More power and more suspension travel for the Textron Stampede! The Dirt Wheels crew was mightily impressed with the original Stampede 900 we tested in our December 2016 issue. It covered all of the bases for what a good utility machine is suppose to do. However, we couldn’t help but wonder how much better it would suit our tastes if its sporty side was bumped up a few more notches. It seems like the guys at Textron were thinking the same thing and here is the preliminary version of what they came up with.
At this point we’ll call it the Stampede Sport. The original 846cc, parallel twin engine produced 80 horsepower, but this one is said to make over 100 horsepower. It also uses reservoir-equipped King shocks on all four corners with more suspension travel than the original Stampede’s 10 inches. Instead of a bench seat it now has bucket seats to hold you in better when pulling G’s in a turn.
The Stampede Sport looks to fit in the same classification as the Polaris General. That machine came to be for those wanting more performance than a Ranger, but was more practical than a RZR. This sportier UTV from Textron gives those people another option on what to buy in that regard. As you know, Textron bought Arctic Cat and it looks like they’re going full speed in the development of exciting new machines for both brands. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.