Taking a hint from the competition, Suzuki has gotten the bug for a brand new premier class 4×4. Not content to have only the 500cc Vinson in their stable, they have added a new king of displacement that is sure to increase the already crowed list of choices in this lucrative monster displacement category.
These machines are the kings of the causeway, lords of the after-ride banter, and all out bad boys of the upper displacement ranks of four wheeling. These four wheel drive ATVs have the most horsepower, the most torque, the longest suspension travel (in this category), most creature features, and highest towing capacities of any 4x4s made today.
ANOTHER VERSION OF THE SAME THING?
Did Suzuki build an all-new version of a liquid-cooled, V twin four-stroke and 4×4 chassis to make an assault on the upper echelons of the 4WD market? Not exactly. This is the same 697cc four-stroke, SOHC, four-valves per cylinder, liquid-cooled, 90 degree V-twin as that found on the new Kawasaki Prairie 700. It uses the same Keihin 32mm carburetors as Kawasaki’s new flagship 700 and also has the same dual-range, CVT automatic transmission. A limited-slip front differential with push-button locking front differential is also standard on the new 2004 Suzuki TwinPeaks 700, as is its push-button 2WD into 4WD system.
The TwinPeaks 700 uses a double-cradle steel frame and MacPherson strut front suspension with 6.7 inches of travel. On the back end, it carries an aluminum swingarm, single-shock rear suspension with the same travel. Dual hydraulic disc brakes with twin calipers are standard upfront with a sealed, oil-bathed disc brake enclosed on the back end. An electronically controlled engine braking system (a la the Prairie 700s) makes steep downhill descent easier.
Unlike the Prairie 700, the new Suzuki will come in a distinctive bright yellow plastic version with Suzuki graphics. While the final specifications were not finalized before this issue went to press, we can see that the Suzuki 700 Twin will have a different look than either its Prairie cousin or the Arctic Cat 650 V-Twin we tested last month (Dirt Wheels, November 2003).
Possibly, there will be a few more differences on the final production version to differentiate it from its competitors in this fierce class. It will have the same generous 4.5-gallon rear-mounted gas tank as the Prairie and come equipped with a pair of frame-mounted 45-watt halogen headlamps and brake lights.
While the suggested price has not been set, we imagine it will probably be in the $7000 price range that its competitors sell for. Here is yet another version of the mighty V-twin thumper engine design that we have come to appreciate in the 4WD world. Look for the first test of this unit in an upcoming issue.