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The romantic image is of cowboys and horses, but more than 80% of BEEF readers report owning two or more all-terrain or utility vehicles. Here are the top offerings for 2011 in those categories.
- Read about the best of 2012 ATV offerings here.
Arctic Cat Prowler 700 HDX
Arctic Cat’s all-new Prowler 700 HDX Side-By-Side has been designed from the ground up, starting with the 85-in. wheelbase that provides a 1,500-lb. payload. The all-new 2-in-1 cargo box, with 1,000-lb. box capacity and multiple tie-down options, is wide enough to house a wooden pallet, while easily detachable side panels quickly convert it to flatbed use.
The Prowler HDX cab features a 40/20/40 seat for comfortable, sculpted seating for three occupants. The dashboard houses a fresh digital gauge package with an all-new dash-mounted shifter that has park, low, high, neutral and reverse.
Electronic power steering (EPS) is new to the Prowler HDX in 2011, while a five-position tilt steering column enhances handling. Arctic Cat’s variable-assist EPS allows steering assistance to the HDX before it even starts to move at idle, conserving riders’ input energy when in 4WD, especially when the differential lock is engaged. The EPS reduces the torque necessary to steer the HDX when changing direction with a loaded cargo box or navigating tough obstacles.
The unit’s 700 H1 engine’s electronic fuel injection puts power to the ground via the front and rear suspensions. Fully independent, double-A-arm front and rear designs have 10 in. of suspension travel and 10 in. of ground clearance.
Fox FLOAT® Air Assist shocks complete the HDX suspension, combining FLOAT Air Technology with a coil-over spring for increased load capability. Under heavy load conditions the FLOAT Air Assist allows the vehicle’s load requirement to be easily adjusted by simply adding air pressure to the FLOAT air chamber. During normal conditions the coil takes over as the main spring.
The units are available in Tungsten Metallic and Advantage Timber Camo. For more information, see your local dealer or visit www.arcticcat.com.