ARCTIC CAT XR 700 ($9199)
This year marks a big change in the time line of an
iconic big quad. The full-size ‘Cats got a new chassis and
a new name for the line. The XR prefix now is used for the
700, 550 and 500 recreation/utility machines. They got new
ergonomics that are said to be more comfortable, as well
as new integrated racks that will accept a world of accessories. The XT version is $10,849, and the Limited is $11,199.
ARCTIC CAT TBX 700 EPS ($9999)
If you want a cross between an ATV and a pick-up
truck, this is it. The TBX has a 300-pound tilting rear box. It
also has two 20-pound storage bins, a steel front rack that
can carry 100 pounds and a 2-inch receiver for towing
up to 1050 pounds. Under it all is the 695cc, liquid-cooled,
four-valve motor. Power steering is standard equipment.
The color choice is red.
ARCTIC CAT XR 550 ($8399)
The 550 got the same new chassis as the 700 for 2015, the
motor is the only difference. The new rack system is called
the Speed Rack 2 and is made of plastic-covered steel. The
rubber coating keeps objects from shifting, and the system
allows quick attachment of accessories. The XT version
gives you power steering and alloy wheels for $9699. The
Limited gives you bumpers, a winch and paint for $10,399.
ARCTIC CAT XC 450 ($7499)
If you like not just conquering tough 4x4 trails but like
conquering them quickly, Arctic Cat has something special for you. The XC 450 is a 4WD quad that’s stripped and
ready for a fight. It has no racks or dump boxes to get in
the way. It does have racetrack styling, automotive paint,
bumpers and aluminum wheels with Maxxis MX10K tires
ARCTIC CAT XR 500 ($7799)
Of the new quads in the Arctic Cat XR line, the 500 is the
one that offers the new ergonomics and styling, as well
as the Speed Race 2 system at a more affordable price. It
looks just like the bigger new quads in the XR line, but the
443cc H1 engine allows it to come in under the $8000 mark.
Arctic Cat doesn’t offer the 500 in any upscale packages
and power steering isn’t an option.
ARCTIC CAT 500 ($6499)
A few years back, Arctic Cat called the 500 one of its
“Core” line of ATVs. We liked that because that’s exactly
what this machine offers: core ATV values. It has the
443cc engine with push-button 4WD and the original
steel Speed Racks. The engine is actually the same as the
one in the 450, but it’s housed in a larger chassis, not far
removed from that of the XR line.