All images courtesy of Mountain Motorsports in Golden, BC
Arctic Cat released its 2017 models to an audience of dealers and industry folk on March 1. Here are some behind the scenes shots from the reveal!
Brad Darling, Vice President & General Manager of Arctic Cat addresses the crowd in anticipation of the release.
The Limited model usually sports the best looking graphics, and that remains true for 2017 with availability in either black or a new orange camouflage option.
Arctic Cat M series sleds come with a new handlebar that sheds 0.5lb as part of a 4-6.5lb overall weight reduction, depending on model.
The new Mountain Cat is the place to find the majority of improvements for MY2017, including running boards that are narrower by 1″ on both sides and a footwell cutout that allows the rider to place their foot up to 2″ farther forward.
Also new—and exclusive to the Mountain Cat—is a drive shaft placement that is lowered by 1.125″. This allows for the use of an 8-tooth driver to push the 3.0″ lug track around. The lowered placement also serves to reduce the track’s approach angle by almost 10 degrees. This allows better pop back up onto the surface of the snow and overall floatation.
There are not a lot of details available yet, but the Arctic Cat SVX 450 will be the first OEM purpose-built snowbike on the market.
The 2017 M Limited sports the easy handling and predictable Arctic Mountain Suspension up front, in a BNG colour scheme. The Limited model will be available in-season, but no longer with a 3.0 lug track as was available in 2016. The 3.0 lug will be the sole domain of the new spring check Mountain Cat.
Big thanks to Mountain Motorsports in Golden, BC for providing these images. Be sure to stop in there to spring check your 2017 Mountain Cat!