WHAT MAKES THE LIMITED SO SPECIAL?
Arctic Cat Wildcat base models are
very well-equipped with potent V-twin
engines, power steering, doors, alloy
wheels and adjustable, long-travel
suspension. The Wildcat X Limited
upgrades the machine with more
horsepower, beadlock wheels, ITP
Blackwater Evolution tires, Elka Stage
5 suspension, special red or satin
black paint, color-matched seats, big
aluminum bumpers, and a roof.
WHAT DOES ALL THAT COST?
$20,399. That’s quite a jump from
the $16,999 base Wildcat, but when
you add up the cost of the high-performance engine, high-end shocks,
beadlock wheels, premium tires and
style upgrades, it’s quite a buy. The
Wildcat X Limited’s price is similar
to other optioned-up, top-of-the-line
UTVs, like the $19,999 Polaris XP 1000
LE and Can-Am’s $18,799 Maverick
1000 X rs DPS.
WHAT MAKES IT GO?
A fuel-injected, single-overhead-cam,
four-valve-per-cylinder, 951cc V-twin.
The X Limited has more compression
and hotter cams than the base Wildcat.
The factory hop-up treatment boosts
power to over 90 horsepower, but the
hotter engine calls for premium gas.
WHAT DOES THE RAPID RESPONSE
Introduced mid-year in 2013 on all
Wildcats, the Team Industries Rapid
Response clutch uses rolling elements
rather than sliding parts to move the
clutch sheaves. It responds to torque
loads and engine rpm changes much
more quickly than the previously
used standard clutch to keep the
transmission in the right ratio for
the conditions. It also eliminates the
standard clutch’s centrifugal clutch,
which eliminates engine braking and a
measure of protection for the drive belt,
but it’s a fair exchange for performance.
Can-Am Mavericks and Polaris RZRs
don’t have centrifugal clutches before
the primary clutch, either.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
Selectable 2WD/4WD with a locking
front differential. Two-wheel drive will
get you almost anywhere, but 4WD
helps the Wildcat accelerate quicker
and climb better. Locking the front
differential gives maximum traction, and
thanks to power steering, there’s no
excessive steering effort.
IS IT FAST?
Most definitely. You get a sense
of how potent the Wildcat is by how
High-lift cams and higher
compression give the Wildcat X
LTD’s single-overhead-cam, four-valve-per-cylinder V-twin more power
than the base Wildcat. The loping
idle lets you know the engine is built
and means business.
Arctic Cat’s Wildcat X Limited comes fully customized. It has a more powerful engine and
better suspension than base Wildcats, plus nearly all the accessories experienced UTVers add
need to know,
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easily it lights up the grippy Blackwater
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still possible to break the tires loose.
If there’s much traction to be had, the
Arctic Cat takes off like a scalded cat
any time you mash the gas pedal.
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
The X LTD is a rocket, but it’s not
unruly. The engine doesn’t come on
hard until it builds some revs, so it’s
easy to navigate gnarly terrain if you
have some sense of throttle control.
The base Wildcat’s smoother power
is easier to work with in really sketchy
terrain. When you hit those spots where
power is the only way to conquer an