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A Leading Horsepower UTV Enters The Market

Although it's not unusual for companies to get into the UTV market only to disappear a couple years later, the entry of a brand-new vehicle announced today is backed with a lot of certainty that it will be a market contender for years to come. 

That UTV, the Bad Boy Stampede 900 4×4, comes from a firm that has been building a unique electrically powered 72-volt, 4×4 vehicle prized by hunters for its silent running. Plus Bad Boy Off Road is owned by the same company, Textron Inc., which manufacturers E-Z-GO and Cushman vehicles.

The Stampede marks its entry into the gas-engine UTV market in a big way by claiming the top spot in horsepower. The vehicle operates with an 846-cc, liquid-cooled engine that turns out 80 hp. and 59 foot-pounds of torque. That engine, built by a German subsidiary of Textron, is hefty in design with liquid cooling, a dry sump oil system, and forged (as opposed to pressed) crankshaft and connecting rods. “We had to actually detune the engine platform, as it was originally designed to turn out 135 hp.,” says Benjamin Knox of Bad Boy Off Road. “Expect us to introduce a UTV with even more horsepower in the near future.”

To further make its mark, Bad Boy gave the Stampede an industry-leading 24 cubic feet of storage space. Another industry first is a customizable extended cab that keeps tools or gear dry and easy to reach.

Another workhorse design that marks this UTV as a serious contender is a 2-inch receiver hitch that can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

Other features offered in the Stampede 900 include a selectable locking rear differential, 11¼ inches of ground clearance, and four-wheel, double A-arm suspension.

The Stampede 900 will hit the market June 1 with a base model price of $13,799.

Bad Boy also introduced an ATV model last February. Dubbed the Onslaught, the vehicle runs with a 550-cubic-inch engine and has a suggested retail price starting at $6,299.

For more information on the Bad Boy Off Road vehicles, go to badboyoffroad.com.

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