The Benda Supernovae 1000 and 1000 R2 Are a New Take On the UTV

Ross Ballot
by Ross Ballot

An already-crowded segment isn’t stopping new manufacturer Benda from taking a stab at it themselves. The Chinese manufacturer was founded in 2016 and is now showing a duo of UTVs on its website. The Supernovae 1000 and 1000 R2 are a slightly different take on the same formula, and we hope they walk the walk as much as they talk the talk.

Both the Supernovae 1000 and 1000 R2 are rec-sport utes powered by a 1000cc, four-stroke V-Twin engine good for 98 horsepower. They share a traditional continuously variable transmission (CVT) with the usual L/H/N/R/P gear selection. Four-wheel-drive is standard as is a locking front differential. The 1000 weighs in at around 1,543 pounds and the 1000 R2 at 1,984 pounds.

Much of the design language is futuristic looking and evokes sci-fi styling. While the two models share much of this appearance, the 1000 R2 appears to be a bigger, four or five-seat variant of the 1000. It’s bigger, wider, and looks to have clamshell, suicide-type rear doors. Otherwise, the models are chips off the same block, with machined metal toggle switches, a standard 4,500-pound winch, 2,500 pounds of towing capacity, Turf Mode to keep the tires from harming lawns, and smartphone connectivity.

Information is otherwise extremely limited, but we hope to hear more soon.

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, 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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