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.
I’ve spent a lot of time on the M6000 over the past couple years, riding with others who are aboard 8000s, and I’m always smiling. The truth is, it’s an engine that does just fine at elevation and in the trees, thank-you-very-much. With the easy-to-layover ALPHA system, it truly makes for an awesome machine for riders who aren’t pro-level.
See below for the whole scoop.
NEW FOR 2019
• ALPHA ONE revolutionizes rear suspension and track design by using a patented single beam positioned in the middle of a specially designed lightweight Power Claw track. Unlike a traditional two-rail system, ALPHA ONE’s single beam allows the track to significantly flex and conform to the snow, delivering a new level of maneuverability with less rider input; substantially easier side-hilling; and increased traction and deep snow performance.
• G2 ProClimb-7 skis feature new geometry that delivers better balance, improved flotation, easier steering and more consistent performance in varying snow conditions. Molded-in traction on the top of the ski adds sure-footed control and usability for experienced riders.
• New handlebar-mounted controls are easier to use while riding, with improved ergonomics, and transmit visible information on the digital instrument gauge.
• New Stealth Lightweight Brake master cylinder offers enhanced braking performance with a more protected design.
• New short-throw brake lever increases ergonomic comfort.
• A new magnetic tether switch comes standard, complementing the key ignition.
• A new handlebar wiring cover improves cockpit aesthetics.
• New 10-in. rear idler wheels reduce rolling resistance and increase horsepower to the ground.
• New ECM calibration delivers enhanced performance.
Arctic Cat expands its revolutionary ALPHA ONE system and makes mastering the backcountry even easier 2019 with the all-new M 6000 ALPHA ONE. By combining the ultra-easy maneuverability of the ALPHA ONE system with the predictable power of the 6000-Series engine, the M 6000 ALPHA ONE instills total confidence in riders aiming to learn and master backcountry skills.
The newest M Series snowmobile is based on the award-winning Ascender platform and narrow-profile bodywork. The lightweight and durable platform featuring narrow running boards, forward foot position and a low driveshaft provides the foundation for its deep snow carving excellence and intuitive rider ergonomics.
It’s matched by the lightweight Arctic Mountain Suspension (AMS) with mountain-specific spindles, geometry and 35.5-37.5-in. stance for improved sidehilling, reduced drag in the snow and optimal handling both on and off-trail.
The newest M 6000 gets its 125-hp class performance from the 6000-series C-TEC2 599cc engine with a reputation for strong, predictable throttle response and manageable performance. It features innovative Arctic Cat technology like DSI, APV electronic exhaust valves, exhaust pipe temperature sensor, electric oil injection and a new-for-2019 ceramic exhaust, as well as the nocompromise convenience of push-button engine reverse. Plus it comes standard with push-button electric start.
That performance stays consistent with the quick acceleration and auto-adjusting design of the TEAM Rapid Response II drive clutch, Rapid Reaction driven clutch and the entire Arctic Drive System.
Yet it’s the revolutionary new ALPHA ONE rear suspension and track system that resets the M 6000 as the benchmark for easy handling and maneuverability. The system consists of a lightweight and rigid single rear suspension beam constructed from extruded aluminum and magnesium. It runs in the middle of a specially-designed next-generation, lightweight 154-inch Power Claw track featuring a single row of track windows, a deep snow-specific design with 3-in. paddles and a 3.5-in. pitch, plus unique internal construction.
The result is a track that bends and conforms to the snow, whether the sled is on a side hill, flat surface or climbing in deep powder. With maximum side flex, riders can easily maneuver the ALPHA ONE Mountain Cat to a degree not possible with conventional snowmobiles, carving circles well inside the tightest turns that other machines aren’t capable of. The suspension is light and stiff, allowing the new track to flex and conform to the snow and riding surface. And it still rides down a groomed trail like traditional mountain sleds.
A full 11 lbs. lighter than traditional designs and all but free of trapped snow while being ridden, ALPHA ONE sets a new benchmark in lightweight mountain performance and maneuverability. Other new-for-2019 features include the G2
ProClimb-7 skis that improve balance and flotation, ease steering effort and give more consistent performance in varying snow conditions. The molded-in boot traction adds sure-footed control and usability for expert backcountry riders. Riders will also appreciate the new Stealth Lightweight Brake master cylinder and short-throw brake lever, which provide enhanced braking performance and ideal ergonomics in a more protected design.
Like all 2019 M Series machines, it features new, premium handlebar-mounted controls that are optimized for use while riding, with improved ergonomics, and that transmit visible information on the digital instrument gauge. It includes a new magnetic tether switch to complement the key ignition as well as a new handlebar wiring cover covering that improves cockpit aesthetics.
ALPHA ONE also features a fixed (non-telescoping) and vertical steering post, 11.7-gallon fuel tank, halogen headlight, a combination of lightweight
aluminum-body Arctic Cat IFP gas shocks and a FOX FLOAT 3 QSL rear track shock, a front-mounted heat exchanger that sets the standard for reduced ice buildup, plus standard ice scratchers.
The 2019 Arctic Cat M 6000 ALPHA ONE comes in Black/Ice Blue.