John Deere Enters the Sport UTV Market with Gator RSX 850i UTV

John Deere Enters the Sport UTV Market with Gator RSX 850i UTV


The venerable tractor manufacturer John Deere has decided to enter the sport UTV/Side x Side market with their 2012 Gator RSX 850i. The all new Gator has been engineered to be faster, more powerful and more agile than any Gator ever built. The new Gator has clearly set its sights on the sport performance market that is currently dominated by Polaris’ RZR line.

John Deere built their first Gator in 1992 and could be described as the grandfather of today’s UTV market with the Gator line. Over the 20 year history, John Deer has built a reputation for durability, utility and safety. This latest Gator model has made a giant leap towards the sports market.

“The Gator takes a huge evolutionary step forward with the launch of the new Gator RSX850i,” said David Gigandet, marketing manager, Gator utility vehicles. “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.”

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.

RSX850i Trail was uniquely adapted for back country trails and perfect for the hunt. Trail Model includes: Sport Seats,Alloy wheels with Maxxis tires, Winch, Front Brushguard, 2” Front Receiver Hitch with Recovery Loops, Rear Bumper and Cargo Box Rails.

The RSX base model is stripped down version that can be modified to need and taste with factory installed options. John Deere has worked with aftermarket suppliers to produce more than 70 products available for the new Deere.

All models come with a fuel-injected 839 cc V-Twin that produces 62 horse power. Power is sent to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and to a full time locked rear differential with a selectable limited-slip or fully locked front. Top speed is 53 mph with 0-30 mph acceleration in three seconds.

The suspension is double A-arm with coil over shocks and features 9 inches of travel.

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2013 John Deere Gator RSX 850i UTV Specifications:

Engine and Electrical
Type 4-cycle gas, Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) – Closed Loop System
Cylinders/Valving V-Twin, OHV
Horsepower* 62 (46.2 kw)
Displacement 839 cc
Maximum torque 57.5 (42.4 ft lbs) @ 4000 rpm
Cooling system Liquid
Battery 340 CCA
Alternator 38 amp @ 7250 rpm,13.5V – regulated
Headlights Four 27 watt halogen
On-demand true 4WD system
Front Differential Selectable Limited Slip and Full locking
Rear Differential Locked (full-time)
Transmission Type Enclosed and sealed Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Ground speed, mph (km/h) 0-53 (0-85) Hi Forward, 0-30 (0-48) Lo Forward, 0-15 (0-24) Reverse
Transaxle Two speed, oil bath
Front/Rear Brakes Front/rear hydraulic disk
Park brake Foot brake;mechanical actuation
Wheel Bearings Sealed, double-row ball
Suspension and Steering
Front Suspension Independent;double A-arm with coil over shocks & anti-sway bar
Front Suspension Travel 9in. (229mm)
Rear Suspension Independent; Semi-trailing double A-arm with coil over shocks & anti-sway bar
Rear Suspension Travel 9in. (229mm)
Turning radius 19.7 ft. (6.0 m)
Front and Rear Optional 2-in receiver (front), Standard 2-in receiver (rear)
Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) 
Tubular overhead structure 1.75 in (44.4 mm) steel tube
Seat belts 3-point seat belts
Certification ISO 3471 and OSHA ROPS
Ground Clearance
Ground Clearance Front 10.3 in. (26.2 cm)
Under Foot Platform 10.3 in. (26.2 cm)
Length 119 in. (302)
Width 56.5 (143.5)
Front/Rear-tread Centers 48in. (1220mm)/46 in. (1170mm)
Height (with OPS) 72 in. (183mm)
Wheelbase 77.8 (1975mm)
Weight (dry), lb. (kg) 1360 lb (617 kg)
Towing Capacity 1200 lb. (544 kg)
Payload Capacity 800 lb. (363kg)
Seating Capacity 2
Cargo Box
Material Composite
Dimensions, in. (mm) 32.3L x 47.6W x 11.7D (82cm L x 120.9cm Wx 29.7cm D)
Volume 8.9 cu. ft. (0.25)
Weight 400 lb. (181 kg)
Dump 2-sided – Manual release
Tailgate 1 handed release; Hinged at bottom; Removeable without tools
Tires, Front / Rear
Maxxis Big Horn 2.0, Radial 26×8-14/26×10-14 (w/alloys) optional on base
Ancla MT (Mud Terrain) 25×8-12/25×10-12 (w/ steel)
Terrahawk AT (All Terrain) n/a
Options Green/Yellow, Olive/Black, Camo
Front Sealed oversized Glove Box, Under hood storage 1.82 ft3 (0.052m3)
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