TEXTRON’S LONG-TRAVEL SPORT UTV
Following introduction of the extra-cab Stampede and four-seat Stampede
XTR for the recreation utility market,
Textron Off-Road set out to make some
noise in the new cross-over sport utility
class created by the Polaris General.
The Stampede 900 engine is built
by Textron subsidiary Weber Motors
and delivers 80 horsepower, while the
Weber Turbo 850 makes 130 horsepower. Stampede travel is 9. 3 inches in
front and 10. 4 inches out back, and the
EPS+ has 27-inch Bighorn 2.0 tires on
The new Stampede-based UTV is
claimed to have 100-plus horsepower,
long-travel suspension and King Racing
shocks. The yet-unnamed sporty
UTV will have longer A-arms and King
shocks, and we expect travel to be
at least 12 inches and rear travel to
be 12–13 inches, like a General, but
EFX Moto Hammer tires on KMC
15-inch beadlock wheels, but there is
room under the new fenders for up to
32-inch tires. Front and rear torsion
bars fight body roll, which is considerable on Robby Gordon’s Wildcats.
Gordon has seven SCORE #1 plates,
four Baja 500 wins, three Baja 1000
wins and nine Dakar Rally stage wins,
so he knows how to set up his suspension.
With 130 horsepower, the driveline
had to be strengthened for durability,
and Textron’s new Speed Accessories
division will have a 200-plus-horse-
power turbo kit, long-travel kit with
77-inch width (Speedcat77) and a
plethora of electrical accessories.
Not only is the XX line designed to be
race-ready, they’ll be pre-wired for
LED lights, LED whips, audio systems,
intercoms and radios. There will also
be seatbelt options. Instead of the
three-point belt, owners can go with
Speed four-point or IMMI Click- 6 harnesses. There will also be 12-volt and
Here’s the Gordon Baja 1000 Turbo Speedcat 77 in Baja. The dry-sump XX engine requires a separate oil
tank, which won’t be hand-made aluminum on the production XX. A 65-amp alternator rides where this
tank sits on the Wildcat XX. Yamaha’s GYTR alternator kit is $661.99, so XXs will save money for owners
who add a lot of electrical accessories.
Stadium seating gives rear-seat 4XX passengers a better view, and colors will be
lime green or black. XX cages are much
stronger than on Wildcat Xs, yet they’re
still attached to the frame by bolts.
The Weber MPE 850 twin comes with normal induction (left) with 89mm forged pistons, 68mm stroke
11.5:1 compression and 44mm EFI throttle body, and the turbocharged MPE 850 (right) puts out 130
horsepower with 9.0:1 compression. To get the 100-plus horsepower number, Textron will likely bore and/or
stroke the MPE 850 out to 1000cc.