2023 LYNX Shredder RE Walkaround Video
After debuting its snowmobiles in North America in model year 2022, Finnish snowmobile manufacturer LYNX quickly followed up for MY2023 with some huge changes that necessitated a name change for its mountain models, now called Shredder RE and Shredder DS.
The flagship mountain model from the BRP-owned brand is the Shredder RE, which is built on the next generation LYNX platform, Radien2.
Check out our 2023 LYNX Shredder RE walkaround video below for a detailed look at some of the many changes for model year 2023!
2023 LYNX Shredder RE Highlights
The big story about the new Radien2 platform is that it is significantly lighter and narrower than its predecessor, weighing 9 kg (20 lb.) less in total. Of that, 6 kg (9 lb.) comes from revision of the chassis (of which only part is a shorter tunnel).
The remaining 3+ kg (7 lb.) comes from the redesigned PPS2 DS+ rear suspension, including the elimination of the rear axle mounted snowflap.
Width-wise, Radien2 is roughly 50 mm narrower (2 in.) on the left side body panel, and 20 mm (3/4 in.) on the right side body panel. The redesigned running boards have been brought in by 16 mm (5/8 in.) on each side at their widest point.
For 2023, the LYNX Shredder mountain models move from the use of a 16 in. wide FlexEdge track, down to a 15 in. wide track with full width rods.
For the suspension, Shredder RE uses some seriously burly shocks. In the front are KYB 36 CR Kashima shocks with rebound clicker and 3-step compression adjustment.
In the rear is a beefy KYB 46 Kashima center shock and a KYB 46 HLCR Kashima rear mounted shock with high and low compression damping and rebound damping adjustment options.
850 E-TEC Turbo R Engine Option
For 2023, LYNX has made the 850 E-TEC Turbo R engine package available in the Shredder RE. That’s a whopping 180 horsepower all the way from sea level to 2400 m (8000 ft.) elevation, in a factory sled! Wow.
Here are the changes implemented in the 850 E-TEC Turbo R:
- Revised cylinder head for better spark plug cooling
- New injectors
- Reinforced CVT components
- Reinforced chain
- New ECU
- Uses Radien2 airbox
- More boost
- Boost ranges between 1.5 and 6.5 psi
- Turbo R builds 1.5-2 psi more than first gen E-TEC Turbo
Our Impression From Riding the 2023 LYNX Shredder RE
When you’re daydreaming about your next sled or seriously shopping around, you can read all the specifications you want. But they don’t always tell the true story of a snowmobile and what it’s actually like to ride. So, as unscientific as the following information may be, here is our attempt to describe the feel of actually riding the Shredder RE.
This sled is literally built to shred. It’s built tough, and the suspension is burly and ready to soak up big hits. It feels solid when riding, and you’ll want to be actively riding it or else this sled might just ride you and not the other way around.
If you’re looking for a mountain sled with an easy-going demeanour, this isn’t it—in that case you might be better off with something like a Summit with tMotion and FlexEdge that’s a little more patient and understanding. But if you want something that you can toss around and will stand up to every bit of abuse you can dish out, the Shredder RE is willing and able.
It wants to be thrashed down the trail and in the backcountry. If you don’t believe us, just check out the video below to see some of the abuse LYNX rider Andreas Bergmark put a stock Shredder RE through for weeks on end in Revelstoke late last winter.
It’s safe to say that if the Shredder RE can endure the rough treatment Andreas hands out, it will be more than tough enough for everyone else.
For more info on the 2023 LYNX mountain sleds, see our story here.
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