Arctic Cat unveiled the Wildcat Trail 700 in 2014 and followed it up with the Wildcat Sport 700 for 2015, along with a new Limited Trail Cat with variable-assist EPS. This gives buyers three choices of platforms for every Wildcat, except for the Wildcat 1000 4X, which only comes in Standard and Limited. The 50-inch Wildcat Trail
is available in Standard, XT and Limited packages, but it doesn’t get the new JRi ECX-1 or Elka Stage 5 shocks like
the Wildcat Sport. Besides its USFS 50-inch trail capability, the Trail Cat also has a class-leading power-to-weight
ratio of 6. 4 horsepower for every 100 pounds of body weight, making it a woods rocket.
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2015?
The Wildcat 700 Trail Limited is new
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
for 2015, and so is the closed-loop
EFI. The new LTD gets an EPS unit
under the dash, and it senses driver
and terrain inputs to deliver kickback
control. It has the most assist at low
speeds but never zero assist. The
new LTD joins the Trail XT in having
two-tone aluminum wheels and color-
matched suspension arms. This makes
three packages for the Wildcat Trail,
with the Standard having steel rims,
XTs getting aluminum wheels and
automotive paint, and the LTD also
getting metallic white or red paint. Ours
also came with an accessory spare tire
rack and soft roof.
The base Trail 700 is $11,899, the
XT is $12,899 and the Limited EPS is
$13,799. The 2015 Polaris RZR 900
is $12,799 or $13,499 for the camo
version, while the Trail Edition with EPS,
EBS and turf-mode rear diff is $14,799.
The only other 50-inch sporty UTV is
the $8499 Honda Pioneer 500, but it’s
not nearly as fast as the Trail Cat.