Arctic Cat is celebrating 2022 as the company’s 60th year as a powersports player with significant updates to much of its off-road lineup—specifically ATVs. When it comes to rec/utility ATVs, Arctic cat has something for everyone ages 10 and up—new looks, upgrades, and a brand-new model built from the ground up. On that note, let’s skip past the vegetables and get right to the meat.
All-New Alterra 600 EPS
The new 45 hp, 600cc fuel-injected single-cylinder has one of the biggest oil reservoirs we’ve ever seen on a 4×4 ATV. The design appears simple, compact, and easy to work on with an automotive-type screw-on oil filter and easy access to all maintenance points.
The new transmission is based on the new CVTech system found on Arctic Cat’s 2021 snowmobile. It features an Arctic Cat-tuned Trailbloc drive and Invance driven clutches, which Arctic Cat claims produces smoother power delivery at lower speeds and faster acceleration. The CVT belt is the same extra-large belt utilized in the Prowler Pro UTV, so we think it’s safe to say that belt reliability is going to be well above average. Arctic Cat also improved the CVT duct work for increased belt cooling.
Riders can choose between 2WD and 4WD operation electronically, and on the fly, with a toggle switch on the handlebars. The front differential has been left open. That’s right, you can’t fully lock the front differential. We’ll reserve any judgment until we are able to test the new 4WD system in a proper location.
An all-new chassis puts most of the weight down low, which Arctic Cat claims improves handling significantly. All Alterra 600 models (there are four) come with electric power steering. Double A-arm suspension provides 9 inches of independent wheel travel at the front and rear. Disc brakes can be found at all four corners. A single handlebar lever controls front brake pressure, while the foot brake provides measured braking at all four wheels.
The Alterra 600 EPS is the base model. It comes with 25-inch tires mounted on 12-inch steel wheels in Medium Green. Base model pricing starts at $8,399. Step up to the Alterra 600 XT EPS and you get a premium bumper, stylish 12-inch aluminum wheels, and Phantom Gray color—MSRP of $8,799. The Alterra 600 LTD EPS comes in Fossil color with 27-inch tires mounted on taller 14-inch aluminum wheels, which bump ground clearance up to 12.25 inches. It also gets upgrades like composite racks, LED lighting accents, a premium front bumper, and a Warn 3-500-pound winch. All at a price tag of $9,499. Go even bigger with the Alterra 600 SE EPS. It gets the same bling as the LTD plus front and rear rack extenders and Phantom Gray color and graphics for $9,999.
All Alterra 600 models come with a 2-inch receiver with the ability to tow up to 1,050 pounds. Front and rear racks combined can handle 300 pounds of cargo.
Alterra 700 TRV
Arctic Cat’s only two-rider ATV is powered by a 695cc single-cylinder engine and CVT transmission. It doesn’t have Arctic Cat’s new CVTech transmission technology, but it is the only ATV in the Arctic Cat fleet that still has a locking front differential, which can be activated electronically from the seat. The 25-inch tires mounted on 12-inch aluminum wheels and 10 inches of suspension travel create 11 inches of ground clearance. Electric power steering is standard.
Arctic Cat designs all its ATVs with ergonomics and comfort being top priorities, and that goes for passengers too. The wheelbase is extended to 58 inches, which adds more room, improved high-speed handling, and better approach angles to steep obstacles. The passenger gets their own seat with backrest, multiple handgrip locations, and floorboards, all of which are elevated for a better view.
The Alterra 700 TRV 700 comes with a 2-inch receiver hitch and 1,050-pound towing capacity. Front and rear racks combined can handle 300 pounds of cargo. Dry weight is 788 pounds. MSRP: $10,299.
A 443cc fuel-injected single-cylinder engine and CVT transmission propel this 613-pound single-seater. The 2WD and 4WD capability can be selected manually and the front differential is open. High and low range operation is also standard. The 25-inch tires are mounted on 12-inch steel wheels.
The Alterra 450 is 44 inches wide and comes with dual hydraulic disc brakes up front and a single disc at the rear. Independent double A-arm suspension at all four corners provides 7.5 inches of suspension travel up front and 7 inches at the rear. Ground clearance is 10.5 inches, a proper number for a 450 class ATV. Front and rear racks can handle a combined total of 225 pounds. A 2-inch receiver hitch is standard and can handle up to 1,050 pounds.
The Alterra 450 can be had in two color choices, Coyote Tan or Smoke Screen Gray. MSRP: $6,499.
It’s smaller and just rear-wheel drive, but the 517-pound Alterra 300 can tow its own weight and handle up to 150 pounds combined on the front and rear “impact-resistant” racks. The 270cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine is carburetor fed and teamed with a CVT transmission and shaft final drive. Gear selection includes low and high range operation. Double A-arms up front and rear swingarm suspension allow 5 inches of suspension travel, and 22-inch tires are mounted on 10-inch steel wheels providing 6.5 inches of ground clearance. Electric start is standard with a recoil backup starter. The Alterra 300 is available only in Coyote Tan color. MSRP: $4,649.
Meant for riders 10 years and older, the Alterra 90 is a great first ATV for new and younger riders. Parents will also appreciate how easy it is to maintain. A 90cc air-cooled engine is carbureted and mated with a CVT transmission and chain final drive. Gear selection includes forward, neutral, and reverse with a lockable hand lever parking brake. Instrumentation includes reverse and neutral indicator lights. This model is intended for new riders, so it comes with a parent-adjustable throttle and speed-limiting governor and a safety whip flag to keep riders visible. Electric start is standard with kickstart backup. Dual hydraulic drum brakes share stopping duty with a single rear hydraulic disc brake. Single A-arms up front and a swingarm rear suspension provide 3 inches of travel and 4.5 inches of ground clearance. This model does come with front and rear racks, which can handle up to 25 pounds combined. It also comes with dual halogen headlights and a taillight. Available in Coyote Tan, the Alterra 90 is priced at $3,359.
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