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I know, it’s too early to speculate on a question of this magnitude. Or is it?

Here’s where I’m going: Three years ago no one would have believed any snowmobile OEM would have the testosterone to introduce a turbocharged 2-stroke targeted directly at the consumer flatland/trail marketplace. As we all now know, both Polaris and Ski-Doo offer their turbocharged 2-stroke engine packages in trail sleds.

Arctic Cat has a new 858cc 2-stroke SDI twin engine package destined for 2025 model year CATALYST models in three genres: Trail, X-Over and mountain. The sheets are off these new sleds with the impressive 858 under the hood.

Understanding Arctic Cat has been on the cutting edge of turbocharged 4-stroke power in the snowmobile biz, we’re wondering if AC will settle for continuing to cover this profitable segment with the current Yamaha 4-stroke Thundercat in the ProCross chassis.

Would AC be wiser to spend development money on figuring out a way to get Yamaha’s 998cc triple turbo into the CATALYST chassis and leverage Yamaha way into the future for these formidable powerplants or…would development money be better spent shoehorning a turbocharger into the new 858 for an MY 2026 introduction?

I cannot see Arctic Cat going to market without a turbo in its lineup. After all, AC was the first OEM in this industry to intro a turbocharged snowmobile engine.

Remember the T-660 Suzuki triple cylinder 4-stroke turbo circa 2006? No one will forget the incredible succession of Suzuki 1100cc 4-stroke turbos in the F and Pro Cross platforms. Arctic Cat pretty much owned the turbo marketplace for more than a decade. BTW, building and selling the fastest production snowmobiles in the world for years is a highly profitable proposition.

Honestly, I cannot answer the original questions I posited at the beginning of this diatribe. However, my question of whether or not AC will turbo the CATALYST with either a 2-stroke or a 4-stroke turbocharged engine seems pretty elementary at this juncture.

So, I’ll go out a limb here and offer my best guess. Yes – and yes!

Mark Lester
Mark Lester
Mark Lester is Co-Publisher of SUPERTRAX Magazine and a regular Host on SNOWTRAX TV, which can be seen on Sportsman Channel across America and in Canada on OLN, Sportsman Channel Canada, Wild TV and REV TV and globally on our YouTube channel.

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