It looks like diesel is where the action is. Roush Industries has just announced their diesel quad which has been undergoing testing for two years. Based on an Arctic Cat quad, they are running a 686cc naturally aspirated diesel. Developed in response to military needs, especially from special forces units, along with the military's desire for a range of vehicles that run on a single fuel, the quad will also be produced for civilian use with full commercial production slated for early 2006. Civilian models will be sold through the Arctic Cat dealer network, military models will be handled by Roush Europe. It's even getting a "stealth" exhaust for a low acoustic signature, how cool is that?
From an earlier Roush press release:
In its basic form, the Quad Bike can carry 45.3 kg on the front rack – and 90.7 kg on the rear rack.The twin cylinder in-line 686cc engine currently develops 18hp – and a massive 39 Nm of torque, with even higher performance variants being considered. The engine is water cooled and naturally aspirated. Transmission is via an automatic gearbox, with both a high and low range, which provides responsive acceleration and effective engine braking. Final drive is through sealed drive shafts, front and rear and constant velocity (cv) joints. The underside of the drive train is protected by a high-density skid plate to prevent damage when manoeuvring over stumps, rocks and other obstructions.
Several variants of the quad are planned, a road legal version, an extended wheelbase two seater and a weight-stripped, narrow-track variant for confined envelope transportation.
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