We;ve already speculated on this website about the possibility of a Ski-Doo Gen 4 4-stroke using either or both of the ACE engines and the 1170 4-TEC. However, an even more obvious addition to the Gen 4 is the 600 E-TEC.
We recently had this pipedream though: What if Ski-Doo does the same thing it did with the Gen 4 850 and changes all the rules in the 600 category lke it did in the 800-class? We’re thinking if the company might be tooling a new 600 anyway, why not boost it to 650ccs?
Maybe it would be no more complicated than bolting a set of new cylinders onto the 850’s cases and recalibrating the electronics.
A 650, compared to the competition’s 600s, would really stir the pot and horsepower could easily be boosted into the 130-plus range. It would enable a slight increase in price (not our fave move) but buyers would at least be getting more for more, if you know what we mean.
A displacement increase would also be a big hit with the mountain market where the extra horsepower would certainly be welcomed.
Just speculating, but Ski-Doo really out-guessed us with the new 850 and we wouldn’t bet against it happening again with a 650.