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Kawasaki Mule Utility Vehicles

Kawasaki has been a long time player in the compact utility vehicle market.  First released in 1988, the Mule has been a popular vehicle designed to be a workhorse on the jobsite, farm, ranch, or wherever a compact vehicle is needed.  Designed to be like a small pickup, these utility vehicles were a big hit.  Over the years, there have been many different variations of the Kawasaki Mule, but the basic formula has been the same.  A small pickup-like workhorse that provides the ability to transport people and gear in an efficient manner.  The Kawasaki Mule 600 model comes equipped with a fan cooled 401cc engine that produces a healthy 20.3 ft-lbs of torque at only 2,200 RPM.  All the engines used in the Mules are coupled with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that provides automatic transmission operation, and infinitely variable gear ratios (pulley ratios) that automatically adjust to engine load and driving conditions.      

Mule 600

Kawasaki Mule 600 Utility Vehicle

The 3000 series Mules are offered with a liquid cooled, industrial 617cc V-Twin engine that cranks out a stout 34.7 ft-lbs at 2500 RPM.  For those work situations where diesel fuel is readily available, there is even a diesel powered model offered.  A liquid cooled 953cc triple cylinder diesel engine provides large amounts of torque at low RPM's and is rated at 38.3 ft-lbs at 2800 RPM.  The Mule has a cargo weight capacity of 400 lbs for the 600 series models, 800 lbs for the 3000 series, and a hefty 1,100 lbs for the 3010 Diesel model.  All the Kawasaki Mule vehicles have a towing capacity of 1100-1200 lbs.

Mule 3010

Kawasaki Mule 3010

Some Mules come with 2WD, and some models have selectable 4WD with a limited slip front differential and a lockable rear differential.  The Kawasaki Mule 600 and 3000 models are 2WD, while the 610 and 3010 are 4WD.  One of the most popular models is the Mule 3010 Trans 4x4.  With an innovative design that allows this utility vehicle to be transformed from a 2 passenger to 4 passenger vehicle.  In 2 person mode, the Trans 4x4 has an extra large rear cargo bed.  In 4 person mode, the rear bed is shortened and a rear bench seat is available for additional seating.  This transformation can be done quickly and easily within minutes!  The Kawasaki Mule Trans 4x4 was awarded the best hunting vehicle award for 2006 by American Hunter.  The innovative transformation design, large seating capacity, and powerful (yet very quiet) engine make for a good combination for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors with friends.   

Kawasaki Mule 3010 Trans4x4

Kawasaki Mule 3010 Trans4x4

There are many different uses for these utility vehicles.  Whether you use one on the construction job site, around the manufacturing plant, on the farm or ranch, or on a hunting adventure, these utility vehicles offer a unique alternative to the typical pick up truck mode of transportation.  Kawasaki offers many different models and options, and they have a reputation for being well built.  There are also many different accessories available for the popular Kawasaki Mule utility vehicles that help to customize them for each owner's specific requirements.  The engines on the Mule line up of utility vehicle are more industrial in nature.  They are lower RPM engines and different than some of the higher performance ATV engine found on other utility vehicles.  If you are looking for ultimate performance, then you might want to look at some of these other vehicles.  On the other hand, if you are looking for a well built machine and not needing the most powerful acceleration and highest top speeds, then the Mule can be a good choice.  An advantage of these industrial engines is that they can offer better fuel economy and quieter operation than some of the more powerful engines found on other models.  

UPDATE:  Kawasaki has updated the Mule line-up and now offers the Mule 610 with 4WD.  The Kawasaki Mule 610 XC has been fitted with larger tires and other features that make it more off road capable.  The Kawasaki Mule 4010 replaces the 3010 and comes with the same great V-Twin gas engine along with the optional 3 cylinder diesel engine.  The Trans 4x4 allows 4 people to go along for work or outdoor recreation.


 

 

 

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