Handling is very predictable, which makes this machine fun and easy to drive. You
can still slide around corners with the small-displacement motor.
Our driver is testing how much body roll this machine has while still being able to
stay in control.
The dash has a digital gauge that features speedometer, tachometer, hour meter,
odometer, trip meter, gear indicator, fuel gauge, air intake temp, engine temp, volts
and a digital clock. A shoebox-sized glove compartment with an elastic mesh keeper is also found inside.
on windy trails, with a lot more to
go in the motor. On more wide-open
trails, the top speed of the Wildcat
Sport is in the 70-mph range. It manages to fly over rough terrain and still
be able to powerslide around high-speed corners.
The switch with 4WD and the 4WD
diff-lock is a great feature. It is very
capable in standard 4WD through
rocks, mud, loose gravel and sand.
When in diff-lock, you have all four
wheels locked and turning together;
it is only truly needed when in very
technical/difficult terrain. Standard
4WD works very well at higher
speeds, and the steering still feels
nice and smooth, as the diff-lock has
more of a firmer/twitchy feel through
the steering wheel, thanks to the electronic power steering.
In 2WD you have more than
enough power to break the tires
loose in a high-speed corner and
still have enough traction at the rear
end to climb hills without switching
into 4WD. When descending hills, the
engine braking is very strong in both
two- and four-wheel drive and high
and low range.
SUSPENSION & MORE
The Wildcat Sport is 10 inches
wider than the Trail model, sitting at
60 inches wide. Along with the added
width, it also has just over 2 inches
of increased suspension travel, with
12. 2 inches up front and 12. 6 inches of travel in the rear, both being
controlled by double A-arms front
and rear. To help control damping,
one Elka Stage 5 coil-over shock is
at each corner. These shocks have
low- and high-speed compression
adjustments, as well as rebound and
The ride is very plush thanks to the
Stage 5 Elka’s over all types of terrain
we tested on—from gravel roads, rain
ruts, rocky riverbeds to whoops in the
desert. Handling is improved with the
help of a rear sway bar. Front sway
bars are not factory installed like on
the Trail version, but the chassis has
all the mounts to install one. With
13 inches of ground clearance, you
can have confidence when traversing over rocky terrain. The 26x8-12
front and 26x10-12 rear Carlisle Trail
Pro tires are mounted on aluminum
wheels. From hardpacked, mud, sand
and rocky terrain, these tires hooked
up just right all the time.
For stopping power, you have
hydraulic disc brakes on all four corners with dual-piston calipers. We felt
this is just enough stopping power