Suzuki Rolls Out the 2009 QuadSport LT-Z400
Vessels Stallion Farm
June 30, 2008 - Brea, Ca.
- On June 25, Suzuki formally introduced the
2009 QuadSport LT-Z400 at a media event held at
the Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall,
California. Against a backdrop of grazing
thoroughbreds, this race-horse breeding farm
proved to be a fitting venue to show off the
2009 enhancements to this well-bred champion
Since its inception in 2002, the QuadSport
Z400 has had an impressive racing heritage as
well as being a popular and versatile all-around
sport ATV. The design concept for the 2009
QuadSport Z400 was "Engineered for Fun" and with
the additional performance improvements and
cutting-edge QuadRacer R450-styling, the Z400
certainly lives up to its objective.
"The 2003 LT-Z400 took ATV performance to a
new level," Glenn Hansen, Suzuki's Communication
Manager explained during the presentation. "It
pushed the performance edge and gave Doug Gust
the Championship in the 2004 Pro Production
class. The 2009 QuadSport has once again set a
new level of performance."
In addition to adopting the aggressive
QuadRacer R-450 look, the new Z400 borrowed
other elements from its racy sibling. First and
foremost is the addition of Fuel Injection.
Electronic fuel injection gives the Z400 a
noticeably smoother and quicker throttle
response, improved starting and performance in a
variety of conditions, and improved fuel
Mel Harris, Vice President of American Suzuki
Motor Corporation, spoke highly of the efforts
that went into the design: "Suzuki is definitely
the leader with fuel injection in its products."
The 2009 model also boasts an R450-like logic
and ignition system. This Engine Control Unit
monitors throttle position, engine RPM and the
rate of change of both. By deciding the optimum
settings for volume and timing, the ECU also
gives the ATV improved traction.
The new QuadSport's engine updates include a
change in cam profile and timing, an intake port
redesign, change in internal muffler structure
and shorter exhaust header pipe. These four
elements help deliver a noticeable improvement
in low to mid-range power output while
maintaining the Z's strong top-end power.
Externally, the chassis has been redesigned
to be more accessible, functional and
user-friendly. The front track has been widened
by an inch, and the caster, camber and trail
have all been changed. All of these
modifications give the Z400 a lighter steering
feel and more sure-footed handling.
Changes in both the front and rear suspension
offer the rider a firmer response plus a plush
feel resulting in a comfortable, enjoyable ride.
Ergonomically, the new Suzuki QuadSport moves
the rider into a different position that allows
more freedom of movement for weight shifting and
comfort. The handlebars have been lowered and
reshaped and the footrests have been lowered and
widened to the same width as the R450.
Additional changes to the 2009 model include
other R450 inspired updates that make the Suzuki
QuadSport Z-400 the perfect all-around sand,
trail and track ATV. No other ATV offers the
versatility of the QuadSport Z-400.
"Engineered for Fun", the QuadSport Z-400
offers a combination of trail-riding fun and
high-performance attitude that keep it a breed
apart in performance, styling and comfort.
The QuadSport Z-400 will be available in
September in both white and yellow for $6199