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Arctic Cat® Announces 2021 Off-Road Lineup

Arctic Cat® Inc., a Textron Inc. company and part of the Textron Specialized Vehicles business, announced today its model year 2021 off-road lineup. “For the 2021 model year, Arctic Cat has simplified its product lineup, with a sharp focus on offering high-performance side-by-sides and ATVs across the most popular product classes and categories in the powersports industry,” said Craig Kennedy, Vice President, Arctic Cat for Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. “For work and play, our 2021 Alterra, Wildcat and Prowler…

ASSAULT ARCTIC CAT SPEED WILDCAT XX

By the staff of Dirt Wheels ASSAULT ARCTIC CAT SPEED WILDCAT XX.  Once Jason Craycraft saw information on the release of the Arctic Cat Wildcat XX, he was sure that he had found his UTV. As the early-release machines reached dealers for sale, he snapped one up. In a show of patience that we can hardly comprehend, he waited four months to drive it! He intended to make sure that it was just like he wanted before taking it out for a maiden voyage. We have to tell you, we couldn’t do it. WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE…

2020 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: ARTICAT TO KAWASAKI

Options and more options By the staff of Dirt Wheels What an exciting year for the UTV world! There have been big changes in the sport side, with Honda stepping up with a pair of two-seat Talon models. The Talon X is trail biased, and the longer-travel, wider Talon R is more pure sport. A pair of Talon X-based four-seat Talons will be 2020 models as well. Kawasaki introduced the all-new Teryx KRX 1000. Even though it has long travel and a track that matches the Talon R track width of 68 inches, we expect the KRX to be…

2020 ATV BUYER’S GUIDE: 4X4

It's here, the 2020 ATV BUYER’S GUIDE: 4X4 Enter to win a free set of tires and wheels by taking our 2021 readers survey here. ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 570 Arctic Cat is back! Textron owns the company, but the historic brand name is back with machines that are trail-ready. The Alterra 570 has independent front and rear suspension sporting 10 inches of travel at each corner to smooth out terrain. Cargo racks and towing capability make it a great worker. An EPS version is available. Engine type:…

CVT BELT BUYER’S GUIDE

By the staff of Dirt Wheels CVT BELT BUYER'S GUIDE For a wide number of the most popular and best-selling ATVs and UTVs, the heart of the power delivery system is the CVT belt. There are a few extreme ATV riders who are hard on the CVT belts, but time and mileage are the most common reasons to change an ATV’s CVT belt. UTVs are heavier, so they are harder on CVT belts, whether they are high-horsepower sport models or not. No matter what your CVT-motivated machine is, it will need a new belt sooner or later. We based…

PROJECT WILDCAT TRAIL 700

By the staff of Dirt Wheels - PROJECT WILDCAT TRAIL 700 This could be the lowest-budget UTV project that we have ever covered in Dirt Wheels. Derek Hunt and his brother Chris spend their days creating incredibly exotic electric bikes for their company, Hi-Power Cycles (www.hi-powercycles.com). Don’t tell anyone, but despite their penchant for things electric, the brothers harbor a fondness for things powered by gasoline. Very few of their high-end electric bikes cost less than what Derek forked out for this bargain…

TRACKER OFF-ROAD ATVs & UTVs

TRACKER OFF-ROAD ATVs & UTVs It was nearly two years ago when Textron announced that it had purchased Arctic Cat. Because of Textron’s reputation and clout that it carries in the aviation industry, this was not necessarily viewed as bad news by most people. Among the many companies, it owns are Cessna and Beechcraft airplanes, as well as Bell helicopters. The general idea shared by off-roaders is that Arctic Cat would benefit from the economic and technology boost from Textron. The development and release of…

DO-IT-ALL EVO WILDCAT XX

By the staff of Dirt Wheels DO-IT-ALL EVO WILDCAT XX Evo Powersports is known for ramping the power up on turbocharged UTVs. With Evo products, you can make some massive gains. In fact, we have driven the company’s 400-horsepower Can-Am Maverick X3. But this Textron (now Arctic Cat again in 2019) Wildcat XX is an entirely different breed of ’Cat. Evo went into this project gambling that they will have a head start when and if the Wildcat XX comes in a turbocharged version. They readily admitted that the R&D…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: ARCTIC CAT

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: ARCTIC CAT TEXTRON WILDCAT XX/XX LTD One of the hottest new sport UTVs on the market is the all-new Textron Wildcat XX and XX LTD. This machine was designed with help from professional racer Robby Gordon to produce one of the best suspension systems on the market. Part of the suspension package is Fox 2.5 Podium shocks. The engine produces 130 horsepower. Engine type DOHC triple Displacement 989cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/18.0” Rear Trailing arm/18.0” Length/width/height…

HOW TO BUY A USED UTV

HOW TO BUY A USED UTV As the UTV market expands, there are a lot of enthusiasts purchasing new machines and putting their old ones on the market. Those used machines can be where a smart buyer stakes their claim on a handsome deal for a (new to them) UTV. With sites like Craigslist and atvtrader, there are many options to view the available herd of UTVs, and begin the process of narrowing down the quality values and weeding out the not-so-promising SxSs. Research is key when it comes to finding the right machine at the…

2019 TEXTRON OFF-ROAD HAVOC X

By the staff of Dirt Wheels:  2019 TEXTRON OFF-ROAD HAVOC X Dirt Wheels’ first experience with the Textron Stampede was back when the brand was called Bad Boy. Since then, parent company Textron has changed their name, though the impressive Stampede remains pretty much the same. Even though the Stampede is largely intended as a utility and recreation UTV, we found it pretty sporty, and twice during our time with it, we took it to the dunes. Dune running isn’t exactly what it was designed for, but it did fine.…

2019 TEXTRON LINEUP

By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2019 TEXTRON LINEUP 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…