2015 Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering Limited Edition
Folks, there is no denying that it’s hard to argue with success, and that success is synonymous with longevity. Suzuki was the first to start producing four-wheel ATVs three decades ago, all the way back when Ronald Reagan sat in the Oval Office, and Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” was climbing up the pop-charts. This “First on Four Wheels” status, combined with Suzuki’s unmistakable staying power, gives their 2015 KingQuad 750AXI Limited Edition a pedigree that is apparent in the design features, proving that Suzuki is not one to rest on its laurels.
2015 Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering Limited Edition
Suzuki touts this as the most powerful and technologically advanced ATV they have produced to date, and looking at the features, they aren’t kidding. The liquid-cooled engine provides ample power to haul the 672-pound machine around, plus riders and gear, and the body panels do a superb job of covering and protecting the engine, with very little of the engine exposed. Speaking of body panels, you can get them in any color you want – providing you want Metallic Matte Royal Gray, which is unique to the Limited Edition.
The third headlight on the handlebars is a nice touch, allowing you sweep the extra beam and get better visibility and situational awareness than you would get from chassis-mounted lights alone. An electronic power-steering system augments the control inputs on the handlebars to reduce rider fatigue over long and/or rough trips, and the well-padded, T-shaped seat has plenty of cushion and room for the rider to shift his weight as needed. The 4.6-gallon fuel tank is mounted below the seat, which lowers the center of gravity considerably, allowing for better control in the corners, and providing plenty of range when traipsing far and wide.
Suzuki sought a balance of weight and rigidity in its high-tensile steel frame, with an eye toward performance and comfort. The independent double-A-arm front suspension has 6.7 inches of travel, and the independent A-arm and I-beam rear suspension has 7.7 inches of travel. This gives plenty of rough-terrain handling ability, and the shocks on both ends have five preload settings, allowing the rider to dial in to the conditions and vehicle load.
Brakes consisting of 200 mm front discs and sealed, multi-disc rears provide reliable stopping power in all conditions. The lightweight, pressed-aluminum wheels and the clutch-type rear brakes all serve to reduce the unsprung weight, giving the KingQuad a lively and responsive feel. A thick polyethylene skid plate provides protection for the underside with minimal friction for those times when you cannot avoid bottoming out on the terrain.
Front and rear luggage racks — protected with black wrinkle paint — provide plenty of cargo space. A closed compartment tucked away on the right-front fender augments the amount of cargo capacity.
The powerful, liquid-cooled, 44.1-cubic-inch engine is fed by the tried-and-true Suzuki fuel injection and electronic capacitor discharge (CDI) ignition. The SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material) coating the cylinder walls, which give superior heat transfer and allows for closer piston-to-cylinder wall tolerances, represents Suzuki race technology. The four-valve head sports large, 36 mm intake valves and straight-shot exhaust ports to encourage exhaust-gas scavenging and improve volumetric efficiency and emissions. The rubber engine mounts and the counter-balancers within the engine dampen vibrations to prevent your hands from going numb.
A QuadMatic, CVT-type automatic transmission delivers power to the wheels, can operate in high/low ranges in the forward gears, and has reverse. Traction controlled by the torque-sensing limited-slip front differential allows you to switch between 2WD, 4WD and differential-lock 4WD with a mere push of a button. This gives it a wide range of options for negotiating rough terrain, while eliminating the need to develop the skill set necessary for coordinating the clutch and throttle positions. These features make the KingQuad very newbie-friendly and safer to operate than traditional ATVs.
Base price is $9,899, plus gadgets. There are plenty of ways to pad this cost with winches, snowplows and other useful devices.
"This ATV definitely has a lot of features set into a rather sleek package, maybe even a little too sleek. I like my ATVs to be gnarly, no-nonsense machines, and I think Suzuki may have gone a little too far in emulating the looks of its street-bike/race-bike designs. Plus, I like things that I can work on myself, but when you start talking about electronic fuel injection and the power steering system, I think less about shade-tree mechanics, and more about dealership service departments."
My wife and fellow writer, Allyn Hinton, says, "I’m not into the four-wheeler action so much, but it does look like a fun ride. It makes me think of the old TV show, "Rat Patrol," but I’m not sure why. Can’t you just see this quad airborne as it crests a desert sand dune? It’s gnarly-looking."
|Engine:||4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC|
|Displacement:||44.1 cubic inches|
|Bore Stroke:||4.094 inches X 3.346 inches|
|Compression Ratio:||9.9 to 1|
|Fuel System:||Suzuki Fuel Injection|
|Ignition:||Electronic Ignition (CDI)|
|Brakes Front:||Disc Brake, Twin|
|Brakes Rear:||Sealed Oil-Bathed Multi-Disc|
|Color:||Metallic Matte Royal Gray|
|Curb Weight:||672 pounds|
|Drive System:||Shaft Drive|
|Fuel Tank Capacity:||4.6 gallons|
|Ground Clearance:||10.2 inches|
|Overall Length:||283.3 inches|
|Overall Width:||47.6 inches|
|Seat Height:||36.2 inches|
|Suspension Front:||Independent, Double Wishbone, Coil Spring, Oil Damped With Five-Way Preload Adjustable Shock Absorbers|
|Suspension Rear:||Independent, Double Wishbone, Coil Spring, Oil Damped With Five-Way Preload Adjustable Shock Absorbers|
|Tires Front:||AT25 × 8-12, Tubeless|
|Tires Rear:||AT25 × 10-12, Tubeless|
|Transmission:||CVT (V-Belt), With High-/Low-Range, And Reverse|
|Warranty:||12 Month Limited Warranty|