WHAT’S NEW FOR 2015?
ProStar power and a lot more. The
325cc EFI single joins the 21st century
and actually produces a half more
horsepower than the old 455cc hot rod,
producing 30 horsepower via a 36mm
EFI throttle body and four-valve head
with 11.5:1 compression instead of the
400’s 9:1 ratio. It also has a 560-watt
stator for powering a winch and other
accessories. The new engine is also
much smaller in size, so the chassis
could be shrunk as well. The front end
and seat height were lowered 2 inches,
and the bodywork (from the Sportsman
570) is some 3. 25 inches slimmer in
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
the midsection. Front suspension is
still MacPherson strut, but travel was
lowered from 8. 2 inches to 6. 7 inches,
while rear IRS travel is still 9. 5 inches.
Gas capacity increases from 4.1
gallons to 4. 5 gallons, and the high-
performance engine gets better mileage
than the old 400 as well. The package
is also 26 pounds lighter than the 400,
yet it carries and tows as much as the
Compared to the 2014 Sportsman
400, the Sportsman ETX is $300 more
at an MSRP of $5999. Arctic Cat’s
400 is $5799, the 450 is $6149, the
500 4x4 is $6499 and the new XR500
is $7799. CFMoto’s CForce 500 is
$5149, while Honda’s Rancher 420
starts at $6149 and jumps to $8349 for
the Auto DCT IRS with EPS. Can-Am’s
Outlander 450 L is $7799 to $9799 for
the Camo XT with EPS. Suzuki’s two
KingQuad 400s are $6499–$6899,
while Kymco’s MXU450 is $6199–
$6699. So only the CFMoto is cheaper,
but it doesn’t nearly have the quality of
workmanship as the ETX.
HOW FAST IS THE ETX?
Faster than the Sportsman Ace. The
short-stroke engine has different clutch
tuning than the 32-horsepower Ace,
and the EFI and CVT response to the
throttle is quick and smooth. There
are no flat spots in the power range,
but the smaller 325cc engine doesn’t
Despite 30 horsepower, the Sportsman ETX doesn’t want to wheelie or powerslide out of
corners. On the other hand, it’s very predictable and easy to ride when traction is as scarce as
ice on the sun. Compared to the 400, its midsection is 3. 25 inches more narrow because of
the new engine.
The DOHC single has a 78mm piston riding
on a 68mm stroke with 11.5:1 compression.
It revs out to 8200 rpm and makes 30
horsepower with a 36mm EFI throttle body,
while the Sportsman Ace has a 40mm
throttle body and 32 horsepower.
The Sportsman ETX has a width of 48 inches, 24-inch all-terrain tires,
more guards than Fort Knox, and three 55-watt headlights, with the
third light helping see around turns at night. The front rack holds 90
pounds of cargo, and it tilts forward to reveal 6. 5 gallons of storage
Rear travel is 9. 5 inches, and a torsion bar lets the IRS arms
articulate in rocks and ruts or work together in turns to fight body roll.
Notice the two stainless steel brake lines going to the right rear disc
brake; the handlebar lever controls all four brakes, while the brake
pedal controls only the rear brakes.