Formally released at a 4×4 show in Pretoria on 5 and 6 April, the Batt 80 4×4 is claimed to be the first-ever diesel-powered utility quad in South Africa. Designed and built from the ground up as a working machine, it is safe, easy to drive, comfortable and enjoyable, with a wide range of accessories for a variety of farming tasks.
- Engine The powerplant is an EPA-approved, diesel, V-twin, air-cooled Winsun 840cm³. It has glow plugs, forced and splash lubrication, an external oil cooler and spin-on oil filter. It has a 12kW output at 3 600r/ min and produces 41Nm of torque.
- Fuel system Fuel is 500ppm diesel with a self-bleeding fuel system, external electric fuel lift pump, fuel filter and Bosch injectors. Fuel consumption is up to 20km/l, with a tank capacity of 19l.
- Drive train The Batt 80 4×4 has automated transmission with engine compression braking and a heavy duty torque converter H, L, N, P, R gear selection. It is a four-wheel drive system with a fully independent dual A-arm suspension. The final drive is 2WD and 4WD, and the front differential lock can be electrically operated on the move to improve traction on demanding terrain.
- Electrical system The battery is a 12VDC, 47Ah with an electric start.
- Braking The machine has three hydraulically operated callipers and disc brakes – one on the rear final drive and two fitted to the front wheels. The handlebar-mounted brake lever (right hand) operates the front brakes and a foot-operated brake pedal activates all three callipers. There are two independent brake circuits. The transmission has a parking position to lock the transmission for extended parking, while the handlebar-mounted brake lever is fitted with a locking system for short-term parking.
Wheels and tyres
Front: Batt A043/A033 26*9.00-12. Rear: Batt A043/A033 26*11.00-12. Wheelbase: 1 370mm. Wheels: 25” alloy. Seat height: 900mm. Vehicle dimensions: (LxWxH) 2 208mm x 1 250mm x 1 200mm.
The Batt 80 4×4 has side-lights, high and low main beams, indicators, hazard warnings, a tail and number-plate light, and an instrument panel.
The price is R110 000, including VAT, which includes a standard 12-month warranty.
Farmer’s Weekly has requested a vehicle to test and will report back in due course.