Arctic Cat Thundercat 2019, a good trail sled!

Arctic Cat Thundercat 2019, a good trail sled!

Arctic Cat Thundercat 2019, une bonne machine de sentier?! - motoneiges - motoneigistes

We all agree that the Thundercat name is emblematic within the Arctic Cat brand. When we think of this name, we all remember the 1000cc 2-stroke 3-cylinder engine that was produced between 1998 and 2002.

Since then, Arctic Cat has come a long way. With the most powerful 4-stroke turbocharged engine in the industry, iACT suspension, Arctic Drive clutch system and all the expertise of the American manufacturer, here is the all-new Thundercat 137 in. 2019.

Arctic Cat Thundercat 2019, une bonne machine de sentier?! - motoneiges - motoneigistes

Arctic Cat Thundercat 2019, une bonne machine de sentier?! - motoneiges - motoneigistes

Under the hood, it’s a combination of precision and power. With these two elements, the retake in the curves is very good, and you literally feel propelled and even that sometimes I was amazed!

Arctic Cat Thundercat 2019, une bonne machine de sentier?! - motoneiges - motoneigistes

With its 10” front and 13” rear suspension, all under the iACT system, it provides a remarkable trail snowmobile.

Unfortunately, I noticed that there was some swaying on the straight lines; in my opinion, the carbide runners are not well adapted for this type of snowmobile.

However, when turning, it’s a lot of fun! We don’t feel the weight of the 4-stroke engine and the power delivered by this snowmobile is impressive. I must say that this snowmobile is not for beginners.

Arctic Cat Thundercat 2019, une bonne machine de sentier?! - motoneiges - motoneigistes

As for accessories, we have the same features as on the Limited models. Everything is there, even the heating bench — a little must in cold weather.

Arctic Cat Thundercat 2019, une bonne machine de sentier?! - motoneiges - motoneigistes

With all this power, the 137-inch Ripsaw track with 1-inch studs does a good job, but in my opinion, it lacked a lot of traction. I had the studded track, and yet I thought a little something was missing. I think a track with 1.25” or even 1.5” studs would have been perfect, but it remains a personal preference.

Arctic Cat Thundercat 2019, une bonne machine de sentier?! - motoneiges - motoneigistes

Once again, I thank Motoplex for the test and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to visit their team, they will be happy to help you!

Arctic Cat Thundercat 2019, une bonne machine de sentier?! - motoneiges - motoneigistes

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