Kawasaki introduced the Mule 2510 model in 1993 with a 617-cubic centimeter liquid-cooled V-twin engine and fan-cooled belt drive converter. Equipped with the same engine size, the 1999 model is 112 inches long with a 73.6-inch wheelbase. The popular utility terrain vehicle weighs about 1,185 pounds, has about a 1,200-pound towing capacity, 803-pound bed capacity and 1,330-pound total load capacity. Its bed dimensions are 46.3 inches by 51.6 inches by 9.8 inches. MULE is an acronym for Multi-Use Light Equipment.
The 1999 Mule 2510 features a choice of two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive transmission with an integrated transaxle drive system. Kawasaki built the Mule with front and rear hydraulic drum brakes, independent MacPherson strut-type front suspension and DeDion leaf spring rear suspension. The vehicle has an electronic ignition, a Mikuni BV26-18a carburetor and a 5.3-gallon gas tank. The side-by-side Mule is 75.6 inches high and 57.5 inches wide, with 22 by 11-10 tubeless front and rear tires.
Responding to customer demand for increased power and fuel efficiency (and to keep up with competition), Kawasaki introduced the Mule 2510 in a thee-cylinder 950-cubic centimeter diesel version in 2000. The diesel Mule became popular for various industrial uses, underground mining and agricultural applications. The stronger Mule provides greater torque, towing capacity and fuel compatibility with larger vehicles that workers use on job sites.