With the excellent balance of high-hp and a longer 15 x 144 x 1.25-in. track, the Z1 Turbo EXT was surprise hit on the 2010 line. Arctic Cat has responded by adding an F 8 EXT for 2011. The adjustable IRP “trail” handlebar suggests that this is more of a trail sled than a cross-over.
Joining the F8 LXR and F8 Sno Pro for 2011 is the F8 Sno Pro Limited, which adds these extras to the package: handguards; rear storage bag; sport front bumper; electric start; and Sublime Green paint scheme.
An F6 Sno Pro, F5LXR and F 570 complete the F Series lineup. With the exception of the F 570 and F8 EXT, all 2011 F Series models are either in Sno Pro or LXR trim.
CFR No changes to the CFR 8 or CFR 1000 for 2011.
Sno Pro 500
Back for its second year, this over-achiever gets a few changes aimed to keep its retail cost low while the fun-factor is high. It will come without a hood-mounted brake duct, swaybar and tunnel edge grip plates, the latter two available as accessory items. As many racers opted for the faster 1-in. lug Hacksaw track this season, Cat has switched to it as a production hoop. And finally, a switch 5.5-in. wide plastic skis satisfies all states’ maximum ski stance rules.
The mystery machine in this thread provided a lot of speculation. It turned out to be the new-for-2011 Z1 Turbo Sno Pro Limited, which takes the Sno Pro spec Fox Floats/low windshield/taller handlebar riser, and adds handguards, rear storage bag, sport front bumper, electric-heated seat and the distinctive Sublime Green paint.
The Z1 Turbo Sno Pro and Z1 Turbo LXR returned unchanged for 2011, save for a higher windshield on the LXR.
A huge hit last season, the Z1 Turbo EXT returns for 2011 with an electric-heated IRP adjustable seat.
The non-turbo Z1 LXR and Z1 Sno Pro are unchanged for next season.
Two versions of a spring-only Crossfire 8 Sno Pro Limited will be available, both with the lightweight/tall M Series seat; handguards; rear storage bag, Fox Float shocks on both ends;; adjustable telescoping handlebars; and Sublime Green paint. One version gets a 15 x 141 x 1.5-in. track with 60/60 gearing that leans more for trail use, the other version getting a 15 x 141 x 2.25-in. track and 57/63 gearing for more mountain performance.
It’s joined by a Crossfire 8 Sno Pro (Fox Floats, telescoping handlebars, 1.5-in. lug track) and a standard Crossfire 8 (which now features a coil-over Fox Zero Pro shock on the rear suspension that eliminates the two torsion springs to save weight).
Crossfire 6 gets a Fox Zero Pro shock with coil-over spring in the rear arm of the rear suspension, replacing the two torsion springs to save weight without sacrificing ride quality.
Arctic Cat indicates significant improvement to the ride calibration of their 2011 M Series Sno Pro and HCR models, benefiting both hill climbing ability and on-trail manners.
The M8 HCR keeps its 15 x 153 x 2.25-in. Power Claw track, but gets the longer 162-in. rear tunnel extension to accommodate the additional clearance required by certain traction mods. Other changes include spacers to stiffen the rear idler wheels, swapping a tether cord for the key switch, and additional protection to the rear coolant hoses.
The standard M8 transitions to a coil-over Fox Zero Pro shock on the rear arm, eliminating the torsion springs to deliver a lighter package without a sacrifice in ride quality.
Joining the M8 and M8 Sno Pro for 2011 is the M8 Sno Pro Limited, with extra goodies like handguards; BCA Backpack; ice scratchers; handlebar bag; goggle holder; 153-in. track; rear storage bag; and Sublime Green coloring.
No changes to the M1000 Sno Pro for 2011.
The M6 also comes with Fox Zero Pro shocks with coil-over springs on the rear arm, eliminating the two torsion springs for reduced weight without sacrificing ride quality.
Little has changed in the Touring category for 2011, with only graphics changes on the trio of TZ1 models and on the T570.
New for 2011 is a spring-order only Bearcat Z1 XT Limited featuring a heated driver seat; 3rd row seat; engine heater and rear storage bag. Like the “standard” Bearcat Z1 XT, it also gets a 20 x 154 x 1.38-in. Ripsaw track.
The Bearcat 570 gets a 2-up riding focus to complement its utility focus, with a new rear passenger seat, footrests and fiberglass overload springs along with standard electric start.
Likewise, the Bearcat 570 XT gets a 20 x 154 x 1.38-in. Ripsaw track that has deeper lugs and is 9 lbs. lighter than the previous track.
2011 Arctic Cat Model List
Sno Pro 120
F6 Sno Pro
F8 Sno Pro
F8 Sno Pro Limited
Sno Pro 500
Z1 Sno Pro
Z1 Turbo LXR
Z1 Turbo Sno Pro
Z1 Turbo Sno Pro Limited
Z1 Turbo EXT
Crossfire 8 Sno Pro
Crossfire 8 Sno Pro Limited
TZ1 Turbo LXR
M8 Sno Pro
M8 Sno Pro Limited
M1000 Sno Pro
Bearcat 570 XT
Bearcat Z1 XT
Bearcat Z1 XT Limited