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2013 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Review & Predictions

January 25, 2012
2012 Arctic Cat snowmobile test ride

2013 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Surprises

Watch for some big shake-up’s and subtle innovation enhancements in 2013 snowmobile line-ups from Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha. Be ready for some big surprises and brace yourself to be underwhelmed by manufacturers due to budget cuts, emissions regulations and market adjustments due to lack of snow. Overall, you should expect smaller line-ups with less models to choose from unless you pony up $500.00 in the pre-season for a more customized sled.

Arctic Cat Progress and Rumors

The 2012 Arctic Cat twin spar “Pro” Chassis with tapered tunnels and extreme front suspension was a big hit for some and a miss for others skeptics that didn’t get to test ride on the pre-season 2012 Pretend snowmobiles. Believers and haters have been won and lost one at a time in rides throughout the 2011-2012 season.

After some initial engine seizures due to air bubbles in the oil lines, hearts were won with surprisingly great handling, a light weight feel on the M800 and F800 models and the gut wrenching power of both the 800 and 1100 Turbo engines. And then there were a dozen more updates and service bulletins to work out the bugs. Starting Line Products helped the M800 the most in 2012 with a single pipe that dropped 20 pounds.

2013 Arctic Cat Predictions

Fifty or more subtle “bug fixes” from the all new chassis.

15 Pound (much needed) weight reduction in the Mountain Segment (M800 & M1100 Turbo)

Elimination of the ugly orange and white color scheme.

Base Model M800 and F800 with lower price point.

Vertically oriented steering standard on M1100 and M1100 turbo.

Arctic Cat launches their revised 2013 Arctic Cat snowmobile lineup on February 28, 2012. Signup to get the quickest price quote online at If you chose not to be the guinea pig, congratulations; the 2013 model will be ready to go. Arctic Cat OEM Replacement Parts and Accessories are available at with options for free shipping.

2012 Arctic Cat snowmobile test ride

2012 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Test Ride


7 Comments leave one →
  1. bigray permalink
    February 3, 2012 6:35 pm

    any chance for a 600 xf with a 141 track, race suspension, telescoping bars, and a fast motor clutched for a quick response! cats rule

  2. PDW permalink
    February 14, 2012 3:50 pm

    “Ugly white and orange color scheme”…
    For one, it was limited so it was never really a “lineup” model.
    And second, it was awesome.

    • Billy permalink
      February 25, 2012 2:28 am

      You tell it how it is son. I hate Arctic Cat, but I do like the White and orange.]

  3. sledhead 28 permalink
    February 25, 2012 9:21 pm

    “Ugly white and orange color scheme”…

    Way to blow it Sledrumors! That scheme is awesome, obviously your taste sucks!

  4. March 5, 2012 10:00 pm

    the number one head turner this year….the white and orange limiter arctic cat…

  5. mike permalink
    March 17, 2012 2:59 am

    the orange and white is the best color scheme ive ever seen on the limited koodos to articcat

    • Derrick Drake permalink
      December 11, 2012 6:54 am

      yeah, sledrumers has their opinion like everyone else, and that is fine, but ugly is just a matter of taste. I for one think the new arctic-cats are by far the best looking sleds to date, and i am fond of the white and orange look. My dream sled is an F8 Night-fire with an R-motion rear suspension, or arctic-cats new version of it. You know they will have one if they want to keep up. The slide action is great, but ski-doo has raised the bar again.

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