WHAT’S NEW FOR 2016?
Since the Teryx got a total makeover
with an all-new Double-X frame (shared
with the Teryx4) and a 3mm-longer
stroke in 2014, the 783cc V-twin hadn’t
received many updates for 2015. For
2016 the Teryx 800 and Teryx4 get
another makeover to better meet the
needs of owners. Starting at the front,
the tilt hood is gone, replaced by more
aggressive fenders and a removable
hood panel that covers the high-placed
airbox and battery for centralized mass
and component protection. There is also
a new, replaceable fender brace. This is
required because the Camo and Limited
Edition models get quad LED headlights
with separate high/low toggles on the
dash and 20.4-watt high- and 10.2-watt
low-beam outputs. The base EPS Teryx
has outer halogen 35-watt lights and
blank housings for future upgrades. All
this is protected by a larger steel-tube
front bumper, and the Fox Podium X 2.0
piggyback shocks get new valving for
optimized ride quality and performance.
The base and Camo models get
26-inch Bighorn 2.0 tires on black, steel
12-inch wheels, while the LE gets an
upgrade to 27-inch Bighorns on two-tone, cast-aluminum, 14-inch wheels.
The cabin got a majority of the attention
with a tool-less, three-position driver’s
seat adjustment, infinite-position tilt
steering and tool-adjustable passenger
seat. The steering wheel is over-molded for better grip and comfort,
and the dash is all new with centrally
located controls and a multi-function
digital display tilted towards the driver.
Underneath that and the 2WD/4WD/diff-
lock switch and 12-volt DC outlet, the
new dash is molded for an accessory
Jensen audio system to replace the
center bezel, and flanking cubby holes
could house Jensen speakers. There
New styling eliminates the tilt hood and upgrades lighting to four LED
headlights on the Camo and LE Teryx models only. Owners of base EPS
models can upgrade to Kawasaki’s $400 LED headlight kit with four
5-LED headlights that are 20-percent brighter than the base-model
halogens. Width is 61. 6 inches, and ground clearance is 11. 8 inches.
are four blanks for accessory switches
in the two-piece dash with textured
plastic, and the glovebox has a new
handle/latch. The vinyl seat covers come
from the jet-ski division and stay soft in
cold weather and dry in wet conditions.
Instead of the Teryx4’s stadium seats,
rear doors and small non-tilting bed,
the Teryx gets a rear full-width storage
bin with center platform designed to
hold any 5-quart cooler via integrated
tie-down hooks and twin 24-quart bins
with O-ring-sealed lids and locking
latches. The tilt bed has a 600-pound
cargo capacity. The rear transfer case
gets new bevel gears, and the multi-disc wet-pack rear brake has a manual
parking brake on the center console,
which also has a rear-facing 12-volt
outlet for powering a sprayer or other
accessories. The Double-X frame
stays the same for 2016 with upswept
sides and a 79-degree approach
angle for added ground clearance.
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The base EPS Teryx is $12,999, while
the Realtree Xtra Green Camo model is
$14,299 and the LE is $14,999, both
with quad LED headlights and roof.
The John Deere RSX860i is $12,999 to
$16,796, and the Can-Am Commander
800 starts at $11,999 and jumps to
$13,149 with EPS. It is $15,449–
$15,599 for the loaded XT-EPS. Polaris’
Ranger XP 900 starts at $13,499
without EPS and $14,499 with it, and
the Can-Am Defender HD8 starts at
$10,999 and jumps to $12,799 to
$13,649 with EPS. The all-new Polaris
General 1000 EPS is $15,999-$19,999.
HOW FAST IS THE V-TWIN?
It’s fast enough for woods work.
The 783cc V-twin puts out a claimed
47 foot-pounds of torque at 5500
rpm, and it’s good for 50 mph in
high range and 25 mph in low. It
has plenty of power for climbing
gnarly hills and drifting in turns,
and it’s quick enough to be fun
from turn to turn. With 10.7:1
compression and two 36mm Mikuni
throttle bodies, the Teryx 800 has
excellent throttle response and
fuel efficiency (up to 25 mpg).
WHAT ABOUT THE DELIVERY?
It’s excellent. It’s perfect for the
Hatfield-McCoy trails. The CVT with
a centrifugal clutch is tuned very well
and engages smoothly yet quickly.
The range selector is smooth and
has detents in the console for high,
low, neutral and reverse, and the
2WD/4WD switch controls the locking
front differential with fast-acting servos.
We would engage 4WD for steep
climbs, then go to 2WD to effortlessly
negotiate downhill switchback turns.
Even the EPS assist is tuned perfectly,
with assist decreasing as trail speeds
increase, but it has an integrated ignition
limiter when in diff-lock mode that
kicks in at 12–15 mph. We did most
of the steep climbs in low and 4WD.
HOW DOES THE TERYX HANDLE?
It handles the Hatfield-McCoy trails
like it’s on rails. The Double-X frame has
a great combination of turning prowess
and straight-line stability, and EPS
keeps the rack-and-pinion steering light.
Sharing its frame with the Teryx4, the
Teryx has a wheelbase of 85. 8 inches,
while the new Polaris General has an
81-inch wheelbase. The Kawasaki
has great 50: 50 weight distribution,
and the 61.5-inch width gives it great
stability in fast corners. A very effective
EBS makes it easy to drift into turns
in 2WD—greatly reducing the claimed
When upgrading to the Teryx 800, Kawasaki stroked the hot-rod
Brute Force 750 engine 3mm to get 783cc. This gave the Teryx
a 12-percent torque and 26-percent power increase, and its mid-engine design places it between the seats and under the rear
storage bin. Two 85mm pistons have a 10.7:1 compression inside
the four-valve Hemi heads.