❏ Before the UTV was conceived,
there was a company called Argo.
Argo created the first all-terrain vehicle
(ATV) and, arguably, the first UTV. They
might look very different than what
we consider ATVs and UTVs these
days, but Argo just launched their new
line of quads. However, their original
machines have always been in a class
all their own—the Argo amphibious line.
There have been companies that
have tried to go the amphibious route,
but none have topped what the Argos
can do. It all started back in 1967 when
Ontario Drive and Gear (ODG) built
the first one. Fifty years in the making
and they’re still the top amphibious
go-anywhere, do-anything rig we’ve
seen. The Argos are true all-terrain
vehicles compared to any vehicle
out there. Our associate editor, Colt
Brinkerhoff, always wanted to drive one
as a kid, but no one he knew had one.
I’m sure that’s been the same story for
a lot of us, but now they’re focusing on
helping their dealers get the Argo ball
moving across the states.
For 2018 Argo made some changes
to their xtreme-terrain vehicle (XTV)
lineup. They decreased how many
models they needed and focused on
making the ones that stayed even
better than before. They also have two
transmission offerings: the classic and
the admiral transmissions. Each Argo
amphibious model shares the same
high-density polyethylene (HDPE) all-
terrain body, which is perfectly shaped
for buoyancy. They can all withstand
extreme temperatures—from - 40
degrees to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
What is the best feature of an Argo
besides going in the water? They
have a zero-degree turning radius!
That’s right, turn the handlebar and
the torque will be taken from either
the left or right side of the machine
and transferred to the other, giving
it incredible turning. If you could
imagine operating a skid-steer with a
handlebar, that’s what it’s like.