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Tested: 2019 Prowler Pro Side-by-Side

(7/2/2018)

2019 Prowler Pro from Textron Off Road. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

A week ago I had the chance to spend a day experiencing the all-new Prowler Pro utility side-by-side from Textron Off Road (TOR)

The occasion was a media event at a massive hunting ranch in California, where TOR provided a half-dozen Prowler Pros to ride, photograph and use to hunt pigs. Yes, pig hunting.

For 12 hours I rode passenger, drove and occasionally shot... photographs... of the new machine.

Click to read my six categories of feedback on the machine.

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Smooth & Quiet! New Prowler Pro Side-by-Sides

(5/29/2018)

2019 Prowler Pro XT from Textron Off Road

I've spent about 30 minutes on the new Prowler Pro models from Textron Off Road. While not enough time for a full-blown report, it was enough time to determine it's absolutely the smoothest, quietest side-by-side I've had the pleasure to ride.

PERFECTLY smooth acceleration (no more whiplash) and deceleration!

So quiet that you can have normal (no shouting) conversation with the passenger while cruising off-road at 30 mph, both of you wearing full-face helmets.

No rattles, no vibrations.

Click to read the release from Textron Off Road.

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2019 Prowler Pro Specs & Key Features

(5/29/2018)

2019 Prowler Pro XT from Textron Off Road

The just-released 2019 Prowler Pro and Prowler Pro XT side-by-sides are loaded with sweet technology. Not rip up the whoops like a pro technology, rather, it's tech that delivers whisper-quietness and smooooooooth over everything.

Make the jump and read the bullets on this new over achiever.

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Sooner than Later: Ray Bulloch Steers Wildcat XX to First Win

(5/4/2018)

Ray Bulloch scores first side-by-side win with Wildcat XX by Textron Off Road.

It was just a matter of time before the new Wildcat XX took its first win. Not surprisingly for anyone who's ridden one, that win happened sooner rather than later.

Last week, Team Wildcat racer Ray Bulloch bested the RZRs and Mavericks to stand on top of the SxS Pro Stock podium and claim the overall at WORCS Racing’s Round 5 in Hurricane, Utah.

It was the FIRST first for the all-new Wildcat XX, but undoubtedly not the last.

Click to read a brief description.

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Wildcat XX vs. RZR 1000 vs. Stage II Wildcat XX

(5/1/2018)

When Speedwerx took delivery of their new 2018 Wildcat XX for the purpose of uncovering extra horsepower, they wanted to first do a little baseline test with the stock machine against a stock 2017 RZR 1000. So they lined 'em up and dropped the hammers. 

Bam!

Now with a month or so of development time on their Stage 2 Exterminator Kit, the crew wanted to see what 12 additional horsepower is like compared to a stock Wildcat XX.

Click to make the jump and see for yourself.

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Baja Bound: Ride Over Everything Giveaway

(4/24/2018)

Wildcat XX Ride Over Everything Baja Giveway from Textron Off Road.

You (yes, YOU) can win Baja this year. As in an all-expenses-paid trip to Baja; rides aboard the new Wildcat XX along portions of the Baja 1000 race course; great viewing of the famed race; and some story time with off-road race legend Robby Gordon.

And more!

Click for the details, then go win Baja.

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Wildcat XX or Bell Helicopter? Ultimate Chase Vehicle

(4/18/2018)

Wildcat XX and Bell Helicopter race and chase. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

What's the best way to show off a Bell Helicopter?

Chase it through the desert with a Wildcat XX in hot pursuit.

Each is a pinnacle of performance. Both are badass machines.

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Stock Wildcat XX vs. Stock RZR 1000

(4/6/2018)

Curious how a stock Wildcat XX compared to a stock RZR 1000, the guys at Speedwerx lined 'em up and let 'em rip.

While it's nice to see the Wildcat XX come out the winner here, on beautiful blacktop, the real place to run them side-by-side is over gnarly stuff. There the difference is even bigger.

Click on the Speedwerx ad at the side of my page for info on how to make a Wildcat XX go even FASTER!

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First Look: 2018 Prowler Pro from Textron Off Road

(3/15/2018)

2018 Prowler PRO from Textron Off Road. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

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

(2/24/2018)

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

(12/13/2017)

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

(10/31/2017)

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

(10/21/2017)

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

(10/16/2017)

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.

Click for more info.

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Wicked Wildcat Weekend

(10/9/2017)

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

(8/16/2017)

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

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

(7/10/2017)

First ride on a Textron Stampede. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

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

(6/1/2017)

D&P Performance custom Wildcat. Photo by UTVGuide.net

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

(4/20/2017)

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

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

(4/6/2017)

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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