2018 Textron Off Road Wildcat X and Wildcat X Limited Preview
While the two models are largely familiar for any Arctic Cat faithful, they do each boast a new protective cage. Here is what Textron Off Road has to say about the 2018 Wildcat X and Wildcat X Limited.
The 2018 Wildcat X and Wildcat X Limited from Textron Off Road deliver the same legendary off-road performance these models are renowned for, but now with the added prestige of a new race-inspired ROPS.
From the beginning, the Wildcat X 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 new race-inspired ROPS bringing the ultimate strength and rigidity to the occupant canopy. Its 40/60-percent front/rear weight distribution delivers optimal handling at high speed. In addition, 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 models peg the fun meter thanks to their fun and powerful engine. Designed and built by Textron Motors, it’s a liquid-cooled 951cc V-Twin 4-stroke that features 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.
Additional comfort-and-control features 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 negotiating 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. Aluminum wheels; underseat storage; glove box, bed-mounted tie-down hooks; and tilt steering complete the package.
The Wildcat X comes with JRi ECX-1 compression-adjustable shocks, Duro PowerGrip tires; cast-aluminum wheels; and half doors. It’s available in Team Arctic Green.
The upscale Wildcat X Limited adds full aluminum doors; a sleek molded roof; premium Elka Stage 5 shocks; aluminum beadlock wheels; aluminum front and rear bumpers; and 27-in. ITP Blackwater Evolution Tires. It comes in Dynamic Grey.
Wildcat X and Wildcat X Limited Features
- 951 cc Twin Cylinder, Closed-Loop EFI Engine
- TEAM Rapid Response Clutch
- Electronic 2/4WD/Front Differential Lock
- LED Headlights, Taillights, Brake Lights
- Standard Electronic Power Steering
- JRi ECX-1 Shocks with Double A-Arm Front Suspension and 5-Link Rear Suspension (X)
- Aluminum Wheels (X)
- Duro PowerGrip Tires (X)
- Elka Stage 5 Shocks with Double A-Arm Front Suspension and 5-Link Rear Suspension (X Limited)
- Machined Cast Aluminum Beadlock Wheels (X Limited)
- ITP Blackwater Evolution Tires (X Limited)
- Full Doors (X Limited)