Arctic Cat and the fabled Black Hills of South Dakota both rose from the midwestern plains, and at the heart of every adventure rider, is an explorer wanting to tame every trail running through a scenic lookout, geologic formation and dense forest found. For 2023, Arctic Cat introduces a new American Legend – The Alterra 600 Black Hills Edition.
The 600 Black Hills Edition takes its performance cues from the rest of Arctic Cat’s premier Alterra line, with high-end styling and performance to match its impressive presence. Standard luxury features include LED light accents in the dual halogen headlights, stylized over-molded front and rear racks with non-slip surface, 14-inch aluminum rims and tall 28-inch tires, premium color-matched front bumper and 3,500lb winch.
Traversing terrain tattooed by Mother Nature’s restless winds, erosion and rock outcroppings is an easier task with the Alterra Black Hills Edition thanks to electronic power steering, lower gearing, an electronic locking front differential, high clearance front and rear lower a-arms and an adjustable handlebar riser system.
Class-leading power comes from an equally new engine built at Arctic Cat’s world class facility in Minnesota. The 45-hp, 600cc, single-cylinder EFI engine has a lighter weight, more precisely balanced crankshaft to reduce vibration and quick engine response.
CVTech TrailBloc clutches provide the smoothest take-offs and the performance-spec clutching reacts quickly.
Alterra bodywork challenges design innovation with narrow styling, enhanced bodylines and simplistic snap-fit body panels to gain quick access to the engine compartment.
A low center of gravity for the rider is an evolution of Arctic Cat’s trademark ride-in performance and leads the industry with 12.8-inches of ground clearance paired to large 28×10-14 tires. Electronic power steering aids in mastering the corners with fatigue-free handlebar input. Bodywork and color-matched seat design are narrow where it counts throughout the cockpit – your knees, legs and hips will thank you after a full day of spirited riding. Spacious floorboards provide freedom for your feet to maneuver, and the single header exhaust is engineered down the center of the Alterra, exiting out the rear of the machine to direct heat away from the rider.
Alterra’s performance-engineered chassis also has a low center of gravity and near perfect weight distribution. The double a-arm front and rear suspension geometry, boast 8.75-inches of travel, and the high clearance lower a-arm designs are positioned on the chassis for the ultimate in additional ground clearance, precise handling and ultimate all-day ride comfort.
WHY TO BUY: ALTERRA 600 BLACK HILLS EDITION
This is one of Arctic Cat’s most capable, highly featured performance sport-utility ATVs built to tame every trail thanks to electronic power steering, lower gearing, an electronic locking front differential, high clearance front and rear lower a-arms and an adjustable handlebar riser system. The whole package is wrapped in head-turning graphics on brilliant white bodywork and ballistic bronze accents to set you apart.
THE MACHINE AT A GLANCE
600cc, 4-stroke, Single-Cylinder Engine with EFI and 45 Horsepower
2wd/4wd/Front Differential Lock Electronic Actuation
High/Low/Neutral/Reverse and Park in transmission
CVTech TrailBloc Clutch System
Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
5.7 gallon fuel tank
High Clearance lower front and rear A-arms
28-inch off-road tires
Dual Halogen headlights with LED Accents
1,050lb towing capacity
$11,599 MSRP (US), 12 month warranty and arriving in dealerships this fall
This is definitely a sharp unit. Great to see the locking front diff.
This Black Hills Edition checks all MY personal boxes for an ATV I want to own. Looks damn cool, rims/tires, locker, high clearance a-arms, winch and bumpers and the option to add a 20-inch handlebar riser! Hooray! 🙂
Damn the price of fun is getting steep though. The 2022 original price of the base 600 EPS (I have one) was 8399. Cost me 9199 in May with all the add on shipping and what ever else they named the extra $$. I hope they can come back down when things get back to normal.
Curious, after admiring the bar setup is the guage even visible from a seated position?
I would say yes as the riding position puts you up front on the seat. Garmin will tell you your speed as well.
It looks like a nice unit. I hope they come out with a new sxs one day.
Overall, it looks like a pretty sweet machine, but the 4-wheel lock box on the handlebars looks a little cobby / like an errant branch might take it out without much effort.
I don’t have a locker on mine but I don’t know how a branch could take it out. It is pretty stout!
Nice to see some attention paid to ATVs, looks like a nice machine