ARCTIC CAT 1000XT ($10,999)
This motor was once the biggest in the ATV world. Others
have joined the 951cc V-twin in the mega-quad category
now, but it’s still formidable. Arctic Cat only offers this motor
in the XT trim, which means it has power steering, automotive-style paint and Maxxis Bighorn tires on aluminum
rims. It has a towing capacity of 1050 pounds with 300 additional pounds of storage available on the racks.
ARCTIC CAT MUDPRO 700 LIMITED ($11,499)
The 700 Mudpro is only slightly less outrageous than the
1000. It has the same chassis with a single-cylinder motor. It
does its fording in style with automotive-style paint, power
steering, heavy-duty bumpers, a 3000-pound winch, 28-inch
Maxxis Zilla tires, aluminum wheels, a snorkel air intake,
and it even has steel racks so you can pack a bag with a
change of clothes. Make sure the bag is waterproof.
ARCTIC CAT SUPER DUTY DIESEL ($10,699)
The star of this model is the 686cc in-line twin-cylinder
diesel motor. It runs on six different kinds of fuel and is ideal
for locations where you can’t be picky. The Super Duty
Diesel also comes with a 3000-pound winch and 50 feet of
cable. Otherwise, the chassis is similar to other Arctic Cat
models, with double-A-arm suspension all the way around
and a 2-inch receiver that can tug 1050 pounds.
ARCTIC CAT 700 ($8999)
If you want a big Arctic Cat without the bells, whistles,
knickknacks and pattywhacks, the 700 is as simple as they
come. It has a single-cylinder version of the 1000 motor on a
similar CV transmission. You have on-the-fly 2WD, 4WD
and front diff-lock. If you want to upgrade, the next stop is
the 700XT, which is $10,299 for power steering and paint. The
Limited gives you a winch and more for an additional $500.
ARCTIC CAT TBX700 ($9299)
This machine is part ATV, part UTV. From the seat forward
it’s similar to the 700 quad, with the same 695cc, SOHC, four-valve motor. From the rear, it looks like a Prowler, with a
large dump bed capable of holding 300 pounds of anything
from kitty litter to pirate’s treasure. You can put another 100
pounds of priceless artifacts on the front rack. There’s also a
20-pound hidden compartment on the side.
ARCTIC CAT 550 ($7999)
This shares its chassis with other Arctic Cat models like
the 1000 and 700, but it contains the 545cc H1 engine, with its
single overhead cam and electronic fuel injection. Its racks
are good, old-fashion steel, not plastic, and can carry a total
of 300 pounds. The next level up is the 550XT, which sells for
$9299 and gives you power steering and real paint. The
Limited gives you upgrades, including a winch for $9799.