When you’re in need of a full-sized utility vehicle for all those tasks that seem to be too much for those other vehicles, the Kawasakai Mule 4000 is the perfect choice. As the foundation of Kawasaki’s full-sized utility line, the Mule 4000 comes with all the hardware and technology you need to tackle really big jobs, including a full-sized chassis, a powerful four-stroke V-twin engine with digital fuel injection, and some pretty serious towing capacity. You know how awesome the Mule 600 is? Well, there’s a reason why the Mule 4000 is even better.

Speaking of the utility vehicle’s powertrain, the Mule 4000 offers one that can go toe-to-toe with anybody. The powerful and liquid-cooled 617cc four-stroke V-twin engine of the Mule 4000 has plenty of technological features attached to it, including a digital Electronic Control Unit (ECU) and a fuel injection system that compensates for variations in atmospheric pressure, engine, and air temperature.

Working together, the result is a ride that provides smooth and consistent power with a crisp throttle response and precise fuel metering, helping reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions. The Mule 4000 also features a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that provides quick acceleration and efficient pulling power while a dependable and low-maintenance shaft drive system transfers power to a dual-mode differential. This differential can be locked to maximize rear wheel traction, or unlocked to improve handling and keep the ground discomforts at bay.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Mule 4000 after the jump.

  • 2012 Kawasaki Mule 4000
  • Year:
  • Engine:
    four-stroke V-twin engine
  • Transmission:
    continuously variable transmission
  • Displacement:
    617 L


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  • Four-stroke, 617cc V-twin industrial engine produces exceptional torque at low engine speeds
  • Modern four-stroke design with overhead valves for efficient running and good fuel economy
  • Large capacity radiator and fan maintain consistent engine temperatures, even in hot climates
  • Rubber engine mounts minimize vibration, noise and wear to maximize operation comfort and diminish fatigue


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  • MacPherson strut long-travel front suspension provides a comfortable ride and excellent load-carrying capability
  • Firm springs help prevent bottoming and provide increased ground clearance
  • Overload-style leaf springs can handle heavy loads, yet provide a smooth ride when the cargo box is empty
  • Semi-independent action offers improved handling over traditional leaf spring layouts

Cab Features

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  • Rack-and-pinion steering is light and precise
  • Dashboard has dual glove boxes and cupholders for both the driver and passenger
  • Horn and 12V DC outlet with 10 amp capacity
  • Parking brake and coolant temperature warning lights are easier to see
  • Push button headlight switch activates 35-watt cat-eye headlights
  • Hour meter and fuel gauge included as standard equipment


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Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, overhead valve V-twin
Displacement 617cc
Bore x Stroke 76 x 68mm
Compression ratio 10.3: 1
Carburetor Digital Fuel Injection
Air filter Snorkel-type with cyclone-type two-stage dry replaceable element
Oil filter Automotive-type spin-on canister
Ignition Digital electronic
Electrical 12V DC, 18 amp-hour battery, alternator
Transmission Continuously variable transmission (CVT) with forward and reverse
Final drive Shaft, dual-mode rear differential
Exhaust Muffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor
Tires 23x11-10 tubeless
Front suspension / wheel travel Independent, MacPherson strut / 3.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel Semi-independent, De Dion axle with leaf springs and shocks / 2.8 in.
Steering Rack and pinion
Brakes Four-wheel hydraulic drums, sealed
Fuel capacity 6.2 gal.
Curb Weight 1,312 lbs.
Overall length 118.3 in.
Overall width 62.0 in.
Overall height 75.8 in.
Wheelbase 73.6 in.
Ground clearance 7.5 in.
Roll over protective structure (ROPS) This structure meets ROPS requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, and 7.5. This structure also meets FMVSS 216 Roof Crush resistance requirement
Cargo bed dimensions (LxWxH) 46.3 x 51.6 x 11.3 in. / 15.6 cu. ft.
Load capacity 1,330 lbs.
Cargo Bed Capacity 800 lbs.
Towing capacity 1,200 lbs.
Turning radius 11.0 ft.
Top speed 25 mph, governed
Lighting (2) 30-watt sealed-beam headlights, (2) 5/21-watt taillight/stoplight
Instruments Parking brake warning light, coolant temperature warning light, horn, 12V DC outlet
Color Choices Woodsman Green


Motorcycle USA----"The Kawasaki Mule 4000 is a two-wheel drive that has an automatic CVT engine that has a light-steering rack and pinion system. This UTV doesn’t look like it but the Mule 4000 can carry 800 pounds in its steel cargo bed and tow up to 1,200 pounds when equipped with the optional draw bar. Now how about giving it a test?"

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