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Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

Tuesday 07/10/12

Honda's New Big Red

Continuing to roll out its 2013 line of off-road vehicles, Honda Powersports has announced the launch this month of its new Big Red Multipurpose Utility Vehicle (MUV700). The 2013 MUV is powered by a 675cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke, fuel-injected engine.

The newest Honda Multipurpose Utility Vehicle can haul up to 1,000 pounds and tow 1,500 pounds. (Photo Courtesy Honda Powersports)

The transmission is an automotive-style Honda automatic with hydraulic torque converter. It has three forward gears, reverse and three drive modes -- 2WD, 4WD and 4WD with all-wheel differential lock.

Big Red's front and rear independent, double-wishbone suspension system has 5.9 inches of travel in the front and 7.1 inches of rear travel, and adjustable, preload rear shocks. The vehicle has 10.3 inches of ground clearance.

Big Red hauls 1,000 pounds in its 33-by-53-inch cargo bed and has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds. The MUV runs on Maxxis Big Horn tires. An innovative hydraulic braking system ensures front and rear braking, even in the event that one brake line fails.

Big Red has a 7.9-gallon fuel tank, including a 1.5-gallon reserve.

Among Big Red's accessories, Honda offers a 4,000-pound winch kit, receiver hitch plug, drawbar, hitch ball, wind deflector, hard or fabric roof, grille guard, rock slider, A-Arm guards, outdoor storage cover, storage toolbox, cargo bed, auxiliary lights, two-piece folding windscreen, storage toolbox, cargo bag and digital meter kit.

Big Red comes in red, olive or natural gear camouflage. Price: $11,699 - $12,299.

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Posted at 3:12PM CDT 07/10/12 by Jim Patrico
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