Way back in 2009 Arctic Cat added a 10.5mm-larger piston and a bunch of updates to the
500H1 engine to create the 550H1 4x4
ATV and Prowler 550. The 550H1 got
EPS for 2010. It received a few more
updates leading up to 2014, but in 2015,
the old 4x4 has been replaced by the
all-new XR 550, XT EPS and EPS LTD
ATVs. The new XR 550s share a frame,
suspension and other components with
the XR 700 trilogy and the lone XR 500.
We got a chance to test the new XR 550
XT EPS at the same place we tested the
2010 550 EPS—Moab, Utah. Let’s check
out how it compares with the original 550
on rocks, sand, dirt and snow.
ARCTIC CAT XR 550 XT EPS 4X4 Manicured claws still have plenty of traction!