Marking its first entry into the growing pure-sport side-by-side market, Arctic Cat Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAT) today officially introduced the all-new Wildcat V-Twin 1000i H.O. The Wildcat is a full-production version of what was previously reserved for off-road race vehicles, offering the largest displacement engine in its class, industry-leading suspension travel, 13 inches of ground clearance and a full-perimeter frame. It debuts as the industry’s most potent pure-sport recreational off-road vehicle (ROV), inspired by the unforgiving terrain of the Baja 1000 off-road race, engineered to attack obstacles with precision and control, and crafted in America by a company dedicated to performance and quality.
“We are excited to enter a new market segment with a pure-sport hot rod that redefines what’s possible in a production off-road vehicle,” said Claude Jordan, Arctic Cat president and chief executive officer. “The Wildcat unquestionably raises the bar and sets a new standard for pure-sport ROVs.”
The 1000i H.O. engine powering the new Wildcat is the largest displacement engine in the pure-sport category, and the ideal match for its industry-leading suspension and chassis. Built in the USA by Arctic Cat at its St. Cloud, Minnesota facility, the 951cc V-Twin, SOHC 4-stroke with electronic fuel injection (EFI) has proven itself on the Prowler XTZ. On the Wildcat, the 1000i H.O. has been tuned to deliver even stronger acceleration and horsepower.
The Wildcat’s long-suspension rivals those used on off-road race buggies. The foundation for the Wildcat’s suspension is a full-perimeter frame that sets a new standard in strength, rigidity and durability. Usually found only in off-road race trucks, the 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, utilizing an elongated tread pattern designed to extend to the tires’ shoulder, providing excellent cornering, traction, performance and durability in rough conditions.
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