HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
Our Stampede XTR EPS+ is the top-of-the-line model. It’s $16,799. Four-seat XTR EPS models start at $15,999.
The Polaris Ranger XP 900 EPS starts
at $15,499. Can-Am’s Defender HD10
Max DPS starts at $16,499. Honda’s
Pioneer 1000-5 EPS starts at $16,399.
WHAT EXTRAS COME WITH THE XTR
Base XTR EPS models have 26-inch
Kenda tires on steel wheels. The XTR
EPS+ comes with 27-inch Maxxis
Bighorn tires on cast-aluminum wheels
and color-accented seats. Bad Boy
also offers an extensive selection of
optional accessories. Our test unit
was equipped with a roof, light bar,
windshield and winch.
WHAT POWERS IT?
A German-built Weber, 846cc, single-overhead-cam, inline twin-cylinder
engine makes 80 horsepower and 59
foot-pounds of torque. The engine
features a forged crankshaft, camshaft
and connecting rods for durability, and
the 520-watt alternator provides plenty
of power for accessories.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
A fully automatic, dual-range, belt-type CVT. There’s no automatic engine
braking feature, but the transmission
remains engaged briefly to offer engine
braking in off-throttle situations. The
dash-mounted range selector is
conveniently placed, but its feel and
action are a little vague.
WHAT FEATURES DOES THE 4WD SYSTEM
Almost everything you can think
of. There’s selectable 2WD/4WD
with an automatic-locking front
differential and a lockable rear
differential. Unlocking the rear
differential allows tighter turns
and protects delicate turf.
HOW FAST IS IT?
For a four-seat
recreational utility rig, it’s
quick. Thanks to carefully
tuned clutching and 80
horses, Bad Boy’s 900 pulls
hard when you roll on the
throttle. Its acceleration is in the
same league as other big-bore
UTVs in its class.
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?
The Stampede is capable of
sporty acceleration, and there is
ample power for hauling and towing,
but it can be extremely smooth if you
want it to be. Slippery terrain and
technical climbs are simple to tackle
with the Bad Boy. The Stampede’s
low range is very low, which is ideal for
heavy work, but the 27-mph top speed
in low limits its use to tight or very
technical trails. High range also offers
very good climbing power, and it’s
good for 60 mph, which works well for
covering lots of country in a hurry.
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT
The Stampede has double-A-arm
front and rear suspension with 9. 5
Crisp throttle response and plenty of
power make the Stampede fun to drive,
and its hauling and towing capabilities
rank with the best recreational utility
UTVs on the market.
The 846cc, single-overhead-cam twin puts
out an impressive 80 horsepower.
inches of travel up front and 10. 5 in
the rear. The shocks offer five spring
preload positions. Front and rear sway
bars fight body roll.
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
It’s well tuned for the kind of riding
the XTR is designed for. Comfort is
key with a four-seater, and the Bad
Boy’s suspension offers a smooth ride
at exploring and cruising speeds, even
on rough, rutted trails. The suspension