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John Deere presented his 2011 lineup last June, and I was fortunate to travel to Carolina Adventure World to test the new Gators. The top of the list of improvements to the Gator line was the new XUV 825i.
XUV is the abbreviation of Crossover Utility Vehicle and it is John Deere’s intention to move the Gator from pure work / utility to more or a UTV utility / sport.
In the media event, we had some presentations and then we were able to play on the trails for a few hours.
I was very impressed with the impact on the power and the improvements that were made in the suspension, but it was really difficult to know exactly what a vehicle can do in such a short period of time.
I advanced a few months, and was at my local dealership picking up a completely new 2011 John Deere Gator XUV 825i 4×4. This was a Monday and that weekend I was heading to Sand Mountain in Nevada. Hmmm
Now let’s take a minute and look at the Gator XUV 825i. It has a dry weight of more than 1,600 pounds. It has a huge bed (16.4 cubic feet) that has a sprayer on the bedding and can carry 1,000 pounds.
When you drive, you can say it is made to work. Something like my father’s old Ford F350 from 1975, when he was in high school. Pull a cabover camper down your back and go, do not worry.
So now combine that pure work / utility approach with a 3-cylinder, 50 horsepower engine and a completely redesigned front and rear independent suspension system that offers superior driving on difficult terrain, and has the potential for a Vehicle that can work and be used for recreation.
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So with all that in mind, I decided to take it to the dunes and maybe take a walk in the desert or at least use it to run from one camp to another.
It arrived on Saturday morning and I turned my friend’s arm to follow me on another UTV with a video camera in the car while driving the Gator XUV 825i.
Now I’ve been going to Sand Mountain for years, and I’ve brought several UTVs to the mountain. Only a few can reach the top in the form of inventory, and I knew immediately that the Gator would not be one of them.
But I was very curious to see how the trails would go through the dunes, the side hills and some climbing.
We left the camp, and it felt pretty good. I could feel the 1,600 pounds under me and the steering felt like I was driving a bus, but the power was decent and it felt stable and predictable.
We turned the corner towards the back and saw the road to the Super Bowl in the distance. I thought we would make some small hills and trails and work on that road.
The road to the Super Bowl is quite steep. Not as steep as the face, but there are still many UTVs who can not do it or struggle hard enough to do it. I had not ventilated the tires for a greater flotation, but what the heck, let’s try it.
Surprisingly, it went up! Now that we were sitting watching the Super Bowl, he almost called me to try it. The Super Bowl is a full bowl and the only way out is on one side.
If you do not have enough speed, you’ll end up at the bottom. This really did not go through my mind until I entered. “What was I thinking?” It was my first thought.
When I tried to climb and tilt, gravity started to work. This could be fun … My foot was on the ground and I tried to stay as high as I could and turned to the other side.
I dived a bit to gain some speed and then climbed the limit with a side slope at the end before leaving. All right!
From the Super Bowl, I went back down and was convinced that I had a good chance to go around the mountain. The most difficult point was ahead of “The Wall”.
Leaving the valley is a place that we have always called Toyota Gulch. Supposedly, Toyota could arrive, but not outside. We threw ourselves through the screams in the valley and then began to lose speed as we approached the top.
The tires were still scratching the sand, and I kept moving forward. I did not set any speed record on the ground, but I did. From there, it was a jump, a jump and a jump and we were back in the camp.
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I must say that I was very impressed with what I was able to do with the new Gator XUV 825i.
Do not get me wrong, if I was looking for a UTV dune, a Polaris RZR S or Can-Am Commander would be higher on my list. But that is not what the Gator is built for. It’s built to do work, a lot of it.
Wow, the capacity of the bed in the Gator is just more than a RZR S and a Commander, combined!
But if I was looking for a vehicle that can transport rocks, dirt, hay, tools and equipment all week, then head to the trails at the weekend, the new Gator XUV 825i is very capable.
The Gator has a long heritage in the public service market as a workhorse. With the new features of XUV 2011, you can have fun after finishing your work.
John Deere Gator 825i Specs
- TYPE OF MODEL UTV Utility
- MSRP BASE (US) $ 11,399.00
- DISTRIBUTORS John Deere Distributors
- GUARANTEE 12
- TYPE OF MOTOR Online
- CYLINDERS 3
- 4-stroke engine
- DOHC CONFIGURATION VALVE
- DISPLACEMENT (CC / CI) 812 / 49.5
- TYPE OF CARBURING Fuel injection
- TYPE OF TRANSMISSION Continuously Variable (CVT)
- Primary transmission (front wheel) Shaft
- REVERSE Yes
- FRONT WHEELS (COMPLETE SPECIFICATIONS) 25 x 9-12
- REAR RIMS (COMPLETE SPECIFICATIONS) 25 x 11-12