2011 Arctic Cat Utility ATVs

Arctic Cat, Utility — on March 28, 2011 at 11:44 am

The following ATV information was taken from the 2011 Buyer’s Guide Issue of ATV Reviews. For more information on any of the following models, please visit www.arcticcat.com.

2011 Arctic Cat 1000 LTD - $12,299

2011 Arctic Cat 1000 LTD

2011 Arctic Cat 1000 LTD

For 2011, the Thundercat tag is gone but this EFI predator is as big and mean as ever, and now it’s more controllable. Electric power steering is new and provides the precise handling characteristics the biggest displacement ATV deserves. It also comes with aluminum wheels, front and rear brush guard bumpers, a winch and Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires. The chassis is 2 inches longer than the lower displacement Cats, with a 52.5-inch wheelbase to help keep the traction on the ground.

OUR TAKE: Power steering and new tires completely change this model, for the better.

ENGINE: 951cc V-twin

SUSPENSIONS F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/ Dual A-arm, 10 inches

RACK CAPACITY (F/R): 100/200 pounds

TOWING CAPACITY: 1,050 pounds

DRY WEIGHT: 772 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat 700 - $8,699

2011 Arctic Cat 700

2011 Arctic Cat 700

The EFI-fed hemispherical combustion chamber engine provides plenty of torque to get over the largest trail obstacles. Other features include electronic 2WD/4WD/differential lock engagement, a full-length skid plate, 2-inch receiver and the SpeedRack system for attaching accessories. A black power-steering-equipped model ($9,499) includes an Advantage Timber option ($9,999). The LTD model ($10,399) comes decked out in two painted color choices, power steering, a 3,000-pound winch, heavy-duty bumpers and 12-inch aluminum wheels. OUR TAKE: You’ll never “need” more power than the 700 puts out.

Engine: 695cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/Dual A-arm, 10 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 100/200 pounds Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 676 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat 650 - $7,299

2011 Arctic Cat 650

2011 Arctic Cat 650

Changes for the 650 came on last year’s 2010 model that included restyled bodywork and a 1-inch lower seat height to improve stability and handling. It also got the electronic, right-thumb drive and differential lock switch. The hemi engine is manufactured by Arctic Cat and is fed via carburetor to keep costs down. It comes with a 14-function gauge, Cat’s patented SpeedRack system, a 2-inch receiver hitch and a mighty 11 inches of ground clearance. OUR TAKE: The 650 doesn’t sacrifice performance for value.

Engine: 641cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/Dual A-arm, 10 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 100/200 pounds

Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 676 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat 550 - $7,799

2011 Arctic Cat 550

2011 Arctic Cat 550

The 550 class seems to be all the rage nowadays, and Arctic Cat doesn’t disappoint. Its EFI, liquid-cooled engine packs a surprisingly meaty growl and wide torque curve. New features for 2011 include narrow, sculpted bodywork, restyled headlights and softer seat foam. Rocks are no match for class-leading ground clearance and “ride-in” suspension tuning. Don’t like base models? There’s an Advantage Timber model ($8,299), “S” power steering model ($8,599) and an LTD ($9,499) with all the fixings. OUR TAKE: Each model is good, but you’ll kick yourself if you don’t get power steering.

Engine: 545cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/Dual A-arm, 10 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 100/200 pounds

Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 676 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat 450 - $6,999

2011 Arctic Cat 450

2011 Arctic Cat 450

This mid-displacement 450 comes in the full-sized Cat chassis, with 11 inches of ground clearance and 10 inches of suspension travel. The fuel-injected 450 also gets the new electronic 2WD/4WD/diff lock switch, a digital gauge, SpeedRacks and a rear 2-inch receiver. Hunters will really dig the Advantage Timber option ($7,599) with black wheels. There’s also an LTD model ($7,799) dressed in Tungsten Metallic paint with 12-inch aluminum wheels, heavy-duty bumpers and sporting a 3,000-pound winch. OUR TAKE: Mid-sized price, sporty powerplant and full-size features.

Engine: 443cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/Dual A-arm, 10 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 100/200 pounds Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 685 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat 425i - $5,999

2011 Arctic Cat 425i

2011 Arctic Cat 425i

Just announced, Cat now has two new mid-sized ATVs, including this strong 425i. It uses the 443cc, fuel-injected engine like the full-sized 450, but it shares the chassis with the smaller 350. Selectable four-wheel drive, single lever braking, a 2-inch receiver, dual A-arm front and rear suspensions, built-in engine braking and back-up lights help this model create a unique niche. The mid-sized chassis is light and agile on the trails, yet still capable of handling most work assignments. OUR TAKE: A new value-priced model aimed directly at Honda’s Rancher.

Engine: 443cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 7 inches/Dual A-arm, 7 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 75/150 pounds

Towing Capacity: 1050 pounds

Dry Weight: 613 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat 350 - $5,499

2011 Arctic Cat 350

2011 Arctic Cat 350

Last year’s 366 is now the new Arctic Cat 350 4×4, with many changes and updates. The chassis is the same light, nimble, mid-sized setup, but new plastic vastly improves the look. Selectable four-wheel drive has been replaced by all-wheel drive. It also gets a softer seat, back-up lights and a winch-ready front bumper. It’s loaded with fully-independent front and rear suspension, a 2-inch receiver hitch, engine braking, SpeedRacks, digital instrumentation and 24-inch tires. OUR TAKE: A fine, updated price-point machine.

Engine: 366cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 7 inches/Dual A-arm, 7 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 75/150 pounds

Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 588 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat 300 (utility) - $3,999

2011 Arctic Cat 300 (Utility)

2011 Arctic Cat 300 (Utility)

Badged as the 300 2×4 last year, this entry-level model reemerged without changes for 2011 — not that any were warranted. The 300 already possesses features much of the competition doesn’t have, such as a liquid-cooled engine, a CVT with high and low range, preload-adjustable shocks, a digital gauge and front and rear hydraulic brakes that never need adjusting. The engine is also designed to start faster in cold weather. OUR TAKE: The price is just right for a machine that can take on sizeable chores, while leaving new riders feeling at ease.

Engine: 270cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 5 inches/ Swingarm, 5 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 50/100 pounds

Towing Capacity: 500 pounds

Dry Weight: 477 pounds

2011 Arctic  Cat 450 XC - $6,699

2011 Arctic Cat 450 XC

2011 Arctic Cat 450 XC

Cat put a target directly on the Polaris Scrambler and Yamaha Wolverine when it introduced the sport’s latest 4×4 sport quad. It shares its 443cc, fuel-injected single with two Cat utility quads, but in this setup it feels more playful. It features selectable four-wheel drive and independent front and rear suspensions. A digital gauge, full running boards, a receiver hitch, funky taillights, a center exhaust and aluminum wheels separate it from its competition. OUR TAKE: Not as fun as a sport quad, but capable of going places a sporty can’t reach.

Engine: 443cc single

Transmission: CVT

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 7 inches/Dual A-Arm, 7 inches

Towing Capacity: 1050 pounds

Dry Weight: 600 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat 150 - $3,399

2011 Arctic Cat 150

2011 Arctic Cat 150

Arctic Cat’s 150 rear-wheel drive ATV is an ideal machine for riders transitioning between 90cc youth models and full-sized ATVs. The 150 is certified for the 14-plus class. It isn’t overly cramped like a youth model and its 37.4-inch width and 43.9-inch wheelbase provide a stable ride. The suspension is also adjustable for differently sized riders and their gear, which can be strapped down to the racks. The governed engine has parent-adjustable top speeds of 20 mph (stock), 30 mph or 38 mph. OUR TAKE: A trail-capable choice for beginners.

Engine: 149cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Single A-arm, 3.5 inches/Swingarm, 3.5 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 25/50 pounds

Towing Capacity: 300 pounds

Dry Weight: 386 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat Mud Pro 1000 - $13,299

2011 Arctic Cat Mud Pro 1000

2011 Arctic Cat Mud Pro 1000

This is Arctic Cat’s version of “Race Ready.” A new model last year, this machine has already racked up a number of Mud Nationals class wins. The 2011 model comes fitted with 28-inch Maxxis Zilla tires on aluminum wheels, heavy-duty front and rear bumpers and a 2,500-pound winch. Other key features include EFI with a snorkeled intake, mud-specific clutching and gearing, Mud Pro suspension and a whopping 14 inches of ground clearance. The Mud Pro 1000 comes in an extended chassis with a longer wheelbase. OUR TAKE: Welcome to mud bog heaven!

Engine: 951cc V-twin

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/Dual A-arm, 10 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 100/200 pounds

Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 851 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat Mud Pro 700 - $9,999

2011 Arctic Cat Mud Pro 700

2011 Arctic Cat Mud Pro 700

It’s almost everything the Mud Pro 1000 is, minus a few hundred cubic centimeters, some wheelbase and three thousand-plus greenbacks. The goods include 14 inches of ground clearance, a 3,000-pound winch, 28-inch Maxxis Zilla mud tires on aluminum wheels, a spike load dampener to reduce wear on the rear gears, a factory EFI snorkel, mud mapping and clutching and heavy-duty bumpers. The 700 is also the only Mud Pro available in two painted color choices — metallic orange or metallic green. OUR TAKE: The original Mud Pro is still a force.

Engine: 695cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/Dual A-arm, 10 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 100/200 pounds

Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 780 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat Mud Pro 650 - $8,799

2011 Arctic Cat Mud Pro 650

2011 Arctic Cat Mud Pro 650

Looking to lessen the burden on the customer’s wallet, Arctic Cat produced the carbureted Mud Pro 650. This might be the smallest-displacement Mud Pro, but it’s not an entry-level machine by any means. It didn’t receive any luxuries such as heavy duty bumpers, a winch or aluminum wheels. It did get what matters, though, such as 28-inch Maxxis Zilla tires, Mud Pro suspension, a snorkeled intake and 14 inches of ground clearance. OUR TAKE: An excellent option that will still swim much farther than any land-based ATV.

Engine: 641cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/Dual A-arm, 10 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): NA/200 pounds

Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 730 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat TBX 700 LTD - $9,999

2011 Arctic Cat TBX 700 LTD

2011 Arctic Cat TBX 700 LTD

Cargo and storage capacities are the focus of Arctic Cat’s “Truck Box,” or TBX for short. The bed can handle 300 pounds, accessible with a pickup truck-style tailgate. There’s also bountiful, sealed storage in the rear fender compartments. Power steering is new to the TBX for 2011, something that will be appreciated under load. LTD add-ons include 12-inch aluminum wheels and front and rear heavy-duty bumpers while a 2-inch receiver and EFI are standard fare. OUR TAKE: Built for work, it’ll also handle your camping gear with trail-friendly prowess.

Engine: 695cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/Dual A-arm, 10 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 100/300 pounds

Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 788 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat 700 Super Duty Diesel - $9,999

2011 Arctic Cat 700 Super Duty Diesel

2011 Arctic Cat 700 Super Duty Diesel

This often-overlooked Cat serves its niche well. The diesel engine is not the fastest, with a top speed of just over 40 mph, but its torque rivals a half-ton truck. It will yank stumps out of the ground and climb over everything in its path. The I-twin engine will run on six different fuel types, including biodiesel. Features include Duro Red Eagle tires on steel wheels, a 2-inch receiver, 11 inches of ground clearance, SpeedRacks and electronic 2WD/4WD/front differential lock engagement. OUR TAKE: Built to work, but it’s amazing when rock crawling, too!

Engine: 686cc I-twin

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/Dual A-arm, 10 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 100/200 pounds

Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 844 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat TRV 1000 Cruiser - $13,799

2011 Arctic Cat TRV 1000 Cruiser

2011 Arctic Cat TRV 1000 Cruiser

It’s the top dog of Cat’s two-rider vehicle (TRV) lineup. New for 2011 is power steering, aimed at making long-distance riding even easier. Touring amenities include a large touring case, hand warmers, a winch and a two-piece fairing, complete with cup holders, flashlight holders, an accessory outlet for a cell phone or GPS and rearview mirrors. Additional features include EFI on the 951cc twin, a deluxe digital/analog gauge and 11 inches of ground clearance. OUR TAKE: With all that luxury out on the trail, why come home?

Engine: 951cc V-twin

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/Dual A-arm, 10 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R storage box): 100/35 pounds

Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 798 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat TRV 700 - $9,299

2011 Arctic Cat TRV 700 Cruiser

2011 Arctic Cat TRV 700 Cruiser

As with every TRV, the passenger location is higher than the operator for a better view. The passenger gets a padded backrest and raised footrests to accompany the higher perch. A simple pin-attachment system allows passenger seat removal on all TRV models for single-rider operation and expanded SpeedRack use. The base TRV 700 comes in red. The GT ($10,349) is equipped with power steering, aluminum wheels and Arctic Green Metallic paint. A Tungsten Metallic Cruiser ($11,199) comes loaded just like the TRV 1000 Cruiser. OUR TAKE: All day comfort for both pilot and passenger.

Engine: 695cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/Dual A-arm, 10 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 100/50 pounds

Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 749 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat TRV 550 - $8,499

2011 Arctic Cat TRV 550 Cruiser

2011 Arctic Cat TRV 550 Cruiser

It’s twice the fun when you share the ride with someone else. Arctic Cat has expanded its TRV lineup with three 550 class machines. The 550 EFI base model includes electronic 2WD/4WD/differential lock selection, SpeedRacks, all passenger comforts and lime plastics. A GT version ($9,549) adds power steering with machined aluminum wheels and Copper Metallic paint. The Viper Blue Metallic painted Cruiser ($10,399) has all that, plus a winch, front fairing with cup holders and mirrors, touring case and hand warmers. OUR TAKE: If you have the means, get the power steering.

Engine: 545cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/Dual A-arm, 10 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 100/50 pounds

Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 749 pounds

2011 Arctic Cat TRV 450 - $7,699

2011 Arctic Cat TRV 450

2011 Arctic Cat TRV 450

Bigger isn’t always better because the EFI 450 still packs plenty of punch with two riders straddling it. It’s equipped with most of the features of the big bores, including high and low ranges, electronic 2WD/4WD/differential lock selection, “Ride-In Suspension,” SpeedRacks and 11 inches of ground clearance. Even the rack and towing capacities are the same. The passenger seat is removable for three-in-one versatility using Cat’s optional 200-pound rated SpeedRack or a heavy-duty cargo box. OUR TAKE: No, you don’t need a bigger engine to go on every trail.

Engine: 443cc single

Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 10 inches/Dual A-arm, 10 inches

Rack Capacity (F/R): 100/50 pounds

Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds

Dry Weight: 719 pounds

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