High Performance Segment Returns in '04 with more Firepower

2004 Arctic Cat Firecat

Nov. 01, 2003 By
F5 Firecat
F6 Firecat
F6 EFI Firecat
F6 EFI EXT Firecat
F7 Firecat
F7 EFI Firecat
F7 EFI EXT Firecat

The platform that changed the meaning of high-performance returns in its second year with more engine options, special package options and the promise of whimpers from those who try and catch them.

The Firecat series now features a 600cc version of the incomparable laydown engine, producing 118 hp in both batteryless EFI (BEFI) and dual flatslide carb form. It joins the 140-hp 700 twin (now available with either BEFI or dual flatslide carbs) and 105-hp carbureted 500 twin. Last season the F7 and F5 decimated the competition in all forms of organized and impromptu drag races, as did the mid-year release F6, taking advantage of their incredible power and feathery weight.

Credit the stunning box-aluminum chassis and a 26-percent reduction in parts from previous models for the Firecats' lightweight leader status. Signature, multi-function engineering like the 12.6-gallon fuel tank that also serves as the steering support, footholds and mounting surface for the oil and coolant reservoirs cuts weight and centralizes mass. Likewise, the narrow 13.5- x 128-inch track shaves precious pounds (combined with a narrower chassis, suspension and seat) and boosts the comfort meter thanks to a narrow foot stance for the rider.

When the trail turns rough or you're running ditch lines, this is the suspension/chassis combo that leaves everything else behind. The lightweight AWS VI front suspension with ACT gas shocks is matched by the FasTrack Long Travel rear (featuring ACT gas shocks and mechanical coupling) for outstanding handling. Curved, adjustable handlebars, digital/analog speedometer/tachometer, special running board foot traction (new this year) and hydraulic disc brake create the perfect cockpit for performance pilots.

Riders who want a Firecat capable of taming trails and deep powder will appreciate the all-new EXT package on the F6 EFI EXT and F7 EFI EXT. It sports a 13.5- x 144- x 1.25-inch track that does double-duty on both trails and mountains.

Firecat Models Feature Highlights:

Addition of 600/600 EFI motor packages (NEW)
600cc version of the incomparable laydown engine, producing 118 hp in both batteryless EFI (BEFI) and dual flatslide carb form.

Addition of 700 carb motor package (NEW)
The new 700 carb with dual flatslide carbs now joins the 140-hp 700 EFI version.

Running Board Traction (NEW)
Built-in traction on the running board surface for increased grip.

EXT Package (Available on F6 EFI and F7 EFI models) (NEW)
144 x 1.25-inch track perfect for both trail riding and deep snow excursions.

ACT AQuiet@ Track (NEW)
New track feature located on the inside of the track designed to reduce track noise and vibration.

Suspension Coupling
Redesigned four-way coupling blocks on the rear suspension to further reduce ski-lift and excessive transfer.

Seat Comfort (NEW)
All new seat foam offering a more consistent comfortable ride and feel.

Air-Forced Induction
Innovative patented design that delivers massive amounts of cold, clean air to the fuel system for improved combustion.

AWS VI Front Suspension
Arctic Cat has been refining this exclusive wishbone suspension technology since the 1980s.

Box Construction Engine Compartment
The engine compartment is lightweight and an extremely rigid aluminum box construction instead of the traditional bulkhead. It allows the engine to be mounted lower in the chassis.

Laydown Engine Design
The Firecat's engine rides low to centralize the mass of the sled for better handling and ride characteristics.

Batteryless Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI models)
For easy starts guaranteed on the second pull plus breathtaking performance, smooth idling no matter how high or low the temperature and altitude, plus an ultra-light throttle pull to reduce thumb fatigue.

Narrow Tunnel
Reduces weight while improving ergonomics and responsiveness.

Digital / Analog Speedometer
The integrated tach and speedometer reads digital and analog. Push a button to change from digital to analog.

Integrated Heat Exchanger and Running Boards
Save weight, add rigidity, and free the running boards of ice.

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