For years, the Rubicon name anchored a well-respected position in the lineup of Honda’s high-end full-sized ATVs. Now that reputation grows with the introduction of an all-new Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) system in the full-size chassis. With this new chassis design, the Rubicon offers bold new styling, and a new 500-class engine featuring Honda's advanced dual-range automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). The best handling and most comfortable Rubicon yet, it's also available with Electric Power Steering (EPS) as well as a Deluxe version.
The new dual-shock IRS system combines increased suspension travel and chassis-tuning capabili- ties for superb handling plus all-day ride comfort. The long list of new features includes: new, longer-travel suspension front and rear with spring preload adjustability; increased ground clearance; rear disc brake; new, higher-wattage headlight; new handlebar grip design; new Maxxis tires with a more aggressive tread pattern for improved traction; roomier ergonomics plus a thick, plush seat for improved comfort; and a redesigned Electric Power Steering (EPS) system for reduced steering effort and less kickback. There’s also a full front dif- ferential lock for added traction when the going gets tough; speed override function for increased wheel speed in severe conditions; increased towing and hauling capacities; a new steel rack with flat plates for easier packing; a new, easy-to-use reverse gear selector and parking brake lever; and a sturdy full-coverage front bumper featuring integrated mounts for an accessory winch.
Packing a powerful 500-class engine, the Rubicon comes with two exclusive transmission options for its class, with a choice of either a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed Automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). The DCT model incorporates a new drive/low-range sub-transmission that lowers the final-drive gear ratio for added versatility. The Automatic DCT provides the compact size and strength of a manual transmission (no belts to slip, break or burn out) with the convenience of an automatic transmission, while giving the rider the option of push-button manual control via Honda’s Electric Shift Program (ESP). For 2015, the Automatic DCT features a new dual shift-mapping program that automatically selects between two transmission shifting modes—either Cruise or Sport mode—for optimum shift timing depending on the rider’s pattern of throttle operation. During aggressive use, the Sport mode kicks in and holds the transmission in gear longer before shifting to deliver more aggressive performance. During more casual operation, the Cruise mode allows the transmission to shift up sooner for more casual performance and enhanced fuel efficiency.The Rubicon is available with or without EPS, and there is a new Deluxe package that includes custom-style aluminum wheels, special decals, and special painted suspension components. With a full line of Honda Accessories on hand— including more new accessories for 2015—the multiple options now available make the Rubicon more versatile than ever. Price: TBD; Availability: Fall