The hotest segment in the ATV market seems to be the UTV/Side-by-sides. Artic Cat is looking to raise the bar with its latest product, the all-new Wildcat race-inspired, side-by-side hot rod.
The 2012 Artic Cat Wild cat is coming out swinging as a pure-sport recreational off-road vehicle (ROV). The new Wildcat is powered by a 1000i H.O. engine with EFI, derived from the one fitted on the Prowler XTZ, but tuned for stronger acceleration and horsepower. Schwingggggggg.
In addition to the large motor, the Wildcat’s long-suspension rivals those used on off-road race buggies. It appears that Artic Cat is chasing the sport/racing segment. The Wildcat’s chassis is constructed from high strength low alloy (HSLA) steel with a full-perimeter exoskeleton design that’s a first in the pure-sport ROV class. The all-new Duro Kaden 14-inch tires also were developed specifically for the Wildcat.
Busting out another first-in-class technology bonus is the addition of Arctic Cat’s variable assist electronic power steering (EPS). The EPS system measures steering input force, tire resistance and vehicle speed, and then provides the appropriate assist to the steering column through an electric motor. Off Road Race Buggy.
Inside features have been specifically developed to offer comfort, control and visibility, comprising contoured, high-back bucket seats, an adjustable tilt-steering wheel, and digital and analog gauges. Getting in and out of the Wildcat is made via a tube-frame door with integrated nets.
It comes in two colors Black Metallic or Arctic Green Metallic.
I think it looks badass in black.
With the gauntlet dropped in the sport UTV/Side by side market.. What is next?