Suzuki Unveils 2011 KingQuad 500 AXi and 2010 KingQuad 450 AXi
Units feature new colors and other minor changes
Story by ATV.com Staff, Photography by Suzuki, May. 10, 2010
After finally introducing a pair of 2010 ATVs in April, American Suzuki is at it again with the addition of two more new models to the Suzuki ATV line up; the 2010 KingQuad 450AXi 4X4 and the 2011 KingQuad 500AXi Power Steering.
According to Suzuki, the introduction of each new model has been carefully planned according to dealer inventory levels and a stabilizing ATV industry.
“We are excited to see the industry stabilizing and moving in the right direction,” says Steve Bortolamedi, senior communications manager at American Suzuki. “With that, we are excited to introduce more 2010 product and the beginning of our 2011 product line. We feel we have taken the proper steps to release the right product at the right time for our dealers, and ultimately, our customers.
“Our manufacturing facility in Atlanta, Ga. is getting geared up for a busy year, because these two new class leading units are just the beginning of what is to comprise a robust line-up of Suzuki ATVs, and both of these exciting new machines will be hitting dealer floors this July/August.”
2010 KingQuad 450 AXi 4X4
For 2010, the KingQuad 450AXi will be available in Suzuki’s famous Champion Yellow in addition to Great Blue and White. With its class-leading electronic fuel-injection, Suzuki says the 450AXi’s 454cc engine boasts immediate acceleration and plenty of torque to get the job done.
The KingQuad 450AXi features fully adjustable independent suspension, a locking front differential and a sealed, multi-plate rear brake system. A convenient handlebar-mounted push-button control allows the rider to easily select between 2WD, 4WD and differential-lock 4WD. Some of the other top-line features include digital instrumentation including LCD readouts for speedometer, odometer, twin tripmeters, hour meter, clock, fuel gauge, driving range position and drive mode. There is also LED indicator lamps for high, low, neutral, reverse and drive — 2WD/4WD and differential-locked 4WD.
Additionally, the KingQuad 450 AXi sports stylish 30W multi-reflector halogen headlights, and a compact tail light and brake light. A high output magneto generator system and large 18-amp maintenance-free battery provides auxiliary power. The MSRP for the 2010 KingQuad 450AXi is $6,999.
2011 KingQuad 500 AXi Power Steering
The 2011 KingQuad 500 AXi Power Steering boasts loads of features that, according to Suzuki, make it the ultimate workhorse to tackle tough jobs.
The Advanced Electric Power Steering system gives the KingQuad 500AXi Power Steering light steering and responsive handling. The KingQuad 500AXi Power Steering is equipped with a 493cc, SOHC, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine with a compact 4-valve cylinder head with large intake valves and straight intake ports for increased cylinder charging efficiency. This engine is designed to provide strong, reliable performance. The aluminum cylinder bore is electro-plated with Suzuki’s own race proven SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material) for improved heat transfer and tighter piston clearance.
Suzuki’s fuel injection system has been designed to provide excellent throttle response, fuel efficiency and quick engine starts under all operating conditions. The KingQuad 500AXi Power Steering features a winch-ready chassis with flexible tube routing for wiring from winch mounting space to under the seat. The independent double A-arm front suspension includes fully adjustable large diameter shock absorbers for a comfortable ride.
New for 2011, the KingQuad 500AXi Power Steering features new black rims and wrinkle paint on the front bumper and luggage racks for increased durability and scratch resistance. The 2011 KingQuad 500Axi Power Steering comes in Champion Yellow and Great Blue. The MSRP for the 2011 KingQuad 500AXi Power Steering is $7,999.