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What’s New for Ski-Doo Snowmobiles in 2012

Ski-Doo continues their reign by offering a model for everyone in 2012. This means more E-TEC 800R’s, more Freerides, and more choices. Is this a good thing? Well, you can decide that. If you were to choose a model from Ski-Doo next season, which would it be? Here are your choices.
BRP’s expansion includes several improvements, and most notably the rMotion rear suspension introduced a few days ago. Here is a brief overview of the highlights from Ski-Doo for 2012:

Engines

With the advent of the E-TEC 800R engine last year, you can see the trend BRP is going. The 800R Power T.E.K. is still around, though in one model only, and that is for the serious mountian rider who likes to tinker with their sled and still wants the carbs to do so. From last year to this year all of the other engines either remained in the same number of models or increased. Here is a chart that shows which models get which engines, and another chart showing the trend.

550F
ACE 600 Rotax 600 600 H.O. E-TEC 4-TEC 1200 800R PowerTEK
E-TEC 800R
Skandic SWT
X
X
Skandic WT
X
X
X
Tundra Xtreme
X
Tundra LT
X
X
Tundra Sport
X
X
Tundra
X
Expedition SE X
X
Expedition LE
X
X
Expedition Sport
X
X
Grand Touring SE
X
Grand Touring LE
X
X
Grand Touring Sport
X
X
X
GSX SE
X
X
X
GSX LE
X
X
MX Z X-RS
X
X
MX Z X
X
X
X
MX Z TNT
X
X
X
X
X
X
MXZ Sport
X
X
X
Renegade X
X
X
X
Renegade Adrenaline
X
X
X
Renegade Sport
X
X
Renegade Backcountry X
X
X
Renegade Backcountry
X
X
Summit X
X
Summit SP
X
X
Summit Sport
X
X
Freeride 154
X
Freeride 146
X
Freeride 137
X
Engine
2012
2011
2010
550F 9 models 8 models 8 models
ACE 600 9 models 7 models 0 models
Rotax 600 (carb) 4 models 4 models 6 models
600 H.O. E-TEC 16 models 15 models 10 models
4-TEK 1200 10 models 8 models 10 models
800R PowerT.E.K. (carb) 1 model 4 models 9 models
E-TEC 800R 13 models 10 models 1 model

Freeride Receives a Promotion

The 2011 Summit Freeride hit the nail on the head for its target market and diversity. So for 2012, the Freeride will become a model line offering from Ski-Doo.  The Freeride will be offered in three packages, according to track length–a 137, 146 and 154-inch model will be available. Each Freeride model will feature the REV‐XP RS chassis, KYB Pro 40 shocks, minimalist handlebars, and REV-XP narrow seat with seat storage. The SC‐5M‐2 rear suspension has also improved with a more progressive motion ratio and trenches less. The Freeride is available Spring only.
2012 Ski-Doo Freeride

2012 Ski-Doo Freeride

2012 Ski-Doo Freeride

2012 Ski-Doo Freeride

An MX Z for Everyone
With a limited build for 2011, BRP is expanding the availability of the E­-TEC 800R engine to several more sleds, including the MX Z. For 2012 the MX Z will offer any engine in the Rotax snowmobile lineup, satisfying the needs and budget for a wide variety of buyers. Top this off with the new rMotion rear suspension, braided stainless steel brake lines and seat storage.
2012 Ski-Doo MX Z E-TEC 800R

2012 Ski-Doo MX Z E-TEC 800R

2012 Ski-Doo MX Z E-TEC 800R

2012 Ski-Doo MX Z E-TEC 800R

REV XP Seat with Storage

REV XP Seat with Storage

GSX SE in Two-Stroke
For a snowmobiler wanting a comfortable trail cruiser with plenty of power, the GSX SE model is hard to beat, however the 4-TEC 1200 was not for everyone. For 2012, BRP is adding two new engine choices to the SE: The lightweight E‐TEC 600 H.O. and the 163-horse E‐TEC 800R. The tunnel bags also have a new improved design for convenience and storage for the overnight trips.
2012 Ski-Doo GSX SE E-TEC 800R

2012 Ski-Doo GSX SE E-TEC 800R

2012 Ski-Doo GSX SE E-TEC 600 HO

2012 Ski-Doo GSX SE E-TEC 600 HO

When 137 Seems Just Right

The Renegade has been an extremely popular model for trail riders and off-trail boondocking. At times when 120-inches seems too short and 154-inches is too long, the 2012 Renegade with it’s 137-inch track may be just what you were looking for. For 2012, it is available with the E-TEC 800R engine in the Adrenaline and Backcountry packages, REV-XP narrow seat with storage in the X package, Pilot DS skis in the Backcountry package and the stainless, braided brake lines in most configurations.

2012 Ski-Doo Renegade Backrountry X E-TEC 800R

2012 Ski-Doo Renegade Backrountry X E-TEC 800R

2012 Ski-Doo Renegade Adrenaline

2012 Ski-Doo Renegade Adrenaline

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Mountain Madness

The 2012 Summit also includes the E-TEC 800R engine in full availability.  For riders that prefer carb models, the PowerT.E.K. 800R engine receives new valve configuration. Pilot DS Skis are featured on all models. The X models receive the Freeride handlebars, narrow seat with storage and the available 2.5-inch PowderMax track.

2012 Ski-Doo Summit SP 154

2012 Ski-Doo Summit SP 154

2012 Ski-Doo Summit X E-TEC 800R

2012 Ski-Doo Summit X E-TEC 800R

2012 Summit X Taper Bars with Controls

2012 Summit X Taper Bars with Controls

PowderMax 2.5-Inch Track

PowderMax 2.5-Inch Track

Customize Your Ride
Spring buyers of popular models can now further tailor their sleds for their riding and personal styles. New choices include track type, graphic wrap design and the rMotion Quick Adjust system.
2012 Summit X with Drop Zone Wrap

2012 Summit X with Drop Zone Wrap

2012 Summit X with Tag Wrap

2012 Summit X with Tag Wrap

100% REV-X
The ultimate Ski-­‐Doo work sled moves to the REV­‐X platform and gets all its benefits, including a 52 pound (23.6 kg) weight reduction, more flexible riding position, advanced features and sophisticated styling. 100% of the 2012 Ski-­‐Doo line-­‐up is built on the REV­‐X platform.
2012 Ski-Doo Skandic WT ACE 600

2012 Ski-Doo Skandic WT ACE 600

2012 Skandic SWT Passenger Seat

2012 Skandic SWT Passenger Seat

Breaking Trail

The 2012 Expedition is updated with an Air Control Suspension in the SE model, Pilot DS skis throughout the line and drivetrain refinements in the Expedition Sport.

2012 Ski-Doo Expedition SE

2012 Ski-Doo Expedition SE

Mechanical Snowshoe

The 2012 Tundra returns with the ACE 600 in the Tundra Sport,  Pilot DS skis on the LT and Sport and refinements for improved fuel economy.

2012 Ski-Doo Tundra LT ACE 600

2012 Ski-Doo Tundra LT ACE 600

So with all of these choices between engines and models, you really have to think about your riding style, your needs (if you use a sled for utilitarian purposes), and the engine you want. There’s a lot here, so soak it in! Check out specifications at ski-doo.com.

 

2 Responses to What’s New for Ski-Doo Snowmobiles in 2012

  1. John Power March 3, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    Am torn between the skandic wt with the ace 600 and the tundra sport with the ace 600. Light
    vs workhorse. Wonder if the tundra would fit my needs.

    • Dan Canfield March 24, 2011 at 7:56 am #

      John, what are you going to use it for? At the 2012 Snow Shoot I spent some time on the new Skandic SWT with the 600 E-TEC and it was pretty amazing where it would go without getting stopped. I don’t know if you need that much track, but the E-TEC motor moved that big sled around pretty dang well.

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