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The hot UTV ride

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Arctic Cat is looking to challenge for a piece of the growing four-seat UTV market, announcing the release of a stretched Wildcat: the Wildcat 4 1000. Due out in February 2013, the Wildcat 4 takes its cues from the Wildcat 1000i H.O., including the five-link rear suspension which boasts 13-inches of ground clearance and 18-inches of rear suspension travel as well as the 951cc V-Twin engine.

In fact, lots of features are carried over from the two-seat 1000; the full perimeter exoskeleton remains a hallmark of the model and was extended 29 inches to allow for the two additional seats, and the Variable Assist Electronic Power Steering (EPS) has also transferred over. It comes with an automatic transmission with reverse, neutral, high and low gears as well as a 2wd/4wd differential lock switch on the dashboard. The standard three-point seatbelts, bucket seats, glove box and cup holders on the two-seat version make their home in the Wildcat 4 as do the tube-frame doors with integrated nets.

Pricing is set at $19,599 dollars in the U.S. and color choices at this point are Sunset Orange, Black and Arctic Green.

For comparison, the Wildcat 4 will run you almost two-grand more than the Polaris RZR XP 4 900. For the extra $2000 though you get a 76cc larger engine, half-an-inch more ground clearance and four more inches of travel out back. Plus you get a wild-looking UTV that really stands out from the crowd. The Kawasaki Teryx eases the strain on your wallet even further, coming in close to six-thousand dollars less for certain 2012 models, but is markedly less sport-centered when sat side-by-side with the Wildcat 4 1000.

As the popularity of the UTV segment grows, consumers are getting more and more options to meet whatever plans they might have for their new ROV (Recreational Off-Road Vehicle as Arctic Cat has described the Wildcat 4). The aggressive stance and focus on power, control and durability suggest the Wildcat 4 1000 is targeted at the more adventurous rider and the passengers he or she can convince to ride along with them.

The Wildcat 4 1000 in Sunset Orange.

Included below are the features of the Wildcat 4 1000 as listed by Arctic Cat PR.

* Industry-leading 5-Link rear suspension, 13-inches of ground clearance, and 18-inches of rear suspension travel.

* Full Perimeter Exoskeleton frame was stretched 29-inches to accommodate four occupants with a best-in-class ride-in comfort and leg room.

* Interior has a locking glove box and cup holders, four high-back bucket seats with 3-point seat belts and four tube-frame doors with integrated nets.

* V-Twin, SOHC, liquid-cooled, 951cc, Electronic Fuel Injection built for massive torque and improved acceleration.

* Automatic transmission has a park-in-gear shifter with Reverse, Neutral, High and Low gears while the 2wd/4wd/Diff Lock switch is easy to locate on the dashboard.

* Variable Assist Electronic Power Steering (EPS) designed to maintain a light steering input effort with an infinitely adjustable tilt steering wheel.

* LED Headlights and Taillights utilise 50 per cent less wattage.

* Available in three painted metallic color choices: Sunset Orange, Black and Arctic Green.

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