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DW QUICK TEST: AC WILDCAT 1000

October 18, 2011
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As you read this, we are hard at work drafting up our full test of the Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000, but we wanted to give our readers a quick preview online! We put the most exciting UTV of the year through its paces in the desolate desert of Barstow, California, and we left nothing on the table. Four-foot whoops, big jumps, huge G-outs- we pushed the Kitty as hard as we possibly could to bring you the results, and we came away impressed. The full test will be available in the February issue of Dirtwheels, and we are working on comparing it to its highest level of competition with timed laps over the same course. Check back to the website and Facebook.com/DirtWheelsMag for more updates, but until then, here’s a couple teaser shots!
 
Without a floor jack, we had to find a way to adjust preload on the trail.
 
Huge travel numbers make the Wildcat plush on some big drop offs. Can it beat the RZR XP900???
 
We didn’t always clear this road jump perfectly, but the Kitty soaked up the hard hits well. Check out that compression!
 
ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT 1000 SPECS
COLORArctic Green Metallic Paint, Black Metallic Paint
ENGINE Displacement   951
Engine Type   V-Twin SOHC 4-stroke, 4-valve w/EFI HO
Bore & Stroke   92×71.6
Cooling System   Liquid with twin fan
Fuel Capacity   8.8 gal. / 33.3 liters
Alternator
Capacity   36 amps
Speedometer   Analog
Odometer   Digital
POWERTRAIN
Transmission   Automatic CVT with EBS, Hi/Lo Range & Reverse
Drive System   2/4 WD + Electric Diff Lock
Front Brakes   Hydraulic Disc
Rear Service
Brakes   Hydraulic Disc
SUSPENSION
Front Suspension   Double A-Arm
Front Travel   17 in. / 43.2 cm
Rear Suspension   5-Link Trailing Arm
Rear Travel   18 in. / 45.7 cm
Front Tires   26 x 9-R14
Rear Tires   26 x 11-R14
DIMENSIONS
Overall Length   120 in. / 304.8 cm
Overall Width   64 in. / 162.6 cm
Overall Height   65.8 in. / 167 cm
Wheelbase   95 in. / 241.3 cm
Ground Clearance   13 in. / 33.0 cm
Dry Weight   1305 lb. / 592 kg
TOWING/HAULING
Front Rack Capacity   NA
Rear Rack Capacity   300 lb. / 136.1 kg
Towing Capacity   NA
SPECIAL FEATURES
Electronic Power Steering, Aluminum Rims, Paint, Tilt Steering, Compression Valve Adjustable Shocks, LED Headlights and Taillights
 
 

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