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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. 

Trenton Munsell, Director of Arctic Cat Offroad Product Strategy, and Ben White, discuss the new Alterra Black Hills Edition in this video.

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.

Arctic Cat covered all the bases when it came to coolness on the Black Hills Edition, including the addition of stylized 14-inch aluminum wheels wrapped with large 28-inch tires.


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.

Fit an finish on a new Alterra is the best its every been in the history of Arctic Cat’s off-road products, and rivals anything in the industry. Access to all maintenance points is quick and easy.

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. 


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.


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

Lower Gearing

CVTech TrailBloc Clutch System

Electronic Power Steering (EPS)

5.7 gallon fuel tank

3,500lb Winch

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

The 2023 Alterra 600 Black Hills Edition has an electronic front 4wd lock. The switch is easy to use when sliding over (to left) and up to engage diff lock.
Any Arctic Cat snowmobile owner will feel at home riding the Black Hills Edition with redesigned t-style steering post, adjustable riser (fore and aft) and new flat bend handlebars with integrated bar hooks. Ive personally always loved the storage compartment at the front of the seat of most Arctic Cat ATVs.
A good look at the front bumper trimmed out in Ballistic Bronze and 3,500lb winch. I applaud the incorporated hooks by the winch which makes securing the Alterra while trailering with tie-downs, much easier.
Like the front, the rear of the Alterra has a nice stylized rear bumper trimmed out in Ballistic Bronze which really pops in the sunlight. This view also gives you a good look at the high clearance bottom A-arms.


    • 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! 🙂

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Am I the only one thinking that someone needs to make a model that comes with adjustable high end shocks? I can get a sled or SxS that way so why not? I would over look the single cylinder motor if i could have this option! Could be early order option? Just a thought to a nitch market no one is doing other than sport versions


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