transmission: CVT automatic Engine Type: Air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke Displacement: 89cc Price: $2,149 Outdoor Life Online Editor
Honda Electric Power Steering (EPS) makes its debut on the FourTrax Foreman 4×4. EPS senses the handlebar torque applied by the operator as well as the ATV's speed to determine the correct amount of steering assistance required. More assistance is provided in rough terrain and at low speeds to decrease steering effort, while less assistance is provided at higher speeds. The Foreman also features a longitudinally mounted air-cooled engine and a five-speed transmission with push-button electric shift control and selectable TraxLok all-wheel drive. Honda kicks its redesigned Rancher up a notch with a more-powerful 420cc liquid-cooled engine, replacing the old 329cc air-cooled model. Fuel injection provides improved starting in cold weather. New dual front disc brakes offer improved performance. The new body incorporates flowing fenders with integrated headlights and LED taillights. Honda FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES/EPS Dry Weight: 600 lb. Suspension Travel (front, rear): 6.7 in., 6.7 in. Transmission: Honda ESP five-speed Engine Type: Air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke Displacement: 475cc Price: $7,049 Honda FourTrax Rancher 4×4 ES Dry Weight: 562 lb. Suspension Travel (front, rear): 6.3 in., 6.3 in. Transmission: Honda ESP five-speed Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke Displacement: 420cc // Price: $5,499
Can-Am Outlander 500 H.O.
Can-Am (formerly Bombardier) says the Outlander’s new fuel-injected, 500cc V-twin engine generates up to twice the power of single-cylinder engines in its class. It also has TTI independent rear suspension, an auto-locking front differential, an electronic antitheft system and a 300-pound rack capacity. There’s a long-wheelbase Max model ($8,099) with a two-up seat and an XT package ($900) with aluminum wheels, radial tires, heavy-duty bumpers and more. Can-Am Outlander 500 H.O. Dry Weight: 634 lb. Suspension Travel (front, rear): 7.0 in., 9.0 in. Transmission: CVT automatic Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, V-twin, four-stroke Displacement: 500cc Price: $7,299 Outdoor Life Online Editor
Suzuki KingQuad 450
Suzuki loads the new KingQuad 450 with features and styling from its big-bore brother, the 700, including independent rear suspension, push-button 4WD and locking front differential and sealed rear disc brakes. A new four-valve, liquid-cooled 454cc engine (angle-mounted to lower the rig’s center of gravity) features electronic fuel injection and is tuned for bottom-end pulling power. Suzuki KingQuad 450 Dry Weight: 601 lb. Suspension Travel (front, rear): 7.1 in., 8.1 in. Transmission: CVT automatic Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke Displacement: 454cc Price: Approx. $6,500 Outdoor Life Online Editor
Polaris Sportsman X2 800 EFI
Polaris equips its two-passenger chassis with its largest engine, a fuel-injected 760cc twin-cylinder, to create the new Sportsman X2 800 EFI model. The key feature is a rear passenger seat and backrest that folds away into the dumping composite cargo box. The Deluxe package ($700) adds four-wheel braking, a 2,500-pound winch and more. Polaris Sportsman X2 800 EFI Dry Weight: 839 lb. Suspension Travel (front, rear): 8.2 in., 8.5 in. Transmission: CVT automatic Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder, four-stroke Displacement: 760cc Price: $9,299 Outdoor Life Online Editor
Yamaha  Grizzly 700 FL
The new Grizzly 700 FL debuts YEPS (Yamaha Electric Power Steering), which uses an electric motor to provide power-assisted steering, especially handy when the front differential is locked. It also isolates the rider from steering kickback in rough terrain. A new fuel-injected 686cc engine makes this the most powerful Grizzly ever, and the Ultramatic transmission and drivetrain have been upgraded accordingly. Effort was made to lower the center of gravity (the 5.3-gallon fuel tank is below the seat, for example) to make the big Grizzly less work to ride. Other features include push-button On Command 4WD, independent rear suspension, front and rear hydraulic brakes and new racks designed to accommodate hard boxes or bags. Yamaha Grizzly 700 FL Dry Weight: 600 lb. Suspension Travel (front, rear): 7.1 in., 9.5 in. Transmission: CVT automatic Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four stroke Displacement: 686cc Price: $7,999 Outdoor Life Online Editor
The long-wheel-base Arctic Cat TRV (Two Rider Vehicle) is available for 2007 with a single-cylinder 641cc engine that provides a boost in power over the 493cc engine it replaces. The "three-in-one" TRV transforms from its two-passenger configuration to a utility machine with an optional cargo box or a full-size steel rack that accepts Arctic Cat SpeedRack accessories. Arctic Cat TRV 650 Dry Weight: 742 lb. Suspension Travel (front, rear): 8.0 in., 8.0 in. Transmission: CVT automatic Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke Displacement: 641cc Price: $8,099
Bobcat 2300 4x4 and Club Car XRT 1550
The new two-passenger Bobcat 2300 4×4 ($14,000″”$15,000) is powered by a 20 hp Kubota diesel engine with a hydraulic transmission and onboard hydraulic system. Front-mounted RapidLink accessories””including a bucket, pallet fork, snow blade and mower””are powered by the hydraulics and controlled with a joystick in the cabin. A hydraulic lift also dumps the 800-pound-capacity cargo box. The Bobcat 2300 features IntelliTrak all-wheel drive and an all-aluminum frame. The new Club Car XRT 1550 IntelliTach ($13,950) has all of the same features, as Club Car will be manufacturing the vehicle for both brands. Outdoor Life Online Editor
Yamaha Rhino 660 Ducks Unlimited Edition
The new Yamaha Rhino 660 Ducks Unlimited Edition ($10,849) comes with a full windshield, rear window, cargo-bed gear net, under-hood storage box, molded sun top and fenders to protect riders from mud. Dual gun scabbards are mounted on the roll cage, and Realtree’s Advantage Max-4 HD camo pattern covers the bodywork. All Rhino 660 models feature a new digital instrument display. Outdoor Life Online Editor
The new Arctic Cat Prowler Standard ($9,299) is priced $700 less than the Prowler XT. It makes do without the aluminum wheels, locking differential, suspension sway bar and digital speedometer found on the deluxe version. The Prowler Standard is powered by the same 641cc single-cylinder engine, and has the same tilting cargo box with a 600-pound capacity as the XT.
John Deere Trail Gator HPX 4x4
John Deere is offering its Trail Gator HPX 4×4 ($10,999) with a new Great Outdoors Package that includes a winch, front receiver hitch, poly roof, rear screen, windshield, soft-side tool box, grab light and two gun scabbards. Outdoor Life Online Editor
Kawasaki Mule 3010 Trans4x4
Diesel power is now available on the Kawasaki Mule 3010 Trans4x4 ($10,799), which comes with a second bench seat for four-passenger capacity. The rear seat can be quickly folded forward and the steel cargo box expanded in its place to haul more gear. Outdoor Life Online Editor
Kubota RTV900 Recreation
Three-across seating is a key feature of the Kubota RTV900 Recreation ($11,999), which is powered by a 21 hp diesel engine mated to a three-range hydraulic automatic transmission and hydraulic lift for dumping the 1,100-pound-capacity cargo box. New accessories for 2007 include a heavy-duty hydraulic blade, winches and a storage box with gun and tool rack. Outdoor Life Online Editor
Kubota RTV900 Recreation
Three-across seating is a key feature of the Kubota RTV900 Recreation ($11,999), which is powered by a 21 hp diesel engine mated to a three-range hydraulic automatic transmission and hydraulic lift for dumping the 1,100-pound-capacity cargo box. New accessories for 2007 include a heavy-duty hydraulic blade, winches and a storage box with gun and tool rack. Outdoor Life Online Editor

Outdoorsmen used to rely on horses to access the wild, now they use horsepower. Whatever you call them, quads, ATvs or UTVs, big-engined 4x4s are on every hunter’s wish list. Even if you’re not in the market, you can learn a lot from auto expert Charles Plueddeman’s round-up of new models for 2007.