New painted plastics highlights 2017 Rubicon
Honda is bringing back its top 500-class ATV for 2017 – the FourTrax Foreman Rubicon. This is an ATV Honda says “represents an ideal balance of work and play.”
While the Rubicon is essentially the same ATV that was redesigned for the 2015 model year, Honda did dress it in painted plastic for 2017 – a first for a Honda ATV.
Four Rubicon models are available for 2017: Rubicon 4×4 EPS, Rubicon 4×4 DCT, Rubicon 4×4 DCT EPS and Rubicon 4×4 DCT EPS Deluxe. The base Rubicon 4×4 features a five-speed manual transmission, while the three DCT models boast automatic dual clutch transmission.
2017 Honda Rubicon Models
|Foreman Rubicon 4×4 EPS||Foreman Rubicon 4×4 DCT||Foreman Rubicon 4×4 DCT EPS||Foreman Rubicon 4×4 DCT EPS Deluxe|
|Independent Rear Suspension||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Electronic Fuel Injection||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic DCT Transmission with Drive/Low||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Electric Power Steering||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
Each 2017 Rubicon is powered by a 475cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that is mounted longitudinally in the ATV and produces a claimed 29 horsepower.
Also making its way across the Rubicon family is independent double wishbone front suspension controlling 7.28 inches of travel and independent dual A-arm rear suspension doling out 8.46 inches of travel.
Other features include electronic fuel injection, dual 190mm front disc brakes and single 170mm rear disc brake, 25-inch tires, 9.4 inches of ground clearance, 3.9-gallon fuel capacity, 1,322 pounds of towing capacity and a curb weight ranging from 690 to 719 pounds.
Upgrade to the Rubicon 4×4 DCT EPS Deluxe and receive cast aluminum wheels, polished headlights, red-painted suspension components and decals.
Pricing for 2017 Rubicon models starts at $8,599 and you’ll start seeing them at your local Honda dealership in August.
2017 Honda Rubicon Colors
- Foreman Rubicon 4×4 EPS: Red, Olive, Active Yellow
- Foreman Rubicon 4×4 Automatic DCT: Red, Olive
- Foreman Rubicon 4×4 Automatic DCT EPS: Olive
- Foreman Rubicon 4×4 Automatic DCT EPS Deluxe: Honda Phantom Camo, Matte Gray Metallic
2017 Honda Rubicon 4×4 DCT EPS Specs
|Engine Type||475cc liquid-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke engine|
|Bore And Stroke||92.0mm x 71.5mm|
|Starter||Electric with optional auxiliary recoil|
|Transmission||Five-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission with reverse|
|Driveline||Direct front and rear driveshafts with TraxLok® and locking front differential|
|Front Suspension||Independent double-wishbone; 7.28 inches travel|
|Rear Suspension||Independent dual-arm; 8.46 inches travel|
|Front Brake||190mm hydraulic discs|
|Rear Brake||170mm hydraulic disc|
|Front Tire||25 x 8-12|
|Rear Tire||25 x 10-12|
|Seat Height||35.8 inches|
|Ground Clearance||9.4 inches|
|Curb Weight||719 pounds (includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel—ready to ride)|
|Fuel Capacity||3.9 gallons, including 1.3-gallon reserve|
|Towing Capacity||1,322 pounds|
|Emissions||Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA off-road emissions standards|
|Note||No operator under age 16. Honda recommends that all ATV riders take a training course and read their owners manual thoroughly.|