Some big news from E-Z-GO, they have added two 72 Volt (72V), six-seat, residential, family oriented golf carts – one a bit more rugged than the other, just in case your family likes to tour the off-road scenery once in a while.
Both models, the S6 and the slightly bigger Express L6 are available in gas engine and electric motor configurations and both are priced exactly the same. The Express L6 Gas powered cart includes a 13.5HP engine with a convertible rear seat and a four-inch lift kit, with a manufacturer’s suggested price of $10,799. The Express L6 Electric includes a NEW 72V AC motor and also sports a convertible rear seat priced by the company at $11,999.
The S6 model is similar in many respects. The same two power trains are available; convertible rear seats are standard. The recommended prices are identical, as well.
The differences are slight. At a glance, and just by comparison, the L6 model looks like your basic Hummer golf cart. It comes with tough, 23-inch all-terrain tires and 14-inch wheels, two-toned seats, a front brush guard (in case you’re barreling through the brambles) and a Rabbit/Turtle speed switch.
The length of the L6 carts are 143.5 inches, overall width 49 inches, which contrasts with the S6 that is slightly shorter at 135.8 inch lengths and 49-inch widths for the S6 electric and 141.5 inches in length and 48.5 inches in width for the S6 Gas.
Moreover, the clearance levels alone could be the deciding factor for some potential buyers. The Express L6 has the advantage here with a 7-inch ground clearance (measured at the differential) for the Express L6 Electric and 6-inches for the Express L6 Gas. For the more subdued Express S6, clearance for the electric version is 5.5 inches, while the Express S6 Gas has a clearance measured at 4.6 inches.
Besides being a pinch smaller and lower, the S6 models are outfitted with 18-inch street tires, which doesn’t mean it can’t make it around a golf course (if that’s your bag), but it isn’t likely to be as utilitarian as the L6 models. In contrast to the Hummer-like L6, the S6 models, available in a wide variety of colors, is more aptly described as the golf-cart version of your basic family station wagon.
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The styling elsewhere is similar in both carts. The headlight configuration is the same and both bodies are made of injection-molded TPO. Standard colors for both are the same – and why wouldn’t they be, since the parts are the same. Both electric and gas models are available in almond, bright white, burgundy, electric blue, flame red, forest green, inferno red, ivory, metallic charcoal, Jacobsen orange, Patriot blue and platinum.
However slight the differences, the nuanced sales material is telling. The spread sheet for the S6 says “Every day is an opportunity to experience something new. The Express S6 is built to help you enjoy your days in style … so grab your friends and family and hop into the Express S6 to see where the day can take you.”
Reading between the lines, the intended grab for the Express S6 is families looking to add a little adventure in their lives. There is also a hint in there that the Express S6 could appeal to first-time buyers, those hoping to join the growing legions of residential golf cart users.
The company is marketing the Express L6 as more of a back-road, planet friendly vehicle, something on the order of a sensible, family-oriented Mars rover. “It’s time to get away and explore and see what adventures you can find along the next path. With eco-friendly power train options, rugged tires and higher ground clearance, the Express LG gives you a smooth and stylish ride … whether it’s camping with the family or exploring a new trail with friends, let the Express L6 take you there.”
The difference is clear: The company hopes the S6 model will appeal to families in residential communities who are larger than a retired older couple. The Express S6 is expected to be fun, pragmatic and comfortable for six, although the converting rear seat allows for transporting groceries and other goods.
The Express L6 is expected to appeal to those who love a day in the outdoors, camping or exploring the back roads – ideal for taking a couple of kids to an off-road swimming hole or your friendly, neighborhood fishing stream.