2012 Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000i HO SxS / UTV Announced

by Justin | Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Thief River Falls, MN (7/26/2011) – Inspired by the unforgiving terrain of the Baja 1000, engineered to attack the gnarliest obstacles with precision and control, and crafted in America by a company dedicated to performance and quality, the all-new Arctic Cat Wildcat V-Twin 1000 H.O. debuts as the most potent pure-sport recreational off-road vehicle (ROV) ever built

With industry-leading suspension travel, 13 inches of ground clearance, a full-perimeter frame and the largest displacement engine in its class, the Wildcat is a full-production version of what was previously reserved for off-road race vehicles.

“The Wildcat has no equal. Period,” said Claude Jordan, Arctic Cat President and CEO. “Our customers asked for a high-performance side-by-side, and we happily responded with a no-compromise, pure-sport hot rod that redefines what’s possible with a production off-road vehicle.”2012 Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000

SUSPENSION: Ultimate Long Travel

The Wildcat can effortlessly hammer through whoops and dunes thanks to a front and rear suspension combination that rivals those used on off-road race buggies.

At the rear is an industry-first 5-pointmulti-link trailing arm suspension that keeps the tires’ contact patches flat while the suspension moves through its industry-leading 18 inches of travel. The unique 5-pointmulti-linkminimizes camber and axle plunge to soak up the harshest terrain without compromising handling and steering.

The double-wishbone front suspension boasts a best-in-class 17 inches of travel,with geometry that’s optimized for stability and control. Both the front and rear suspensions are dampened by Walker Evans Racing shocks. Designed fro ma lifetime of off-road competition and experience and also made in the USA, these remote reservoir shocks are machined from billet aluminum and feature 17-position compression dampening adjustability, dual-rate springs and preloads adjustment. They’re calibrated with ample ride-in to keep the Wildcat’s tires on the ground,with consistent dampening for hours of hard riding.

The all-new Duro Kaden 14-in tires were developed specifically for the Wildcat, utilizing an elongated tread pattern designed to extend to the tires shoulder, providing excellent cornering, traction, performance and durability in rough conditions.

CHASSIS: Full-Perimeter Exoskeleton

The foundation for the Wildcat’s suspension is a full-perimeter frame that sets a new standard in strength, rigidity and durability. Usually found only in off-road race trucks, the chassis is constructed from High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) steel with a full-perimeter exoskeleton design that’s a first in the ROV class.

With a 40/60 front/rear weight distribution, the Wildcat’s front end remains light for optimal handling when tackling gnarly terrain. Occupants in the cockpit of the Wildcat are positioned close to the low center- of-gravity (CG), leaving them less affected by movements of the suspension and chassis and producing a more comfortable and confident ride.

1000 H.O. ENGINE: Built in St. Cloud,Minnesota

The 1000 H.O engine that powers the new Wildcat is the largest displacement engine in the Pure Sport category, and the ideal match for the industry-leading suspensions and chassis combo.

Built in the USA by Arctic Cat, the 951cc V-Twin, SOHC 4-strokewith Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) has proven itself on the Prowler XTZ. On the Wildcat, the 1000 H.O. has been tuned to deliver even stronger acceleration thanks to the extra torque and horsepower provided by heavy breathing 50mmthrottle bodies, a new2-into-1 ceramic-coated exhaust and an all-new air intake system.

The close-coupled,mid-chassis engine location neutralizes the Wildcat’s handling,maximizes the rider/passenger volume and reduces cockpit noise. The engine transfers power to the drive shaft via the Duramatic automatic CVT transmission. The addition of the Spike Load Dampener (SLD) allows the drive line to slip for a millisecond under harsh spike loads, reducing the torque load to the system for optimal durability.

A console-mounted shifter allows quicker gear selection between Reverse, Neutral, High and Low gears. Likewise, a dash-mounted switch activates 2- or 4-wheel drive with differential lock. Four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes provide strong, enhanced braking.


Yet another first-in-class technology, the addition of Arctic Cat’s Variable Assist Electronic Power Steering (EPS) on the Wildcat delivers even greater steering control and ease.

The EPS system is a managed electronic control unit (ECU) that measures steering input force, tire resistance and vehicle speed, and then provides the appropriate assist to the steering column through an electric motor. Steering assistance begins at idle, and varies based on the above inputs.

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