The 2023 Honda Talon 1000R continues to impress in so many ways. Famous for excellent off-road performance, this side-by-side is one of the most complete off-roaders on the market. Powered by the famous Honda engineering, it offers a fantastic combination of performance and reliability, thanks to numerous smart and advanced technical solutions.
We like it because of the excellent engineering, but we also like the attractive look, with the interior offering excellent ergonomics and overall functionality. Dual-clutch transmission and intelligent all-wheel-drive system are some of our favorites, while the relatively long wheelbase and wide track make the vehicle look rugged and quite capable.
2023 Honda Talon 1000R Powertrain
Of course, the powertrain is one of the most important aspects of the 2023 Honda Talon 1000R. In this aspect, the Japanese manufacturer combines proven technologies with some pretty smart technical solutions. The core of the Talon 1000R is the well-known 999cc twin-cylinder engine, which offers plenty of power and torque, available in a wide rev range. Thanks to the programmed fuel injection, this is one of the most refined engines in the class.
When it comes to smart engineering solutions, one of the first things that come to mind is Honda’s famous Unicam cylinder head design, which makes the engine compact and provides high ground clearance and a low center of gravity at the same time. Of course, one of the main reasons for generous power delivery through the whole rev range is the high lift and long-duration camshaft design, as well as the increased throttle bore size, high-flow fuel injectors, etc. Moreover, the Talon 1000R also comes with an off-set dual-pin crankshaft, which increased low-end torque. The engine is also equipped with counterbalancers, which guarantee smooth operation, while the tuned exhaust brings spectacular mechanical notes.
Also, there are some interesting technical solutions that are among the reasons for Honda’s unbeatable reputation for durability and reliability, starting from the high-capacity cooling system that keeps the engine cool in all conditions. Of course, there is also the well-known semi-dry-sump lubrication, which ensures seamless lubrication even under the toughest exploitation.
Another important aspect of the Talon 1000R is the drivetrain, starting from a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, which offers a fantastic balance between performance and convenience. Moreover, it also has a high impact on overall efficiency, while we like the fact that you can choose between manual and automatic shifts, and engage the Sport Mode, which provides quicker shifts at higher revs and makes the overall driving more engaging.
Speaking of driving engagement, the 2023 Honda Talon 1000R features an intelligent 4WD system, which eliminates the need for traditional locking differentials. Also, paddle shifters are parts of the standard equipment, just like the easy switch between 2WD and 4WD modes, low-range gearing etc. Moreover, this Side by Side also features lunch control, probably the only one in the class. It is super easy to engage and provides impressive acceleration. You may also count on the hill start assist, which provides way more convenient stops while going uphill.
2023 Honda Talon 1000R Design, Chassis
The 2023 Honda Talon 1000R continues familiarly, with a familiar design and features. Therefore, things are also pretty familiar in terms of the chassis design, where this vehicle comes with a pretty advanced suspension setup. At the front, you can find an Independent double-wishbone, with 17.7 inches of travel, while the rear end includes a 5-link trailing arm with impressive 20.1 inches of travel. Both front and rear brakes come with dual 250mm hydraulic discs.
The Talon 1000R is available in two color options, Matte Abyss Black and Pearl Orange. It features 123.7 inches lengths and 92.7 inches in wheelbase, while you may also count on a pretty decent 299-pound bed capacity. The seat height is 28.3 inches, while the ground clearance is a respectable 13 inches. The vehicle weighs a little bit over 1500 pounds and comes with a 7.3-gallon fuel tank, which includes a 1.1-gallon reserve.
2023 Honda Talon 1000R Price
The 2023 Honda Talon 1000R features a starting price of a little bit over 21.000 dollars and comes with a one-year limited warranty, which can be extended with the well-known HondaCare Protection Plan®.