Renegade Sports 600 EFI 2022 – My First Impressions

When I was told that, with the help of Ski-Doo dealer Roger A. Pelletier in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, I would be one of the first to try a 2022 model, I was like a child on Christmas Eve! Plus, it was a test vehicle equipped with the new 2-stroke 600efi engine, an engine that has been the subject of much discussion since its announcement a year ago. 

Renegade Sports 600 EFI 2022 - My First Impressions - Review Snowmobile

Having just tried the 600efi in a Backcountry snowmobile, I was eager to see what this engine had in store for me when coupled with a shorter track and a different suspension.

As I rode the Backcountry Sport, I understood the purpose of this new entry-level engine. To offer enough power to be fun while being affordable, and it does that very well. But I have to admit that I was surprised on my first ride in the Renegade Sport. Combined with the 137x15x1.25'' Cobra track, the 600EFI has even more power than in the Backcountry!

Renegade Sports 600 EFI 2022 - My First Impressions - Review Snowmobile

Being an entry-level model, the Renegade Sport comes out of the workshop with the SC-5M rear suspension, available at BRP for about a decade, supported by an HPG shock absorber used on most base models. Up front, it is the RAS 3 system introduced in 2017, designed with the Gen4 platform. This front suspension, coupled with Motion Control shocks, is doing a great job on the trail so far.

Renegade Sports 600 EFI 2022 - My First Impressions - Review Snowmobile

After a first ride of 80 km, I can say that I will have a lot of fun riding this machine on the trails! I'll also try to ride a little off-trail at the cottage to see if BRP is right to call the Renegade a hybrid snowmobile. Stay tuned for my more in-depth assessment at the end of the season!

Once again, thanks to Roger A Pelletier of Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac for the long-term loan of this snowmobile.