❏ Sport model UTVs that measure
60 inches wide are coming with better suspension and motor technology
each year. Even though their numbers
are not as impressive as the unlimited
1000s, the smaller sport class is gaining in popularity among enthusiasts.
The capabilities of these machines
are still substantial in the market,
and many owners prefer them over
the big-gun UTVs, mainly because
their riding areas feature tight terrain.
Arctic Cat and Polaris built two very
impressive sport machines, and they
both believe theirs is better, so, of
course, we had to put them to the test.
ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT SPORT
Arctic Cat equips their new
60-plus-horsepower 700cc engine with
a Rapid Response clutch. This powerplant is very well suited for the chassis
of the Wildcat Sport. It sits low and has
a long wheelbase that’s paired with 12
inches of wheel travel front and rear
that works well in every terrain—from
smooth to extremely rough.
Power is provided by an inline
twin four-stroke with EFI engine. It is
the smallest engine in any 60-inch-
wide model, but don’t let the smaller
engine fool you. Arctic Cat mounted
the radiator up front behind the grill
to help keep the powerplant cool, just
as you would see in your normal truck
The Wildcat Sport pushes the limit
of how well the suspension can cycle.
Up front, dual A-arms provide 12. 2
inches of travel through an Elka Stage
5 coil-over shock, with high- and low-
speed compression, rebound and pre-
load adjustment on this limited model.
JRi ECX-1 shocks are available on the
XT Wildcat. Out back, double A-arms
yield 12. 6 inches of travel controlled
by an Elka Stage 5 dual-rate, coil-over
shock featuring rebound, high- and
low-speed compression and preload
The 84.6-inch wheelbase on the
The accessibility to the clutch and belt
system on the Arctic Cat is very easy.
You have plenty of room to work without removing the tire or shock.
Both the Wildcat and RZR S look great coming down the trail. The ground clearance for the Wildcat is 13 inches, and the RZR
has 12. 5 inches of ground clearance.