Well Happy 50th Birthday to Arctic Cat. If you have a 2012 F-Series Arctic Cat in your garage or you’re waiting to pick yours up from the local dealer, you might be asking yourself some questions. How is it going to ride and handle? Will I like this new Procross chassis? Well the MaxSled crew spent time on them last season at Snow Shoot and have great news for you.
The 800CC HO motor feels very balanced, Light and fast. This engine was introduced a few years ago and gives the quick-revving feel of a 600, but with the added torque an 800 offers. After spending some time on them I felt the calibrations were off just a touch. Keep in mind; we were on early prototypes and riding in 8000+ elevation. Still, it left me thinking if they run and feel this good being a touch off I can’t wait to try the production models.
With the SnoPro package, you get Fox Float 2 shocks in the front, Zero Pro rear shocks, a low windshield, and 1.25-inch Ripsaw track. The LXR features Zero Pro shocks all around, a mid-height windshield, 1-inch Hacksaw track, rear storage bag, and electric start. Both models handle well, but the SnoPro seemed to handle the rougher stuff better.
Arctic Cat has done well with this model. If you are one of the lucky ones to get one this season, you’ll have no regrets.