2013 Ski-Doo Snowmobile Intro: REV-XM Summit
2013 Ski-Doo Mountain Snowmobiles. WHAT the HECK are they THINKING ? ? ?
Are you angry that Ski-Doo didn’t just release a 2013 Ski-Doo Summit E-TEC 154 that weighs 415 pounds (2 pounds lighter than the new 2013 Polaris 800 Pro-RMK 155)? Well, they didn’t…and it’s OK if you are angry. But you might be pleasantly surprised by what Ski-Doo is doing, and why? The answers are right here.
BRP is known for wild new innovations. In recent years they brought us the 3 wheeled Spyder, built the 1st sled to break 3 pounds per horsepower and the 1st watercraft with suspension. BRP is like a Honey Badger. They don’t care what other companies are doing, they prefer to reinvent ways to travel over terrain.
The new 2013 Ski-Doo Summit REV-XM E-TEC represents a new decade for Ski-Doo. The past 10 years started with the launch of the REV chassis in 2002. The REV XP propelled Ski-Doo with it’s shocking light weight (dropped 50 pounds) and power combination.
The big news for Ski-Doo mountain sleds is the new 2013 REV-XM chassis. So here’s the scoop…
WEIGHT: Weight is what everyone except the lightest doesn’t want to talk about. The weight on the 2013 Ski-Doo 800 Summit XM-X 154 is claimed to be 459 lbs. Add 5 pounds for the 163. If you’re going with the “in-season” SP-XM model, add 5 more pounds.
2013 POLARIS VS 2013 SKI-DOO: 42 pounds difference. The 2013 Polaris 800 Pro RMK 155 claimed weight – 417 pounds. 2013 Ski-Doo 800 Summit X REV-XM 154 claimed weight – 459 pounds. If you can’t get over 42 pounds, then STOP reading right now. If there is anything else that matters to you on a mountain sled: power-to-track, handling, fun-to-ride, etc.; then continue reading. I guarantee 2013 is worth serious consideration into the innovations that could easily make up for 40 pounds of mass.
X-MODEL: Other than the yellow color and rebate benefits, the X package is 5 pounds lighter than the SP and gets the HPG Plus shocks by KYB with rebuildable aluminum bodies. Biggest benefit besides weight is that your shop can re-valve for your weight and riding style. You also get the tapered aluminum handlebars. If you don’t like yellow or orange you will find a custom selection of 2013 Ski-Doo 800 Summit REV-XM models to snowcheck (Spring Guarantee) online.
SUPER TRACTION TUNNEL: It has 8 inches of additional running board edge giving us traction closer to the engine. This is a must for technical maneuvers in deep snow.
FLEX-SUSPENSION: engineers of the R-Motion suspension built what looks like the most advanced rear skid for a mountain sled. The all new T- Motion is a lateral-flex motion. edges of the track and the suspension flex when you lean the sled. They integrated a ball joint in the rear torque arm and the front suspension arm. The track edges flex also. Thus, the “FLEX-EDGE”.
THE OTHER STUFF: The side panels are reshaped to slide through deep snow. The seat is lower profile (better for the mountain, worse for trail ride home). The running boards get 85% more snow evacuation hole space in running boards. The gauge mounting is flattened so you can see it standing up…finally! The ski stance is down to 35.7”, the narrowest of all 800 mountain sleds.
Basically, the 2013 chassis is the same at the core, same S-Module, same Triangular frame, same steering geometry, same engine mounting. But there are many significant changes also that will dramatically alter how it rides. Spindle is slightly different, ski keel is a little deeper and rear of ski is a little longer. Handlebars have two positions (set at forward position on REV-XM and it takes 1 hour to switch).
COOL REV-XM BONUS’ (E-TEC 800)
They gave us a glove box under the gauge console that will defrost your goggles from the engine heat. Ski-Doo has the best fit and finish of all OEM snowmobile accessories on the marketing LinQ system has a “snap-in” accessory mount system built in for your tunnel bag and gas can. The side panels are pre-marked so you can snap them in easily.
SUMMIT XP DITCHED? NOPE.
The Summit Sport (formerly Everest XP and Summit SP) has the PowerTEK 800 with an MSRP of $8,999. That’s $1,000 less than the 2012 Polaris 600 RMK.
DON’T KNOW TIL YOU RIDE IT
Some lucky riders that rode the new sled and these are some of their comments; “much easier for entry level riders to ride” “effortless, huge difference” “easier to ride, easier to sidehill on hard terrain”. Demo’s are being dished out to the sales reps across the country and will be part of their Ski-Doo Demo Tour from here on out. So, hook up with a dealer and go for a ride to see for yourself what all this means.
Pricing on the 2013 Ski-Doo lineup was surprisingly right in line. Advertising below MSRP is not allowed by Ski-Doo dealers so you have to get an individual quote through email, talk to your salesperson on the phone or visit your local dealership. Most importantly, find a dealership you trust and that offers to ride with you! So many dealers don’t even ride what they sell.
The price of the 2012 Ski-Doo Summit X 154 E-TEC REV-XM is $12,349 MSRP. On top of that Ski-Doo offers a $300 Rebate Option OR a free Wrap Kit OR Electric Start or an extended Warranty. The best option is usually to take the $300.00. Then if you want custom decals, get custom decals that don’t match all the others available from Ski-Doo. If you want Electric Start, add it. If you want a warranty extension, get it when it matters and make a deal on a 5 Year warranty so there is more value when you resell or you have warranty when it’s most likely to break down!
The 2013 Ski-Doo Summit SP 800 E-TEC 154 is $11,899. The 2013 Ski-Doo Summit Sport 800 XP P-TEC is only $8,999. Add the 163″ track for $400 and Electric Start for $300-$350. Which one is the best value to you??? Please comment….