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More Badass: 2019 Wildcat XX Models

(9/10/2018)

2019 Wildcat XX Models from Textron Off Road

The most badass handling off-road side-by-side blasts into 2019 with more power, more options and more comfort.

I'm talking about the race-winning Wildcat XX from Textron Off Road. Now with 130-hp naturally-aspirated.

Plus a new Limited Edition model that features a factory-installed SSV® premium audio system features marine-grade integrated amp, two Kicker® speakers, custom enclosures and wiring harness. The system is controlled with a Bluetooth® controller and LCD display that includes an AM/FM tuner and AUX input.

Click to serve up some badassedry.

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And There Were Three: A Trio of Havoc SxS Models

(9/10/2018)

2019 Havoc, Havoc X and Havoc Backcountry from Textron Off Road

Textron Off Road just announced some new-for-2019 side-by-sides, including what is now a trio of Havoc play/work crossover machines.

The all-new Havoc base model and Havoc Backcountry Edition join the Havoc X in the performance/play/work/do-it-all category.

Click for pix and info.

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(9/10/2018)

2019 Arctic Cat M 6000 ALPHA ONE

Arctic Cat unveiled three new 2019 snowmobiles at Hay Days this past weekend, one of which is the M6000 ALPHA ONE, which features the stunning single-beam rear suspension and track system that has pretty much revolutionized backcountry riding since it's debut last spring.

It's little surprise that Cat will equip an M6000 with the new ALPHA ONE system, complementing the M8000 version. In presenting the newest machine at Hay Days on Saturday, Arctic Cat reiterated that it's aimed at riders who are looking to learn and hone their backcountry skills.

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Ray Bulloch and Wildcat XX Win Vegas-to-Reno

(8/20/2018)

Bulloch and Wildcat XX win Vegas-to-Reno 2018

Textron Off Road Factory Race Team’s Ray Bulloch and co-pilot Kaleb Myers delivered a mossive win the Pro UTV NA Class the Desert’s Vegas-to Reno-race this past weekend.

The 1-day, 531-mile race is considered one of the toughest and most prestigious of the BITD Series events.

Bulloch piloted the nearly-stock, naturally aspirated No. 1835 Wildcat XX to an absolutely crushing win 11 hours and 26 minutes, nearly 18 minutes faster than the second place UTV. 

The win was a true testament to the durability of the Wildcat XX and its racers, who only stopped for a belt, tire change and fuel while leaving nothing but dust for a class full of custom-built vehicles.

Congratulations to the team for proving the new Wildcat XX is truly the best in the desert.

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2019 Wave 1 Side-by-Sides from Textron Off Road

(8/16/2018)

2019 Wave 1 UTV / Side-by-Side models from Textron Off Road

Here's the First Wave of 2019 Side-by-Side models from Textron Off Road, with at least one more wave to come at a later date.

These new models join the recently released Prowler Pro and the earlier Wildcat XX models.

Click to check out what's new.

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2019 ATV Models from TOR Wave 1

(8/16/2018)

2019 ATVs from Textron Off Road

Today Textron Off Road (TOR) released information on several ATVs and UTVs for the 2019 model year. In its information sent to media, TOR called it a "First Wave Launch" which suggests additional wave(s).

For ATVs, the big news for wave one is a new Alterra™ 570 ATV; a very-updated 700 engine/transmission in many of the Alterra 700 models; and a reprisal of several models that saw limited visibility over the past year.

Click to read the details of the ATVs. 

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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.

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