Ski-Doo is known for dominating product segments by offering extraordinary power a full leap ahead of its competitors.
The already successful 4-TEC 1200 4-stroke in the REV-XR platform is a prime candidate to blow away the competition with a turbocharged version of the 1188cc triple.
Why bother? Well, Arctic Cat has been making significant progress in the big-inch 4-stroke world with its 177-hp 1100 Turbo, especially since the company dropped it into its lighter, more nimble ProCross and Pro-climb sleds.
Another influencing factor is that no one knows what Yamaha has up its sleeve with the Apex. There are dozens of these sleds running around with different aftermarket versions of turbocharged engines and they are awesome performers, easily dynoing beyond 250 reliable stallions.
A new, more powerful boosted Yammer in a new chassis would kick some serious butt. Even the 1049cc Nytro mill when turbocharged, easily delivers 200-plus ponies and these engines are super reliable and have a history of being impossible to kill.
We think Ski-Doo is feeling the pinch in the big-inch 4-stroke category and we know Doo customers are asking for more horsepower, pronto!
Although the 130-hp 4-TEC is selling well, the slower turn-over of the 4-stroke market will eventually catch up and if there aren’t more products to meet the demand, buyers may walk over to Cat or Yamaha.