2017 Arctic Cat Wildcat X Limited vs. Yamaha YXZ1000R SS SE: By the Numbers

Derrek Sigler
by Derrek Sigler
Sport UTVs that take wildly different approaches

Like all of you, we’re all waiting to hear more details on the hot new Arctic Cat Wildcat XX. Sneaking in under the radar, though, is the new Wildcat X Limited, that has all-new suspension designed by Robbie Gordon that should make it an awesome off-road monster. And in the other corner, let’s take a look at the new Yamaha YXZ1000R SS SE. A machine that is already turning heads with manual shifting, the YXZ gets sport paddle shifters.

There are some basic similarities between these two powerhouses, both being 1,000-class Aport UTVs that don’t have turbo chargers. And there is a connection between Arctic Cat and Yamaha, being that they develop their performance snowmobiles jointly, and the new XX is running a Yamaha powerplant. But that’s about it. Where they go from there is in wildly different directions.

2017 Arctic Cat Wildcat X Limited2017 Yamaha YXZ1000R SS SE
Engine951, V-Twin, SOHC, High Output 4-Stroke998cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline three-cylinder; 12 valves
Driveline/Differential2/4 WD + Electronic Front Differential LockOn-Command; 3-way locking differential; selectable 2WD and 4WD with diff lock; shaft drive
TransmissionRapid Response Clutch, Hi/Lo Range, Reverse and ParkYamaha Sport Shift, paddle shift with auto clutch; 5-speed sequential with reverse
Wheelbase95.0 in90.5 in
Overall Dimensions (LxWxH)128″ x 64″ x 66.8″122.8″ x 64″ x 72.2″
Weight1,380 lbs (dry)1,554 lbs (wet)
Front TiresITP Ultracross 27x10R1527 x 9.00R-14 Maxxis MU09
Rear TiresITP Ultracross 27x10R1527 x 11.00R-14 Maxxis MU10
Ground Clearance12.0 in12.9 in
Fuel Capacity8.8 gal9.0 gal
Front Suspension/TravelDouble A-Arm / 17″Independent double wishbone w/anti-sway bar / 16.2″
Rear Suspension/TravelRG PRO / 15.5″Independent double wishbone w/anti-sway bar / 17″
BrakesHydraulic Disc with Dual Piston Caliper / Hydraulic DiscDual Hydrualic Discs Front and Rear
Rack/Bed Capacity300 lbs300 lbs
Power SteeringStandardStandard


The Arctic Cat runs on a 951cc, SOHC, High Output 4-Stroke V-Twin engine. It has a bore and stroke of 92mm by 71.6mm. Getting that power to the wheels is a CVT transmission with Arctic Cat’s excellent Rapid Response clutch. For shifting options, you will find high/low range, reverse and park.

Wildcat X Limited Engine

Yamaha’s powerplant is a 998cc liquid-cooled, DOHC inline three-cylinder with 12 valves. Its bore and stroke is 80.0mm by 66.2mm. The transmission on the YXZ is completely different with a Yamaha Sport Shift paddle shifter with an auto clutch. It makes the Yammie a five-speed sequential with reverse gear. When Yamaha released the YXZ, it raised eyebrows with a manual clutch and the sequential shifter. Now with the addition of the sport-shift paddle shifters and the automatic clutch, Yamaha offers even more versatility to drivers.

Arctic Cat Wildcat X Limited Rear

Arctic Cat has long been known for machines with some pretty amazing suspension. Anyone who’s ever driven a Wildcat can attest, they have got the design down. So when we heard that AC was changing it, well, it has to be good. The RG PRO rear suspension has a “wishbone” style trailing arm that is designed for true tracking throughout the entire 15.5 inches of wheel travel. That travel is now coming via awesome dual-rate King Racing shocks that have rebound and compression adjustments. Up front, the Wildcat runs King Racing shocks with 17 inches of travel on dual A-arms. The ‘Cat gives you a full 12 inches of ground clearance to boot.

The Yamaha YXZ doesn’t disappoint on the suspender side either with independent double wishbones w/anti-sway bars both front and rear. For shocks, the SS SE runs on fully adjustable FOX 2.5 Podium X2 Shocks with 16.2 inches of travel in front and 17 inches out back. The Podiums are a massive 2.5 inches wide and, of course, look pretty sweet with the mounting setup Yamaha employs. Standing tall, the YXZ has a full 12.9 inches of ground clearance.

FOX Podium 2.5 X2 Shocks

The Arctic Cat measures out at 128 inches long by 64 inches wide. It is 66.8 inches tall with an overall wheelbase of 95 inches. It has a dry weight of 1,380 lbs. It rolls on 27-inch ITP Ultracross tires on 15-inch KMC cast aluminum wheels.

Yamaha YXZ1000R SS SE Action

The Yamaha rolls in with an overall length of 122.8 inches by 64 inches in width. The YXZ is 72.2 inches tall and a wheelbase of 90.5 inches. By contrast, the wet weight of the Yamaha is 1,554 lbs. It runs on 27-inch Maxxis MU9 (front) and MU10 (rear) tires, set on 14-inch Yamaha beadlock rims.

The Bottom Line

The MSRP for the Arctic Cat Wildcat X Limited is $19,499 and you can find more info here. https://www.arcticcat.com/dirt/side-by-sides/model/2017-en-wildcat-x-limited/

The Yamaha YXZ1000R SS SE has an MSRP of $22,399-22,699 depending on color choice. You can find more information by going here. https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/pure-sport-side-by-side/models/yxz1000r-ss-se

Derrek Sigler
Derrek Sigler

Derrek's love for all things ATV started when he was a mere 11 years old, growing up on his family farm. His mom gave him and his sister a choice - get a horse, or a three-wheeler. The sister wanted the horse, and Derrek wanted the ATV. Luckily he won out, and was soon burning up the trails on a Yamaha Tri-Moto 200. By the time he was 14, he had saved enough of his own money by working on the farm and in his folks restaurant to buy a new 4-wheeler. That happened the day he and his mom were driving past the dealership and saw 1987 Banshee. His mom had no idea what he was buying, and he never looked back. He's been riding ever since, and been writing professionally for many years. He has ridden all over North America and been behind the controls of just about every machine out there. And yes, he still has his 1987 Yamaha Banshee.

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