“X” — It’s the badge of ultimate off-road performance. It distinguishes the trio of 2016 Arctic Cat Wildat EPS models as occupying the top of the ROV food chain. The Wildcat X EPS, Wildcat X Limited EPS and Wildcat X Special Edition EPS offer a full range of component selection and color choices.
From the beginning, the Arctic Cat Wildcat set a new standard in pure-sport ROV performance thanks to a chassis and suspension combo that was purpose-built to conquer all types of gnarly terrain. Inspired by desert race vehicles, the Wildcats’ exoskeleton chassis features a 40-/60-percent front/ rear weight distribution for optimal handling at high speed. The driver and passenger are located near the low center of gravity, leaving them less affected by the movements of the vehicle, enhancing confidence and control.
With an industry-leading 17/18 inches of front/ rear suspension travel and 13 inches of ground clearance, both Wildcats deliver comfort and control in nearly every condition. The 5-link trailing arm rear suspension design keeps the rear tires planted while the suspension moves through its travel for unmatched traction and control. The Wildcat X gets JRi ECX-1 shocks featuring 70-position compression adjust- ments, spring preload adjustment and 2.5-in. piggyback reservoirs.
The race-ready X Limited sports Elka Stage 5 shocks with high and low speed compression dampening as well as rebound adjustment. Precise tuning makes these shocks smoother and more responsive, and are tough, rugged and ready for anything.
Powering the 90-plus horsepower X models is a liquid-cooled 951cc Arctic Cat H2 V-Twin 4-stroke with Electronic Fuel Injection, a 2-into-1 ceramic-coated exhaust and single 50mm throttle body. Feeding that power and torque to the ground are the TEAM Rapid Response clutches and electronic selectable 2WD/4WD and front differential lock. Variable Assist Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system keeps the steering both light and precise. The EPS initiates at engine idle for reduced steering effort when in 4WD, especially when the differential lock is engaged. The result is a light steering input effort when negotiat- ing tough obstacles like washouts, rocks and mud, but with enough feedback so the driver senses the tire contact patch in relation to the terrain.
Additional comfort-and-control features include high back bucket seats with upper body supports and 3-point seat belts; plus tube- frame doors with integrated nets to compliment the exterior lines. Class-leading LED headlights and taillights shine extra-bright, while a 300-lb. payload rear compartment is large enough to carry a cooler and a Gerry can of gas. Machined, cast- aluminum wheels; automotive-style paint; underseat storage; glove box, bed-mounted tie-down hooks; and tilt steering complete the package. For 2016 the Wildcat X comes with JRi ECX-1 compression-adjustable shocks, new Duro PowerGrip tires; half doors; and three unique color combinations.
The upscale Wildcat X Limited adds full aluminum doors; a sleek molded roof; premium Elka Stage 5 shocks; color-matched aluminum beadlock wheels; aluminum front and rear bumpers; and 27-in. ITP Blackwater Evolution Tires. It comes in Matte Black paint.
The Wildcat X Special Edition gets the same features as the Limited, plus it features a special dash- mounted numbered plaque and is colored in military-like Desert Tan. It’s a truly limited-edition vehicle.
New for 2016
New 27-in. Duro PowerGrip tires deliver outstanding traction and durability in a variety of terrain conditions.
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