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First Look: 2018 Prowler Pro from Textron Off Road


2018 Prowler PRO from Textron Off Road. Photo by

While the stunning Wildcat XX might have grabbed the biggest headlines at the recent Arctic Cat-Textron Off Road dealer meeting in Las Vegas, it was another side-by-side that made the quietest (and perhaps most profound) impact.

I'm referring to the soon-to-be-released 2018 Prower Pro, a newly conceived utility side-by-side that emphasizes smoothness, quietness, quality and customizability.

Click for some info and pix.

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The Wait is Over: Wildcat XX


2018 Wildcat XX from Textron Off Road.

After a too-long wait and a couple premature introductions, the Wildcat XX is finally ready for prime time. Is it worth the wait?

Read on and decide for yourself.

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Youth and Entry-Level Model ATVs Return for 2018 from Textron Off Road


2018 Youth and Entry Level Alterra ATVs from Textron Off Road

Textron Off Road just released their 2018 Youth and Entry Level model ATVs.

Rebadged from their previous iterations, these premium-quality models do for youth EXACTLY the same thing that new, big machines do for adults: They make 'em want to ride!

The great news is that they're already shipped to Textron Off Road dealers, waiting for (stationary) showroom rides.

Click to read the dirt about the Alterra 90, DVX 90, Alterra 150 and Alterra 300.

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Havoc X: The All-New All-Rounder SxS


2018 Havoc X from Textron Off Road. American muscle side-by-side.

Today Textron Off Road took the final wraps off its new 2018 Havoc X, an American-designed-and-built side-by-side that aims to handle hardcore riding and heavy-duty chores. Yes, that means it's aimed directly at the General -- 100 hp; class-leading suspension with King shocks; class-leading ground clearance; extended cab.

From what I see, it's a bullseye hit.

Click to read what TOR has to say about Havoc X.

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Gone Electric: 2018 Prowler EV & EV iS Side-by-Sides


2018 Prowler EV from Textron Off Road.

I'm of the opinion that the human race is well on its way to FAR, FAR more widespread use of electric-powered vehicles. I also believe the approaching sea-change should NOT induce fear or loathing.

On the contrary, every experience I've had with EV has been awesome. The future is awesome!

Case in point: the new 2018 Prowler EV and EV iS side-by-sides from Textron Off Road.

Click to read the stats on this newly named machine.

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Caterpillar UTV in Collaboration with Textron Off Road


Caterpillar UTV Textron Off Road

Today Caterpillar announced plans to enter the utility vehicle market.

Which is particularly notable because Caterpillar has entered into a manufacturing and supply agreement with Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. and will offer UTV models sold through participating Cat® dealerships starting in 2018.

The machine will feature a rugged steel cargo bed that can reliably handle up to 1,000 lb (450 kg) of material and tools, plus a 2,000-lb (900-kg) towing capacity. The UTVs also provide ample headroom and legroom for tall riders.

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Wicked Wildcat Weekend


Wicked Wildcat Weekend - Arctic Cat and Textron Off Road machines

The Wicked Wildcat Weekend is a bi-annual gathering of Wildcat owners, with the purpose of riding and having.

A few weeks ago the most recent edition drew 87 Wildcats from all over North America.

Click for some great photos and a little history of this cool event, along with an invitation to join the next one in spring 2018.

Here's a brief story of past events written by Josh Nave, along with his invitation to join future ones.

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Unveiled: 2018 ATV & Side-by-Sides from Textron Off Road


2018 Textron Off Road model line of ATVs and SxS

Today Textron Off Road took the wraps off its 2018 model line of ATVs and SxS machines, including the new:

Wildcat X

Wildcat 4X

Wildcat Sport

Wildcat Trail


Stampede 4X

Prowler 500

Alterra VLX 700, Alterra TBX 700, Alterra 500 and Alterra MudPro 700.

Click to see the summary of these machines, with more detailed info to come shortly.

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First Impressions: Driving a Stampede


First ride on a Textron Stampede. Photo by

If first impressions are truly meaningful, then the hour-or-so test drive I had on a couple Stampede side-by-side models (as well as a Recoil iS electric vehicle) are a good omen for the future of Arctic Cat dealers and riders.

The ride took place this spring at Country Cat, who has been a Stampede dealer for the last year.

Far from being a definitive test, this was more of an introductory session with a couple machines. Not comprehensive, rather, an introduction of sorts.

Click to read a few observations.

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Wildcat Super Sport: D&P Performance's Custom Crawler


D&P Performance custom Wildcat. Photo by

Dean Bulloch and the crew from D&P Performance in Cedar City, Utah, built this one-of-a-kind Wildcat "Super" Sport to tackle monster rock crawling events like the King of the Hammers competition.

Custom double A-arm front and rear suspensions...a turbo-charged Yamaha 998cc triple engine with CVT drivetrain...yep, this baby is built for some fun.

Click to read a few more details.

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New Sport-Utility Side-by-Side from Textron Off Road


New Sport-Utility side-by-side from Textron for 2017. Photo by

During its dealer presentation yesterday, Textron Off Road announced a coming-this-fall side-by-side aimed directly at the Sport-Utility segment of the SxS market.

They didn't tell us the name, but they gave some pretty compelling spec's:

More than 100 hp, KING shocks, bucket seats, extended cab, usuable storage, and available in fall 2017.

They also announced that the Wildcat XX won't be available until spring 2018.

Click for a few more pix.

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Priced to Move: Arctic Cat No-Brainer Sales for Dirt


Arctic Cat No Brainer Sales event

I don't typically write about sale prices, but Arctic Cat's just-announced "No Brainer" sales event offers pretty unbelievable pricing on new non-current ATV and side-by-sides. Truly, price just became a non-issue for anyone who had seriously been in the market for wheelers.

For example:

2015 HDX 700 XT EPS is now $9,999 U.S., which is -$4,000 off MSRP.

2015 Wildcat Trail is now just $7,499 U.S., a $4,400 savings.

2015 Wildcat X price has been chopped by $5,800 bucks to $12,999 U.S.

And the 2015 XR 550 Limited EPS ATV is now a mere $5,699 U.S., $4,700 lower than MSRP.

Click HERE for a jump to Arctic Cat's website to see ALL the truly outstanding prices/details on non-current and new machines.

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Just Released: 2017 Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport & Trail SE Models


2017 Arctic Cat Wildcat SE black-on-black models.

Cue AC/DC...

Arctic Cat just released two new blacked-out Special Edition 2017 Wildcat Sport SE EPS and Wildcat Trail SE EPS, each featuring a handful of SE-only accessories to set them apart from all other Wildcats.

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Just Released: 2017 Arctic Cat VLX 700 ATV


2017 Arctic Cat VLX 700 Value leader ATV. On

Arctic Cat just released the 2017 VLX 700 ATV, a full-sized machine with 700-class power with an MSRP of just $5,999 U.S. ($7,199 Canada)!

As Cat says, that's 400-class pricing for a 700cc machine.

A no-frills, rugged ATV with a 700 EFI engine, selectable 2WD/4WD and a price that's SO EASY to justify...I think this machine is exactly what a whole bunch of people want.

Click for more info.

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SPEED Pro-Level High Back Seat Kit from Arctic Cat


2017 Arctic Cat SPEED High Back Seats, Harness and Belt Bar.

Spend much time riding a Wildcat 1000/X? From a comfort standpoint, a pair of High Back seats are probably the most impactful upgrad.

Click to read about the new, premium cockpit items from the new Arctic Cat SPEED line of accessories.

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Custom Arctic Cat Wildcat X Build from KICKER/SSV


Check out the sweet custom Arctic Cat Wildcat X build from KICKER/SSV Works featuring their Stage 1 Audio Package.

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Product Spotlight: ProVantage Winch Kit & Wireless Remote


Arctic Cat ProVantage Winch with Wireless Remote

Got an ATV or side-by-side? Then you either already have a winch, or you will within 24 hours of the first time you need one.

The newest ProVantage Winch Kit and accessory Wireless Remote from Arctic Cat are exactly the kind of saviors you'd expect them to be.

Click to see what I'm talking about.

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Product Spotlight: Soft Cab Kit for New Arctic Cat HDX


Arctic Cat HDX with Soft Cab Kit

Winter's here! And wouldn't it be nice to drive a sweet new Arctic Cat HDX that's equipped with a comfy Soft Cab Kit!?

Click for your ticket to fully enclosed comfort.

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Arctic Cat Launches SPEED High-Perf Accessories for Wildcat Riders


Arctic Cat Wildcat X equipped with SPEED accessories

We're now seeing the fruits of Arctic Cat's partnership with off-road racing champion Robby Gordon that was first announced roughly 14 months ago.

First came the new-for-2017 Wildcat X models featuring the RG Pro suspension.

Now comes a full line of SPEED accessories for Wildcat enthusiasts developed with both Gordon and Todd Romano. This premium stuff is aimed at the hardcore rider and racer, as well as those aspiring to be.

Click to read Cat's announcement.

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Product Spotlight: Flip-Up Poly Windshield for Arctic Cat Prowler & HDX


Flip-Up Polycarbonate Windshield for Arctic Cat Prowler and HDX

There's no denying the added comfort a windshield offers on side-by-sides. If you're skeptical, think about the last car you bought that didn't have a windshield.

Arctic Cat offers all kinds of windshield options for its various sport and utility side-by-sides.

Here is the Flip-Up Polycarbonate option for Prowler and HDX models. Click for more info.

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