2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 750 4×4 First Look

October 10, 2011
Matt Davidson
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2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 750 4x4
Kawasaki is introducing an all-new four-seat RUV model in the upcoming year with the 2012 Teryx4 750 4×4.

Team Green is introducing some new muscle in 2012 with the release of its all-new Kawasaki Teryx4 750 4×4. Originally entering the Recreational Utility Vehicle (RUV) market in 2008 with the Teryx 750, Kawasaki is expanding on the Teryx 750’s capabilities by adding two more seats and a long list of changes to its base design.

The Teryx 750 was no slouch when it came to rock crawling, hill climbing or hitting the dunes, and Kawasaki is raising the bar by ushering in another green RUV, especially a four-seater. Proving a new model from the ground up, the Teryx4 750 has a specially designed chassis and all-new V-Twin engine. Along with Kawasaki’s new Teryx4 750 4×4 there is also the Teryx4 750 EPS Camo for outdoorsmen as well as a Limited Edition Teryx4 750 with Electric Power Steering.
 
Since the focus on the new Teryx is its four-seat capacity, Kawasaki went back to the drawing boards to construct a chassis that could handle the added challenge. A square-tube frame was engineered and, unlike other frames found on two-seat models, The Teryx4 features a Double-X design with two cross members for added strength. The placement of the engine inside the frame was also taken into consideration to help centralize the vehicle’s center of mass during quick direction changes. In relation to other

2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 750 4x4
The Teryx4 features a four-stroke V-Twin with digital fuel injection, automatic idle adjustment and choke-free starting.

four-seat RUVs, the Teryx4 has a comparatively short wheelbase at 85.7 inches, which gives it a turning radius of only 16.7 feet. While ground clearance on the Teryx 4 is 0.8 inches less than the two-seater model, high approach and departure angles reduce the possibility of getting snagged.
 
The new RUV utilizes a four-stroke V-Twin powerplant that offers 15% more power than the previous two-seat model. Everything from piston wall thickness to surface treatments on piston pins was engineered to assure the Teryx would be up to meeting new demands. Cooling on the new RUV is accomplished with a large-volume radiator and large-diameter fan.

The four-seater Teryx includes electronic fuel injection with upgraded injectors, as well as automatic idle adjustment and choke-free starting. Known for its low-end grunt and torque, Kawasaki designed the engine to be flexible depending upon payload. Kawi claims that when riding solo or with another passenger the V-Twin

2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 750 4x4
The chassis is made up of a square-tube frame with added cross members for strength.

provides more aggressive acceleration, and when filled to capacity the Teryx4 makes use of low to mid-range torque for better hauling ability.
 
Kawasaki installed the latest drive-train technology with a Continuously Variable Transmission. Since part of what allows the Teryx4 to operate effectively under maximum load is its clutch, a centrifugal clutch assembly was installed for the first time in its class to offer precision handling during slow-speed maneuvering. In terms of durability, the oil-bathed clutch design also significantly boosts the lifespan of the CVT belt. The transmission also features instant-switch access to 2WD, 4WD and 4WD+Front Differential Lock, with a dash-mounted switch giving drivers instant control.
 
Power from the transmission is delivered to 26-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires, which are the largest available in the RUV class. Tire tread is designed to maximize forward traction and is also optimized for cornering. The Teryx4 also includes high-performance hydraulic disc brakes in the front with 200mm rotors being clenched by dual-piston calipers. As an added element of protection from dirt and debris, the brakes have been recessed into the wheels. Kawasaki kept

2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 750 4x4
2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 750 4x4
2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 750 4x4
(Top): The Teryx4 has a Continuously Variable Transmission with a centrifugal clutch assembly. (Center): Passenger area includes high-backed bucket seats and adjustable front seats. (Bottom): The model features standard doors with scratch-resistant bodywork.

the sealed internal wet brake design from the two-seater Teryx for rear stopping power on the Teryx4, allowing all braking components to remain out of contact from debris.
 
Suspension is another area on the Teryx4 that’s supposed to vary depending upon the number of passengers. Equipped with independent suspension, the system is designed to ride like a sporting RUV riding solo or with another passenger. Single-chamber gas-charged shocks are in the front and fully adjustable. Meanwhile, the rear shocks are also adjustable and feature piggyback reservoirs for additional cooling and more stable performance.
 
In keeping with its utilitarian heritage, the Teryx4 has a 250-pound cargo capacity. With a bed measuring 18 by 48 inches and an 8.5-inch depth, the space is big enough to carry coolers or spare fuel. The cargo area also comes with four tie-down loops. Overall the Teryx4 features a surprising towing capacity of 1300 pounds.
 
Built to be one of the most comfortable RUVs on the market, the Teryx4 features high-backed bucket seats with urethane cushioning and three-point seatbelts. Front seats are adjustable and the back seats are mounted slightly higher to give those in front a better view. More like a passenger car than a UTV, the instrumentation includes a multi-function electronic display that features speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, hour meter, clock, dual trip meters, 2WD/4WD indicator, front differential indicator light, parking brake indicator, water temp and fuel injection warning indicators as well as a reverse indicator light. Additional conveniences like DC sockets in the front and back, and even drink holders are available on the Teryx4.
 
A full line of accessories will also be available through Kawasaki dealers. The 2012 Teryx4 750 4×4 is expected to hit showroom floors beginning at $13,399, with a power steering model available for $14,399.

Check out more photos of the new Kawasaki RUV in our 2012 Teryx4 750 4×4 Photo Gallery.

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