Just six months ago Honda announced it was getting into the sport side-by-side market with its new Talon side-by-side. Honda is now upping the competition with two new four-seat models. The new models were announced at Honda’s recent Power Lab dealer event in Texas.
The Talon 1000X-4 is based on its two-seat brother, the 1000X, but it features a longer chassis and, of course, two additional seats. The rear seats position the passengers higher than the front ones, allowing for those in the back to see what is happening around them. The seat positions give everyone in the vehicle visibility on the trail. The 1000X-4 features the Dual Clutch Transmission System found on the two-seat models. It also has Fox Podium Quick Switch 3 shocks, which allow for three adjustable positions.
The Honda Talon 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve edition shares the same engine, frame, body, and seating style as the other four-seat model. The technology on the Fox Live Valve edition benefits from a new partnership between Honda, Fox, and Bosch. Dozens of sensors constantly crunch data and adjust all four shocks 16 times per second. Drivers can select between Normal and Sport modes. Honda has not yet released pricing for both four-seat models.
In addition to the four-seat side-by-side model announcements, Honda is planning to campaign an off-road race team with the Talon 1000R in 2020. Races will include King of the Hammers, The Mint 400, UTV World Championship, Vegas to Reno, and both the SCORE Baja 500 and 1000. The team will be managed by Proctor Racing Group, who currently manages the Ridgeline racing program. Drivers have not yet been announced for the Talon side-by-side race team.