Evaluation of KYMCO’s 2008 ATV, UTV Lineup
Any person doubting KYMCO’s committment to the off-road powersports marketplace handiest must peruse the corporate’s fast-growing lineup.
KYMCO has frequently subtle its all-terrain merchandise and broadened its choices with each and every style yr. The Taiwanese corporate’s fresh efforts incorporated the so-so MXU 500 application quad for 2007 and made over 2008 Mongoose 250 and 300 game quads.
This time round, KYMCO is getting even bolder, and has arrived on the desk with the extremely expected UXV 500 UTV and all-new MXU 375 application ATV.
We lately traveled to the yard of the corporate’s US department, scenic South Carolina, to experience KYMCO’s complete line of 2008 merchandise, and in addition spent a while at the back of the wheel of its first-ever UTV. At this level, something is needless to say: KYMCO is taking notes and making critical strides to compare its American and Eastern competition in taste, efficiency and product choices.
Surroundings The Desk
The surroundings used to be Carolina Journey Global, a nonetheless increasing privately-owned off-road driving space with greater than 100 miles of trails, a dirt lavatory and 3 motocross tracks. We have ridden there sooner than whilst visiting for Polaris and Kawasaki intros, and, identical to KYMCO, the power assists in keeping getting higher because it continues to mature.
Temperatures may have been just a little extra spring-like, however skies have been transparent, the grass used to be inexperienced and stipulations have been ripe for some mud-splattered off-roading.
UXV Is UTV
Yamaha, Polaris, Arctic Cat and Kawasaki have their big-selling leisure side-by-side gamers in position. Honda’s extra work-minded Giant Purple is at the means quickly, and Can-Am just lately introduced plans for what we think to be an overly athletic (RZR beating?) UTV. There had additionally been hypothesis KYMCO used to be readying its personal entrant into the exploding class. The ones rumors have been showed after the corporate took the wraps off its new UXV 500 on the EICMA powersports display in Milan, Italy, final fall.
Then we were given to peer it for ourselves. Going off look on my own, it kind of feels the corporate had the Rhino, Teryx and Prowler firmly in its attractions. Its conventional UTV design suggests a system intended to separate the adaptation between paintings and a laugh, identical to probably the most a success gamers within the phase.
The spec sheet lists a 500cc four-stroke engine, unbiased suspension, locking entrance differential and a big tilting shipment mattress able to hauling 420 kilos – the primary components we name for when creating a UTV.
Pricing had now not been finalized at press time and a couple of minor specs at the prototypes have been nonetheless topic to switch ahead of ultimate manufacturing.
At the back of The Wheel
Time used to be restricted, however we were given the risk to revel in KYMCO’s UTV from the driving force and passenger seats, in addition to thru thick dust, over steep hills and fording it thru deep water.
We did not get the risk to haul any shipment round, however our journey time gave us the much-appreciated probability to peek underneath the hood and rack up some miles with the UXV.
Lateral balance (i.e. rolling over) has been a thorn within the aspect of a number of UTVs. To this finish, KYMCO made up our minds to up the ante with a large, solid platform that measures 59 inches large. For comparability’s sake, the Prowler is 61.three inches vast and the Rhino measures 54.five inches throughout.
The additional girth translated to flat, predictable dealing with that is extra reassuring than one of the narrower competition in high-speed corners. It made winding in the course of the driving park’s tight woods trails quite tougher, even though, and also will make it tough to shoehorn the UXV into the again of a pickup truck.
Like the hot Teryx, EFI wasn’t incorporated – glaring cost-cutting to lend a hand KYMCO compete on worth and rush its style to the marketplace. With none want for the dash-mounted choke, our warmed-up UXV fired up temporarily.
Getting into the throttle, the liquid-cooled 500cc DOHC four-stroke felt relatively taxed through the 1,157-pound (dry) weight, however the energy used to be sufficient to surmount steep hills and tool the large man thru some spectacular dust holes.
Just a little vibration used to be provide, however engine refinement is in keeping with the majority of the game application phase. The exhaust word sounds extra agricultural than sporty, any other not unusual trait shared with just about each and every different side-by-side.
It is all industry within the cabin with frills stored to a minimal. A middle-mounted gauge cluster presentations all of the same old knowledge, and the shifter is fastened at the middle console between the seats. Shift motion used to be spotty, as opposite equipment did not all the time have interaction when the lever used to be moved to “R.” With a bit of luck this can also be cleared up ahead of ultimate manufacturing.
Seating lodging are proper at the cash with sufficient aspect bolstering to stay the riders in position. Foot room and sprint positioning could also be on course – no doubt higher than a couple of of its competition.
Most sensible velocity is estimated at 45 mph – ideally suited for a automobile of this length and function.
Suspension is a twin A-arm design that gives 7.five inches of commute at each ends and 12.2 inches of floor clearance. The transmission comprises low and high levels, and in addition features a differential lock. Preventing motion comes from two discs within the entrance and a unmarried disc brake within the rear.
The tilting shipment mattress is huge sufficient to deal with full-size quite a bit as much as 420 kilos, and the tailgate has a easy latching gadget identical to the Rhino’s.
Our temporary experience published a reliable paintings automobile that are meant to have a variety of playtime capacity. Pricing continues to be now not finalized, however we think it to undercut the contest through some measure. Time will inform. The UXV 500 4×4 shall be to be had in purple, inexperienced, grey and camo, with a 1-year manufacturing unit guaranty.
Our Carolina journey additionally incorporated time on prototypes for KYMCO’s latest application quad – the MXU 375.
After being underwhelmed by way of the corporate’s remaining application entrant, the MXU 500, we have been pleasantly stunned through a reliable package deal this time round. Then again, identical to the 500, the MXU 375’s sketchy front-end dealing with characteristics are a sadness for competitive path driving.
Styling and construct high quality are forged, with aggressive options and sensible design that turn out this corporate is absolutely within the operating with its North American and Eastern competition. Even with the chassis’ now and again unsettled entrance finish, it stays a no-excuses mid-displacement application quad.
Whilst corporate officers would possibly not ascertain it, the hot MXU’s engine is shared with Arctic Cat’s new 366 4×4 application, and the bottom platform for the 2 fashions are eerily identical. We expect the KYMCO model is the easier taking a look dual. Its engine, a 366cc four-stroke, is satisfactorily potent and clean, a great fit for its meant objective.
As discussed, dealing with used to be a combined bag, and other machines on-hand had other configurations. The front-end dealing with is simply as volatile as it’s at the Arctic Cat variant over undulating floor – an excessive amount of frame roll, and steerage this is simply thrown off-kilter.
The efficiency of the carbureted and fan-cooled engine is far better – clean, with a polished exhaust observe and torquey energy supply.
A couple of options on our check mules, like flip alerts and danger flashers, would possibly not be making it to the general U.S. model and corporate engineers are nonetheless tweaking the general braking setup.
The primary stats will see manufacturing unchanged – twin A-arm entrance and rear suspension (7 inches of go back and forth), a CVT with low and high gears, and disc braking in entrance and out again.
On the subject of paintings credentials, the little MXU can strap 225 kilos to its racks, and tow 1,050 kilos in its wake.
This new 375 will make a forged competitor within the entry-level elegance, with a really perfect engine main the best way. Like a couple of different producers whose merchandise percentage equivalent dealing with characteristics, KYMCO must center of attention its efforts on construction automobiles that stay their composure round corners and asymmetric terrain. Its competent engine and tasty styling recommend a application quad that has some sporty genes in its DNA. That is not actually the case, however it is not a long way off the mark.
A Recent Goose
Our earlier analysis of the new-and-improved Mongoose 300 eventually fall’s ATV Trials tournament confirmed a significant roster of adjustments that massaged the corporate’s entry-level CVT game quad into one thing extra fascinating than the unique.
KYMCO added a (much-needed) sturdier chain and a bigger carburetor, stretched the wheelbase with an extended swingarm, widened the monitor by way of a whopping 5 inches and softened up the overly-stiff entrance finish with revolutionary fee springs.
In our newest check, the ‘Goose tore in the course of the tight trails of Carolina Journey Global with eagerness and stability. The CVT supplied strangely snappy throttle reaction – extra competitive than anticipated. Taking note of riders, taking notes and continuously evolving has served the corporate and its merchandise nicely.
Energy from the liquid-cooled 270cc engine may just nonetheless be more potent, particularly on the most sensible finish, however powertrain vibration wasn’t a subject matter, so it is satisfied being driven arduous. Frame roll is stored in test and the revolutionary fee springs produce a experience that is a lot more comfy than the ’07 style. The adjustments are particularly noticeable over harsh trails.
A CVT tranny in a game quad continues to be moderately unusual, however used to be well-suited to the tight, winding trails we rode. Spunky efficiency, forged dealing with and a reasonably priced sub-$ three,800 worth make this entry-level quad a sensible selection for game riders on the lookout for the convenience of a CVT.
Whilst we did not get the chance to experience it, the updates made to the ’08 Mongoose 300 have been additionally implemented to the 250.
This pair of Mongooses (Mongeese?) is now up there with the most productive machines within the elegance.
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