❏ A one-word description of our
feelings about the 50-inch Arctic Cat
Wildcat 700 Trail would be “
unexpected.” In certain areas of the country, it
is almost vital that you have a UTV
that is under 50 inches wide and
weighs less than 1000 pounds (dry).
Vehicles larger than that are barred
from many dedicated trail systems,
so we understood it was a matter of
time before there was a trail-width
Wildcat. Apparently, we underestimated the work involved in developing a fun, good-handling UTV that is
50 inches wide. Either that or we had
a great deal of faith in Arctic Cat. We
expected a narrowed Wildcat 1000.
Fortunately, the crew at AC is realistic, and they weren’t too far into the
project before the powers involved
realized that the power of its existing
1000cc V-twin not only wasn’t needed,
but the engine physically wouldn’t
fit, so the search for a powerplant
was on. And with its own factories at
capacity fulfilling existing lines, the
quest ended with an off-shore, 700cc,
parallel twin with EFI and 63 horsepower. The engine is mated to a Team
transaxle and transfer case.
This all-new, Arctic Cat-designed, parallel-twin, 700cc engine is a big part
why the Wildcat Trail works. The engine
allowed designers to meet performance
and weight goals.
Arctic Cat equipped the Wildcat Trail with ample power and minimum weight, so the power-to-weight ratio provides for thrilling
moments. The machine is extremely nimble and perfect for the intended purpose of utilizing trails limited to machines 50 inches wide and under 1000 pounds.