Hustler Turf Equipment recently announced the Kohler air-cooled V-twin 7000 series will soon power the Raptor 42-inch and 52-inch models.

The professional grade engines feature Kohler's patented Smart-Choke technology.

This technology, combined with a high-torque inertia drive starter, will give consumers simplified, quick, and reliable starting every time.

Cast iron cylinder bores protect under dirty conditions and the dual-seal air filter keeps debris out of the engine, all while extending the engine’s life.

“We are very excited to add the new premium Kohler 7000 series engine to power our Raptor family,” said Brad Unruh, director of Product Strategy. “The professional features of this engine will be a great match to the Raptor platform.”

The 7000 Series engines were designed by Kohler from the ground-up, using design features of critical components from its commercial Command Pro EFI series of engines.

“This is an exciting development for us and we appreciate Hustler’s decision to go with Kohler Engines,” said Eric Hudak, marketing manager for Kohler Engines. “Raptor ZTRs are well known and respected among consumers nationwide who demand the very best from their equipment. And our 7000 Series engines will certainly answer their call with industry-leading durability, reliability, and performance.”

Easy starts, durable components, easy maintenance, and Consistent-Cut technology help make the Kohler 7000 series the perfect choice for the homeowner looking for a reliable engine with many years of superior performance to power their new Raptor.