Kawasaki Debuts 2025 Brute Force 450; Brute 300 And Youth KFXs Return

Ross Ballot
by Ross Ballot

Kawasaki has announced the official launch of its 2025 ATV lineup, highlighted by the new Brute Force 450 that fills a large void in the brand's offerings. This comes shortly after our insiders found filings with the European Intellectual Property Office for what we now know is the Brute 450, and the 2025 model year marks the continuation of the Brute Force 300, KFX90, and KFX50.

The big ATV news from Kawasaki for the 2025 model year is the arrival of the Brute Force 450. Kawasaki has long had a huge gap in its lineup between the Brute Force 300 and 750 models, and now there is finally a quad that fills that opening. We've heard swirlings about this model coming for months now and it's great to finally hear for certain that Team Green is officially launching a mid-bore four-wheeler.

With mid-bore ATVs taking center stage as of late, Kawi had a lot riding on its all-new four-wheeler. To make sure it didn't arrive late to the party without anything to show for itself, the brand did everything it could; whether that means it did enough or not, well, we'll let you be the judge.

The 2025 Brute Force 450 is powered by a 443cc single-cylinder engine that puts power to the tires through a selectable 2WD/4WD system that has a front differential lock. Kawasaki states that the ATV has LED headlights and an LED handlebar-mounted pod light, and the quad touts a healthy 1,050 pound towing capacity. Hauling is a bit towards the low end with a 75 pound-rated front rack and 150-pound rated rear rack, but all-out hauling has never been any Brute Force's claim to fame. Brute Force 450s come with Maxxis tires, disc brakes, and thoughtful features like a cupholder and more. Best of all, it really does look like a Brute Force; if anything, its design harkens back to the original solid-rear-axle Brute Force 650 from two decades back, which bodes well with our nostalgic side.

Kawi's press release says the Brute Force 450 has a "compact and ideally sized chassis" which tells us they really are shooting for mid-size excellence here. We hope to know more and test that claim for ourselves soon.

Pricing for the 2025 Brute Force 450 has not yet been released as of this writing.

Returning for 2025 is the Brute Force 300, Kawasaki's entry-level utility four-wheeler. This two-wheel-drive ATV is a stalwart in the class and doesn't boast anything groundbreaking but quietly does its job well and without fuss. It's powered by a 271cc single cylinder engine that's paired to a CVT, and it has both high and low gear ratios. The Brute Force 300 isn't exactly a monster machine, and it can only tow 500 pounds and carry 44 pounds and 66 pounds on its front and rear racks, respectively.

The Brute Force 300 remains a solid offering and choice in the small-bore entry-ATV realm but we're ready to see it get an array of updates.

Also returning for 2025 are the KFX50 and KFX90 youth sport ATVs.

The former of these kids-oriented machines has a 49.5cc air-cooled single cylinder four stroke engine, which can be modulated via a throttle-limiting screw. It also offers a "parent-controlled riding experience" with features like a keyed ignition to keep kids safe while on the machine. while its styling is reminiscent of the long-departed and sorely missed KFX400 and KFX450R sport quads. Pricing for the 2025 KFX50 starts at $2,549.

Kawasaki's KFX90 is the slightly bigger sibling to the aforementioned minuscule youth ATV, and the 89cc single cylinder quad ticks in at a slightly more expensive $3,349 to start. It too gets a throttle limiting screw and adds a removable collar for speed adjustment that can be adapted to the rider's abilities. The KFX90 also gets niceties like LED accent lights and handlebar pad, and it's sure to keep kids excited about throwing their leg over it every time a ride is in the cards.

We're happy to hear of the Brute Force 450 being added to Team Green's lineup for 2025, and hope that brings space for the Brute Force 300, KFX90, and KFX50 to get updated for the upcoming model year. In the meantime, more information on the 2025 Kawasaki ATVs can be found on the company's website.

Ross Ballot
Ross Ballot

Ross hosts The Off the Road Again Podcast. He has been in the off-road world since he was a kid riding in the back of his dad’s YJ Wrangler. He works in marketing by day and in his free time contributes to Hooniverse, AutoGuide, and ATV.com, and in the past has contributed to UTV Driver, ATV Rider, and Everyday Driver. Ross drives a 2018 Lexus GX460 that is an ongoing build project featured on multiple websites and the podcast and spends his free time working on and riding ATVs.

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