If you listen to market leader Polaris, which holds a rumored 70 percent market share you’d have to say that based on the RZR’s popularity, the 50-inch wide market is red hot.
We think a 50-inch SXS is the strongest argument against a 2-up ATV and here’s why. Polaris is pricing 50-inchers like the RZR 570 and 800 oh-so-close to a twofer ATV. The added benefit is you get a full-on side-x-side with great cargo capability and maybe a comfier spot for your significant other all in a package that can go anywhere an ATV can.
This is especially tantalizing if you’re a fast-reacting OEM like Arctic Cat. It’s no secret the northern Minnesota maker has been batting them outta the park the past year with the incredible success of the Wildcat SXS.
Based on the press release earlier this year, we anticipate a significantly re-jiggered 50-inch wide Wildcat to surface very soon. The big question we’re asking is what sort of engine can we expect to see?
Look for the company’s torquey 700 single and possibly the original 77 horsepower 951cc V-twin from the Thundercat. We may even see an all-new 550-600cc single in this platform.