THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. – Arctic Cat’s 2014 side-by-side lineup includes the slender Wildcat Trail and Wildcat Trail XT, designed to be narrower than the competition. Meanwhile, the Wildcat X Limited and Wildcat 4X Limited are intended for those who want horsepower paired with exclusive upgrades.
Wildcat Trail ($10,999) and Wildcat Trail XT ($11,999): Arctic Cat’s new Wildcat Trail and Wildcat Trail XT (top photo) are all about the numbers, and in this case, bigger does not mean better. Both models are just fifty inches wide, making them narrower than the typical side-by-side. Paired with ten inches of ground clearance and 10.5 inches of rear suspension travel, Arctic Cat says this model can go where its competitors cannot.
The Wildcat Trail has a new 700 inline twin engine with EFI, which Arctic Cat claims produces over 60hp. Fox has provided the nitrogen gas-charged shocks, and both the front and rear are equipped with double A-arms with sway bars. There is also a receiver for a two-inch hitch.
The XT designation seems to be mostly about colors: the two bucket seats and the A-arms are color-matched to the automotive-style paint. The wheels are also upgraded to aluminum. While the Wildcat Trail comes in green, lime and red, the Trail XT is only available in lime or black.
Elka Stage 5 shocks absorb the bumps below while a molded roof protects from above. The X Limited models come with ITP Blackwater Evolution tires and aluminum beadlock wheels. Color options are limited to black and red, but the graphics are a special edition design.
Like the other X models, the X Limited and 4X Limited have color-matched seats, aluminum painted bumpers, and a race-tuned 1000 H2 engine, which cranks out over 90hp.
Media images courtesy of Arctic Cat.