ATV MANUFACTURER Arctic Cat updated its line of vehicles for 2007 and added some new models to existing lines. The company showcased its new additions and changes in existing models at a recent media event in the northern Minnesota woods.

Prominent among the changes is the addition of side engine panels to most models of the ATVs. The panels reduce engine noise and protect the rider from engine heat. The company also upgraded the instrument display on many models with a wealth of vehicle information — from fuel level and trip distance to battery condition and oil pressure.

Arctic Cat worked with Goodyear designers to develop an ATV tire for its vehicles. All Arctic Cat ATVs are now equipped with the newly developed Goodyear Rawhide RS that provides improved traction, durability and ride handling.

700 EFI 4×4 auto LE

Introduced late last year, the 700 EFI 4×4 automatic model is the largest vehicle in Arctic Cat's ATV lineup. For 2007, the company added more features to the EFI model and included an LE version with even more features.

The 700 EFI ATV is equipped with a 695cc Suzuki engine and automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with an engine braking system (EBS). It has a fully independent suspension, 12 in. of ground clearance and on-the-fly electric shift from 2-wd to 4-wd. Arctic Cat added engine side panels for rider comfort. The LE model has machined aluminum wheels, one-piece front brush guard, a rear accessory bumper and a 2,500-lb. Warn winch. Circle 199.

Prowler 650 H1

Utility vehicles (UVs) continue to be a hot seller in the agriculture market. Last year, Arctic Cat introduced its first UV model with the Prowler XT 650 H1. For 2007, it added another model called the Prowler 650 H1. This Prowler is nearly identical to the XT model but comes without differential lock and features steel wheels instead of aluminum. As a result, the price is less — $9,299 compared to the XT price of $9,999.

Both models are powered by a 641cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder Arctic Cat engine and feature automatic CVT with EBS. Front and rear suspensions are double A-arm; brakes are hydraulic disc. Drivers can easily switch between 2-wd and 4-wd. The Prowler bed holds 600 lbs., and it will tow 1,500 lbs. An under-the-hood storage compartment holds 25 lbs. of gear and doubles as a cooler. Circle 198.

400 Class

The mid-sized 400 class 4×4 models feature several changes for 2007. The most visible change is the addition of engine side covers for rider protection and a quieter ride. Arctic Cat also redesigned and raised the handlebars for better rider comfort.

Inside the vehicle, the company changed the automatic's gear ratio from 3.6 to 4.0 in the front and rear for increased low-end torque. The instrument pod displays 14 operation information indicators.

An LE model of the 400 class has machined aluminum wheels, one-piece front brush guard and rear accessory bumper. The 400 class 4×4 automatic model retails for $5,949. Circle 197.

Arctic Cat TBX, TRV

Farmers wanting more versatility from an ATV may want to invest in a TBX or a TRV model. The TBX is a 650 H1 4×4 automatic ATV with a box on the back. For 2007, Arctic Cat changed the material of the box to make it less prone to breaking. It holds 300 lbs. and includes a storage compartment on each side. The wheelbase of the TBX model is longer than that on the regular 650 H1 vehicle, creating a smooth ride.

The TRV designation stands for two-rider vehicle and is available on 400 and 650 ATV models. The TRV option provides three different versions: a tandem ride, a solo rider with the second seat replaced with a speed rack for accessories, and a solo rider with the addition of a TBX-style box. To remove the passenger seat, the driver simply removes two pins. Circle 196.

Speedpoint system

Arctic Cat continues to increase and refine its attachment and accessory systems for ATVs, making them some of the best in the ATV industry. Its Speedpoint attachment system easily works on 400cc and larger ATVs. The 3-pt. hitch attachment with two load-bearing wheels will plug into an ATV's 2-in. receiver hitch and speed rack. A 12v, self-contained actuator adjusts any attachment up or down with a switch. The actuator produces 600 lbs. of force and travels at 1 in./sec.

An operator can quickly attach utility equipment with the Speedpoint system by simply dropping in two pins. The equipment ranges from a drag harrow and single or tandem disk to a cultivator and a moldboard plow. The Speedpoint 3-pt. hitch attachment is $779. Circle 195.

For more information, contact Arctic Cat Inc., Dept. FIN, Thief River Falls, MN 56701, 218/681-4999, or visit www.arcticcat.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.