First Look: 2013.5 Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000 X

Jan. 15, 2013 By Josh Burns, Photos Courtesy of the Manufacturer
The new Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000 X will boast 90-plus horsepower from its 951cc engine – an improvement from the 78-hp rating on the Wildcat 1000.

In teaser e-mail sent out a few weeks back, Arctic Cat hinted at a new exciting model it would soon introduce. Today the company released the news on its new Wildcat 1000 X, meeting the demands of customers looking for a more powerful engine in the sporty side-by-side.

The new Wildcat X features an updated engine that produces 90-plus horsepower from its SOHC, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine – up from the Wildcat 1000’s 78 horsepower rating.

The engine isn’t the only update to the new model, however, as Arctic Cat also partnered with Team Industries to develop a new “Drive and Driven” clutch that is designed to deliver the additional torque and horsepower of the 951cc V-twin.

Fox Podium shocks will aid in the ride quality on the Wildcat X, as they can be adjusted to 23 different positions to meet the conditions.

Also updated on the new Wildcat X is a new sway bar. This will work in conjunction with the all-new Fox Podium shocks and Maxxis Bighorn tires found on the X. The Fox shocks are adjustable to 23 positions for different compression settings depending upon the terrain.

“The Wildcat X has been tested in some of the roughest off-road areas in the world, including Barstow, California, the expansive sand dunes in Glamis and rock climbing in Moab,” Arctic Cat said in the press release for the X.

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Arctic Cat also highlighted the other features of the new X in its press release, which include: 5-link rear suspension with 18 inches of rear travel and 17 inches of travel up front; full perimeter exoskeleton frame with “best-in-class ride-in comfort and leg room”; variable assist electronic power steering for ease of operation and an adjustable tilt steering wheel for comfort; automatic transmission with Reverse, Neutral, High and Low gears, as well as a 2WD/4WD/Diff Lock switch on the dashboard.

Arctic Cat partnered with Team Industries to produce a new clutch to put the added power to the ground of the X’s updated engine.

Also featured in the Wildcat X is locking glove box, color matched buckets seats with three-point seat belts, and tube-fame doors with integrated nets.  The X features front and rear sport-styled bumpers, and the LED headlights and taillights are said to use 50 percent less wattage.

The Wildcat X, slotted as a 2013.5 model by Arctic Cat, will be available in March of this year in two color options of Vibrant Red and Team Arctic Green. The MSRP of the new vehicle is $18,499 US, $20,799 CAN.

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