All eyes are on Arctic Cat for MY 2012. First, it’s the company’s 50th anniversary (1962-2012) and second, we believe Cat is due to release at least one new engine to conform with EPA 2012 regs.
Cat will likely have a new modular-style front bulkhead and bodywork chassis it can use in all three segments: Trail, X-Over and Mountain. This type of commonality is clearly the future to maximize economies of scale and tooling costs.
At last winter’s Sneak Peek in Minneapolis, Arctic Cat boldly asserted it would fully comply with EPA 2012 and we should hold our breath for TRF’s 2012 line-up.
The question we have is this: 2-stroke Direct Injection or 4-stroke? One thing the AC crew still strongly denies is the transfer of the potent Sno-Pro XC and Sno-X chassis into full production.
Jeff Devolin at Birch Point Cats in Bobcaygeon, Ontario (705) 738-2473 begs to differ as evidenced by this shoehorning of an 800 into the 500 Sno-Pro tub.