limited-slip front differential gets the job
done in most conditions.
IS IT FAST?
For a 450, it moves. Kymco came up
with a very good combination of engine
and clutch tuning for the 450, which
gives it quick acceleration and crisp
throttle response. Reasonable weight is
another reason the 450 feels quick. At
590 pounds, the Maxxer is the lightest
sport 4x4. Can-Am’s Renegade 500
weighs 614 pounds.
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
It’s fun and easy to control.
The Maxxer improves on all the
The Maxxer is the least-expensive sport 4x4 ($300 less than the Arctic Cat XC450), and its
reasonable weight and manageable power make it easier to ride than big-bore sport 4x4s.
HOW DOES THE COST COMPARE?
If you want the sport 4x4 that’s
lightest on your wallet, the $6899
Maxxer 450i is it. Can-Am’s Renegade
500 goes for $8149. Big sport 4x4s
are big money. Polaris’ new Scrambler
850 starts at $9499, and Can-Am’s
Renegade 800 starts at $9999. The
Renegade 1000 starts at $11,049.
We wish there were more inexpensive
sport 4x4s, but for now, Yamaha has
discontinued the Wolverine 450, and
Polaris no longer offers the Scrambler
WHAT POWERS IT?
A liquid-cooled, fuel-injected,
443cc single. The 450 is good for 33
horsepower, which is healthy for an
engine this size. Fuel injection makes
starting fuss-free in any weather, and
the Maxxer 450i motor is impressively
smooth and responsive.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
Like other sport 4x4s, the Maxxer
is based on a sport utility machine,
not a pure-sport ATV, so it has fully
automatic, dual-range, belt-type,
continuously variable transmission
rather than a manual gearbox. The
automatic is super easy to use, but
it doesn’t allow as much control as a
manual transmission with a manual
WHAT’S THE 4WD SYSTEM LIKE?
It’s basic but effective. The Maxxer’s
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT
four-wheel-drive system offers
selectable 2WD/4WD so you can run
in 2WD when you feel like powersliding
around turns and switch to 4WD for
mudding and tough terrain. There’s
no front differential-lock mode, but the
characteristics that make sport utility
4x4s great trail machines. You get the
fun, trail-conquering abilities of a 4x4
ATV, but with sharper performance.
That means you can ride at a faster,
more aggressive pace and have more
fun steering with the throttle around
turns. The Maxxer is snappy enough
to get the front end in the air to clear
obstacles on the trail if you make the
effort. Of all Kymco’s 4x4 powerplants,
the 450 is our favorite. It’s smooth,
quick-revving and fun.
It’s independent, front and rear.
The Maxxer’s full instrumentation offers enough information to
entertain anybody. Most sport quads don’t even come with a
speedometer. The range selector is smooth and positive.
The fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, four-valve, 443cc engine is smooth and