2013 Snowmobile New Model Preview

Mar. 14, 2012 By Off-Road.com Staff/Jerry Bassett, Photography by Jerry Bassett and Courtesy of Manufacturers
Snowmobile manufacturers recently unveiled their new 2013 models, and there’s plenty to be excited about with the new model year. With updates to vehicles, new and unique graphics and the return of some popular vehicles, there’s plenty to keep snowmobilers intrigued. Check out the new offerings from each manufacturer for the 2013 model year.

2013 Polaris Snowmobiles

Polaris Pro 800 RMK

Polaris offers a variety of different options in its 2013 lineup, which includes deep snow models that weigh just 417 pounds, trail performance sleds, and the return of its popular Indy model.

The 2013 Polaris snowmobile lineup includes the 600 Indy SP and the 600 Indy, which are built on the company’s innovative PRO-RIDE Chassis that Polaris says delivers an exceptional ride and handling.

The 2013 lineup also features the 800 Pro-RMK 155, which weighs only a slim 417 pounds. This low weight was achieved through the use of strong, lightweight materials and components such as the QuickDrive Low Inertia Drive System, the first belt drive system in production snowmobiles. The system includes a lightweight brake and extruded drive shaft and a maintenance-free belt drive in place of a chaincase. Polaris says the complete system provides a 21% reduction in rotational inertia for enhanced efficiency and performance, which means 5 pounds less carving effort.

The 2013 Switchback models are versatile sleds that Polaris says are at home on- and off-trail. Like the RUSH models, which offer great trail performance, the Switchback models are built on the PRO-RIDE Chassis. The PRO-RIDE Chassis is 300% stiffer than a conventional chassis, which creates a strong sled that delivers consistently precise and easy handling in all conditions.

The PRO-RIDE progressive rear suspension eliminates “spine tinglers” with the industry’s only uncoupled, progressive-rate suspension. This Polaris-exclusive design provides a bottomless ride with great acceleration and “fun factor.” A typical coupled suspension starts soft, shares the load from the front arm and then crashes through. The PRO-RIDE suspension with its progressive rate delivers a bottomless ride.

Polaris says its PRO-RIDE IFS featured on most 2013 Polaris models was developed in conjunction with the highly successful Polaris snocross racing program. Polaris IFS provides riders with precise handling and flatter cornering with 25% less steering effort. The unbeatable combination of PRO-RIDE steering and the patented variable caster design eliminates bump steer.

For the 2013 model year, the 600 Switchback Adventure is designed to provide outstanding comfort, protection and Polaris-exclusive cargo-carrying versatility. It has a tall windshield with integrated hand protection to block wind and snow, as well as innovative wind deflectors mounted on the side panels. The Adventure Cargo System is built around a sturdy, versatile rear cargo rack on which Lock & Ride Saddlebags can be installed or removed in seconds without tools.

Polaris’ Assault models – the 800 RMK Assault 155 and 800 Switchback Assault 144 – are designed for aggressive backcountry and hill climbing. They are lightweight, strong, powerful and have IFS with adjustable ski stance.

For two-up riding or long-distance touring, the IQ LXT provides outstanding comfort and convenience, while the Shift models represent what Polaris believes is one of the best values in snowmobiling. The Widetrak models are versatile workhorses that can tackle big jobs in unforgiving terrain and deliver spirited trail performance when the work is done.

For young riders, the 120 Pro-R offers a great platform to learn safe riding skills. Its 120cc engine and safety features provide supervising adults with peace of mind.

In the mid- to late-1970s, the early days of Independent Front Suspension (IFS), Polaris snowmobile engineers led the way in developing a very effective IFS system. Polaris racers first benefitted from the design but then it became available to recreational riders as well.

The first Polaris production model with IFS was the 1980 TX-L Indy, and soon the name “Indy.” Polaris led the industry in IFS development, and the 1991 Polaris lineup was the first in snowmobile history to consist entirely of IFS models – the leaf spring frontend era was over for Polaris riders.

The new Indy models showcase Polaris suspension development as they ride on the PRO-RIDE Chassis and have PRO-RIDE IFS and an Indy Coupled Rear Suspension. The Indy models are powered by the 600 Cleanfire engine and provide a rich snowmobiling experience deserving of the hallowed Indy name.

For more information, visit PolarisIndustries.com.

For first impressions of the 2013 sleds, visit our sister site at Snowmobile.com - 2013 Snowmobile First Impressions

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