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There’s no doubt Arctic Cat’s 2015 lineup takes everything that was good about 2014 (new 600cc engine, Yamaha alliance, etc.) and makes it better in year two, if not outstanding! A full allotment of 600cc CTEC 2-strokes, a new addition to the M-class mountain sleds and the expanding of the 4-stroke lineup has us revved for our upcoming pre-production rides!
A new touring chassis brings a welcome revision to this segment of Cat’s offerings with some eye-opening features to the 2-up segment. Plus, a trifecta of engineering improvements designed for comfort, durability and performance that will improve your ride regardless of conditions and riding style.
Arctic Cat’s own 6000 Series C-TEC2 engine now comes in three different chassis! Last season’s launch saw only the ProCross chassis carry this motor in the ZR 6000 El Tigre. To be completely honest, we loved the combination of lightweight handling and power that machine has. Apparently a lot of others did too because 2015 sees this same 125-horse engine used in both the SnoPro and ProClimb chassis as well. We think this is a great move by Team Green as the snappy throttle response combined with the light weight of this engine lends itself wonderfully to more riding applications than just trail.
The dust has mostly settled from the bombshell announcement of the alliance between Arctic Cat and Yamaha for 2014. By and large, feedback on the collaboration has been good. According to multiple Arctic Cat sources everyone is, “very positive on the Yamaha partnership.” So positive, in fact, they’ve incorporated the popular 135 hp 4-stroke C-TEC4 into their mountain sled line for 2015 with the introduction of the M7000 Sno Pro. And the M8000 HCR (Hill Climb Racer) puts you in control of a true hillclimb race sled.
The 2015 trail and ‘race’ segment gets a full roster in the 6000 class featuring Cat’s 600cc C-TEC2 engine. With the popularity of the 600cc engine size in this class and the great results seen with this engine in the 2014’s, there’s little doubt these sleds will be in high demand.
For those of us who prefer the race track to the trail (or at least pretend that’s where we belong) the ZR lineup offers Race Replica (RR) models. This grouping of dynamic sleds is cut from the same mold you’ll see guys like Tucker Hibbert, Brian Dick and Ryan Simons running on race day!
The crossover segment is where things start to get really crazy for Team Arctic. A whopping 28 possibilities are available in 2015. The crossover rider has been hard for the OEMs to get a beat on for the past few years, so Arctic Cat divides their XF class of sleds into two subcategories – more trail oriented crossovers built on the ProCross chassis and more backcountry oriented sleds on the ProClimb
New for 2015 is the Pantera 7000 and Pantera 7000 Limited edition sleds. They are built on Arctic Cat’s new ProTour chassis. Most impressive on the new Pantera is the list of complaint-eliminating features. We dare your significant other to come up with a reason not to ride with you on this sled!