Beef Magazine is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

2011’s Top Offerings In ATVs And Utility Vehicles

2011’s Top Offerings In ATVs And Utility Vehicles
The romantic image is of cowboys and horses, but more than 80% of BEEF readers report owning two or more all-terrain or utility vehicles. Here are the top offerings for 2011 in those categories.   Read about the best of 2012 ATV offerings here.

Yamaha Grizzly 450 EPS

The Grizzly 450 EPS from Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., brings top-of-the-line features to a mid-sized, utility ATV machine. Assembled in Newnan, GA, the Grizzly 450 is Yamaha’s latest ATV to get electric power steering (EPS).

Yamaha was the first ATV manufacturer to introduce EPS – first on its big-bore Grizzly 700 and then on the Grizzly 550. EPS reduces handlebar feedback and rider fatigue, especially over long days and tough chores.

The Grizzly 450 features Yamaha’s exclusive Ultramatic® automatic transmission, the ATV industry’s most durable continuously variable transmission (CVT) system; and push-button On-Command 2WD, 4WD and 4WD diff lock, which provides the only true rider-controlled all four-wheel-drive option. Combined with an all-new one-piece frame and a new rear sealed wet brake system, these features make the Grizzly 450 the toughest, lightest and most off-road capable ATV in its class, Yamaha says.


The Grizzly 450 EPS also comes standard with independent suspension, 11 in. of ground clearance, a water-resistant DC outlet that’s perfect for powering a sprayer, and a multi-function LCD display illuminating a speedometer, odometer/trip meter, hour meter and clock, as well as gear selection. The Grizzly’s plush seat, full-sized floorboards and oversized fenders add comfort to the ride.

The Grizzly’s steel racks boast more than 250 lbs. of total carrying capacity (88 lbs. in front; 176 lbs. in the rear), and a 1,322-lb. towing capacity.

The Grizzly 450 EPS is available in Hunter Green, Steel Blue and Realtree™ AP HD® Camo. For more information, call 1-800-962-7926 or visit

Arctic Cat biodiesel model

Arctic Cat’s 700 Super Duty Diesel ATV features a 686-cc, liquid-cooled, in-line twin-cylinder, single overhead cam (SOHC) diesel engine that provides 50% greater fuel mileage over a conventional gasoline engine and plenty of low-end torque, the company says. The engine runs efficiently on six forms of diesel fuel (DF 1, DF 2, DF A Arctic, JP 5, JP 8 and up to B20 Bio Diesel) with a glow plug pre-heater assist for starting.

Arctic Cat has extensively tested the Super Duty on bio diesel, the alternative fuel made from vegetable oil or animal fat, with the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) and the Minnesota Soybean Growers.

The blend (B20) burns cleaner than conventional diesel, producing fewer carbon dioxide emissions and lower levels of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and particulates – all goals that help environment impact, Arctic Cat says.



An all-encompassed electronic 2WD/4WD/diff lock switch on the right-hand control makes going in and out of 4WD or diff lock an easier process.

The double A-arm fully independent front and rear suspension (both with five-position spring preload adjustment) delivers 8 in. of travel, keeps the rider firmly planted and comfortable, as well as giving 10 in. of ground clearance.

For more information, see your local dealer or visit

John Deere Gator XUVs

John Deere’s 2011 lineup of Crossover Utility Vehicles (XUV) is packed with advanced features that deliver unparalleled balance between work and recreation.

Headlining the 2011 XUV models is the Gator™ XUV 825i – the fastest and most powerful Gator ever produced. The 50-hp engine provides superior low-end torque to take on the toughest tasks, trails and terrain. The 812-cc, liquid-cooled, inline, three-cylinder engine features four valves/cylinder, dual-overhead cams and electronic fuel injection (EFI).

The 825i boasts a top speed of 44 mph and sports a completely redesigned front and rear independent suspension system for a superior ride through rough terrain. The new models are designed for less body roll and superior side-hill stability with either no-load or maximum cargo. All the models also feature an entirely new braking system for improved stopping performance over previous models.



The Gator XUV 825i features a 1,500-lb. towing capacity and 1,400-lb. payload capacity, with the all-new hybrid metal and composite cargo box offering 16.4 cu. ft. of capacity. The sides of the cargo box easily remove for flatbed use.

All Gator XUV models are available in three finishes: olive and black, Realtree Hardwoods™ HD Camo, or traditional John Deere green and yellow.

In addition to its headlining Gator™ XUV 825i, John Deere also offers the 625i and the 855D to round out its full line of crossover utility vehicles.

• The Gator XUV 625i features gas EFI; a 617-cc, liquid-cooled V-twin engine with 23 hp; and a 30-mph top speed.
• The Gator XUV 855D is a diesel unit featuring an 854-cc, liquid-cooled, three-cylinder engine rated at 25 hp; a 32-mph top speed; and a full clutch enclosure.

For more information, see your local John Deere dealer, call 1-800-537-8233 or visit

Toro Workman MD Series

The new Toro® Workman® MD Series utility vehicles feature injection-molded body styling and combine a coil-over shock absorber suspension design with a patented Active In-Frame twister joint to deliver SRQ™ – superior ride quality – for added operator comfort and vehicle control. The hefty payload capacity and four-wheel hydraulic brakes combine with SRQ to provide enhanced productivity to tackle the toughest jobs.



  • The Workman MDE is an electric unit with a 48-volt DC motor with external fan and offers a 1,200-lb. total capacity,
  • The MD offers a 12-hp, 357-cc, air-cooled single-cylinder Kohler® Command Pro™ engine and 1,250-lb. total capacity.
  • The MDX boasts a 14-hp, 48-cc, air-cooled, two-cylinder Briggs and Stratton® Vanguard® engine and a 1,650-lb. total capacity.

For more information, call 1-800-803-8676 or visit

Arctic Cat TBX 700 LTD

Load it, haul it, dump it. Take on work and fun with a new sense of confidence – a confidence provided by power steering in the Arctic Cat TBX 700 LTD.

Variable-assist Electronic Power Steering (EPS) allows steering assistance before the ATV even starts to move at idle – a huge benefit to conserving the rider’s input energy when in 4WD. The variable-assist system is driven by an electronic control unit (ECU) that measures steering input force vs. tire resistance and vehicle speed then provides appropriate assist to the steering column through an electric motor.

The rear dump box offers a 300-lb. capacity and has a “pickup style” tailgate latch, plus box tilt latches on both sides of the machine. Handy tie-down attachment points are built directly into the cargo box and TBX frame, and integrated rails accept accessory clamp-down fixtures.

Arctic Cat’s race-proven 700 H1 power plant is a 695-cc, liquid-cooled, single overhead cam (SOHC), single-cylinder engine designed for a wide torque curve with the smoothest power delivery via electronic fuel injection.



An all-encompassed electronic 2WD/4WD/diff lock switch on the right-hand control makes going in/out of 4WD or diff lock an easy

Front and rear independent suspensions are calibrated with 11 in. of ground clearance and 10 in. of suspension travel to provide the ultimate trail cornering and handling.

The TBX 700 LTD is available in Green Metallic, with 12-in. aluminum wheels, 3,000-lb. winch, front and rear bumpers, electronic power steering. For more information, see your local dealer or visit

Toro Workman HD Series

The Toro® Workman® HD Series of utility vehicles are powerful, durable and versatile. The Workman’s DeDion I-beam axle is seven times stronger than a comparable tubular design, and gives the Workman superior vertical loading capacity by isolating the engine, transmission and main frame from all load forces, Toro says. The unit’s maximum capacity of 3,002 lbs., allows it to haul up to 35% more than the competition, while four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes are safer and easier to service than traditional drum brakes, the company adds.

The unit features true independent front suspension, with opposing dual coil springs and dual shock absorbers. The powerful 31.5-hp electronic fuel-injected engine offers a 15-20% increase in fuel economy, instant cold weather starting, smoother throttle response and onboard diagnostics for quick troubleshooting.

The Workman HD Series offers dozens of attachments and accessories to tackle a wide variety of jobs.

For more information, call 1-800-803-8676 or visit

Arctic Cat Prowler 700 HDX

Arctic Cat’s all-new Prowler 700 HDX Side-By-Side has been designed from the ground up, starting with the 85-in. wheelbase that provides a 1,500-lb. payload. The all-new 2-in-1 cargo box, with 1,000-lb. box capacity and multiple tie-down options, is wide enough to house a wooden pallet, while easily detachable side panels quickly convert it to flatbed use.

The Prowler HDX cab features a 40/20/40 seat for comfortable, sculpted seating for three occupants. The dashboard houses a fresh digital gauge package with an all-new dash-mounted shifter that has park, low, high, neutral and reverse.



Electronic power steering (EPS) is new to the Prowler HDX in 2011, while a five-position tilt steering column enhances handling. Arctic Cat’s variable-assist EPS allows steering assistance to the HDX before it even starts to move at idle, conserving riders’ input energy when in 4WD, especially when the differential lock is engaged. The EPS reduces the torque necessary to steer the HDX when changing direction with a loaded cargo box or navigating tough obstacles.

The unit’s 700 H1 engine’s electronic fuel injection puts power to the ground via the front and rear suspensions. Fully independent, double-A-arm front and rear designs have 10 in. of suspension travel and 10 in. of ground clearance.

Fox FLOAT® Air Assist shocks complete the HDX suspension, combining FLOAT Air Technology with a coil-over spring for increased load capability. Under heavy load conditions the FLOAT Air Assist allows the vehicle’s load requirement to be easily adjusted by simply adding air pressure to the FLOAT air chamber. During normal conditions the coil takes over as the main spring.

The units are available in Tungsten Metallic and Advantage Timber Camo. For more information, see your local dealer or visit

Yamaha Rhino 700 FI

The latest edition of the Rhino 700 FI is the toughest, most off-road capable and versatile side-by-side (SxS) vehicle on the market, says Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. Assembled in Newnan, GA, the Rhino’s 700-class power plant is a liquid-cooled, four-valve, single overhead cam (SOHC) engine that provides plenty of torque. Fuel injection offers performance and dependability in any condition, especially at high elevation and in cooler conditions, Yamaha says. And the vehicle’s standard 2-in. receiver is capable of towing up to 1,212 lbs. with 400 lbs. in the cargo bed.

Yamaha’s flagship SxS gets much of its durability and off-road capabilities from its Ultramatic® automatic transmission – the industry’s most durable continuously variable transmission (CVT) system. On-Command® 2WD/4WD and 4WD diff lock gives the driver control with the push of a button. The Rhino has more than 12 in. of ground clearance and hydraulic disc brakes with dual-piston calipers on all four wheels for superior braking performance.



Standard features include a 12-volt accessory outlet; padded bucket seats for both driver and passenger; grab handles and cup holders; roto-molded doors to keep mud, water and trail debris out of the cab; a digital LCD multi-function display meter featuring a speedometer, odometer, dual-trip meter, clock, fuel gauge and gear position display; a voltage meter for monitoring battery condition; and an hour meter function that operates only while the engine is running for more accurate servicing.

The 2011 Yamaha Rhino is available in Hunter Green, Red and the Sport Edition White Armor. For more information, call 1-800-962-7926 or visit