Havoc reigns, revised quads and more Wildcat XX power

By the staff of Dirt Wheels


When Textron Specialized Vehicles acquired Arctic Cat, both brands benefited. Arctic Cat’s quad and UTV lines got an injection of interest, backing and engineering capability, and Textron picked up an instant dealer network and a full, competitive line of machines. In the last year the combined brand has released the Wildcat XX as the first real project that melded the talents of both companies. We also saw the release of the Havoc X, a pre-merger Textron offering that amped up the capabilities of the excellent Stampede.

Following the direction of other companies chasing the sport recreation buyer, the Havoc X is refined, and it is joined by a base Havoc and generously equipped Havoc Backcountry Edition. The Wildcat XX wasn’t ignored. It receives more horsepower and sees the addition of the Wildcat XX LTD to the line.


The 2019 Havoc X is a UTV for riders who are equally serious about work and sport. With its 100-horsepower EFI engine, 64-inch track width and just shy of 13 inches of wheel travel, the Havoc X is plenty capable. In 2018 it had bucket seats and King shocks, but now it has Fox 2.5 Podium QS3 shocks with compression adjustment and a bolstered front bench seat.

The buckets were nice, but cost legroom in a machine designed for a bench seat. We see both changes as positive additions. All three Havoc models have Textron’s unique extended cab for additional storage space, impressive 2000-pound towing capacity, 600-pound-capacity cargo box, standard Electronic Power Steering (EPS), 9.5 gallons of fuel capacity, standard 2-inch receiver hitch, 12-volt accessory outlet, passenger grab handle, glove box, steel front brush guard, and adjustable tilt steering.

A standard, programmable speed controller allows the operator to set a maximum top speed from 26 to 55 mph (in 1-mph increments). We suspect that this feature is for family members and employees to ensure that Havoc models are operated at appropriate speeds. Plus, every Havoc has a 12-month warranty. The Havoc X is offered in Ballistic Bronze for $17,299.

The Havoc Backcountry Edition features a standard roof and hood rack for $17,799. It features standard shocks with white springs, cast-aluminum wheels with 28-inch ITP Ultracross tires, premium bolstered seats, a 4500-pound-rated Warn winch, and it comes in Bright White with orange.

Farmers and ranchers will appreciate the Fire Red $16,299 Havoc base model. It comes with performance shocks, 14-inch steel wheels and 27-inch Duro Powergrip tires. It handles all the work that the Stampede does, but with added suspension travel, ground clearance and power. It has standard EPS!

With its full doors and nicely finished body, the Wildcat XX was well–equipped, but the LTD version has the goodies that most owners desire.



Some of the hottest news in the UTV market was the introduction of the Textron Off Road Wildcat XX. Its design was a collaboration between Textron, Arctic Cat and off-road racing legend Robby Gordon. Together these collaborators made certain that the XX had amazing suspension and handling.

While it was the most powerful naturally aspirated machine available in 2018, it is naturally compared to the turbo machines. So far, no turbo, but the XX did gain five more ponies for 2019. The off-road-racing-inspired suspension delivers amazing handling with more than 18 inches of wheel travel controlled by Fox 2.5 Podium QS3 shocks with Bottom-Out Control. It is available in Bright White for $20,699.

If you love a stereo in your machine, you will be excited about a factory installation of a waterproof SSV stereo in the new Wildcat XX LTD.

A Wildcat XX LTD joins the family for 2019. It is a Wildcat XX with front and rear bumpers, a half windshield and a heavy-duty, marine-grade soft-top roof. The roof has a built-in roll-up top with a sunscreen for nice days. Rock the trails with a factory-installed SSV stereo system.

This isn’t an option, but is standard on the LTD with marine-grade components, including the amp, two Kicker speakers, custom speaker enclosures and wiring harness. The system is controlled with a Bluetooth controller and LCD display that includes an AM/FM tuner and auxiliary input. The only XX LTD color is Jet Black, and it retails for $21,999.

There is a lot to like about the 700cc Wildcat Sport. It is light, zippy, tractable and nimble with good suspension action. It is available in this Limited trim level and as an XT.



Despite the many changes that the Textron buyout has wrought, some machines are back without much change. Five of those are the variations of the Wildcat Trail and Wildcat Sport. These are compact, light machines with excellent performance thanks to a robust, 700cc twin-cylinder, closed-loop EFI engine. The three 50-inch Trail models each weigh less than 1000 pounds, and they will fit in most full-size pick-up beds! The wider, longer-travel Wildcat Sport models are 60-inch machines, and they are just a few pounds over 1000 pounds. All five machine share the same basic chassis, body and drivetrain.

The Wildcat X was the first UTV with 17-/18-inch wheel travel. It remains an effective trail companion, and the X LTD is super well-equipped at a nice price.

Sport models (Wildcat Sport XT and Wildcat Sport LTD) have double-A-arm front and rear suspension with 12.2 inches of front and 12.6 inches of rear travel. Interestingly, the XT has JRi EXC-1 shocks, while the LTD has Elka Stage 5 shocks.

The black/orange base-level Wildcat Trail comes with steel wheels and half doors. The Wildcat Trail XT adds EPS and aluminum wheels. The Wildcat Trail Limited includes all XT features, plus full doors, under-hood storage, color-matched wheels and a color-matched cage.

Bucket seats sucked a lot of cab room out of the 2018 Havoc, but this contoured bench seat should offer support and get the room back for larger drivers. (Right) The Havoc Backcountry Edition is everything that we wished the Stampede was when we tested it—wider stance, more travel, better shocks, and more power with a roof and a winch.


The Wildcat X started the long-travel revolution, and it remains a very nice machine at a nice price. The X comes with JRi ECX-1 compression-adjustable shocks, Duro PowerGrip tires, aluminum wheels and half doors. A Wildcat X LTD has all of the popular equipment: full aluminum doors, roof, Elka Stage 5 shocks, machined-aluminum beadlock wheels, aluminum front and rear bumpers, and ITP Blackwater Evolution Tires. EPS is standard.

The Havoc may be grabbing the headlines, but the Textron Stampede is an excellent machine with smooth, energetic power and a supple ride.


Textron’s Stampede and Stampede 4 are great utility models that we would welcome on any hunting or camping trip. The base models come with black steel wheels and 26-inch Kenda tires. Stepping up to the Stampede X or Stampede X4 gets 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires, aluminum wheels and a cut-and-sewn bench seat. The Stampede and Stampede 4 Hunter Editions have all X features, plus a 4000-pound-rated Warn winch, top, two gun mounts and TrueTimber Strata Camo bodywork.

The 500 is the smallest of the Prowler line. It is a compact utility UTV that can tow, haul and fit in the back of a full-size pick-up bed.


Riders seeking a hard-working UTV that will fit in a pick-up bed will appreciate the 2019 Prowler 500. Equipped with features that make it tough, capable and easy to use, the Prowler 500 hits the performance marks at a price that leaves plenty of room for play.

There are three Alterra 570 models, and each is considered a new model for 2019. This is a new engine displacement for the Textron 4×4 quad line.


Dirt Wheels highlighted the new Alterra 570 in the November issue. Even though the 570 is touted as a new model, the Alterra 700 actually has more changes for 2019. The Alterra 700, 700 EPS and 700 XT’s 695cc, liquid-cooled, EFI engine is 1.7 inches narrower, 12.4 pounds lighter and provides a 30-percent reduction in rotating mass for immediate throttle response, quicker acceleration, and an overall improvement in handling and performance. A new direct-drive primary clutch on the CVT system is 30 percent lighter for quicker and more complete transfer of power from the engine to the drivetrain. Rugged steel front/rear racks offer 100-/200-pound capacities for hauling extra gear.

The Alterra MudPro 700 LTD is very specialized with high intakes, ample ground clearance and aggressive mud tires. It is ready to get dirty.

The Alterra 700 comes with steel wheels and manually selectable Rapid Traction System (RTS) for true on-the-fly 2/4WD activation. The Alterra 700 EPS offers EPS, RTS, and it comes in Earth Blue or TrueTimber Kanati. The Alterra 700 XT features EPS, machined aluminum wheels and the operational ease of EL4 electronic-locking 2/4WD with true on-the-fly activation.

Three of the Alterra 700 quads—the 700, 700 EPS and the 700 XT—have major engine and CVT upgrades for 2019. It is a great-looking 4×4.


There are three more Alterra 700 models, but they have the 2018-spec engine and transmission. The first is the purpose-built Alterra MudPro 700 LTD. Thanks to its elevated air snorkel for the engine intake and clutch, the belt stays dry and cool through the deepest holes while the engine stays protected.

And with specific EFI calibration for the snorkel system that’s bolstered with unique gearing and clutch calibration, the MudPro optimizes performance for those who ride in the deep stuff. Additional mud-focused performance features include 14-inch aluminum true beadlock wheels, deep-tread 28-inch Maxxis Zilla tires, mud-specific suspension calibration, 3:1 gears and race-tested axles that are 17 percent stronger than leading aftermarket units, plus 14 inches of ground clearance.

While the Alterra 300 looks like a 4×4, it is actually a value-priced 2WD utility machine. It has a lot of nice features and a choice of two colors.

Next is the Alterra TRV 700 XT. It has the normal XT features, but is equipped for two-up riding. The final Alterra is the TBX 700. It features a small dump bed at the rear rather than a rack.

Textron’s DVX90 has an aggressive, sporty look and color. It is a 90cc four-stroke with a CVT auto trans. It should be great for youth riders over 12.


The 2019 Alterra 300 is the first step into adult-size ATV fun, features and capabilities, but at a small price. This is a 2WD machine with a 270cc, four-stroke, SOHC, liquid-cooled engine. It has shaft drive, dual-A-arm front suspension and swingarm-style rear suspension with 5 inches of travel.

The Alterra 150 has a rating for riders over 14 years of age. It is a 2WD machine powered by a spirited 149cc, SOHC, four-stroke, air-cooled engine that’s as rider-friendly as it is tough. A fully automatic CVT transmission simplifies driving.

Alterra 150s are 2WD units that look like a lot of fun. They are for riders 14 years and older.

Textron has two 90cc quads. The 2WD Alterra 90 is built for youth 12 years and older, and it has the tough look of a 4×4. The DVX 90 is built for the same age group, but is a sport model without racks.

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