Although for most shoppers, 4-stroke excitement seems to start at about 120-hp, we’ve been very impressed with this 90-hp package.
This engine is unsurpassed for smoothness, quietness and makes a very substantial lump of torque when you’re riding it at trail speeds. It uses an all-new drive-by-wire throttle system that has absolute featherweight thumb pressure.
At 501 lbs., this sled, with electric start, pushbutton reverse and touring gear is an excellent match for this engine.
The ACE is a very light 4-stroke (Ski-doo claims it’s the lightest 4-stroke triple ever put in a snowmobile), but the XS platform is ridiculously light and, keep in mind, this is the same chassis as an MX-Z.
The result is a power-to-weight ratio very close to some mid-range performance 2-strokes, none of which deliver this kind of user-friendly riding appeal.
THE ABOVE IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE UPCOMING ISSUE OF SUPERTAX (AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 4, 2013)