Sure, it’s a bit of a stretch to refer to any snowmobile as “perfect”.
However, after getting some seat time on this year’s version of Arctic Cat’s 137-inch 600 Limited, we’re hard pressed to find anything about it we don’t like.
Yes, the 137 Limited with this engine has been around for about three years now but the 2016 version has some upgrades that just make it exceptional.
First, there’s the new TEAM clutch set. These clutches are such an improvement in the way this eager 600 delivers power to the snow, we were frankly surprised the first time we rode it.
The upshifts are smooth and linear but these clutches backshift with incredible agility and it just feels like the power is “right there” all the time, whether you’re cruising wide-open spaces or running trails in the mid-range.
Definitely a huge asset to this sled and sometimes it flat-out feels like an 800.
The other thing we’ve fallen in love with is this sled’s QS-3 shocks. These are incredibly easy to adjust and you always know exactly where they’re set.
The three adjustments make a very real difference in the way the sled rides, too. This is way more than fluff and has taken this sled up a huge notch this year.
Why the 137? We think this engine-tranny combo just works better with this track length.
Initially, we thought a 600 would work better with the 129 – and it is good – but this very potent 600 is just very happy with the longer track.
A 137 also gives you a lot of versatility for both on-trail and off-trail use.
Here’s the wrap-up: Good fuel and oil consumption, great ride, great handling and an overachieving powertrain.
It’s hard to hate a sled that delivers like this one – even if you’re married to another brand!