Updated Gator receives power steering and new 60 mph top speed
John Deere has taken the covers off a new 2016 Gator RSX860i, which confirms our report from May than an updated RSX850i was in the works.
The new RSX860i replaces the RSX850i and includes a new power steering option, backlit toggle switches, and more speed.
“Every adjustment and addition made to the RSX860i comes as result of our team actively listening to customer feedback,” says Mark Davey, John Deere marketing manager, Gator utility vehicles. “Top speed was one of the priorities we considered with these updates and we were able to increase the maximum speed to 60 mph (97 kph).”
The maximum engine speed increased from 7250 rpm to 7750 rpm, allowing the RSX860i a 10 percent increase in top speed over the previous model.
Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) is now an option on the 2016 model. The anti-kickback feature reduces the amount of unwinding steering when operating through demanding terrain. The system also senses speed and adjusts steering effort as the speed of the vehicle changes for improved terrain feel and maneuverability.
All EPAS equipped vehicles are pre-wired for a winch. According to Deere, Utility vehicles with the winch-ready chassis greatly reduce the winch install time. The winch components that are pre-installed include a wiring harness, a negative battery cable and a disconnect wiring harness.
For ease of operation during early morning/late evening, factory-installed toggle switches are now backlit for easy identification. For reduced noise, the front differential is a spiral bevel design. Deere says the helical design of this gear set is stronger and produces less vibration and noise compared to the straight cut gears. The steering knuckles and control arms are also painted post-machining to prevent rust and discoloration for a long lasting aesthetic appearance.
Deere warrants the RSX860i with a 12-month or 1,000-hour factory warranty.
Prices start at $12,999. Consumers can order the RSX860i in traditional John Deere green and yellow or Realtree Hardwoods HD Camouflage (+$550). Machines will arrive at John Deere dealers in mid-July.