2022 ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 600 EPS

First Look: A 4x4 quad with a new engine, drivetrain and chassis

 By the staff of Dirt Wheels 

This is the Phantom Grey Alterra 600 EPS SE with 14-inch aluminum wheels and 27-inch tires. It has 12.25 inches of ground clearance, composite racks, a premium bumper and winch.

2022 ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 600 EPS

Arctic Cat announced a new ATV as part of its 2022 lineup. Available in authorized dealerships in July, the all-new Alterra 600 EPS features an all-new engine, drivetrain and chassis, offering increased power, better handling, more durability and easier servicing. The Alterra launch coincides with Arctic Cat’s 60-year anniversary in powersports.

ALL ABOUT POWER

Powering the Alterra 600 EPS is a 600cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine that offers 45 horsepower. That horsepower number should put the Alterra 600 right with the best 570- and 600cc-class machines available—certainly plenty to explore trails or take on the toughest work. Designed and built by Arctic Cat in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the new engine also features an oversized air filter and high-mount intake for performance. A new CVTech CVT system is paired with a more durable transmission to get the power to the ground.

2022 ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 600 EPS

Launched on the 2021 Arctic Cat Blast snowmobile, the CVTech system features an Arctic Cat-tuned Trailbloc drive and Invance driven clutches for increased performance, smooth low-speed engagement and long life. Arctic Cat claims consistent performance with faster acceleration, smoother power delivery and better throttle response. The CVT system’s large belt from the Prowler Pro improved cooling results, minimized wear and provided longer belt life; and paired with the engine, it also provides lower emissions.

This is the base model in Arctic Cat medium green and black with steel wheels and 25-inch tires. Even the base model has power steering, good looks and appears ready to play or work.

A NEW CHASSIS, TOO

An equally new chassis complements the Alterra 600 EPS’ power, providing a lower center of gravity, increased stability and a performance-oriented ride. The new vehicle is claimed to be nimble and agile, thanks to new steering geometry and standard electronic power steering (EPS). Its dual-A-arm front and rear suspension provides 9 inches of travel and up to 12.25 inches of ground clearance. Its larger shocks feature preload adjustment. The large disc brakes provide ample stopping power and are quieter than previous models. Finally, the Alterra 600 EPS can be equipped with 27-inch tires, the largest available tire in its class.

A new chassis and steering geometry complement the EPS for a more agile ride. Nine inches of travel and up to 12.25 inches of ground clearance soak up the trail. This is the XT model.

2022 ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 600 EPS

Rider ergonomics were a big consideration in developing the Alterra 600 EPS, and it is claimed to deliver the most comfortable rider experience yet. The Alterra 600 EPS exhaust is routed down and out, so it keeps heat off the rider for increased comfort and less fatigue. Large footwells accommodate a wide variety of riders and provide protection from trail hazards and mud. Arctic Cat has included electronic 4WD engagement.

Arctic Cat has partnered with Garmin to easily integrate the all-new Tread powersport navigator onto the vehicle. That should help for hunting or just exploring.

An accessible 0.6-gallon storage compartment under the handlebar provides storage for small gear like cell phones. Arctic Cat has partnered with Garmin to easily integrate the all-new Tread powersport navigator onto the vehicle. The Garmin accessory can be installed on a highly visible panel right above the gauge for easy access.

The 600cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine was designed and built by Arctic Cat in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The overhead-cam design, oversized air filter and high-intake mounts ensure ample airflow. The transmission features the new Arctic Cat-tuned CVTech system.

LIVING LONGER

2022 ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 600 EPS

Along with the new transmission and CVTech CVT system, the Alterra 600 has improved half shafts, ball joints and bushings. New snap-fit panels do not require tools, so access to the oil fill and other vital components is quick and easy. The vehicle also has the largest gas tank in its class—5.7 gallons. For towing and hauling, the 600 is equipped with a 2-inch receiver hitch with a 1050-pound towing capacity. It also has rugged steel racks with unlimited tie-down locations. The Alterra 600 LTD and SE feature composite racks with integrated SpeedRack II attachments.

The Alterra 600 EPS is available in four different models: A base model in Arctic Cat medium green and black with steel wheels and 25-inch tires. The Phantom Grey Alterra 600 EPS XT has aluminum wheels and 25-inch tires with 11.5 inches of ground clearance and a premium bumper. The Alterra 600 EPS LTD jumps up to 14-inch aluminum wheels and 27-inch tires with 12.25 inches of ground clearance, composite racks, premium bumper and winch. It is available in a new Fossil color. The Phantom Grey Alterra 600 EPS SE is the best equipped with 14-inch aluminum wheels and 27-inch tires with 12.25 inches of ground clearance, composite racks, premium bumper and winch.

All Alterra 600 EPS models will be built in Thief River Falls, Minnesota and come with a 12-month warranty. For more information, visit a local Arctic Cat dealer or go to www.arcticcat.com.

 

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