Cat gets generous with power steering
Back in May Arctic Cat gave us a little teaser of what was to come from the Minnesota-based manufacturer in 2011 when it revealed its early release model ATVs and Prowlers. Highlights include the brand new Prowler HDX 700, as well as an updated Prowler 550 XT. On the ATV side, we saw updates to the 450, 550, 700, TRV 550 GT, and TRV 700 GT.
After devouring the appetizer, we now get to enjoy the main course as Arctic Cat has unveiled the rest of its 2011 models. As expected, electronic power steering continues to make its way through the Arctic Lineup, but Cat also offers a host of other changes as it attempts to fill any holes in the lineup and gain market share.
Prowler XTX 700 EPS
As the first side-by-side in history to complete and win the grueling Baja 1000, the Prowler XTX 700 holds a special place in Arctic Cat lineup. For 2011 the sport-inspired XTX receives a fairly major overhaul.
New for 2011 is a Baja racing-inspired ROPS certified round tube canopy, Electronic Power Steering (EPS), new steering wheel, digital gauge with seat best indicator light, and heavy-duty 14-in. aluminum wheels.
EPS and a five-position tilt steering column are intended to enhance the 700’s sporty handling. Variable Assist EPS allows steering assistance to the XTX before it even starts to move at idle, which is designed to help conserve the rider’s energy when in 4WD – especially when the differential lock is engaged.
The 2011 Prowler XTX 700 EPS is available in Green Metallic, Copper Metallic, Tungsten Metalic, and Viper Blue painted bodywork.
Prowler XTZ 1000 EPS
As the flagship Prowler model, it’s no surprise the XTZ 1000 received EPS for 2011. Like the XTX 700, it also receives a new race-inspired ROPS certified round tube canopy, new five-position tilt steering wheel, digital gauge with seat belt indicator, and heavy-duty 14-in. aluminum wheels.
Complimenting the ridiculous power from the 951cc, 4-stroke, V-Twin engine are high-performance RydeFX gas-charged monotube shocks at all four corners. Other changes include a redesigned foot throttle with a lighter actuator spring and a console-mounted automotive-style parking brake.
The 2011 Prowler XTZ 1000 EPS is available in Metallic White and Viper Blue painted bodywork.
1000 LTD EPS
If you’re looking for pure power from your ATV, look no further than Arctic Cat’s 1000. It’s still the largest displacement ATV in the industry and for 2011 it returns in the LTD trim with the addition of Electronic Power Steering.
Other new features include a standard 3,000-lb. winch, and some of the industry’s best tires – 25-in. Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 – wrapped around 12-in. aluminum wheels.
Completing the package is Arctic Cat’s Sublime Green Metallic painted bodywork.
Regardless of the LTD trim and EPS, when it comes to the 1000, it’s still all about the 951cc, liquid-cooled, fuel injected, V-Twin engine. This is a true torque monster and offers unmatched arm-stretching acceleration.
Other features include 11 inches of ground clearance and 10 inches of suspension travel, and front and rear SpeedRacks that can carry a combined weight of 300 pounds.
TBX 700 LTD EPS
When it comes to ATV utility, Arctic Cat’s TBX 700 can handle just about any job. For 2011 this workhouse receives EPS, along with a new LTD tag which carries some interesting features.
New this year on the TBX 700 LTD EPS are 12-in. aluminum wheels, a 3,000-lb. winch, front and rear bumpers, and a softer seat foam compound. Helping to set everything off is a slick looking Green Metallic color.
The TBX comes with rear dump box that can hold 300 pounds and features a pickup-style tailgate latch. Additionally, handy tie-down attachment points are built directly into the cargo box and frame, while integrated rails accept accessory clamp-down fixtures.
The 2011 TBX 700 EPS is available in Arctic Green Metallic painted bodywork.
Mud Pro 650/700/1000
When it comes to mud riding, Arctic Cat has you covered better than any other manufacturer. As soon as it was first introduced in 2009, the Mud Pro took the mud riding world by storm and hasn’t looked back. For 2011, the entire lineup (650, 700, and 1000) returns with key changes in styling, performance, and durability.
Arctic Cat engineers and Team Arctic racers race-tested new axles that the manufacturer says are 66 percent stronger than the 2010 models and 17 percent stronger than the leading aftermarket brand. This was done to help withstand the extreme stress of Arctic Cat’s high-horsepower H1 and H2 engines mixed with aggressive 28-in. Maxxis Zilla tires. Also new for 2010 are 3:1 gears, compared to 4:1 in 2010.
The 650 Mud Pro is available in Lime Green, while the 700 Mud Pro is offered in Sublime Green Metallic and Orange Metallic painted bodywork and the 1000 Mud Pro is adorned in Sublime Green Metallic painted bodywork.
TRV Cruiser 550/700/1000 EPS
Nobody caters to two-up riders quite like Arctic Cat. It’s TRV lineup competes against two-up offerings from Polaris and Can-Am, but Arctic Cat takes it a step further with its TRV Cruiser family.
New for 2011 are standard features like Electronic Power Steering, heated driver and passenger handgrips, locking travel case, windshield fairing with integrated mirrors, aluminum wheels, and a Warn winch. It’s unlike any other two-up ATV on the market and it’s available with three different engines – 550, 700, and 1000.
The TRV 550 Cruiser and TRV 1000 Cruiser are available in Viper Blue painted bodywork, while the TRV 700 Cruiser is offered in Tungsten Metallic painted bodywork.
366 4×4 SE
For 2011, the 366 4×4 returns as an SE model, but retains its title as the lowest priced 4×4 entrant in the lineup. All that’s really different from the 2010 model are a windshield and Metallic Black painted bodywork.
The heart of the 366 4×4 is still the 366cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine. The windshield will be a big plus for riders who like to go on long-distance treks – especially when the wind is cool. Painted bodywork is an interesting feature on what is considered an entry-level 4×4, but it does help set the 366 apart from the crowd.
|2011 Arctic ATV and Prowler U.S. Pricing|
|Sport Performance Models|
|Sport Utility Models|
|450 EFI||$6,999 ($7,599 for Camo)|
|450 EFI LTD||$7,799|
|550 EFI||$7,799 ($8,299 for Camo)|
|550 EFI S Power Steering||$8,599|
|550 EFI LTD Power Steering||$9,499|
|700 EFI S Power Steering||$9,499 ($9,999 for Camo)|
|700 EFI LTD Power Steering||$10,399|
|1000 EFI LTD Power Steering||$12,299|
|700 EFI MudPro||$9,999|
|1000 EFI MudPro||$13,299|
|TBX 700 EFI LTD Power Steering||$9,999|
|700 Super Duty Diesel||$9,999|
|TRV 450 EFI||$7,699|
|TRV 550 EFI||$8,499|
|TRV 550 EFI GT Power Steering||$9,549|
|TRV 550 EFI Cruiser Power Steering||$10,399|
|TRV 700 EFI||$9,299|
|TRV 700 EFI GT Power Steering||$10,349|
|TRV 700 EFI Cruiser Power Steering||$11,199|
|TRV 1000 EFI Cruiser Power Steering||$13,799|
|Side by Side Models|
|Prowler 550 EFI XT||$10,999|
|Prowler 700 EFI XTX Power Steering||$12,999 ($13,299 for Camo)|
|Prowler 700 EFI HDX Power Steering||$13,499 ($13,799 for Camo)|
|Prowler 1000 EFI XTZ Power Steering||$15,599|
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