John Deere enters rec UTV race with Gator RSX850i

(Press release)

Drivers who demand advanced off-road performance, all-day riding comfort, and the ability to challenge extreme terrain take note — John Deere has entered the recreational UTV category with the all-new, all-powerful Gator RSX850i. It’s been engineered to be faster, more powerful, and more agile than any Gator ever built.

Since the creation of the John Deere All Materials Transport (AMT) in 1987, an event that launched the entire UTV category, and the development of the first Gator in 1992, John Deere has built a reputation for durability, utility and safety. The addition of advanced power, high top speed and precision handling signal the next step in evolution for the Gator line of utility vehicles.

“The Gator takes a huge evolutionary step forward with the launch of the new Gator RSX850i,” said David Gigandet, marketing manager, Gator utility vehicles. “Gators have always been known for durability, utility and safety. The RSX maintains all these qualities at its core, but the incredible power, exhilarating speed and precision handling are what set it apart in our portfolio. It’s the Gator fully evolved.”

To bring about these changes, the team at John Deere collaborated with design and engineering consultants for Formula One and NASCAR to create an all-new vehicle. The Gator RSX is the direct result.

There are three RSX models — the Gator RSX850i Sport, the RSX850i Trail and the Base RSX. The Sport model was designed for harsh desert and rocky, sandy terrains and includes sport seats, alloy wheels with Maxxis tires, PreRunner bumper, cargo box rails, sport steering wheel and FOX 2.0 Performance Series shocks.

The Trail Model was developed for hunting, fishing and back country trails. It features sport seats, alloy wheels with Maxxis tires, winch, front brushguard, 2-inch front receiver hitch with recovery loops, rear bumper and cargo box rails. The Base RSX can be modified to need and taste with factory-installed options. And all three can be well appointed with over 70 available aftermarket attachments.

All models come equipped with an 839cc, V-twin, liquid cooled, four-cycle, gasoline motorcycle engine that produces 62 hp and a top speed of 53 mph. The engine also delivers 0-30 mph acceleration in three seconds. Advanced electronic controls and a fuel-injection system supply excellent starting, idling and throttle response during operation. In addition, the closed-loop system offers dependable performance at high altitude and hassle-free cold weather starting (tested to -20 degrees F). The RSX also incorporates a large 7.4-gallon fuel tank.

The RSX utilizes a unique four-wheel independent suspension for an unparalleled ride over challenging terrain and precision handling through corners. A dual, wide arch A-arm design delivers maximum front-wheel control, precise steering and 10.3 inches of ground clearance. The exclusive Multi-Link semi trailing arm independent rear suspension features 9 inches of wheel travel and moves wheels rearward in compression, lowering the impact of terrain and improving ride. Exclusive aluminum body monotube FOX shocks are standard on the Base and Trail models. FOX 2.0 Performance Series shocks with full spring and compression adjustability come standard on the RSX Sport, and are available for aftermarket upgrade on the other models.


The RSX850i was designed with occupant comfort and safety in mind as well. Easy entry and exit from the vehicle is made possible with an industry first automotive-style door for the operator and passenger. Side-by-side 35.5-inch high performance sport seats combine proven, off-road riding experience and top automotive styling to enhance driver confidence and comfort. Deluxe high-back bucket seats on the base model are positioned to provide ample legroom, with large headrests for support during aggressive driving, and all seats tilt forward for ease of service and to keep dry during outdoor storage. In addition, the RSX features an ISO certified Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) with three-point seat belts and multiple passenger-side grab handles.

Best-in-class sealed storage includes 1.82 cubic feet of space in the glove box and under the hood, with additional storage in the center console and cup holders. An easy-to-read digital instrument panel displays a system diagnostic light, engine oil pressure light, park break light, seat belt indicator light, fuel level and a 4WD indicator, among other vehicle gauges.

A high-density, 8.9 cubic feet, polyethylene composite cargo box carries on the Gator tradition of quality hauling capability and utility. The large, one-piece design has rounded inside corners to ensure material removal when tilted and has a 400-pound payload capacity. The tailgate can be opened or removed for easier cleanout and to carry longer items. Additionally, it features truck-like performance and can be operated with one hand. The dumping mechanism is as simple as lifting a lever. Integrated tie-down points offer increased versatility and are incorporated in all four corners, on multiple points along the side walls and via tie-down bars on either side of the cargo box.

The new Gator RSX850i is available in Realtree Hardwoods HD Camo, olive and black or traditional John Deere green and yellow. In addition to the new RSX, a full line of Gator Traditional and Crossover Utility Vehicles is available to support the needs of every kind of customer type.


  1. This really ups the ante in the UTV arena! I can’t wait to take a test ride in one of these. I think it will make my beloved Rhino feel like it is stuck in quicksand:-)

  2. Does John Deere make the entire machine? Or, is the machine sourced out? Ie who makes the motor, etc?

  3. That’s the Aprilia engine that Aprilia manufactured for their automatic scooters, as in the new Aprilia SRV V-Twin Scooter. John Deere now has the power of a scooter in a side by side. John Deere should stick to making great tractors.

  4. What is the specs on its size some places in Ohio can not ride the trails if it’s over 50 in wide and so far the only one that is good is the razor 800

  5. I’ve had my gator for almost 2 months now and 220 miles and love every minute of it, has tons of power and is a strong competitor against all other side by sides, wouldn’t change a thing on it

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