shorter than many UTVs, and it has
front and rear torsion bars, so it’s good
on tight trails.
HOW GOOD IS THE SUSPENSION?
It’s rudimentary. With 7. 3 inches of
HOW IS IT IN ROCKS AND MUD?
travel on all four corners, the Challenger
isn’t a whoop-gobbler, but the ride
on trail junk is decent. Our demo unit
had the five-position preload adjusters
set on the second softest setting, but
the ride on the rock ripples of Tip-
Toe BTR was pretty stiff. Slamming
bigger rock faces and jumping it in the
dunes would bottom the suspension,
but the heavy-duty suspension arms
and spherical bearings took a beating
Excellent in rocks and good in mud.
Ground clearance and articulation are
good, despite two torsion bars, and
the locking diff makes it sure-footed for
rock crawling. The over-fenders, doors,
roof and windscreen provide a lot of
splash protection in water crossings
and mud. The CVT is ducted high in
the frame, but the engine air intake is
lower than most at hip level.
HOW STRONG ARE THE BRAKES?
Very strong. Four-wheel hydraulic
Electronic-engaging 4WD and front diff-lock make the Challenger 700 an effective rock crawler, and the heavy-duty frame and suspension
components take a lot of abuse. Low range is good for over 40 mph, so pausing to shift ranges isn’t necessary on most trails.
Rack-and-pinion steering and a front torsion bar help the Challenger
700 turn in easily and corner predictably, and the frame is stout as
well. Check out the horn and large battery box.
The turn-signal lever also controls the high-/low-beam halogen
headlights, and the steering console has an emergency-flasher switch.
We hope tilt steering and EPS will find their way into the Cub Cadet’s
otherwise well-equipped cabin.