BOMBARDIER 400 OUTLANDER 4X4

the Outlander is a true 4X4, able to go almost anywhere

and powerful as well

My first impression when I saw the Outlander was, "Oh no, it's a boring farm-yard utility quad". But how wrong I was. After we wheeled the Bombardier 4-wheeler off the trailer, got it started and went for a quick spin, I changed my mind. This thing could haul arse for a 400cc 4X4. And after spending a few more hours on the quad, putting it through, under and over all sorts of obstacles, I developed a new respect for Outlander.

First we headed for our favourite off-road testing grounds, south of Mulbarton. This place offers a steep, 500m stretch of rocky road to the top of a hill and then winds down the other side to a water crossing, some bumpy dirt roads and some fast open veld sections (a bit of everything). Up and over the rocks was no problem, the Outlander's electric fan came on as we chugged up in Low 4X4, descending the other side on engine compression only. As we approached the water section Dylan asked "where's the water?" The water was there alright, we just couldn't see any. Completely covering the water was a smooth carpet of small green plants and before we could brake we were up to our ankles in dirty green muck. But again, no problem, Dylan zapped the Outlander into 4X4 mode (by the flick of a switch) and ambled out the other side. The Outlander's independent suspension soaked bumps like there weren't any, allowing easy control of the 4-wheeler. The steering is heavy compared to 2-wheel-drive quads, but the faster you go the easier it gets. The triple-disc brakes require little effort to bring the heavy Outlander to a standstill. Our test unit was fitted with a tow-hitch, which will be handy for launching boats, pulling trailers around (the farm-yard) or towing your lesser equipped buddies out of trouble.

To sum up, I think the Bombardier Outlander is a great 4X4 quad, fast enough to have some fun on and powerful enough to get you almost anywhere. It has all the essentials, like a gutsy 400cc 4-stroke engine, 4-wheel drive, triple disc brakes, great lights, a fuel gauge and all for R69 900.00, which I thought was good value for money if you use it what it's designed for- an all rounder, working 4X4, that you can also have some sports on.

Thanks to Craig Lanham-Love and the guys at Boating Distributors in Hans Strydom Drive, Randburg, for the ride. We had lots of fun, and take back everything we said about 4X4 quads being slow and boring.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Manafacturer:

Bombardier

Model:

Outlander 400  4X4

Engine Type:

4-stroke, double overhead camshaft, liquid-cooled, single cylinder.

Cubic Capacity:

400cc

Bore / Stroke:

91 x 62mm

Torque:

32Nm @ 5500rpm

Fuel System:

1 X Mikuni BSR33

Length:

2184mm

Width:

1168mm

Height:

1143 mm

Wheelbase:

1244mm

Drivetrain:

shaft

Starter:

Electric

Fuel Tank Capacity:

16 litres

Front Suspension:

Independent suspension Mc Pherson

Rear Suspension:

Independant suspension - Trailing arms with torsionally-tied swaybar

Front Brakes:

2 drilled hydraulic discs

Rear Brakes:

1 drilled hydraulic disc

Front Tyre:

25 x 8 x 12

Rear Tyre:

25 x 11 x 12

Dylan "not stuck in the mud" on the Bombardier 400 Outlander 4x4

much fun to be had on the powerful Outlander

Test quad courtesy of Boating Distributors, 234 Hans Strydom Drive, Randburg. Tel: 011 462 9777