We’ve already given some information about the Kubota RTV-XG850, but we have discovered more that we think you should know.
For example, you probably don’t know that Kubota has been offering Rough Terrain Vehicles (RTVs) for more than 10 years. The company has sold more than 300,000 units of their popular diesel-powered RTVs that fit into the pure RTV category. The vehicle is ideal for all-around use and can assist in a variety of chores.
The Kubota RTV-XG850 is Kubota’s first entry into the mainstream multipurpose gasoline-powered RTV market. Kubota estimates that this market accounts for as many as 180,000 units sold a year.
The truth is that this model is new from the ground up. Previous diesel RTV’s Kubota has offered are built on compact tractor platforms. That platform is durable, powerful, and versatile with hydraulic capabilities. However, it is not compatible with the gas engine most people in this market expect.
The engine that powers the Kubota RTV-XG850 is Kubota-designed and Subaru built. Although Kubota has said that it plans to construct this engine in the future. However, for now, it has developed a relationship with Subaru to build it.
The engine is an 851cc twin-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC electronic fuel injection model that produces 48-horsepower and 5,750 RPMs. The engine includes an idle speed control, fully sealed starter, auto-decompression, and peak torque of about 4,450 RPM. This assists the Kubota RTV-XG850 to reach speeds of more than 40 mph.
Transmission And Four Wheel Drive
Also included in the package is Kubota’s CVT-Plus transmission that has a continuous tension cogged CVT belt, centrifugal clutch, and a fully sealed CVT cover. It comes standard with four-wheel drive and differential lock.
The vehicle has standard electric power steering with the ability to adjust the speed response based on the speed of the vehicle. When the vehicle is at low speeds, there is more power for turns. When at higher speed, better steering response is achieved through a reduction of steering assist.
An independent front and rear suspension includes increased dampening and larger axle for a smooth ride and stable handling over different varieties of terrain. In addition, the suspension includes urethane bushings for longer bushing life and better performance.
The Kubota RTV-XG850 is tough enough to handle rough terrain because it has a 9-inch front suspension travel and 8.5-inch rear suspension travel.
You are no doubt expecting the vehicle to haul a lot of cargo and it does with as much as 1,000-pounds of capacity in the bed. Moreover, suspension has been tuned to ensure that the bed lays flat when the machine is at 0 degree tilt. So load transport is safer and handling is better when it is hauling.
New styling gives the vehicle an aggressive front end and three paint options including Kubota orange, green, camouflage, and special edition black.
A plethora of new accessories are available including three different windshield options, multiple lighting options, two different roofs, and many more other items. In addition, there are two different configurations –- one for summer and one for cold weather that also includes a heater.
The RTV-XG850 is built from scratch at Kubota’s only RTV factory in Gainsville, Georgia. The engine and other parts are made in other locations.
The entry-level, general-purpose model with ATV tires costs $13,651; the Kubota Special Edition model can be had for $15,552 before adding options.