As part of the company's reshuffled snowmobile lineup and nomenclature for 2014, the crossover family gets a bunch of new names, yes, but also key upgrades and additions, as evidenced by the all-new 2014 Arctic Cat XF 7000 CrossTour.
Officially designed for the trail and beyond, this versatile sled uses features borrowed directly from Arctic Cat’s mountain series, like the skis, track and adjustable handlebar, yet is actually more intended for long-distance, groomed trail running -- either solo or with a passenger. Comfort and practicality are enhanced by:
- hand & thumb warmers;
- heated and ergonomically shaped seat;
- new Deluxe digital gauge;
- mid-height windshield;
- rear storage bag;
- speedrack-style rack system (to quickly attach various accessories like the optional 2-up seat).
The 2014 Arctic Cat XF 7000 CrossTour is powered by the 7000 C-TEC4 engine -- a Yamaha-sourced, 1,049cc, 4-stroke, triple-cylinder unit with Arctic Cat fuel injection intake, exhaust and clutching for smooth throttle response and easy cold starts. It's also liquid-cooled, which will ensure consistent operating temperatures under heavy load. Of course, there's been some tweaking to make the engine fit in the ProCross chassis (it's not an FX Nytro in disguise, after all). Generating 135 horsepower, this engine proves a great match for a machine that's built for on/off-trail adventure riding.
Unlike most XF models, the 2014 Arctic Cat XF 7000 CrossTour rides on a longer 15''x141'' Cobra track (instead of the 15''x137'' RipSaw II track), creating a more neutral balance between manoeuvrability and stability. The taller, 1.35'' lugs also ensure it's ready for off-trail excursions, yet are still appropriate for trail use. If it’s serious backcountry exploring you want, then turn to the XF High Country models and their 141'' PowerClaw track sporting 2.25'' lugs.
The 2014 Arctic Cat XF 7000 CrossTour's Arctic Race front suspension uses tall, lightweight ski spindles and widely spaced A-arms to provide superior torsion rigidity and strength. By the way, the ski stance is adjustable from 42''-43''. In the back, the springless FasTrack suspension with Fox Float 2 air shock reduces snow buildup while providing a full range of pressure/tuning options. Front and rear travel is 10'' and 14.5'', respectively -- typical in this class.
Other highlights include a new, race-version master cylinder on the RMC hydraulic brake for improved braking, as well as a scratch-resistant, lightweight aluminum front bumper that enhances protection and styling.
The 2014 Arctic Cat XF 7000 CrossTour starts at $14,499, which is middle-of-the-pack pricing not only for an XF snowmobile, but also for the crossover segment. Competition includes the Yamaha SR Viper, Apex
and FX Nytro in XTX trim, as well as the Ski-Doo Renegade X
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