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MaxSled 2015 Model Speculation

Once again it is time for the MaxSled crew to put their heads together and create a wish list of prediction on what the OEMs will offer in the upcoming model year. Last year we predicted that Arctic Cat would offer a 600cc 2-stroker, and they did. We predicted Polaris would come out with an 800 version of the Indy, and they did. We predicted Ski-Doo would offer up a turbo boost on their 1100 4-stroke, and they didn’t. And we predicted Yamaha would come out with a chassis change, and they did, however we could not have predicted their partnership with Arctic Cat.

So what might be in store for 2015? Let’s take a look.

Arctic Cat


Arctic Cat has been doing well since their chassis introduction three years ago. They targeted every engine size segment and finally the 600cc 2-stroke. There will be more models with that engine, along with the 800. This could also be the last year we see the 1100cc non-turbo engine in a chassis. In fact, with Arctic Cat’s partnership with Yamaha, we may see more of Yamaha’s engines in Cats 4-stroke offerings. Could they offer a stock Turbo’d Yamaha engine in a brand new Thundercat? Hmm, possibly.

Arctic Cat’s touring lineup is long overdue as well. While it is a nice machine, we could see a 2-up version of the ProCross chassis, or at least a convertible of some sort. Last year we thought that maybe the 500cc engine would find its way into the ProCross chassis. Let’s hope.



Let’s face it; the Indy is to Polaris like the Mustang is to Ford. This is Polaris’s brand and Polaris has done well to build upon it. It would be so easy to put the 136” track under that chassis and discontinue the current Switchback 136. It would save money and I hardly think anyone would notice much of a ride difference. In fact, I can see the Pro-Ride suspension falling off of favor. It simply doesn’t offer that much of a better ride over the Polaris Indy suspension, in our opinion.

We can see an Indy Pro being offered with some of the features only available on the current Rush models, like the digital gauge and higher-end shock package. Finally, we may see the 550 fan being offered in the RMK.



Ski-Doo is the hardest for us to predict. They have so many models and variations that they see to have all the bases covered. We did not see a 900 ACE in last year’s predictions. In fact, we didn’t see Ski-Doo developing another 4-stroke engine. They have great offerings in the 600 and 800 class, and 1200 4-stroke class, but also in two other classes that some of the other OEMs aren’t a part of with their ACE motors. So it’s tough to predict what Ski-Doo might introduce other than the possibility of a Turbo’s 1100 Mach.



Yamaha’s partnership with Arctic Cat has shaken the sport up. Their use of the ProCross chassis morphed into the Viper has turned heads, even Cat heads. Yamaha really stylized the plastic to fit their brand and stay consistent with the rest of the Yamaha model lineup to really make it Yamaha’s own. Their clutching system seems to work better, too.

We envision Yamaha to go one more and replace the Apex with a Viper Turbo. Yes, it would be sad because the Apex motor is by far the best Yamaha snowmobile motor they make. It is smooth as butter and pulls like a banshee. We would hate to see it go, and would rather see it end up in the chassis than a turbo’d Viper, but we are told that engine is a bit too wide for that chassis…or is it?

How about this one? The Phazer gets upgraded to the Viper chassis. The 500 twin 4-stroker could drop right in. That chassis isn’t all that heavy compared. Maybe it’s not a Phazer, but an Exciter? Hmm.

What are your predictions or on your wish list for 2015? Comment below.

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35 Responses to MaxSled 2015 Model Speculation

  1. Clifford Commanda November 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Anyone else in the same boat? We need an ultra light sled for the “youth”.
    My daughter’s ZR-120 is taking a serious beating now that she is 10. She weighs about 90 lbs.
    a 3/4 size sled with decent suspension for field / yard riding would be great!

    Even I would have fun on a 250-440cc 2stroke 350 lbs sled!

    A big single Cylinder sled with e-start and reverse. (Child friendly)
    One where they can carve their deep snow corners, etc.

    Like a citation or tundra that can handle a few jumps around the yard would be amazing!

    I’d pay 6,000$ US for a 250cc sno-scoot !!! Even without reverse!

  2. Kenny March 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    I loved the phazers in my younger years but the ones they make now are to tippy for my kids to ride.

  3. Neal March 2, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    E-Tec 2. More hp. More colour options on Freeride. Holy shit, I can’t believe how tight lipped Ski Doo is and that no one has seen or heard anything.

  4. Flogger February 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    What I would wish for you ask? A 135-140HP Ski Doo 700 etec.

  5. Ken February 21, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    My friend had a john deer spit fire chassis slapped a 440 rupp free air motor in it, that thing was super light and it did 80mph all day long, slap a 500cc di engin in a super light chassis 350lb and sell it for 4k us dollars brand new hah… thats what the snowmobile industry needs in my opinion. I never had more fun on any sled than my 69 rup sno sport, yes it topped out at a measly 45 mph, But i could could go full throttle on any trail no matter how harsh, tight or twisting. And that only had 2″ of suspension travel lol…. Iv ridden a lot of sleds, new and old. but nothing feels quite the same as that low slung super light weight sled.

  6. walt February 18, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    how about some sleds for the kids bigger than a 120 like a 340 or so even a small 4 stroke like the indy lite ?

  7. Trevan February 17, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Ski-Doo: THE ONLY THING I WANT TO SEE IS A 1200 ACE WITH A DRIVE BY WIRE THROTTLE. seriously. would solve their throttle lag issues, you could feasibly get 18/20 mpg, and with the sport/eco drive switch, would easily be the best trail sled out there. Shoot, pop that 1200 ace into the GSX SE/LE, and there would be no competition.

    Yamaha: Would love to see that Apex motor dropped into the Viper as well. Shoot, give it a turbo for no reason at all, and that would be slick as snot.

    Arctic cat: Drop Suzuki four strokes, put that old tried and true four cylinder from the apex into their 1100/9000, slap a turbo on it, and run with a Yamaha clutch.

    Polaris: Bring back the four stoke that was in the IQ. Turbo it. Put it in a trail sled. Not everybody wants to drive a 2 stroke

    • Trevan February 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm #


      Honda: Get in the game.

    • sergy February 20, 2014 at 10:14 am #

      how about a 1300 ace for the same weight as the 1200,and a1000 two stroke etec 2,and a 600 etec 2 in the xs platepform!

  8. Schenley February 13, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    Would love to see doo come out with more color. My viper gets crap fuel mileage 12.5 mpg best I can do tryed all kinds of riding styles. Love the sled and for all you yamaha guys that are complaining about it being cat you are blind as bats! Cat has been leaps and bounds ahead in ride technology for years! Would also love to see cat figure out there clutches been a thorn in there side for years. Agee with everyone on yamaha do more with cat chassis and get better fuel mileage like skidoo has. As for polaris get a four stroke and some balls in your 2s

  9. Leon February 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Would love to see Yamaha come out with an Apex motor that had maybe 10-15 more hp in a crossover chassis. Need to bring back the 10.5 gal fuel tanks also.
    Would love to see Doo make the 1200 run like a 1200 should.Those things are toads. If they were in a heavy chassis, it wouldn’t move. Needs some kind of counter balancing also to cut down on the vibration.
    Polaris needs to make something that stays together.
    Cat needs Yamaha!

  10. Gøran February 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Wish:Renegade 900ACE turbo 160+Hp

  11. snowtoad February 9, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    How about DI 800 triple mach z on say 128″ ice gripper track?

  12. Tony S. February 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I don’t want a new Arctic Cat, I want a new YAMAHA. I’ve always felt they are superior machines to the other brands. Honestly, if there was just more Yamaha in the new Viper, I would buy one. But from the gauges to the rear light, there’s just too much Arctic Cat.

    And they should not even consider a turbo Viper to replace the Apex. The Apex engine is superior in every way to anything else out there. Power delivery from bottom to top is unmatched, and the short stroke design is unstressed. If they felt a need, there is more power to be had out of it- see R1 bike engine.

    I’ll take an Arctic Cat chassis with all Yamaha components and finishing- with the Apex 4-cylinder.

  13. Anthony February 5, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    How many Km do you get out of a fuel tank with your 2011 Apex?

  14. joe February 2, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    a venture TF touring sled with the 4 cylinder engine. if you’re gonna use it to work, give it the engine

  15. Charlie Reichle January 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    I think Doo should have all short track models with 128″ track. The old f7 had them and they were quick. Maybe a 179″ summit with a shaved 20-25 pounds. To help the mountain game. They should soon add some more hp like a 1000 2 stroke or turbo 4 stroke.

  16. Scott January 29, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    Polaris is the big news. I’d say they come out with bells n whistles galore. Built in fancy gauges WITH GPS, and LED light packages – new shock packages, maybe a line of new chassis (but not the whole lineup) and what about a XLT? But a big engine XLT, maybe another 800 or 900 in a lightweight chassis
    Skidoo NEEDS to boost up that 1200 or do a turbo on some 4stroke. Maybe a front end change (tall spindles) and fade from the 120″ length skids. Maybe ALL the manufactures should consider that. 129’s will be the new shorty. Somehow lessening the “rider forward” even more, would eliminate the darting and nervous feel of the skidoos too.
    Yamaha will have a new chassis in 2016 but prob not 15 – although stuffin the Apex engine into a cat chassis would be sweet. VMAX return(?)
    Cat, new chassis in 2016, maybe offer a turbo yammy engine in 15 or 16. They’re slowly addressing issues of 2012+ and they’ll drop the old NA 4 stroker. Some improved graphics in ALL their models would be nice and turfing those teeth jarring FOX Floats would be a huge improvement.

    Be safe

  17. mike January 29, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    With the phazer top end based on a yzf250 I’d like to see a yzf450 based 900 twin. I have phazer rtx’s and the sleds work flawlessly in the twisties

  18. Greg January 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    XF6000 sno pro for sure and maybe the all black limited!
    ProTOUR maybe?
    ProCross with the phazer motor.

    1000cc 4s Indy.

    more 900 ACE models

    Turbo Viper as a factory option
    Phazer motor in the Viper

  19. Tony Montana January 20, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    Arctic Cat drops Suzuki motors for good and comes out with Yamaha 3 cylinder 4 stroke turbo for the big dog ZR 9000 RR model . I held off on buying 2014 knowing yamaha is gonna have a turbo in the viper and brother arctic cat chasis

  20. Stan Lipinski January 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Doo will dump the XR chassis..Make a 900 X sled, as the current 900 is a Big Hit!!!..Look for the 1200 to be replaced by a Bigger ACE engine..

    • Shane Zeppelin January 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

      I agree with more 900 ACE, but that 1200 is sweet! I think that will stay.

  21. Wayne January 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Yamaha should change the Vector lineup to the Apex chassis and switch to the higher performance Nitro motor. This will provide a one up trail sled with good performance and fuel mileage. I have had two Vectors and put 20000km on each of them, Switched to a 2011 Apex XTX and have 19000km on it, love the performance and the chassis but the Nitro motor will provide adequate power with an extra 50 – 60 per tank. Was going to deal this season but felt my Apex with 19000 was more dependable than the Cat flavored Viper.

    • Mo February 1, 2014 at 1:20 am #

      Wayne, the Vector already is in the Apex chassis. Has been for awhile. The motors are also different than the first edition slightly less displacement that the first Vectors had. Newer ones are same displacement as the Nytro, fuel injected, and have the EPS like the Apex.

  22. pierre beland January 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    the MT-07 689cc parallel twin in an srv chassis thats an exciter

  23. Zippy January 14, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    How about you Dudes get the Ski Doo 4 stroke size correct ….. it’s a 1200 not 1100 !

    • Shane Zeppelin January 16, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

      Thank you–corrected.

  24. Anthony January 14, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Yamaha has to built sled with bigger fuel tank. The nitro got a tiny 26 liters tank and the Apex with 34.6 can’t put much more than 200km
    I was desapointed when I saw that the “new sled” we were waiting for last year was the Viper . I was hoping for 100 % yamaha snowmobile . Still hoping for something big for 2015. Until then I will keep on riding my Apex

  25. Drew Galyk January 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    Doo needs to offer something with more power than the 800 e tec and I hope polaris decides to build a hyper sled as well. I would love to see the storm name return.

    • Stan Lipinski January 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      Probably not the Storm…that was a Dud..Polaris needs to address the 4-stoke market, it gaining popularity ..

    • Shane Zeppelin January 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

      Although well intentioned, the Storm and Ultra names have a huge hurdle to overcome. Both came from the factory so de-tuned that they got a bad rap from the start.

  26. brad January 7, 2014 at 12:57 am #

    well if Yamaha is truly a motor company why couldn’t they make a fuel efficient engine like skidoos 900 ace. I’ve been a Yamaha rider since the mid eighties not no more. Always an issue with track bite ski and handling issues ice buildup issues. super heavy. I mean durability is one thing but after having a 2007 phazer I wander how that company didn’t get sued for building that tippy machine build on a sketch board. They have to have something that gonna work soon I hope.

    • Mo February 1, 2014 at 1:28 am #

      Brad, they do have fuel efficient engines in the sleds called Apex, Vector, Viper, etc. The Phazer is an entry level underpowered sled meant to be lighter and more of a toss it around type sled like the Phazer originally was back in the day. If you buy small and keep it pinched to the bars all the time because it’s lacking power, it’s going to use some fuel. The sled I learned to ride with was a 1972 model. From my perspective, NOBODY makes a “tippy” sled anymore.

      • Ken February 21, 2014 at 12:10 am #

        haha Mo, My first sled was a 292cc rup sno sport lol it wasnt tippy at all unless I was doing some serious side hilling haha hang one side of the track up on a banked packed corner, the other half flops down in the powder. Good thing it was a 300lb sled Thats what I want to see a return of super light sleds that dont need all that power to motivate.

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