❏ If you have spent any time researching the UTV market or have simply
gone to your local dealer, you will
learn that Arctic Cat is a major manufacturer, but you won’t see them
on the trail in the same numbers
that you will Polaris and Can-Am.
In an effort to change that disparity
in numbers, Arctic Cat just released
the 2017 Wildcat X and X Limited with
the new RG Pro suspension system,
and we are impressed! Arctic Cat
teamed up with professional race car
driver Robby Gordon and modified
the Wildcat for better performance
in the handling department. And the
best part? You can get the Wildcat X
Limited for under $20,000!
RG PRO SUSPENSION
The biggest change with the new
Wildcat X model is the rear suspension. For starters, adjustable,
dual-rate-reservoir King shocks provide 16. 5 inches of travel and are
now used on the ’Cat. The new trailing arms mount in two pivots almost
like a motorcycle swingarm. They are
designed to be stronger than before,
and just like the axles and hubs, the
exact same part is used for both sides
of the Arctic Cat. When the independent rear suspension runs through
full travel, there is always some side-to-side movement called wheel scrub.
On the 2016 Wildcat there was 5 inches of scrub. With the Gordon suspension, scrub has been reduced to 1.5
inches. That helps the machine track
much straighter over rough terrain.
The Arctic Cat Wildcat X handles hard
landings with ease due to the new RG
The 951cc, H1, V-twin, four-stroke
engine is the same as last year, and so
is the CVT transmission. We had hoped
Arctic Cat would upgrade to a more
The new trailing arm is very strong and
creates less side-to-side movement than
previous designs. This allows the UTV to
track straighter over rough terrain.