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The Power The Wildcat’s engine is a 951cc four-stroke, V-twin de- sign, manufactured right here in the good old USA. The V- Twin cylinder arrangement uses a single-overhead cam, with 50mm throttle bodies and fuel injection. It’s the same 1000i H.O. en- gine used in Arctic Cat’s Prowler XTZ, but with a new two-into- one, ceramic-coated exhaust, and revised air intake system, to fit inside the new Wildcats exo- skeleton chassis. It has plenty of low end grunt, with a hard hit- ting mid-range and plenty of top end power. Claimed H.P. is right around 88 HP with more readily available through simple bolt on mods, such as pipes and tuning. A large-ish 8.8 gallon fuel cell gives the machine plenty of riding range, and supplies the fuel to the massive V-twin mo- tor. Built in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the 1000i H.O engine is the larg- est displacement motor in the Pure Sport UTV or ROV category. with the rear bias, and there is no appreciable see-saw effect when accelerating hard out of corners, especially down rug- ged, whooped out straights. The Transmission Arctic Cat’s mid-mounted Wildcat engine connects to their “Duramatic” CVT transmission. This fully automatic transmis- sion uses what Arctic Cat’s engineers call a “Spike Load Dampener” or SLD technol- ogy. In effect, this allows the driveline to “slip for a millisec- ond under harsh spike loads,” which helps with durability of the driveline components. The Wildcat shift lever lo- cated on the center console allows you to select from Park, Reverse, Neutral, and High and Low gear ranges. A convenient- ly placed switch on the dash, allows the operator to change between 2WD and 4WD opera- tion, as well as the option of a locking front differential drive. The Extras There are lots of extras that come as standard features on the new Wildcat. One of the best is its electronic power steering system or EPS. The variable assist EPS reacts to steering input force, tire resis- tance and vehicle speed. The electronic control unit (ECU) monitors and deciphers steering input and adjusts the amount of steering assist. The benefit is easier steering at low speeds and during four wheel drive operation. All this without becoming overly quick at high speeds, due to a built-in steer- ing damper and power assist. www.dirtillustrated.com