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2009 Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo Sno Pro and Z1 LXR Review (video)


by Pascal Bastien ,

Since 2007, Arctic Cat performance and touring snowmobiles are using what is arguably the most innovative chassis of the decade. Called Twin Spar, it proves particularly effective on bumps and twisty trails.

The Z1 LXR is undoubtedly one of the best sport touring snowmobiles in the world.

Unique architecture
Sure, the increase in weight over the old Firecat chassis is disappointing. However, during my recent trail test on rough terrain and in fairly inclement conditions (grainy snow, icy surface), the Twin Spar turned out to be far superior to any other previously-tested Arctic Cat. There's simply no chassis out there that's easier to steer, more versatile and more comfortable.

The fact that the rider sits closer to the front in a sportier stance does not strain any body part. On the contrary, it makes for easier active riding thanks to low-mounted, forward-tilted footrests. In addition, the adjustable seat and handlebars help fine-tune the position according to the rider's preferences. For instance, a higher riding position reduces knee flexion and allows greater control over bumps, while a lower position means a lower center of gravity and added stability in corners. Once the machine is set, riding a snowmobile built on the Twin Spar chassis becomes a unique experience. Attacking turns proves disconcertingly easy; it's almost as if the Arctic Cat knew the trail in advance. Pure delight!

Spot-on dynamics
The Slide-Action rear suspension, which is derived from the brand's racing models, teams up with the seventh generation of the AWS front suspension to deliver a confidence-inspiring ride along with surprising comfort for such a sporty-oriented snowmobile. The Slide-Action system maintains full front-arm travel even under full acceleration. The skis always remain in contact with the ground during the acceleration, providing better control and grip than rival systems, regardless of trail conditions.

The skis always remain in contact with the ground during the acceleration, providing better control and grip.
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