Does it seem odd a sled that has carved out a reputation as stellar as Ski-Doo’s XRS Renegade would undergo major changes for MY 2023?
We think so too, but Ski-Doo keeps its complete product line on a four to five year updating cycle and the G4 architecture was due to be refreshed for the upcoming model year.
So, what’s new and what’s different about the new G5 platform?
Let’s start with an all new frontal profile for the X-RS. The G5 brings a sleeker, less edgy, more visually appealing look up front. The new bodywork includes a much easier-to-access engine bay needing to remove just six screws to gain full access under hood. The fresh bodywork uses an innovative sound-absorbing lining that noticeably cuts engine noise at all RPM levels.
More importantly, a major revision to the engine mounting system includes four completely re-engineered engine mounts – one more than the G4. While this might not sound like a huge development, it nets a quantifiable improvement in hood, handlebar, handguard and footrest vibration, particularly at idle and up to engagement.
The windshield shows no vibes or shakes at these levels and a tangible feeling of refinement spreads throughout the chassis as a result of this new 4-mount system.
The G5 X-RS is the first Ski-Doo platform to include a full LED headlight system. LED lighting provides an incomparable amount of forward illumination seasoned Ski-Doo riders will immediately identify and appreciate. This isn’t a big deal, it’s a huge deal – and it gets approval from every test rider.
Ski-Doo goes to the front of the class with an enormous 10.2-inch illuminated gauge cluster. The new instrumentation can be toggled using all-new left-hand switchgear or the gloves-on touch screen. In either case, this setup is incredibly intuitive to use and frankly, so easy to get info from, it’s almost silly. Nothing beats having key information falling right in your lower peripheral. Well done!
KYB Triple Clicks
Ski-Doo commissioned all new KYB dampers for the G5 X-RS. The engineers definitely got it right incorporating three clicker adjustments (soft, medium, hard) that include not only high speed compression damping adjustment but corresponding low-speed adjustment at the same time. Helmets off to Ski-Doo for simplifying this entire process. Riders will quickly and easily find the perfect set-up that suits them best.
XRS Defines High Performance
Without a doubt, the acronym X-RS comes with a stellar reputation for precise handling, ultimate suspension compliance and incomparable power from either a 180-hp ACE 900 Turbo R or an impressive 165-hp 850 E-TEC. Should you have any doubts about the G5 X-RS, we’d suggest a trip to your local Ski-Doo store to get hands-on with it and experience this incredibly potent, breakthrough snowmobile.