Arctic Cat has announced plans to build a new 50-inch wide, trail-legal Wildcat Side-by-Side.
The only direct competitor to the new narrower Wildcat is the 50-inch Polaris RZR 800 – the machine that started the Sport Side-by-Side craze when it was unleashed in the 2008 model year. Assuming the 50-inch Wildcat retains the same 951cc V-Twin engine as the rest of the Wildcat family, it will hold a significant power advantage over the Polaris RZR 800. If the new Wildcat can offer a competitive price, this machine could be a huge it for Arctic Cat.
A 50-inch Side-by-Side is important to both Polaris and Arctic Cat because it allows riders access to authorized ATV trails. Arctic Cat expects to begin shipping the 50-inch Wildcat side-by-side to dealers in the 2014 fiscal fourth quarter.