Kubota’s latest RTV, the RTV-XG850, offers more speed, cargo space and towing capabilities than the company’s previously released utility vehicles. For example, it features a 48-horsepower gasoline, water-cooled engine that travels up to 40-mph, 11 mph faster than the Kubota RTV-X series model.
Moreover, the Sidekick is designed to handle at least 1,000 pounds of material and tow up to 2,000 pounds on flat terrain and 1,500 pounds on hilly terrain. It also includes up to 15.2-cubic feet of cargo space, which translates to half a ton of gear, tools or material that is protected in a heavy-duty steel box that also includes optional electric hydraulic lift for easy dumping.
The RTV also features Electronic Power Steering, tuned front and rear independent suspension, and engine-assisted brakes. Its selectable, full-time 4-wheel drive system assures good traction and control on any terrain, even when fully loaded.
The RTV-X850 has a continuously variable transmission with centrifugal clutch and idle speed control and highland correction capabilities to permit stable power for a variety of conditions.
Electrical power is also available for a variety of equipment, a regulator and a microcomputer controlled fully shielded generator that can feed stable power to attachments including a work light, LED headlight, heater or wench.
Shoulder guards on the ROPS hold riders in the passenger compartment during tight turns and half doors keep debris out.
A split-bench seat provides ample room for a driver and passenger and there are large storage compartments underneath.
Prior to the introduction of the Sidekick, Kubota utility vehicles were only available in two colors. Four colors are available for the Sidekick – Kubota orange, RealTree AP camouflage, green and black.