2013 Snowmobile New Model Preview
2013 Ski-Doo Snowmobiles
Ski-Doo enters 2013 looking to keep its hold as market share leader. Ski-Doo’s rMotion suspension enjoyed a good reception and it will be expanded to more sleds, most significantly the Renegade stretch-track models. This segment is enjoying significant growth as trail riders effectively redefine the segment by demanding sleds that have power, performance and more versatility.
The cross-country performance segment hit a snag over the past couple of seasons, but Ski-Doo will not release its hold on this segment and has enhanced the MXZ and evolved its REV-XP platform into what will be known in model year 2013 as the REV-XS platform variation. Much of the evolution centers around a new origami-inspired-style treatment that offers a new look of complex geometric contours, such as the use of gloss side panel inserts, a more aggressive fascia, and contoured vents that overlay to hide panel gaps for a cleaner, more integrated look.
The end result of these changes is improved wind protection, especially for redirecting air off the rider’s thighs for a more comfortable ride. Answering concerns about storage on sport sleds, Ski-Doo adds a new covered storage compartment between the MXZ gauges and windshield. The one-gallon capacity box location receives warming air from the engine compartment, making the new storage area great for gloves or storing extra goggles.
There’s function to compliment the visual changes as well, as the side panels provide more space for leaning aggressively into corners. The revised running boards are said to be 300 percent stiffer thanks to addition of an extruded edge grip.
The 2013 X-RS model is “spring order only,” and there will be a special pre-order X version as well that incorporates premium shocks, rMotion rear suspension and a choice of Rotax 600 or 800 E-TEC two-stroke twins.
Unlike last season, in-season buyers will find the rMotion rear suspension available on select TNT models. The leader for serious buyers has to be the 2013 MXZ TNT with an electric start-equipped 800 E-TEC as the power of choice on the new XS platform. Gas shocks, rMotion rear suspension, new LED taillight, new center-hinged snow flap and heated glove box highlight the model. The TNT 600 E-TEC twin and 4-TEC four-stroke 1200 triple continue into 2013, but now you can get them with the rMotion adjustable comfort suspension.
Look for an expansion of the eDrive transmission on the 4-TEC triples for 2013. This eDrive 2 drive pulley maximizes the flat powerband of the strong pulling Rotax 1200 and should offer increased belt life and improved response. The eDrive 2 will be standard fare on all 4-TEC sport performance triples.
Heading into 2013 Ski-Doo revives its Renegade by making rMotion standard on the Renegade X, Adrenaline and Backcountry models.
To underscore the revitalization of this series, Ski-Doo will offer Renegade X packages for spring order only. The “X” with E-TEC power comes in a stretch chassis version of the REV-XS design and adds the new for 2013 137-inch rMotion rear suspension complete with premium gas shocks. The 1200 4-TEC Renegade X retains the wider REV-XR chassis, but expect smooth power delivery from the eDrive 2 setup.
Serious off-trail riders who spend more time breaking through powder than riding over groomed snow will want the Renegade Backcountry X, which combines features from the trail-oriented REV-XS chassis with the body panel upgrades found in the 2013 Ski-Doo Summit series. The “X” version will be pre-season order only, but there will be a base Backcountry utilizing the older REV-XP chassis but also incorporating the latest rMotion rear suspension. Both Backcountry models offer either the 800 or 600cc E-TEC twins to power a 16-inch wide PowderMax track.
For in-season buyers, there is the Renegade Adrenaline with choice of 600 or 800 two-stroke twins or the 1200cc four-stroke triple.
New for 2013
At first glance the 2013 Ski-Doo Summit offers a unique look that the company hopes will resonate with the powder segment. There will be three versions of the 2013 Summit, an 800cc “X” version for early-season orders, an SP with 800cc or 600cc E-TEC twin, and a Sport with PowerTEK 800 or carbureted 600 twin.
The REV-XM chassis caters to rider ergonomics and how the rider works the sled in powder. The chassis design allows a more forward foot position and a three-times stronger extruded running board with substantially greater snow evacuating area. The grab strap is now rigid and more angular for increased leverage.
The sled’s side panels have been curved, or as Ski-Doo calls it “powderdynamically” shaped. The edges ultimately have been rounded to get the sled in a roll position for “boating” through the powder. There will also be a unique rear suspension that is designed to flex laterally inside the tunnel, so the sled will bank into the terrain better. To achieve this, Ski-Doo suspension designers added a ball joint hinge between the rear arm and the drop link. You’ll find split flex points on the front arm to further induce controlled roll for responsive and predictable action in powder. This package is known as the tMotion rear suspension and is unique to the Summit. It also was conceived to work with the latest in Ski-Doo’s flexible track technology, which centers 12-inch fiberglass reinforcing rods into the track to allow two-inches of flex on the track’s outer edges.
As with the evolved MXZ series, the top line Summit features the dual air intake by the headlight, the hinged snow flap and a bright LED tail light. Although fitted with the heated glove box, the REV-XM Summit also claims more storage territory with an enclosed seat compartment suitable for a water bottle and spare gloves.
The Freeride series continues into 2013 with an 800cc E-TEC twin and three track options: 154, 146 or 137. In its third season, this sled utilizes the MXZx race sled chassis with forward mount steering post and comes with major attitude. Feel free to add a stylized sled wrap graphic package (if you order early!).
Ski-Doo’s Grand Touring two-ups and solo luxury GSX models come virtually unchanged except for the addition of the eDrive 2 on the 1200 4-TEC triple. That will be same major enhancement to the Expedition and utility models as well.