2003 Kawasaki Prairie 360 4x4 ATV

Jul. 01, 2002 By ORC STAFF
Following the introduction of the industry-leading Prairie® 650 all-terrain vehicle (ATV), Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., has unveiled another new ATV that promises to keep the company in the technological lead.

The new Prairie 360 4x4 utilizes much of the same technology found on the Prairie 650 4x4, but with its single-cylinder engine displacing 362cc, it is targeted toward the mid-size 4x4 segment. Also, the Prairie 360 4x4 will be available in all-new Aztec Red, REALTREE® Advantage Classic® camouflage or traditional Hunter Green.

"Mid-class sport utility ATVs continue to evolve, as do their many uses," said Vince Iorio, ATV marketing manager, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. "The Prairie 360 4x4 gives the discriminating ATV buyer the best of a 300cc ATV, such as light steering and maneuverability, but with the higher torque of a 400cc ATV. Kawasaki has even gone several steps farther by incorporating the most advanced features of the industry-leading Prairie 650. The result is an ATV with unmatched comfort, reliability and technology."

The Prairie 360 4x4 is powered by an air-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder four-stroke engine. The new engine produces more torque than Kawasaki's venerable Prairie 300, yet the overall powerplant weighs less than its smaller sibling.

Technology from the Prairie 650 has trickled down to the transmission and running gear of the new Prairie 360 4x4 in that it utilizes the Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS) and features the Kawasaki Engine Brake Control (KEBC™). KEBC uses engine compression to help slow the ATV in technical maneuvers such as crawling over rocks or descending steep downgrades. The gear selector, which features high-low and reverse modes, has also been borrowed from the Prairie 650 and is conveniently located adjacent to the 3.5-gallon fuel tank.

Complimenting the automatic transmission is selectable, shaft-driven four-wheel drive. At the touch of a button, the Prairie 360 4x4 rider can choose two-wheel drive for less difficult terrain, or select four-wheel drive when traction at all four wheels is needed. Like all Kawasaki Prairie ATVs, the Prairie 360 4x4 features a limited-slip front differential, so steering is light and more precise. It also includes Kawasaki's exclusive Variable Front Differential Control, another technology that has trickled down from the Prairie 650. By pulling a lever on the left handlebar, the rider can "lock" both front wheels for maximum traction. When riders feel that maximum front wheel traction is no longer needed, they simply release the lever. The system is both simple and effective.

Stopping power for the Prairie 360 4x4 is provided by dual, floating front disc brakes and are assisted by a sealed, oil-bathed multi-disc system on the rear-another Kawasaki exclusive. As an integrated part of the aluminum swingarm and shaft drive, the sealed braking system provides superior stopping power, yet requires minimal maintenance because it is protected from water, mud, dust and debris.

The chassis of this new model further enhances Kawasaki's reputation for designing smooth-riding and light-steering ATVs. Front suspension duties are handled by supple yet sturdy MacPherson struts with 6.7 inches of travel, while a sporty, single-shock aluminum swingarm with 7.0 inches of travel is mounted at the rear.

The Prairie 360 4x4 bodywork has familiar Kawasaki styling, yet it projects a uniquely muscular image. A large saddle, full-sized floor boards with adjustable footpegs, and steel cargo racks that can carry a combined weight of 242 pounds give the Prairie 360 4x4 rider the comfort and convenience needed for long trail rides or work in the fields. Powerful dual halogen headlights brighten the pathway and a hitch bracket is standard. To enhance ride quality and stability, the Prairie 360 4x4 rides on 12-inch wheels at all four corners.

The Prairie 360 4x4 has a suggested retail price of $5,499 and is also available in camouflage for $5,799. Plus, the Prairie 360 4x4 comes with a six-month warranty that can be extended up to three additional years.

Information about the Prairie 360 4x4 and Kawasaki's complete line of family recreational products can be found on the Internet at www.Kawasaki.com. Kawasaki ATV accessories can also be purchased online at www.BuyKawasaki.com.

As with all off-highway vehicle recreation, Kawasaki encourages ATV riders to ride responsibly. Kawasaki will pay first-time ATV buyers of a new Kawasaki ATV $100 for completing an ATV rider safety course conducted by the ATV Safety Institute (call toll-free 800-887-2887).

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., is the wholesale distributor of JET SKI® watercraft, ATVs, MULE™ utility vehicles, portable generators, power products, and motorcycles. The product lines are sold through a network of independent retailers. The company employs more than 600 people in the United States, with nearly 400 of them located at the Irvine, Calif., headquarters.
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The Prairie 360 4x4 is the new mid-class sport utility ATV leader and is perfect for hunting, farming and adventure enthusiasts. It is powered by an air-cooled SOHC four-stroke single-cylinder engine and utilizes the Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS), so no shifting is required once the transmission is placed into high or low range or reverse. Plus, Kawasaki Engine Brake Control (KEBC™) uses the engine's compression to help slow the ATV. The Prairie 360 4x4 combines selectable shaft-driven four-wheel drive with Kawasaki's exclusive Variable Front Differential Control, so the rider can decide how much torque to deliver to both front wheels. Stopping power is provided by dual front disc brakes and Kawasaki's exclusive sealed, oil-bathed, multi-disc rear brake system. Other features include MacPherson strut front suspension, swingarm rear suspension, and cargo racks that can carry 242 pounds. The Prairie 360 4x4 can also tow 1,100 pounds. The Prairie 360 4x4 is available in Aztec Red or Hunter Green and has a suggested retail price of $5,499. It is also available in REALTREE® Advantage Classic® camouflage and has a suggested retail price of $5,799. Some of the top features include: " All-new air-cooled SOHC 362cc four-stroke engine delivers stump-pulling, hill-climbing power, providing the best combination of performance and simplicity.
" Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS) transmission features high and low ranges plus reverse, providing the perfect gear ratio for every riding situation. Plus, the Kawasaki Engine Brake Control (KEBC) utilizes the engine's compression to help slow the Prairie 360 4x4 on steep hills and when towing heavy loads.
" Selectable four-wheel drive can be activated with the flip of a switch-simple and quick.
" Exclusive Kawasaki Variable Front Differential Control lets the rider decide how much torque to deliver to both front wheels.
" Dual front disc brakes provide superior stopping power to the front wheels; Kawasaki's exclusive sealed oil-bathed multi-disc rear brake system provides superior rear braking power yet requires practically no maintenance and is protected from mud, dust, debris and water.
" Front and rear cargo racks can carry a total of 242 pounds.
" Full-sized floorboards with adjustable serrated footpegs provide superior comfort and help protect the rider's feet from mud and debris.
" Smooth-riding MacPherson strut front suspension provides 6.7 inches of travel while the rear swingarm with adjustable shock provides 7.0 inches of travel.


Air-cooled, SOHC, four-stroke, single cylinder



Bore x stroke

80.0 x 72.0mm

Compression ratio



Keihin CVK34


Electric with recoil backup


Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS) with KEBC? (Kawasaki Engine Brake Control) and high/low range plus reverse

Final drive

Selectable 2x4/4x4 with Variable Front Differential Control, shaft

Frame type

Double cradle, steel

Suspension, front/wheel travel

MacPherson strut/6.7 in.

Suspension, rear/wheel travel

Swingarm with single shock with preload adjustment/7.0 in.

Tires, front

AT25 x 8-12 tubeless

Tires, rear

AT25 x 10-12 tubeless

Brakes, front

Dual hydraulic discs

Brakes, rear

Sealed, oil-bathed, multi-disc system

Overall length

81.3 in.

Overall width

97.4 in.


49.2 in.

Ground clearance (at center of chassis/at rear axle)

9.8/7.7 in.

Seat height

35.0 in.

Lighting, headlights

30W x 2 (halogen)

Rack capacity, front/rear

88/154 lbs.

Towing capacity

1,100 lbs

Fuel capacity

3.5 gal.




Aztec Red, REALTREE? Advantage Classic? camouflage or Hunter Green

Suggested retail price

$5,499 and $5,799

Check out all the other models in Kawasaki's 2003 Line up!

  • Contact Information

Kawasaki Motors Corp USA
9950 Jeronimo Road
Irvine CA 92618


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