The following is considered a “preview” of the 2023 Arctic Cat snowmobile lineup and the official launch will happen April 19th. The bulleted information are changes in the way Arctic Cat is conducting their pre-order period infused with some of my thoughts. Throughout the week Ill share individual model information and more photos.
- Arctic Cat will start their pre-ordering event on April 19th and conclude May 3rd. In my opinion, this is a good decision as they will fulfill commitments to customers who ordered 2022 snowmobiles not yet delivered.
- It’s also important to note Arctic Cat has shifted away from its Spring-Only purchase program (Snowmageddon) – There will be 2023 models available in-season at dealerships depending on allocation if you don’t/can’t order in the Spring. Take into consideration, your best deal of the season may be in the Spring. Pricing will be announced April 19th. If you wait to buy in-season, I can guarantee you this – with dealer inventory being so low, dealers won’t be willing to drop their prices if you think waiting will garner you a better deal.
- I know the comments section is going to get lit up like the 4th of July because the all-new snowmobile platform wasn’t introduced today. And honestly, like you, I was disappointed, but as the supply-chain issues increased last year, and 2022 deliveries were delayed for all OEMs, my tune on the matter changed and think this is a smart decision – those of you waiting on your 2022s should be relieved to know, your purchase won’t be replaced before you receive it. And the argument will be made that the other two camps introduced new stuff, so why not AC? My only response – its yet to be determined whether that “new stuff” will be delivered on time.
“The supply chain continues to be an issue for all manufacturers, and we are taking an approach to ensure we can deliver on our current commitments to customers.” – Heidi McNary, Senior VP and GM, Powersports
2023 ZR 120 – YOUTH
The 2023 ZR 120 is the perfect introductory snowmobile for the youngest youth riders ready to hone basic snowmobiling skills. Parents will appreciate the easy to manage starting of a quiet, air-cooled, 123cc 4-stroke engine that can be speed governed to 8mph. Chances are, if you grew up snowmobiling, you got your start on a Kitty Cat built by Arctic Cat – the only snowmobile manufacturer who has owned the youth market since 1972
2023 ZR 200 – YOUTH
The 2023 ZR 200 is a stepping stone for youth riders who have grown beyond the ZR 120 in both riding skill and physical size. Differentiating itself from the ZR 120 with turn-key electric start, longer tunnel and track, and a larger 2.2-gallon fuel tank, the ZR 200 also has a higher seat and handlebar to accommodate taller riders.
2023 BLAST 4000 ZR – MIDSIZE TRAIL
The 2023 BLAST 4000 ZR is Arctic Cat’s most affordable entrant into the mid-size category of snowmobiles, and quite frankly, it’s the most fun. This right-sized package is centered around Arctic Cat’s C-TEC2 397cc single-cylinder, two-stroke engine with 65-class horsepower and Electronic Fuel Injection. The simplicity of the BLAST ZR, combined with the responsiveness of the engine, gives everyone who rides it a reminder of why this sport is so much fun.
2023 BLAST 4000 XR – MIDSIZE TRAIL CROSSOVER
The 2023 BLAST 4000 XR is one of Arctic Cat’s most popular new mid-size BLAST models. This venture-anywhere trail crossover performs incredibly because of its longer 146-in. skidframe. You can smoothly bridge the gaps between stutter bumps on the trail all day long, or when the snow turns deep, have the necessary flotation to power ahead.
2023 BLAST 4000 XR TOURING – MIDSIZE TOURING
The 2023 BLAST 4000 XR TOURING shares many of the same great attributes of the BLAST XR in the Crossover segment, but adds a few key standout features making this a leading mid-size adventure touring snowmobile for two.
2023 BLAST 4000 LT – MIDSIZE UTILITY CROSSOVER
The 2023 BLAST 4000 LT unifies nearly every positive mid-sized BLAST attribute into one simplistic sport utility snowmobile that satisfies many masters. Cabin owners, outdoorsmen and pure snowmobile enthusiasts looking for ONE mid-sized unit, can confidently rely on the fun-based riding nature of the BLAST LT to haul you down a trail at speed, but also assist as a key work tool around home or recreation property.
2023 BLAST 4000 M – MIDSIZE MOUNTAIN
The 2023 BLAST 4000 M is downright one of the most playful mid-size deep snow packages built to tame the playgrounds of legal backcountry riding. Who can resist the ability to carve the tightest circles from the industry’s only single beam rear suspension – ALPHA-ONE.
2023 BLAST 4000 M LTD – MIDSIZE MOUNTAIN
The 2023 BLAST M LTD is a new model package built to perform with the ultimate maneuverability in deeper levels. The M LTD is light, easily manageable and reacts quickly to rider input.
Setting itself apart from the M, the LTD has a lightweight mountain seat with the perfect height to pull easy leg hop-overs from one side of the running boards to the other. A narrower front adjustable ski stance adapted from Arctic Cat’s fullsize Hardcore mountain models measures 35.5-in. to 37.5-in. for incredible side hilling, reduced snow drag and optimal handling. Finishing details on the front end include upgraded FOX FLOAT 3 shocks that are lightweight for superior ride control and direction, but also have infinite air spring settings to soak up the rough stuff. In the rear, the ALPHA-ONE single beam suspension is upgraded to Arctic Cat’s 1.5 IFP front track shock and a FOX FLOAT 3 rear track shock. The BLAST M LTD package is strikingly finished in a combo of Phantom and Spark Orange accents.
2023 NORSEMAN 8000 X – SPORT UTILITY
The 2023 NORSEMAN 8000 X blends nearly every segment of Arctic Cat’s high-performance snowmobile offerings into one incredible do-everything snowmobile. It’s built to power through the deepest backcountry snow with high flotation, yet rally down a trail with precision, and the NORSEMAN X even has the where with al to carry and tow a utility load.
2023 ZR 6000/8000 137 – HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAIL
The ZR – One of the greatest model designations in snowmobile history became a dream come true when Arctic Cat surprisingly released them in the fall of 1992 for the ’93 race season. 30 years later, the ZR is still an icon in the High Performance Trail category.
2023 ZR 6000R XC 129 – HIGH PERFORMANCE RACE
The 2023 ZR 6000R XC – is a potent Factory Team Arctic race snowmobile that has been winning cross-country championship titles under the ZR name for 30 years. This is the snowmobile top Team Arctic Cross-Country racers will compete with during the 2023 season. For all of you who have said you’d buy a ZR6000R XC if Arctic Cat offered it, there’s a race saying, Put up, or Shut-up – now’s your chance to own one! For 2023, the ZR6000R XC will be offered to all cross-country racers AND consumers during the spring pre-order period only! Owning one of these limited numbered thoroughbreds will get you into an elite group of owners.
2023 ZR 9000 THUNDERCAT – HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAIL
The 2023 ZR 9000 THUNDERCAT is untouchable by the competition. They can’t catch the mighty Thundercat’s legendary speeds, match the ease-of-use electronic push-button suspension settings, or even boast the benefits of Electronic Power Steering.
2023 RIOT 8000/9000 – TRAIL CROSSOVER
The 2023 RIOT is one of the industry’s best 50/50 Trail Crossover snowmobiles due largely to the playful nature of the 146-in. rear skidframe that performs equally well on the trail, as it does when the snow turns deep.
2023 RIOT 8000 X – MOUNTAIN CROSSOVER
The 2023 RIOT X is all about slaying deep snow in legal backcountry riding areas. The revolutionary 146-inch ALPHA-ONE single-beam rear suspension is the key to the playful ride.
2023 M 8000 HARDCORE / MOUNTAIN CAT – HIGH PERFORMANCE MOUNTAIN
The 2023 M 8000 snowmobiles are the lightest and most capable mountain snowmobiles Arctic Cat makes. The playful nature of the ALPHA-ONE single beam rear suspension is their signature cornerstone backed by a powerful C-TEC2 8000-series engine and a variety of track lengths (146/154/165) and lug height options.