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4/4/2011-A peek at what’s coming to market

April 4, 2011
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The past few weeks have brought a blizzard of new 2012 model intros from different OEMs. Here is a look, by manufacturer, at some of those new models coming to market.
Arctic Cat
Arctic Cat showcased 23 new models at its recent dealer meeting, as well as performance-enhancing technologies and hundreds of new parts, garments and accessories. The new 2012 models will include exclusive new chassis, suspension, drive and braking technologies. Here is a look, by segment, of some of Arctic Cat’s 2012 offerings:

  • Trail performance: The company introduced nine trail performance models, from the sporty value F 570 to the F 1100 Turbo high-speed racing sled. New for 2012, the ultra-lightweight and strong ProCross Chassis, which Arctic Cat says delivers superior handling performance, assisted by the ARS front-suspension for unmatched bump control and a new Slide-Action rear suspension. Additionally, the all-new ProCross Chassis has the most powerful engine on a production snowmobile — its turbo-charged 1100 four-stroke EFI engine, which produces 177 hp.
  • Mountain: Arctic Cat offers nine new M Series mountain sled models for 2012.
  • Crossover: Matching the lightweight and agile ProCross Chassis with the 160-hp 800 H.O. engine, Arctic Cat delivers a crossover combination: the all-new XF800 LXR, XF800 Sno Pro and XF800 Sno Pro High Country.
  • Utility: New for 2012, Arctic Cat is introducing the Bearcat Z1 XT Groomer Special with unique features and accessories designed specifically to handle a range of trail grooming jobs.
  • Luxury touring: Arctic Cat invented the 2-up touring snowmobile segment and has added an entry T570 two-stroke, as well as three luxury TZ1 models.
  • Youth: For the youngest snowmobile enthusiasts, Arctic Cat offers the Sno Pro 120.
    Polaris
    In addition to the already-released 800 Switchback Pro-R, 600 Switchback Adventure and 600 Pro-RMK 155, Polaris announced its launching six more all-new models in its 2012 lineup.
    Details of those and returning models were released at the company’s dealer meeting in Las Vegas. Also announced was Polaris Snow Check Select, which allows riders to specify the performance, comfort, convenience and graphics of their sled through April 19.
    The 2012 models include:

  • Five new crossover sleds, including the 600 Switchback Adventure, have a smoother ride and predictable handling, according to Polaris. Many models are equipped standard with new independent front suspension.
  • Five RUSH models will appear in 2012, including the new 800 RUSH Pro-R LE, which is only available through Snow Check. The four other models include Polaris’ PRO-RIDE chassis with 600 or 800 Cleanfire engines.
  • Three new RMK models, including the 600 Pro-RMK 155, were developed to minimize weight and maximize performance with the 600 Cleanfire engine and PRO-RIDE RMK chassis.
  • Trail Luxury models will all come standard with electric start, protective tall windshields, mirrors and reverse with a four-stroke, turbo-charged engine or the 600 Cleanfire.
  • Utility sleds, including the FS IQ WideTrak, 600 IQ WideTrak and WideTrak LX, have large-capacity fuel tanks, heavy-duty cargo racks, a wide ski stance, IQ Front Suspension, utility-tipped rear suspension, 20-inch high windshields, adjustable passenger backrests and heated handgrips.
  • The 2012 youth sled is a 120 Pro-R that includes a 120 four-stroke engine.
    Yamaha
    Yamaha Motor Corp, U.S.A. launched 17 snowmobiles for its 2012 lineup. The trail line includes seven sleds, including the new RS Vector with a mid-performance, four-stroke engine and EPS for $11,899. The Apex SE is equipped with a top performance four-stroke engine, air suspension and EPS; MSRP is $14,949. The Apex also has a top performance four-stroke engine, and it includes a broad torque curve, EXUP, EPS and new skis for $13,999. The FX Nytro has a four-stroke engine and new skis. The standard version is available for $11,200, with the RTX, including a new track, retailing for $13,999.
    The new cross country sled is the RS Vector LTX, which includes a mid-performance four-stroke, EPS and a 136-inch track for $12,099. The Apex XTX has the top performance engine, EPS and six-degree tipped up rails for $14,399, and the FX Nytro XTX includes the high-performance motor and new skis for $11,599.
    The three mountain snowmobiles include the FX Nytro MTX 162, the FX Nytro MTX 153 and the Phazer MTX. Both FX Nytro MTX models have high-performance engines. The MTX 162 has new Ascent track and skis and all air suspension with an MSRP of $12,899. The MTX 153 is lightweight and agile with huge torque and new skis, selling at $12,499.
    The new RS Venture GT tops the 2-Up Touring Utility class with a mid-performance four-stroke and EPS for $12,699. Yamaha says it’s the first touring sled with EPS. PSB

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