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No word yet on when Ski-Doo is coming with its next line of 4-strokes or if it will be this year or next. However, we’ve been wondering about whether or not any new SD 4-strokes will be housed in the Gen-4 platform.

Based on past history, when Ski-Doo simply offered a modified XP and XS chassis called the XR to accommodate the larger and heavier 1180cc 4-TEC, we’re not sure the G-4 will work using the same theory.

Because the G-4 chassis is designed to place the 850 and new 600 E-TEC 2-stroke twins very centered in the chassis so the sled can be narrower, we’re having a problem believing SD is just going to do a patch job and shoehorn its wider 4-stroke triples into the same platform. To us, it makes more sense the new 4-strokes will be used in something completely new.

Although that statement seems impractical from a production perspective, here’s why we think Ski-Doo will start fresh for its 4-strokes. The fact is, Ski-Doo is leading in 4-stroke sales in this industry.

That stat is pretty impressive when you consider one competitor offers nothing but 4-strokes and another has a pretty wide selection mixed with its 2-stroke sleds.

Not only that, but owners we know who have been riding Ski-Doo 4-strokes for the last few years are flat-out in love with them. These people seem to have the same rabid attitude Ski-Doo 2-stroke owners have. Sick, but true. However, a good number are looking for something different.

Here’s where we’re going: It looks like Ski-Doo has created its own distinct market for 4-stroke people. Their sales are big enough in that sector to support the investment it would take to offer a completely different foundation just built for 4-strokes. We think this may even be a boon to SD being able to expand its 4-stroke sales.

The truth is, many 4-stroke owners don’t really want their sled to look the same as the 2-strokes being offered. As long as it’s fast, handles good and rides good, they’ll buy it!

Ski-Doo is known for upsetting the apple cart and coming in with shocking new concepts to capture market dominance. Why not here, too?

Kent Lester
Kent Lester
Kent Lester is Co-Publisher of SUPERTRAX Magazine and a regular contributor to this website.

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