Don’t be fooled by it’s name; the Kawasaki Mule 610 XC is far more capable than its namesake.

That’s what you get with this dirt-worthy machine, one that’s capable of transporting you to just about anywhere you want to take it. Best of all, the Mule XC doesn’t mind getting it’s grilles dirty. Wherever and whenever you want to bring it, the Mule is there to take you.

The simplistic design of this all-utility vehicle belies the plethora of features it has at its disposal. The sporty graphics, a comfortable seat covered in a pliable material, and a small-diameter sport steering wheel lifted straight from the Kawasaki Teryx are only a few of the many features the Mule 610 possesses. It also has a special black-texture paint applied to its 400-pound-capacity, an all-steel tilting cargo bed that allows even greater aesthetics and durability, a 1,100-pound towing capacity that can haul whatever gear you need, dual cup holders that help keep riders hydrated, a capacious glove box that can carry more than just gloves, a front hood that pops open to reveal more than 12 gallons worth of storage, and aggressive, 26"Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires, each of which is mounted on a 12" wheel.

More than its all-around versatility, the heart of the Mule 610 XC is still its durable, 401cc fan-cooled overhead-valve engine that’s mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The gearbox feeds power to all four wheels whenever you need it while an enrichening system partially opens the throttle for easy engine starts. Handling is taken care of by a MacPherson strut front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering combine great bump absorption with light handling, while the Mule’s mid-engine layout and swingarm rear suspension provide plentiful traction in back.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC after the jump.

  • 2012 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC
  • Year:
    2012
  • Engine:
    fan-cooled overhead-valve engine
  • Transmission:
    continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • Displacement:
    401 L

Engine

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  • The Mule’s 401cc four-stroke single is compact, lightweight and extremely durable
  • Overhead valve design provides maximum efficiency, while the XC’s carburetor helps provide excellent fuel economy
  • Fan cooling helps the engine maintain an ideal operating temperature
  • Cab frame air intake draws clean, uncontaminated air for the engine from the top of the cab
  • High-mount exhaust design keeps the system dry and out of harm’s way
  • An oil-temperature warning lamp linked to a crankcase sensor help prevent overheating

Chassis and Suspension

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  • The front grille includes space for mounting a 3,000-pound capacity winch
  • Compact, lightweight and easy to transport to the job, the Mule fits in the bed of a full-sized pickup
  • Durable plastic body panels resist dents, and the Mule 610 4x4 XC’s Super Black finish is molded in for long-lasting good looks
  • Long-travel front suspension serves up a comfortable ride, excellent load-carrying capability and excellent terrain ability
  • Simple, rugged single A-arm design provides a tight turning radius for extra maneuverability
  • Unique design places engine and rear wheels on a sub-frame with a mid-point pivot that isolates vibration for a smooth ride
  • Mule 610 4x4 XC’s long-travel rear end can handle heavy loads, yet provides a comfortable ride even with an empty cargo bed

Safety Equipment

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  • Fully meets SAE Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.4, and 7.5, and FMVSS 216
  • Two seat belts enhance safety
  • Speed limited to 25 mph keeps the Mule well within its performance envelope

Specifications

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Engine Four-stroke, fan-cooled single, OHV
Displacement 401cc
Bore x Stroke 82 x 76mm
Compression ratio 8.6:1
Carburetor Nikki 6C1026
Air filter Snorkel-type with two-stage dry replaceable element
Oil filter Automotive-type spin-on canister
Ignition Magneto and transistor
Electrical 12V DC, 14 amp-hour battery, alternator
Transmission Continuously variable transmission with high and low range, plus reverse
Final drive Shaft-driven selectable four-wheel drive, dual-mode rear differential
Exhaust Muffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor
Front Tire Size AT26 x 9R -12 Maxxis tubeless
Rear Tire Size AT26 x 9R -12 Maxxis tubeless
Front suspension / wheel travel Independent, MacPherson strut / 3.1 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel Unit swing axle, adjustable shocks / 3.1 in.
Steering Rack and pinion
Brakes Four-wheel hydraulic drums, triple sealed
Fuel capacity 4.1 gal.
Curb weight 1,052 lbs.
Overall length 108.5 in.
Overall width 52.0 in.
Overall height 73.8 in.
Wheelbase 70.1 in.
Ground clearance 8.1 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) 41.1 x 35.4 x 9.6 in. / 8.08 cu. ft.
Load capacity 926 lbs.
Cargo Bed Capacity 400 lbs.
Towing capacity 1,100 lbs.
Turning radius 11.8 ft. (differential unlocked)
Top speed 25 mph, governed
Lighting (2) 35-watt sealed-beam headlights, (2) 5/21-watt taillight/stoplight
Instruments Oil light, hour meter
Color Choices Super Black

Quotes

Lost River Powersports----"What happens when a Mule™ 610 4x4 is crossed with a Teryx? A Mule 610 4x4 XC is born. With its dirt-worthy design, it will transport those who seek to go slightly farther afield from the job site. And with an XC designation revealing its off-road motives, the Mule 610 4x4 XC is loaded with great features designed to hold up better to the rigors of off-road riding."

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