strong acceleration, but you have to be
deliberate with the throttle if you want
to pick the front end up with power or
get sideways in a turn.
HOW IS THE SUSPENSION?
Outstandingly plush, but it has no
trouble handling a respectably fast trail
pace. Arctic Cat chose suspension
settings that are compliant on small
impacts, like roots and fist-sized
rocks, with enough mid-stroke and
bottoming resistance for G-outs, holes
and ledges. There are 10 inches of
travel at both ends, which is plenty for
most obstacles. It’s one of the best
suspension packages we’ve tested on
a 4x4 ATV.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It’s more agile and stable than
2015-and-earlier Arctic Cat 4x4s.
Moving the engine forward, improving
the suspension and updating the
bodywork for better ergonomics are
big changes, and they work together
to upgrade the machine’s handling.
Cornering is more crisp, and the new
suspension, which includes a rear sway
bar, keeps body roll in check. The XT
model’s power steering keeps steering
effort light, retains good steering feel
and fights the spikes bumps try to send
to the rider.
HOW DOES THE CAT CLIMB?
Like something is chasing it. The
Alterra’s smooth, strong power makes
for quick, efficient climbing and the
machine’s more forward engine
placement keeps the front wheels
planted and pulling in steep terrain.
The Alterra’s bodywork offers a roomy riding
area and is slim and comfortable in the middle.
handling and ergonomics
ready the Alterra for
aggressive riding, and it’s also
comfortable for cruising.
Arctic Cat’s engine braking system acts
on all four wheels in four-wheel drive,
making sure gravity doesn’t get you
back down hills sooner than you want.
The linked front and rear brakes are
strong and have good feel, but don’t
give skilled riders the same precise
control individual brake controls do.