Arctic Cat Sleds Lose Weight with New Self-Made Engine

Arctic Cat brings their first self-made snowmobile engine for the 2014 series, alongside with the direct-injection 600cc 2-stroke power unit meeting the new EPA regulations.
Arctic Cat ZR 6000 El Tigre 1 photo
If we were to sum up the changes in the Arctic Cat shed, we should count: the machines in the M series have lost weight, new models will be brought to the XF crossover family, new ProCross and ProClimb models will be powered by Yamaha's 1049cc 4T Genesis engines. And there's more: Arctic Cat brings back to life two legacy names.

EPA's regulations forced the Cats to ditch the old 600cc Suzuki power unit, so they decided to make their own. The new power unit, dubbed the 6000-series C-TEC2 comes with a 598.9cc and is as close as it gets to the previous unit. A throttle position sensor, RPM, altitude all work in conjunction with the electronic oil pump, as an innovative element.

The new engine will only be available in the trail-oriented model ZR 6000 El Tigre, bringing back two of the historic tags in the brand: El Tigre, from the 70s and the ZR used in late 90s and early 2000s.

The M series will have only 2 engine choices: the 177 hp 9000 Series C-TEC4 four-stroke turbo unit and 160 hp 8000 Series two-stroke, for all the 12 2014 models. The old naturally aspirated 1100 four-stroke engine is no longer available as of next year.

New ergonomics, better suspensions, new driveshaft and race-specced brakes are new improvements for the 800cc-class models, while replacing some steel structural elements (spars) with aluminium ones helped building lighter machines. We'll be back with more on all the Arctic Cat sleds, even though it's summer that's closing in.


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