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2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC
2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4×4 XC

2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC
2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4×4 XC

2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4×4 XC Review

2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4×4 XC

Compact Utility Vehicle Is Ready for the Back Country

The Mule 610 4×4 XC utility vehicle features a dirt-worthy design, and can easily transport two people seeking to go farther afield than the average job site. And with an XC designation revealing its off-road motives, the Mule 610 4×4 XC is loaded with great features and rugged off-road styling designed to hold up better to the rigors of back-country driving.

This Mule’s off-road ability is enhanced by aggressive, 26-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires, each of which is mounted on a 12-inch wheel. A load of features, including a slightly wider track and ground clearance, complement the Mule 610 4×4 XC’s bold nature, infusing it with a healthy dose of what can only be described as cool factor.

The standard Mule 610 4×4 can go just about anywhere, but the Mule 610 4×4 XC takes that functionality quite a few steps further. Not only do those burly 26-inch Maxxis tires provide loads more traction, their extra width increases the track by 1.3 inches. Their greater height also gives the Mule 610 4×4 XC a full 8.1 inches of ground clearance. Combined with longer front and rear suspension, this helps the operator drive over obstacles, while standard skid plates help protect vital systems.

When designing the Mule 610 4×4 XC, Kawasaki engineers made room for those large tires by kicking the front bumper forward 1.2 inches. And while they were at it, the team added sporty graphics, a comfortable seat covered in a pliable material and a small-diameter sport steering wheel lifted straight from the Kawasaki Teryx.

In spite of its wide-ranging capabilities and radical design, you can be sure of the Mule 610 4×4 XC’s reliable and economical drivetrain. A durable, 401cc fan-cooled overhead-valve engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) feeds power to all four wheels as needed, and simple automotive controls mean it couldn’t be much easier to operate. An enrichening system partially opens the throttle for easy engine starts, hot or cold, and the Mule can be started in forward (Hi or Lo) or reverse gear, provided the brake pedal is applied. Select 2WD or 4WD and away you go.

MacPherson strut front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering combine great bump absorption with light handling, while the mid-engine layout and swingarm rear suspension provide plentiful traction in back. A powerful braking system brings it all to a reliable halt.

As fun as it looks, the Mule 610 4×4 XC is all about hard work. A special black-texture paint applied to its 400-pound-capacity all-steel tilting cargo bed allows even greater aesthetics and durability, while a 1,100-pound towing capacity means you can haul whatever gear you need. Dual cup holders help keep riders hydrated while on the clock, a large glove box can carry more than just gloves, and the front hood pops open to reveal more than 12 gallons worth of storage. Popular accessories include an enclosed cab, snow plow, winch and soft or hard tops, all available through Kawasaki dealers.

After more than 20 years of service, the Mule name has come to define a whole category of hardworking utility vehicles. Nicknamed
the “Bigfoot” MULE, the MULE 610 4×4 XC features enhanced off-road capability – with larger, 26” tires and 12” wheels – and a
slew of features designed to complement its newfound off-road ability.

– Limited slip differential provides great traction with low steering effort.
– Longer front and rear suspension arms provide greater off-road performance.
– Larger tires give you 1.5“ more ground clearance – now 8.0” – for improved rough terrain capabilities.
– Fully independent suspension, great for handling uneven terrain.
– 26-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires mounted on 12-inch wheels result in a wider track, enhancing ride stability.
– High torque engine perfect for a variety of utility and leisure applications.
– First vehicle in its class to offer selectable 2WD/4WD.
– Tilting cargo bed makes unloading easy.


2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4×4 XC Key Features

• Extra-large 26-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires mounted on 12-inch wheels offer substantial off-road capability
• Despite its 1.3-inch wider track than standard model, the Mule 610 4×4 XC still fits in a full-size pickup.
• Large tires offer extra ground clearance – now 8.1 inches – for excellent rough-terrain capabilities
• Standard skid plates for the front differential, engine and rear diff add protection and greatly reduce the chances of getting hung up on obstacles
• All-weather seat cover provides a secure perch for the driver and passenger
• Sporty graphics give the Mule 610 4×4 XC a bold look to match its mission
• A sport steering wheel from the Teryx side x side enhances control and appearance
• Long front and rear suspension arms provide superb off-road performance
• Optimum brake pedal ratio, strong master-cylinder mount and high-performance brake shoes provide substantial braking performance
• Stain
• and scratch-resistant special black-texture paint in the cargo bed enhances the Mule 610 4×4 XC’s looks and durability
• Tailgate has a simple release for easy opening and closing


2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4×4 XC Features and Benefits

Fan-Cooled, Single-Cylinder Engine
• Simple and lightweight 401cc four-stroke single is compact, lightweight and extremely durable
• Overhead valve design provides maximum efficiency, while the Mule 610 4×4 XC’s carburetor helps provide excellent fuel economy
• Fan cooling helps the engine maintain an ideal operating temperature
• Cab frame air intake draws clean, uncontaminated air for the engine from the top of the cab
• High-mount exhaust design keeps the system dry and out of harm’s way
• An oil-temperature warning lamp linked to a crankcase sensor help prevent overheating

Easy Starting
• The choke opens the throttle during starting so the accelerator pedal does not need to be depressed
• Stepping on the brake pedal allows the engine to be started in gear

Gear Driven Engine Balancer
• A rotating balance weight moves opposite the piston, dramatically reducing vibration and minimizing noise and wear for increased comfort and reduced fatigue

Environmentally Friendly Emissions
• Carburetor settings reduce exhaust emissions, a good thing for the environment
• Positive crankcase ventilation system recycles blow-by gases to the intake tract where they’re burned in the engine
• A USFS-approved spark arrestor in the muffler greatly reduces fire hazard
• 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)
• A simple and lightweight CVT (continuously variable transmission) is fully automatic and keeps engine speed in the most efficient range for any selected vehicle speed, load or terrain
• Fully automatic transmission features selectable 2 or 4-wheel drive
• An open-sided drive pulley cools better for longer 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
• A die-cast aluminum belt converter has high silicon content for compactness and light weight, and offers excellent toughness and durability
• The belt converter case is sealed to keep out contaminants
• A long-wearing ATV-style double cog CVT belt provides long wear and minimal maintenance
• The belt converter’s air cleaner cover uses a clip-type clamp for easy maintenance and a tight seal
• A maintenance-free sealed bearing unit is used between the front and rear driveshafts

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

Rack-and-Pinion Steering
• Ackerman rack-and-pinion steering provides precise, accurate handling and a small turning radius that facilitates working in tight quarters
• Rack-and-pinion system is durable, simple, easy to maintain and helps reduce tire wear

MacPherson Strut Independent Front Suspension
• Long-travel front suspension serves up a comfortable ride, excellent load-carrying capability and excellent terrain ability
• Simple, rugged single A-arm design provides a 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 that isolates vibration for a smooth ride
• Mule 610 4×4 XC’s long-travel rear end can handle heavy loads, yet provides a comfortable ride even with an empty cargo bed

• The front grille includes space for mounting a 3,000-pound capacity winch
• Compact, lightweight and easy to transport to the job, the Mule fits in the bed of a full-sized pickup
• Durable plastic body panels resist dents, and the Mule 610 4×4 XC’s Super Black finish is molded in for long-lasting good looks

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

Ample Storage
• The front hood opens up to reveal 12.6 gallons of sealed storage space
• A passenger side glove box is perfect for small item storage
• Cup holders located at each side of the front hood by the dash keep hydration close at hand

Tilting Cargo Bed
• A steel cargo bed covered in non-slip paint can carry up to 400 pounds, and tilts for maintenance and cleaning.
• A Teryx-style tailgate with simple release mechanisms makes loading and unloading easy.

Simple Maintenance
• A crankcase oil-level dipstick and dual-element air cleaner make maintaining the Mule 610 4×4 XC quick and convenient

Cab Features
• An automotive-style dash features easy-reach controls
• A standard-equipment hour meter makes maintenance intervals easy to track
• Fuel gauge and oil temperature warning light keep track of essential fluids
• Gear selector for High, Low, Neutral and Reverse couldn’t be simpler
• A differential locking lever and convenient parking brake are simple to find and operate
• Powerful and stylish 35w headlights let the work day continue after dark

Popular Accessory Items
• Under seat storage compartment
• Speedometer
• Plastic Hard Top
• Windshield
• Headrests
• Winch
• Snow Plow

2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4×4 XC – Unitied States of America Specifications / Technical Details
USA MSRP: $7,999 USD

Engine Four-stroke, fan-cooled single, OHV

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 AT26 x 9R -12 Maxxis tubeless

Rear Tire Size AT26 x 9R -12 Maxxis tubeless

Front suspension / wheel travel MacPherson strut / 3.1 in.

Rear suspension / wheel travel Unit swing axle, adjustable shocks / 3.1 in.

Steering Rack and pinion

Brakes Four-wheel hydraulic drums, triple sealed

Fuel capacity 4.1 gal.

Curb weight 1,052 lbs.

Overall length 108.5 in.

Overall width 52.0 in.

Overall height 73.8 in.

Wheelbase 70.1 in.

Ground clearance 8.1 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 11.8 ft. (differential unlocked)

Top speed 25 mph, governed

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

Color Choices Super Black/Firecracker Red

Warranty 12 months

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


2013 Kawasaki Mule 610 4×4 XC – Canada Specifications / Technical Details
Canadian MSRP: Super Black KAF400DDF $9,199; Camouflage Realtree APG KAF400EDF $9,699 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 sump)
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
Exhuast 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) 3.464 (35/24 x 38/16)
Gear Ratio: Forward (Low) 5.125 (41/19 x 38/16)
Gear Ratio: Reverse (Low) 4.453 (30/16 x 38/16)
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 26 x 9.00-12 Tubeless
Wheel Travel: Rear 79 mm (3.1 in.)
Tires: Rear 26 x 9.00-12 Tubelss
Caster (Rake) 8°
Trail 40 mm (1.6 in.)
Steering Angle (Left, Right) 35° (IN) / 29° (OUT), 37° (IN) / 33° (OUT)


Suspension, Front Independent, MacPherson Strut
Suspension, Rear Unit swing axle, coilover shocks with stepped preload


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


Overall Length 2,755 mm (108.5 in.)
Overall Width 1,320 mm (52 in.)
Overall Height 1,875 mm (73.8 in.)
Wheelbase 1,780 mm (70.8 in.)
Ground Clearance 205 mm (8.1 in.)
Seat Height 840 mm (33.1 in.)
Curb Mass** 477 kg (1,052 lbs.)
Fuel Tank Capacity 15.5 L (3.4 gal.)
Cargo Box (inside) L x W x H 1044 x 900 x 245 mm
** 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‡ 30.0 N·m {3.1 kgƒ·m} @ 2,400 rpm
Top Speed 40 km/h (25 mph) governed
Turning Radius (differential unlocked) 3.6 mm (11.8 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)


Super Black KAF400DDF $9,199
Camouflage Realtree APG KAF400EDF $9,699

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The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.

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