— NEW 3-CYLINDER ENGINE & MORE —
Following accolades for its Mule Pro series, Kawasaki has added the Pro-FXR to the 2018 lineup. The new Mule Pro-FXR features increased recreational abilities and premium styling that further establishes the full-size, compact UTV as the customer’s dependable work partner.
Developed alongside the Pro-FXT and Pro-FX, the new Pro-FXR shares the same triple-cylinder engine, independent suspension, disc brakes, engine braking system and Kawasaki’s speed-sensitive power steering. All of that is packaged into a more compact design, which is shorter than the other Mule Pro models, with improved ground clearance and turning radius. Designed to appeal to someone who likes to play as hard as they work, the styling of the Mule Pro-FXR has a tough, truck-like appearance with a painted hood and grill, low-profile LED inner and halogen outer headlights, front and rear bumpers, as well as seating capacity for three in its contoured two-tone seats. While it has a recreational side, the Mule Pro-FXR is still built “Kawasaki Strong” with a steel cargo bed with a 1000-pound carrying capacity (600-pound carrying capacity in California) and the ability to tow up to 2000 pounds.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The strength of the Pro-FXR comes from its 812cc, three-cylinder engine with efficient digital fuel injection that has been tuned to deliver optimum performance throughout the rev range. With 48 foot-pounds of torque, it has excellent pulling power when fully loaded but also excellent acceleration and agility. A high-output, 60.8-amp alternator can power accessories on all-day adventures and throughout the workweek with a pair of built-in, 12-volt outlets.
Another benefit of the Mule Pro-FXR is the revised settings of its front and rear independent suspension. By soaking up the bumps better, it provides excellent comfort and improves traction with 8.7 inches of suspension travel. Independent suspension utilizes twin-tube, preload-adjustable shocks at each corner with large-diameter A-arm tubing. Extra ground clearance (10.4 inches) also gives the driver confidence that the lower chassis will clear obstacles. The Pro-FXR has been designed to be more nimble with an overall length of 121.8 inches and a compact 81-inch wheelbase that provides a very tight 14.1-foot turning radius.
SPACIOUS CABIN & EPS
With the durability and versatility of the Pro-FXR, all-day driving comfort is a high priority. The cabin is particularly spacious, providing ample leg- and headroom, as well as a thick-cushioned, contoured, two-tone bench seat for up to three occupants. Conventional three-point seat belts and handholds are provided for each occupant, and doors are standard to ease entry. For the driver’s convenience, there is a tilt-adjustable, thick-grip steering wheel, which provides up to 40 degrees of adjustment, to ensure a comfortable fit.
The Pro-FXR takes full advantage of Kawasaki’s advanced speed-sensitive electric power steering (EPS) system that reduces steering effort but ensures the steering has optimal feedback as speeds increase, enhancing handling and reducing steering kickback.