NEW MODELS: 2021 KAWASAKI LINEUP
One KRX 1000 for trails and one that rocks By the staff of Dirt Wheels
Some of the biggest news in the UTV world has been the entry of Kawasaki into the true sport side of the market with the Teryx KRX 1000. Serious trail drivers have completely embraced the machine, and with good reason. The KRX has the perfect pedigree for technical trail driving: the right wheelbase, track width and ground clearance. The drivetrain and 4WD system are equally qualified to conquer all the thrills you throw at it. A roomy and well-appointed cabin is a nice place to spend time while you put the KRX through its paces.
ο Some of the biggest news in the UTV world has been the entry of Kawasaki into the true sport side of the market with the Teryx KRX 1000. Serious trail drivers have completely embraced the machine, and with good reason. The KRX has the perfect pedigree for technical trail driving: the right wheelbase, track width and ground clearance. The drivetrain and 4WD system are equally qualified to conquer all the thrills you throw at it. A roomy and well-appointed cabin is a nice place to spend time while you put the KRX through its paces.
For 2021 there are three KRX models with the addition of the visually distinct Trail Edition and Special Edition. In terms of performance specifications, there is no difference between the three models. Both of the special editions are built by adding factory-installed Kawasaki Genuine Accessories.
People who love the KRX 1000 gravitate to trails that try to take bites out of your car as a sort of “ransom” to pay the right to pass. The normal KRX is largely black below the beltline, but the Trail Edition coats protective front and rear bumpers, nerf bars and suspension arms in retina-melting textured Pearl Neon Yellow powdercoating to match other Trail Edition highlights. Some of those highlights Pearl Neon Yellow graphics atop what looks like high-definition grey camo. You’ll find a Kawasaki KQR sport roof as part of the standard equipment. It can easily be removed or installed without tools, and pre-configured mounts allow up to six Kawasaki Genuine Accessories LED dome lights to be added. The final change—handy on a trail machine—is a Warn VRX 45 powersport winch added as standard equipment. In addition to other great features, it has a corded remote to operate it.
The KRX 1000 retails for $20,499, and the Trail Edition is $22,999.
For the Special Edition, perhaps the name “Boom Box Edition” was taken. Setting this edition apart visually are contrasting black and white main colors sparked up with red A-arms and silver shock springs. In terms of mechanical features, it has the same high-quality, full-featured Warn winch that the Trail Edition does.
What really makes it “special” is a high-grade Hifonics audio system. This Bluetooth/AM/FM 600-watt, 5-channel stereo features a high-contrast color LED screen that can display album art. Apple Control enables compatible Apple devices to be controlled by the stereo. A built-in five-band equalizer enables easy system adjustments, while a low-noise preamplifier reduces noise from source units, dramatically improving sound quality. Designed to handle both off-roading and Mother Nature, the unit is IPX6 waterproof and uses waterproof connectors. In the doors are a pair of 6.5-inch, coaxial, two-way, waterproof, composite-construction, midrange speaker complemented by a 0.75-inch titanium-dome tweeter for clear, high-frequency performance. A 12-inch subwoofer created specifically for the KRX 1000 is mounted behind the seats, where the heavy bass sound can be transmitted more directly to the occupants. Its rear cover lights up when the audio system is turned on. The Special Edition runs $22,599.
THE OLDER BROTHERS
The Kawasaki Teryx and Teryx4 family returns for 2021. They are assembled in Lincoln, Nebraska, with domestic and imported parts. The venerable Teryx and Teryx4 UTVs are back. They are aimed at a completely different target audience than the KRX 1000. Both models are versatile and rugged, and the Teryx4 is a lesson on getting seating for four in a compact package. They can tow 1300 pounds and handle trails. They are equipped with standard Electric Power Steering (EPS).
The Vibrant Blue base model is $13,199, and other models go up from there.