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New John Deere Gator transformed into fast, powerful vehicle

New John Deere Gator transformed into fast, powerful vehicle

John Deere has launched a new, muscled Gator line that is designed to handle rough terrain while providing all-day riding comfort. The new Gator RSX 850i line offers more speed (53 mph), power and agility than any other Gator model, which have been produced since 1987.

Deere was serious about updating the popular Gator. The company called in design and engineering consultants from Formula One and NASCAR to help create the new Gator RSX.

"The Gator takes a huge evolutionary step forward with the launch of the new Gator RSX850i," said David Gigandet, John Deere Gator marketing manager. "Gators have always been known for durability, utility and safety. The RSX maintains all these qualities at its core, but the incredible power, exhilarating speed and precision handling are what set it apart in our portfolio. It’s the Gator fully evolved."

Three models

There are three RSX models — the Gator RSX850i Sport, the RSX850i Trail and the Base RSX. The Sport model was designed for harsh desert and rocky, sandy terrains and includes sport seats, alloy wheels with Maxxis tires, PreRunner bumper, cargo box rails, sport steering wheel and FOX 2.0 Performance Series shocks.

The Trail Model was developed for hunting, fishing and back country trails. It features sport seats, alloy wheels with Maxxis tires, winch, front brushguard, 2-in. front receiver hitch with recovery loops, rear bumper and cargo box rails. The Base RSX can be modified to need and taste with factory-installed options. And all three can be well appointed with over 70 available aftermarket attachments.


All models come equipped with an 839cc, V-twin, liquid-cooled, four-cycle, gasoline motorcycle engine that produces 62 hp and a top speed of 53 mph. The engine also delivers 0-30 mph acceleration in three seconds. Advanced electronic controls and a fuel-injection system supply excellent starting, idling, and throttle response during operation. In addition, the closed-loop system offers dependable performance at high altitude and hassle-free cold weather starting (tested to -20 degrees F). The RSX also incorporates a large 7.4-gallon fuel tank.

The RSX utilizes a four-wheel independent suspension for riding over challenging terrain and precision handling through corners. A dual, wide arch A-arm design delivers maximum front-wheel control, precise steering and 10.3 in. of ground clearance. The Multi-Link semi-trailing arm independent rear suspension features 9 in. of wheel travel and moves wheels rearward in compression, lowering the impact of terrain and improving ride. Exclusive aluminum body monotube FOX shocks are standard on the Base and Trail models. While FOX 2.0 Performance Series shocks with full spring and compression adjustability come standard on the RSX Sport, they are available for aftermarket upgrade on the other models.

The RSX850i was designed with occupant comfort and safety in mind as well. Easy entry and exit from the vehicle is made possible with an industry-first automotive-style door for the operator and passenger. High-performance sport seats are installed for off-road riding comfort and automotive styling. Deluxe high-back bucket seats on the base model provide ample legroom with large headrests for support during aggressive driving. All seats tilt forward. In addition, the RSX features an ISO certified Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) with three-point seat belts and multiple passenger-side grab handles.

Sealed storage includes 1.82 cu. ft. of space in the glove box and under the hood, with additional storage in the center console and cup holders. An easy-to-read digital instrument panel displays a system diagnostic light, engine oil pressure light, park break light, seat belt indicator light, fuel level, and a 4WD indicator, among other vehicle gauges.

A high-density, 8.9-cu.-ft., polyethylene composite cargo box features a one-piece design, 400-pound payload capacity and integrated tie-down points. The tailgate can be opened or removed for easier cleanout and to carry longer items. The dumping mechanism is as simple as lifting a lever.

The new Gator RSX850i is available in Realtree Hardwoods HD Camo, olive and black, or traditional John Deere green and yellow.

Visit your local John Deere dealer or to learn more. 

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