2018 Kubota RTV-XG850 Sidekick Special

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RTV-XG850 Sidekick Special



When the great outdoors calls, jump into your Sidekick and hit the gas. The Sidekick’s powerful 48 HP gasoline engine gives you speed to get there fast, up to 40 mph fast. And with impressive acceleration and torque, you’ll take on every big hill and destination with absolute confidence. It’s the confidence you get with an exceptionally balanced multipurpose utility vehicle.

  • Speed Sensitive EPS: Light at low speed and firm at high speed, the Sidekick's speed sensitive 45A EPS (electric power steering) offers exceptional steering control, improving not only handling, but also stability. Standard on all RTV-XG850 series models, the EPS ensures outstanding performance even during full payloads.
  • CVT-Plus Transmission: The Sidekick is equipped with Kubota's worry-free CVT-Plus Transmission. The centrifugal clutch keeps the heavy, double-cogged belt tight for minimal slippage, ensuring fast response and excellent belt durability. Fully shielded to keep out dust and water, the CVT-Plus also cools the CVT belt with a large cooling fan for even greater durability.
  • Engine Brake: The Sidekick's one-way sprag clutch and centrifugal clutch provides engine-assisted deceleration, letting you concentrate on steering rather than braking and giving you dependable control down steep slopes.
  • Front & Rear Independent Suspension: Even when fully loaded, the Sidekick won't bottom out. Front and rear independent suspension delivers a smooth ride with plenty of ground clearance. Equipped with high strength Urethane bushings throughout the suspension for increased durability.
  • Cargo Bed: The Sidekick really shines when you've got a big job to do. Its heavy-duty steel cargo box can carry up to 15.2 cubic feet or half a ton (1,000 lbs.) of tools, firewood, gear and supplies. Plus, with a seriously smooth suspension and extra ground clearance, the Sidekick won't bottom out. So go ahead, load it up!
  • Selectable Full-Time 4wd - Sidekick: The selectable full-time 4WD system ensures outstanding traveling performance, even under heavy loads, providing superior traction. The 4WD system can easily be turned off when 2WD is enough for current driving conditions.
  • Type: 2-cylinders, 4-cycle, Gas, DOHC
  • Displacement: 851 cc
  • Horsepower: 48.3 hp (36 kW) at 5750 rpm
  • Cooling System: Liquid
  • Battery: 56 Ah (650 CCA)
  • Transmission: CVT PLUS (CVT with centrifugal clutch)
  • Gear Selection: Hi-Lo range forward, neutral, reverse
  • Max. Traveling Speed: 0-40 mph (0-64.4 km/h)
4WD System
  • Front Differential: Limited-slip differential
  • Rear Differential: Foot operated differential lock
  • Steering: Speed sensitive Electric Power Steering
  • Front / Rear: 4-wheel hydraulic disc brake
  • Parking Brake: Rear wheel, hand operated
  • Front Suspension: Independent, Dual A-arms with adjustable spring preload
  • Front Suspension Travel: 9 in. (229 mm)
  • Rear Suspension: Independent with coil over shock
  • Rear Suspension Travel: 8.5 in. (216 mm)
Ground Clearnace
  • Front: 9.8 in. (249 mm)
  • Rear: 9.9 in. (249 mm)
  • Headlights: LED (High-Low) with 2 reflectors
Occupant Protective System (OPS)
  • Tubular Overhead Structure: 2.0 in. (50.8 mm)
  • Seat Belts: 3-point
  • Certification: SAE J2194 and OSHA ROPS standards
  • Length: 119.6 in. (3093 mm) *includes bumper
  • Width: 63.2 in. (1605 mm)
  • Height, overall: 79.5 in. (2020 mm) *includes ROPS
  • Front Tread Centers: 52 in. (1320 mm)
  • Rear Tread Centers: 52 in. (1320 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 80.5 in. (2045 mm)
  • Turning Radius: 13.1 ft. (4.0 m)
Weight & Capacities
  • Weight: 1761 lb. (799 kg) *dry
  • Towing Capacity: 2000 lb. (907.2 kg) / Slope: 1550 lb. (703 kg)
  • Payload Capacity: 1435 lb. (651 kg)
Cargo Bed
  • Material: Steel
  • Width x Length x Depth: 40.5 in. x 57.5 in. x 11.4 in. (1030 mm x 1465 mm x 290 mm)
  • Volume: 15.2 cu. ft. (0.43 m3)
  • Cargo Bed Load: 1000 lb. (454 kg) / 600 lb. (272 kg) *California model
  • Dumping System: Manual
  • Power Lift: Optional electric hydraulic power lift
Fuel and Sound
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 8.64 gal. (32.7 L)
  • Sound Rating at Operator's Ear at Max RPM: 89.8 dB. (A)
  • Front and Rear ATV: 25 x 10-12, 6-ply
  • Front and Rear HDWS: 25 x 10-12, 6-ply
  • Front Guard: Std. front guard
  • Alloy Wheel: Std.
  • Steering tilt: Std.
  • Spray-on bed liner: Std.



Engine Type
2-cylinders, 4-cycle, Gas, DOHC
851 cc


Front Suspension
Independent, Dual A-arms with adjustable spring preload
Front Brakes
4-wheel hydraulic disc brake
Front Tire
ATV, HDWS: 25x10-12 6 ply
Rear Suspension
Independent with coil over shock
Rear Brakes
4-wheel hydraulic disc brake
Rear Tire
ATV, HDWS: 25x10-12 6 ply


Ground Clearance
Front: 9.8 in. (249 mm); Rear: 9.9 in. (249 mm)
80.5 in. (2045 mm)
Front Travel
9 in. (229 mm)
Rear Travel
8.5 in. (216 mm)
Towing Capacity
Flat: 2000 lb. (907.2 kg); Slope: 1550 lb. (703 kg)
Dry Weight
1761 lb. (799 kg)
Fuel Capacity
8.64 gal. (32.7 L)


CVT PLUS (CVT with centrifugal clutch)




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