Brea, CA (9/28/06) - Introducing the
Suzuki KingQuad 450. That's right, we took all the award-winning
features of the KingQuad 700 and brought it to the 450
class. Now you can get all the features of Suzuki's flagship
ATV, but in a package that offers the best value in its
class. Suzuki brings all the valuable features to the
class: styling, engine performance, electronic fuel injection,
independent rear suspension, locking front differential
and a host of other valuable features mean the KingQuad
450 leads its class in value and performance.
KingQuad 450 4x4
The KingQuad lineage is important to Suzuki and
it is important that the new KingQuad 450 builds
on the storied name. When the original KingQuad
was introduced to the world in 1991, it was a revolutionary
ATV. Revolutionary is a strong word but history
has judged it to be true.
At a time when solid rear axles were commonplace,
Suzuki brought independent rear suspension and a
locking front differential to the ATV world. At
a time when a five speed transmission was the lap
of luxury, KingQuad owners got the most innovative
transmission on the market. High, low and super-low
ranges gave the original KingQuad owners 15 drive
options. The original KingQuad delivered utility
performance with comfortable trail manners. The
original KingQuad established Suzuki in the ATV
Market. The KingQuad 700 solidified Suzuki's legacy
to the industry. Now the KingQuad 450 sets the new
standard for a whole class of ATVs.
In order to live up to the KingQuad badge, the engine
has to be at the forefront of performance. This single-cylinder
engine takes all its cures from its big brother. The
engine offers superb low-end power for days spent working
hard, but also has the top-end power for days spent
enjoying the trail.
Quad 450 Engine
Just like the KingQuad 700, the KingQuad 450 has
an engine cylinder that is pitched forward 48 degrees.
This keeps the center of gravity low for superior
trail performance. Keeping the center of gravity
low means the KingQuad 450 can outhandle the competitor.
On top of the cylinder is an advanced four-valve,
single overhead cam head (SOHC). By having four
valves (two intake and two exhaust), the engine
delivers great acceleration and hill-climbing ability.
The intake tract for the KingQuad 450 is absolutely
straight. That means that air has no obstruction
getting from the airbox to the throttle body. No
obstruction means faster throttle response.
The tract is of downdraft-type construction; at
higher rpm, the air flows more efficiently than
traditional horizontal intakes like those of the
KingQuad 450’s competitors.
On top of that intake tract is an airbox with the
largest capacity of any machine in its class. Again,
better airflow means more torque when you need it
and more power when it counts.
Class-Leading Electronic Fuel Injection Technology
Feeding the powerful engine is an Electronic Fuel Injection
system with a 35mm throttle body. No other machine in
its class has Electronic Fuel Injection. This technology
Suzuki brings you the features you want to the class
in which you are interested.
From the earliest engines, a precise fuel and air
ratio was crucial for producing the maximum amount
of power. Suzuki knows Electronic Fuel Injection
through its development of its race-proven line
of GSX-R motorcycles. It successfully incorporated
this knowledge into the KingQuad 700, and now the
With two three-dimensional fuel maps, the injection
system tracks all the critical adjustments to create
the best possible fuel/air ratio for the conditions.
With Electronic Fuel Injection, the throttle feed
and response is consistent at all times. While ATVs
with a carburetor-fed engine will experience hard
starting in low temperatures or in the higher elevations,
Electronic Fuel Injection means the KingQuad 450
will start while other falter.
It is simple, really. Whatever the elevation, whatever
the air temperature, thanks to Electronic Fuel Injection
technology, the KingQuad 450 will deliver consistent
performance and power. And the KingQuad 450 is the only
machine in its class that gives you this performance.
What do you want to do today? Where do you want the
KingQuad 450 to take you? Rest assured, whatever your
decision, this ATV is prepared to do it. From the transmission
to the limited-slip front differential, the KingQuad
450 has all the tools a powerful ATV needs.
You want to ride in two-wheel drive on trails?
Go ahead. Two-wheel drive is best for smooth, recreational
trail rides. If a muddy and rocky hill climb appears,
simply switch to four-wheel drive with an easy-to-use
handlebar switch. This engages a limited-slip front
differential so both the rear and front tires are
providing grip. And if you need the raw pulling
power of a locked front differential, the same switch
engages the front differential lock. By locking
the front differential, the KingQuad 450 can pull
through the toughest conditions with equal power
provided to both front tires.
Suzuki’s QuadMatic Continuously Variable Transmission
(CVT) puts the power to the ground. It is an automatic,
which means you can concentrate on the trail ahead without
worrying about being in the right gear; it’s always
in the right gear. The gear ratio is constantly adjusting
to deliver the proper amount of torque and power. When
descending hills, Suzuki adds an engine braking system
to control vehicle speed and to minimize freewheeling.
A conveniently located drive selector – to switch
between reverse, neutral, high and low gears –
features gate-style construction for the easy selection
of gears. And when the conditions call for it, a rider
can access the engine’s full-power while in reverse
using a handlebar-mounted override button.
Just because the KingQuad 450 is able to work hard,
doesn’t mean it has to look like it isn’t
capable of having fun. Aggressive lines highlight the
same look that established the KingQuad 700 on the trail
and out at work in the field. From the class-leading
Suzuki Quadracer R450 to the big bore power of the KingQuad
700 and now the KingQuad 450, the Suzuki engineers know
the importance of performance “under the hood,”
but maintaining a look that screams performance.
Quad 450 Front View
Suzuki’s hallmark – the T-shaped seat
– is included on the KingQuad 450. This is
not only designed for form, but function, too. Sit
on the seat, shift your weight as if you were riding
down your favorite trail. Feel how easy it is to
transition your body weight? That is the function
of the seat. It gives all-day comfort while out
on the trail. The seat height of the KingQuad 450
is comfortable 860mm (33.9 inches).
Full floorboards with aggressive footpegs keep the
feet where they should be while riding. And the floorboards
help keep feet dry for comfort.
Thinking about installing a winch? Most owners will
add a winch within months of their purchase. Suzuki
realizes the importance of adding a winch, so Suzuki
engineers have aided installation. A nice large mounting
area is provided behind the front bumper, and mounting
brackets provide a good spot for a mounting plate. A
wiring conduit makes it a snap to route wiring back
to the ATV’s battery, too. Finally there is a
spot set aside in the battery compartment that is convenient
for mounting the winch’s solenoid.
There is also plenty of storage on the KingQuad
450. The front storage compartment – convenient
for small, loose items like gloves, maps, keys,
etc. – is easily accessible and water resistant.
Along with the engine, the chassis of the KingQuad
450 is what sets this machine apart from the rest of
its class. Riding comfort for people of all sizes was
taken into consideration from the start of this project.
The goal was to create a machine that could handle the
work required of it, but still remain light and nimble.
In the front, a dual A-arm suspension sets the
machine up to absorb the bumps on the trail. 5-way
preload adjustable shock absorbers with 180mm (7.1
inches) of travel give a smooth ride. The rear features
an independent setup.
Each wheel has 206mm (8.1 inches) of travel for
superior absorption of many obstacles. The goal
is simple, let the chassis and shock absorbers do
its job so you can do your job.
Need to stop? Hydraulic disc brakes in the front
help slow the KingQuad 450 down. The front caliper
squeezes a 200mm diameter disc. Helping to slow
the newest KingQuad in the rear is a three-plate
sealed-disc brake system. When the brake is applied
the plates are squeezed to produce friction, thus
slowing the machine.
A strong and durable plastic skid plate along the entire
length of the bottom of the frame. Plastic plate contributes
to protect the front and rear half shafts, too.
Suzuki King Quad 450 4x4
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