Honda just upped its UTV game with these two new additions

Why go for a two-seater when you can have a four-seater and more space to invite (more of) your friends on that dune bashing weekend you’ve been planning for weeks? That’s the exact question Honda must have asked before kicking off R&D for its new Talon 1000X-4 and 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve which come to take the four-seater UTV niche by storm.

What’s a Honda Talon 1000X-4 and what’s a Talon 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve?

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Honda’s new Talon 1000X-4 and 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve come to join the likes of 1000X and 1000R two-seat models just three months after they hit the market. As you’ve guessed by now, the Talon is Honda’s spearhead in the UTV market, another proof that the carmaker’s know-how stretches beyond cars and motorcycles.

Essentially a Talon 1000X-4 itself, the Talon 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve is a tad different because it introduces a semi-active electronic suspension. In fact, the Fox Live Valve shares the engine, frame, and body with the regular 1000X-4 but adds a neat suspension trick with a little help from Fox and Bosch.

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The novelty of this suspension setup lies in its ability to crunch data sent in by a handful of sensors to an ECU - think of it as the suspension’s brain. The ECU then accordingly adjusts the shocks on all four corners up to 16 times per second, depending on the selected drive mode - Normal or Sport. Honda says that this translates into an "incredible ride and unmatched handling, with minimal body roll."

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We’re not done just yet. Being a flagship and all that, the Talon 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve gets an electronic Launch Mode for super-fast acceleration off the line, which could come in handy if that rival squad decides to challenge you to a game of capture the flag.

Sounds cool, but what powers the Honda Talon 1000X-4 and 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve?

Regardless of which trim you pick, you’ll get a 1-liter (999 cc) Unicam longitudinally mounted parallel-twin four-stroke engine with four valves per cylinder that are also liquid cooled. It churns out 104 horsepower routed through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox with three shift modes - Standard, Sport, and Manual (via the paddle shifters).

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You can even swap between 2WD and I-4WD and with a curb weight of 1,753 pounds (795 kilos), the 1000X-4 should be a blast to drive and extremely nippy even on rugged terrain, where the suspension’s 14.4 inches of travel will no doubt come in handy. The same can be said about the hydraulic brakes fitted with 250mm discs on all four corners, as we all know, stopping power is a must when you’re riding near the edge of a cliff.

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An official price tag is yet to be announced, but Honda says the market debut for its Talon 1000X-4 and 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve is set to happen this fall.

Honda Talon 1000X-4/1000X-4 Fox Live Valve specs

Honda Talon 1000X-4/1000X-4 Fox Live Valve specs
Length 152.6 inches
Width 64 inches
Height 78.1 inches
Wheelbase 116.4 inches
Bed capacity 299 pounds
Ground clearance 12.6 inches
Turning radius 21.3 feet
Curb weight 1,753 pounds
Fuel capacity 7.7 gallons
Front tires 28 x 9-15
Rear tires 28 x 11-15
Engine 999cc
Bore and stroke 92 mm x 75.1 mm
Compression ratio 10:1
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