A thoroughly revised Metropolitan scooter and a freeway-capable PCX scooter highlight the first batch of announced 2013 Honda models, which also include returning utility ATVs.
Coming this summer, the new PCX 150 features a 150cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine. Seating can accommodate the rider plus a passenger, and a large under-seat storage compartment can fit a full-face helmet with space to spare.
The Metropolitan receives all-new styling along with a new 50cc fuel-injected four-stroke engine. Highlights include a new headlight and meter setup, a different handlebar and a new taillight assembly. There’s a locking, 22-liter under-seat storage area large enough to stow a helmet and also a new inner storage bin that can hold a 1-liter bottle, plus a larger convenience hook to secure a bag. The Metropolitan will retail for $1,999 starting in June.
The top-of-the-line FourTrax Rincon also returns in June with its 675cc engine, independent rear suspension, electronic fuel injection, Hondamatic automatic transmission, and front and rear disc brakes.
The 2013 FourTrax Foreman Rubicon will again feature a continuously variable Hondamatic automatic transmission with true engine braking. The transmission can be set in different modes for maximum performance or maximum torque, as well as in Electric Shift Program (ESP) mode that gives the rider push-button control. Other features include a a torque-sensitive front differential, Honda’s TraxLok selectable 2WD/4WD system, and the option of Electric Power Steering (EPS).
The Rubicon hits floors in June, as does the FourTrax Foreman series of 4x4 quads. Customers can choose a Foreman with a manual transmission or ESP. Power is provided by a liquid-cooled 475cc single-cylinder OHV four-stroke engine. Honda says the fuel injection system has a 36mm throttle body for “near-instant throttle response, consistent performance at high altitude, and hassle-free cold-weather starting.” The rolling chassis features a rear suspension system incorporating a “high-quality shock for remarkable comfort, precision and work capabilities; plus the Foreman delivers agile handling and a tight turning radius.” EPS is optional.
The FourTrax Rancher again offers a variety of driveline variations: 2WD or 4WD, manual transmission, Honda’s ESP, or a fully automatic transmission. To power all of these models, the Rancher series uses a liquid-cooled 420cc powerplant with electronic fuel injection. There’s also the independent rear suspension plus the option of EPS in all these variations. Available in May.
Honda’s longtime bestseller, the FourTrax Recon will be available in July. This middleweight quad features a 229cc OHV engine with the option of a manual gearbox or Honda’s push-button ESP.
The TRX90X, available in May, is Honda’s youth quad. The model carries the same styling cues as its big-brother sport ATVs while offering a smooth power delivery. Factor in the ease of electric starting, Honda’s automatic clutch and a refined suspension system, and you have the perfect combination for launching a beginner off to a great start on a lifelong riding career.
Posted by Arlo Redwine
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