Camo fetch $15,599. The 2015
Yamaha Viking VI starts at $12,799–
$13,599 for non-EPS models, and EPS
versions are $13,799–$14,999. Polaris
hasn’t released any 2015 information
yet, but the 2014 Crew 800 is $12,499,
the Crew 900 is $14,399 and the Crew
900-EPS is $16,199.
WHAT POWERS IT, AND HOW FAST IS IT?
This Mule has a healthy kick! While
the Mule 4010 and Trans4x4 have a
617cc V-twin, the new Pro FXT has
a three-cylinder EFI inline engine with
34mm throttle body, 72mm pistons,
dual-overhead cams, 66.5mm stroke
and 9.5:1 compression. The Pro FXT
instantly builds momentum when you
press the gas pedal, but it’s smooth
and friendly power and builds revs
much quicker than the longer-stroke
4000-series twin. Best yet, while the
4000/4010 is governed to 25 mph, the
Pro FXT will do 45–46 mph! Yee-haw!
WHAT ABOUT THE DELIVERY?
It’s limousine smooth. The EFI and
CVT are tuned to be super smooth,
and the dash-mounted selector is also
very slick. The dash also has a servo-controlled 2WD/4WD toggle and a
switch to lock or open the rear diff for
turf-saving mode. The engine is rubber-mounted, and two anchors for the
extra-long front driveshaft also reduce
vibration. Teryx-like CVs smooth out the
rest of the driveline as well.
HOW’S THE PRO FXT SUSPENSION?
Better than the base-model Teryx
800. Large-diameter tubes and rubber
bushings construct the dual A-arms,
and preload-adjustable shocks deliver
8. 7 inches of travel, except for the
left rear, which only has 8. 5 inches.
Still, that’s more than the Teryx and
T4 ( 8.0/8.3 inches), but they sport
adjustable Fox Podium X shocks
(maybe 2016 for the FXT?). The spring
and damping rates are excellent and
deliver a super-smooth, balanced ride
for this Mule’s weight (1,854.4–1,898.5
pounds). Remember, other Mules have
less than 3 inches of suspension, so
this is uncharted territory.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
This Mule must have snake DNA
too. Where the new Viking VI has a
115.6-inch wheelbase, the Pro FXT’s
wheelbase is more than a foot shorter
at 92. 3 inches. That’s not much longer
than the T4 at 85. 7 inches, so it snakes
through tight trail like no other six-seater. It’s also wider than a Teryx, so it
feels really stable in corners. However,
the lack of any torsion bars lets the
inside rear tire lose traction in sporty
HOW IS IT IN MUD AND ROCKS?
Better than any other Mule. All
that travel and 10. 2 inches of ground
clearance with 30 degrees of breakover angle for the X-frame chassis
mean it can articulate through rocks like
a sport machine, and the Duro radials
have a tread pattern much like a Maxxis
Cerros for great grip in all conditions.
The Pro FXT doesn’t draw air from as
high as the Teryx 800/T4, as the ducts
ride under the access panel, below bed
level and behind the right-rear door.
However, the Pro FXT has the power
to turn taller tires, and we’re sure High
Lifter will be all over this Mule with lift
kits and snorkels.
WHAT ABOUT THE BRAKES?
They’re Teryx-strong. Four-wheel
hydraulic discs haul it down from speed
Unlatch the rear seat (both sides), tilt the seat base forward, and pop
the rear diagonal braces loose, and the upright cargo cage can be slid
forward to expose the steel 1000-pound bed. Lower the rear diagonal
braces to their other base and you’re in a three-person configuration.
With the cargo cage upright to the rear, parts of the bed rail
“accordion” on themselves, and the seat base can be latched in the
down position for three more passengers. Three-point seat belts and
the seat back ride on the floating cage upright. It’s a great design,
and the seating position is comfortable.
The inline triple displaces 812cc with three 72mm pistons riding on a 66.5mm stroke. A single
34mm throttle body handles the digital EFI induction, and compression is 9.5:1. A well-shielded
exhaust has a super-quiet output for hunting and night rides.