WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017?
Arctic Cat dropped the base 1000
for 2016, leaving the 1000X and 1000X
Limited and Special Editions, both of
which sported variable-assist EPS and
Elka Stage 5 shocks. For 2017 the SE
is dropped, and the Wildcat 1000X EPS
and Limited EPS both get the RG Pro
Suspension package with Speed-label
King Racing shocks with adjustable
compression damping and dual-rate
springs with adjustable cross-overs.
Gordon’s Pro rear suspension is a
wishbone trailing arm with no links or
tire scrub during travel. Not only that,
the trailing arm is manufactured to
work on either side of the car, easing
racing costs. Rear travel decreases 1.5
inches to 16. 5 inches, while wheelbase
increases to 96.25 inches with the
Robby Gordon Pro Suspension.
Last year’s Duro Powergrip or ITP
Blackwater Evolution 27-inch tires
have been replaced by 27-inch ITP
Ultracross six-ply radials on 15-inch
KMC wheels, another UTV first. Both
Wildcat 1000Xs also get heavy-duty
rear axles and CVs, larger tie-rods, a
race-inspired ROPS cage and added
gussets on the exoskeleton frame and
The aluminum tie-rods are larger in diameter, and only the 2015 RZR
XP 1000 Desert LE beat the Wildcat as the first UTV to have OEM
15-inch wheels. Six-ply ITP Ultracross tires are also new this year.
The analog speedometer is easy to read, and it will approach 120
kilometers per hour. Two buttons will toggle the digital part through
several options and reset the two trip meters. There are also four
blanks on the dash for controlling accessories.