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2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4
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2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4
2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4

2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4
2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4

2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 Review

2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4

Off-Road Utility with Selectable 4WD

In addition to being a dependable compact utility vehicle, the Mule™ 610 4x4 also offers an extra boost of functionality thanks to selectable four-wheel drive. It includes all the handy and easy-to-use features of the Mule 600, so the 610 4x4 represents a great value – it is a truly versatile and durable utility vehicle. And because it easily fits into the bed of a full-sized pickup truck, the Mule 610 4x4 is easy to transport to remote job sites.

The Mule 610 4x4 starts off on the right foot with its dependable single-cylinder four-stroke engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT). The large-diameter steel tube frame is mated to an independent front suspension and a swing-axle rear suspension. True to its practical nature, there is plenty of user-friendly hardware, including automotive-type controls, a gear selector within easy reach on the dashboard, two large cup holders and a passenger-side glove box and grab handle. More storage space is located beneath the hinged front hood.

Powered by a durable air-cooled, single-cylinder 401cc four-stroke engine that maintains its cool with the help of an efficient cooling fan, the Mule 610 4x4 can keep working even in the toughest conditions. An enrichening system that partially opens the throttle while starting makes for easy ignition. It can also be started in forward or reverse gear, provided the brake is applied.

Owners will surely appreciate the knowledge that the Mule 610 4x4 comes equipped with an efficient and durable CVT along with a long-lasting drive belt coupled with a dependable, low-maintenance shaft drive to best deliver the engine’s power and get it out of slippery situations. Perhaps the most useful aspect of the Mule 610 4x4 is the selectable four-wheel drive system that makes this vehicle virtually unstoppable thanks to the high- and low-range forward and reverse gears. A lockable dual-mode rear differential and a limited-slip front differential expand its traction abilities in adverse terrain.

The Mule 610 4x4 rides on a MacPherson strut front suspension, while rear suspension duties are handled by a unit swing-axle. Triple-sealed hydraulic drum brakes at all four wheels provide ample stopping power, and large 24-inch tires provide improved off-road handling. A plastic front differential/axle guard, steel rear differential guard and rear wheel mud flaps help deflect debris and mud that might otherwise damage or clog powertrain components.

Bright 35-watt headlights mean the job can start before sunrise or continue after sunset. Increasing its work versatility is the 400-pound-capacity tilting cargo bed that features secure, easy to fasten tailgate latches. The Mule 610 4x4 can tow up to 1,100 pounds with an optional Kawasaki trailer hitch installed. Popular accessories include an enclosed cab, snow plow, winch and soft or hard tops. These and many other Genuine Kawasaki Accessories are available through Kawasaki dealers.

Compact, comfortable, classy and fits in the back of a full-size pickup truck. The Mule 610 4x4 is a true go-anywhere worker thanks to its rugged 4-wheel drive and proven off-road capability. At a price lower than many ATVs, the Mule 610 4x4 offers an incredible bangfor-the-buck.

- Fully independent suspension, great for handling uneven terrain. Independent MacPherson strut-type front suspension allows each wheel to track over uneven ground for maximum traction with light steering effort.
- First vehicle in its class to offer selectable 2WD/4WD. Belt driven automatic transmission with a dual-range transfer case (High-Low) gives the 610 4x4 excellent off-road riding capability.
- High torque engine ideal for a variety of utility and leisure applications.
- Limited slip differential provides great traction with low steering effort.
- Stylish front hood flips open to reveal 48 L sealed storage compartment.


2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 Key Features

• Rugged and compact 4x4 off-road utility vehicle
• Can be easily transported in the back of a full-size pickup truck
• Can tow up to 1,100 lbs. with optional Kawasaki trailer hitch installed


2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 Features and Benefits

Fan-Cooled, Single-Cylinder Engine
• Simple, lightweight, durable and quiet 401cc four-stroke engine
• Modern four-stroke overhead valve design for efficient running and good fuel economy
• Fan cooling helps the engine maintain an ideal operating temperature

Easy Starting
• Choke opens throttle during starting so accelerator pedal does not need to be depressed
• Can be started in gear by stepping on the brake pedal

Gear-Driven Engine Balancer
• Balance weight moves opposite the piston, dramatically reducing vibration, minimizing noise and wear
• Maximizes operator comfort and diminishes fatigue

Environmentally Friendly Emissions
• Carburetor settings reduce exhaust emissions
• Positive crankcase ventilation system recycles blow-by gases to the intake tract to be burned in the engine
• Muffler has USFS-approved spark arrestor
• California models have a check valve on the fuel tank/charcoal canister connector hose to prevent gasoline from entering the canister when operating on inclines or over rough terrain

Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS)
• Simple and lightweight CVT is fully automatic and keeps engine speed in the most efficient range for any selected vehicle speed, load or terrain
• Fully automatic transmission with selectable 2
• or 4-wheel drive
• An open-sided drive pulley cools effectively for long belt life
• Belt deflection can be easily adjusted by changing the shim thickness of the adjuster bolt located on the outside of the driven converter
• Cooling air flows in from a vent in the cab frame through a special air filter, which keeps out water and dust for increased belt life
• Exhaust duct design prevents contact with the frame
• Long-wearing double cog CVT belt

Dual-Mode Differential
• Locked mode for maximum traction in difficult conditions
• Unlocked mode decreases turning radius and minimizes ground disturbance – great for use on grass

Rack-and-Pinion Steering
• Rack-and-pinion steering helps keep steering light and accurate, which makes maneuvering in tight working quarters a snap
• Durable, simple and easy to maintain

MacPherson Strut Independent Front Suspension
• Comfortable ride and excellent load-carrying capability
• Simple, rugged single A-arm design offers tight turning radius for extra maneuverability

Unit Swingarm Rear Suspension
• Unique design places engine and rear wheels on a sub-frame with a mid-point pivot
• Isolates vibration
• Can handle heavy loads, yet provides comfortable ride even with an empty cargo bed

• Large 24-inch tires feature a tread pattern that offers good off-road traction and ride quality while keeping tire wear low

• Self-adjusting, hydraulic drum brakes at all four wheels provide ample stopping power
• Front grille includes space for mounting a 3,000-pound-capacity winch
• Compact, lightweight and easy to transport to the job; easily fits in the bed of a full-sized pickup
• Bench seat is spacious and comfortable for two
• Durable plastic body panels resist dents, while color is molded in for long-lasting good looks

Safety Equipment
• Meets Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.4, and 7.5, and also meets FMVSS 216 roof crush resistance requirement
• Speed limited to 25 mph

Ample Storage
• Large storage tub under the hood with four D-rings to secure the load
• Passenger side glove box
• Cup holders located at each side of the front hood by the dash

Tilting Cargo Bed
• Steel cargo bed can carry up to 400 pounds
• Thick tailgate panel and secure latching tailgate locking pins reduce vibration and noise, and add durability

Simple Maintenance
• Crankcase oil level dipstick
• Dual element air cleaner
• CVT cover has a convenient drain plug

Cab Features
• Automotive-style dash designed for ease of use with easy to reach controls
• Standard equipment hour meter makes maintenance intervals easy to track
• Fuel gauge
• Oil temperature warning light
• Gear selector for High, Low, Neutral and Reverse
• Differential locking lever
• Convenient parking brake
• Headlight switch for powerful and stylish 35w headlights

Popular Accessory Items
• Soft or Hard Top
• Windshield
• Winch
• Enclosed Cab
• Snow Plow

2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 - Unitied States of America Specifications / Technical Details
USA MSRP: $7,699 USD

Engine Four-stroke, air-cooled single

Displacement 401cc

Bore x Stroke 82 x 76mm

Compression ratio 8.6:1

Carburetor Nikki 6C1026

Air filter Snorkel-type with two-stage dry replaceable element

Oil filter Automotive-type spin-on canister

Ignition Magneto and transistor

Electrical 12V DC, 14 amp-hour battery, alternator

Transmission Continuously variable transmission with high and low range, plus reverse

Final drive Shaft-driven selectable four-wheel drive, dual-mode rear differential

Exhaust Muffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor

Front Tire Size 24x9-10 tubeless

Rear Tire Size 24x11-10 tubeless

Front suspension / wheel travel MacPherson strut / 3.1 in.

Rear suspension / wheel travel Unit swing axle / 3.1 in.

Steering Rack and pinion

Brakes Four-wheel hydraulic drums, triple sealed

Fuel capacity 4.1 gal.

Dry weight 1,010 lbs.

Overall length 108.8 in.

Overall width 52.6 in.

Overall height 70.9 in.

Wheelbase 70.0 in.

Ground clearance 6.7 in.

Roll over protective structure (ROPS) This structure meets ROPS requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, and 7.5. This structure also meets FMVSS 216 Roof Crush resistance requirement

Cargo bed dimensions (LxWxH) 41.1 x 35.4 x 9.6 in. / 8.08 cu. ft.

Load capacity 926 lbs.

Cargo Bed Capacity 400 lbs.

Towing capacity 1,100 lbs.

Turning radius 10.8 ft.

Top speed 25 mph, governed

Instruments Oil temperature meter, hour meter, 35w headlights, taillight and stoplight

Color Choices Dark Royal Red, Scout Green

Warranty 12 Months

Good Times™ Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months



2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 - Canada Specifications / Technical Details
Canadian MSRP: $8,699 CDN

Type 4-stroke, OHV Single
Displacement 401cc
Bore and Stroke 82.0 x 76.0 mm
Cooling Air
Compression ratio 8.6:1
Ignition Magneto & transistor
Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet stump)
Fuel System Carburetor, Nikki 6C1026
Electrical 12-volt DC; 14-amp hour battery, 17-amp alternator
Air Filter Snorkel-type with 2-stage dry replaceable element
Oil Filter Automotive-type spin-on canister
Exhaust Muffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor


Transmission Kawasaki Automatic Power Drive Systems (KAPS): high/lo forward, neutral, reverse
Final Drive Gear (Selectable 2WD/4WD) with limited slip front differential and dual-mode locking rear differential
Primary Reduction Ratio 3.653 ~ 0.794 (Belt drive torque converter)
Gear Ratio: Forward (High) 2.916 (35/24 x 36/18)
Gear Ratio: Forward (Low) 4.315 (41/19 x 36/18)
Gear Ratio: Reverse (Low) 3.750 (30/16 x 36/18)
Final Reduction Ratio 3.852 (16/18 x 39/9) Front, 4.000 (64/16) Rear


Type Ladder Type, Tubular Steel
Wheel Travel: Front 78 mm (3.1 in.)
Tires: Front 24 x 9.00-10 Tubeless
Wheel Travel: Rear 78.7 mm (3.1 in.)
Tires: Rear 24 x 11.00-10 Tubeless
Caster (Rake) 8°
Trail 40 mm (1.6 in.)


Suspension, Front Independent, MacPherson Strut
Suspension, Rear Unit swing axle, coilover shocks with stepped pre-load


Front: Type Sealed, auto-adjusting hydraulic drums
Rear: Type Sealed, auto-adjusting hydraulic drums
Parking: Type Sealed, mechanical drums


Overall Length 2,720 mm (107.1 in.)
Overall Width 1,335 mm (52.6 in.)
Overall Height 1,802 mm (70.9 in.)
Wheelbase 1,779 mm (70.0 in.)
Ground Clearance 170 mm (6.7 in.)
Seat Height 780 mm (30.7 in.)
Curb Mass** 458 kg (1,010 lbs.)
Fuel Tank Capacity 15.5 litres (3.4 gal.)
Cargo Box (inside) L x W x H 1,044 x 900 x 245 mm (41.1 x 35.4 x 9.7 in.)
** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)


Maximum Power‡ 9.9 kW {13.5 PS} @ 4,000 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 29.7 N·m {3.0 kgƒ·m} @ 2,400 rpm
Top Speed 40 km/h (25 mph) governed
Turning Radius (differential unlocked) 3.3 m (10.8 ft.)
Vehicle Load Capacity 420 kg (926 lbs.)
Cargo Bed Load Capacity 181 kg (400 lbs.)
Seating Capacity 2
Towing Capacity 500 kg (1,100 lbs.)


Warranty 12 months warranty


Good Times Protection Plan 12 or 24 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after the standard limited warranty expires)


Dark Royal Red
KAF400ADF $8,699

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