Ski-Doo Renegade Enduro 900 ACE Turbo 2019 – Pre-Ride Analysis
For a 4th year, I have the great privilege to be one of the pilots who will test a new snowmobile for a long term test. It is with great pleasure that I begin the long-term test of the Ski-Doo Renegade Enduro 900 ACE Turbo 2019, made in partnership with Les Motoneiges Géro inc, BRP dealer in Saint-Jean-de-Matha in the magnificent Lanaudière region. This model is different from the last two tests I did, as they were equipped with the powerful second generation Rotax 850 E-TEC engine. It’s a big comeback to the 4-stroke engine for me this season!
Our test pilot with his snowmobile
900 ACE Turbo Engine
The 900 ACE Turbo engine makes a notable entry in the Ski-Doo lineup this year. Much awaited by enthusiasts of the brand, this engine offers an estimated power of 150 HP, about 20 more than its predecessor the 1200 4-TEC. Equipped with the intelligent iTC accelerator and pDrive clutch, the 900 ACE Turbo engine offers much higher power and torque that will satisfy most performance lovers. Given what has been done with Can-Am, we believe that this engine has a lot of development potential in the future. It is important to note in this test the 900 ACE engine version is not an ordinary 900 ACE. This one has been specially designed to manage all the power produced by the Turbo. The mechanical components are therefore much more robust to ensure performance, reliability, and durability.
Rotax 900 ACE Turbo engine and pDrive pulley
REV GEN 4 chassis with an extended design
To accommodate the new 900 ACE Turbo engine in the GEN 4 chassis, Ski-Doo engineers and designers have designed a new version with an expanded design. Much like they did in 2016 to install the 1200 4-TEC in the XS chassis, the GEN 4 panels have been widened versus the version with E-TEC engine. The new look is impressive. We still have the same ergonomics with the Ergo-Step panels that allow us to move quickly on the snowmobile. The chassis is wider; we are more protected from the wind, which is an advantage in cold weather.
The new REV GEN 4 chassis with an extended design offer excellent wind protection
Our test snowmobile has a RAS 3 suspension with HPG PLUS shock absorbers at the front. At the rear, we have a 137-inch rMotion suspension coupled with an HPG PLUS shock absorber at the front and an air shock absorber at the rear. It can be electronically adjusted in 5 positions while driving with the snowmobile. It makes the Renegade Enduro extremely comfortable to drive. This type of suspension has been used for more than 20 years on several models in the Touring and Touring-Solo category.
The Renegade Enduro is one of the Ski-Doo snowmobiles that is the most equipped standard. At the front, we find the revolutionary TS Pilots skis that are adjustable according to your driving preferences. At the rear, we have a 137-inch ICE Ripper XT track with studs that are pre-molded into the track. This significantly improves trail safety, especially when cornering and braking on ice. This model also has a luxury heated seat and a multifunctional gauge. The Renegade Enduro, regardless of the engine, is designed for snowmobilers who go on long rides or occasionally go off the trail. It is for this last element that the model is equipped with a “heavy duty” bumper at the front.
The Renegade Enduro 900 ACE Turbo is a luxury snowmobile that is specially designed for long-distance drivers.
This year, thanks to our partners, BRP and Les Motoneiges Géro, we have the opportunity to test many accessories with the snowmobile. Here is the list:
1. LED Auxiliary headlight system
2. Snow scratchers
3. Handlebar bag
4. Adventure LinQ Bag
Each of the accessories will be in our test reports and videos will be produced throughout the season.
Elements to observe
To give you the best feedback and our impressions on this model, here are the specific elements that we will check throughout the season:
1. Performance of the 900 ACE Turbo engine according to the three driving modes
2. Fuel consumption
3. The driving experience of the new GEN 4 chassis with extended design and Enduro model features
4. Suspension and air shock absorber performance
5. Accessories integration and use
6. General reliability and maintenance of the snowmobiles
As I write these lines, we have already been able to take a ride with the snowmobile. We are already impressed by its engine a
Our test pilot ready to go on the trails with the Renegade Enduro
To learn more about this model, we invite you to view our pre-ride analysis video by clicking on the following link:
In closing, I would like to thank Les Motoneiges Géro inc, BRP dealer in Saint-Jean-de-Matha for the loan of the Renegade Enduro 900 ACE Turbo 2019 Ski-Doo Enduro. I invite you to meet the Géro team in the store to see the new Ski-Doo and Can-Am Off-Road products. Follow us during the season. Very soon, we will publish our first impressions!