The Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 was the first utility vehicle in the compact class to provide the driver with selectable four-wheel drive. In addition to its rugged off-road capability, the Mule 610 fits in the back of a full-size pickup truck, making it easier to transport it to work or recreation sites. The Mule 610 4x4 features a single-cylinder engine matched to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and features a dual-mode rear differential, independent front suspension, swing-frame rear suspension and sealed hydraulic brakes. The spacious cab features curved body panels and a large-diameter steel tube frame to give the Mule 610 4x4 a clean, modern look, while automotive-type controls and gear selectors are within easy reach on the dash. Luxury features include two large cup holders, a passenger-side glove box, passenger-side grab handle and storage space located beneath the hood. For many utility vehicle owners, the engine is the most enticing feature of the Mule 610 4x4. The air-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine displaces 401cc and accelerates with authority, and includes a cooling fan to help it maintain an ideal operating temperature. Equally important, the engine features an enrichening system that partially opens the throttle during starting, thereby eliminating the need to apply the throttle. It also features a 25 mph maximum speed governor. The Mule 610 4x4 transfers its power through the CVT, which features durable materials in the converter and a long-lasting drive belt to match the engine's acceleration and hill-climbing performance. With its high and low range forward gears, plus reverse, the sturdy transmission can be started in any gear, provided the brakes are applied. The Mule 610 4x4 utilizes dependable, low-maintenance shaft drive and features a dual-mode rear differential that can be locked to maximize traction on adverse terrain. It also includes selectable four-wheel drive and features a limited-slip front differential. The Mule 610 4x4 rides on 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 provide improved off-road handling. A plastic front differential/axle guard and steel rear differential guard are standard, helping to protect important powertrain components. To light the way in darkness, the Mule 610 4x4 features the same 35w gourd-style headlights as the Kawasaki Brute ForceT 750 4x4i all-terrain vehicle. Kawasaki engineers know that hauling and towing are the two most common tasks for any Mule utility vehicle, so they designed the Mule 610 4x4 to carry 400 pounds in its tilting cargo bed. It also features tailgate latches that are easy to fasten quickly and securely. Plus, it can tow up to 1,100 pounds with an optional towing hitch.