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
Capacity 36 amps
Transmission Automatic CVT with EBS, Hi/Lo Range & Reverse
Drive System 2/4 WD + Electric Diff Lock
Front Brakes Hydraulic Disc
Brakes Hydraulic Disc
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
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
Front Rack Capacity NA
Rear Rack Capacity 300 lb. / 136.1 kg
Towing Capacity NA
Electronic Power Steering, Aluminum Rims, Paint, Tilt Steering, Compression Valve Adjustable Shocks, LED Headlights and Taillights