SUZUKI’S ALL-NEW 2014 UTV?
No, whatever made you think
that? Actually, this is a concept vehicle called the Peugeot Capsule. It
was put together by South African
designer Alp Germaner for the
French car company. To keep it from
being practical for long-distance off-road travel, it has an electric motor
powering each wheel. Hopefully,
there’s room in the back to mount a
30-horsepower gas generator to
keep the batteries charged.
As far as news on Suzuki’s highly
anticipated UTV, we haven’t heard
much. It certainly makes sense for
them to introduce one, but for some
reason, they’re allowing the other
manufacturers to have a big head
start in that category.
WORLD’S FASTEST LAWN MOWER
A British race car team got together with Honda and helped them
design their HF2620 lawn tractor.
The chassis was fabricated with
4130 chromoly steel tubing, and the
engine came from a Honda VTR
Firestorm motorcycle. The 1000cc V-twin powerplant will get the
machine to 60 mph in 4 seconds and
gives it a top speed of 130 mph. The
mower is powered by two electric
motors spinning at 4000 rpm. Honda
hasn’t announced the price yet or if
it’ll even go into production. In case
it does, we’d like to see them add 12
2014 CFMOTO Z8
The new CFMoto Z8 is in the house.
This company has been on our radar
for several years now, making a
name for themselves in the American
Midwest with affordable ATVs and
UTVs. The newest version is a sporty
800cc side-by-side called the Z8. This
uses the V-twin motor from the two-
passenger ATV in a RZR 800-like
chassis. We’re already familiar with
this motor, which is very similar to the
Rotax 800 used by Can-Am. The Z8
chassis is all new, although it looks
very similar to CFMoto’s 600cc Z6 UTV.
That model has been in the Dirt
Wheels test fleet for six months now
without problems. The most common
complaint: it could really use an 800cc
motor. Wish granted.
more inches of suspension travel,
remove the mower and add a roll
bar. That would provide a nice,
sporty addition to their Pioneer lineup.
RECORD GNCC TURNOUT
The recent round of the Grand
National Cross-Country ATV, UTV
and motorcycle series in Unadilla,
New York, saw a record turnout.
Over 680 quads entered the Youth,
Amateur and Pro classes on
Saturday. This is a good sign that
ATV racing is growing, as is the U.S.
economy. Check out www.gnccrac