With its widely praised REV-X platform, excellent suspensions, and advanced engine portfolio, BRP is the clear snowmobile industry leader with its Ski-Doo snowmobile brand. For 2011, the company demonstrates its relentless passion for snowmobiles with two new engines, several new models in emerging market segments, and a host of enhancements on key products.
Performance enthusiasts have been anxiously awaiting the Rotax E-TEC 800R lightweight two-stroke, direct-injection engine, and it arrives in force for 2011. Utilizing the next generation of E-TEC technology, the E-TEC 800R uses 15 percent less fuel and 50 percent less oil than the 800R PowerT.E.K. on which it is based. Its light throttle action unleashes noticeably more power than the PowerT.E.K., thanks partly to a new dual air take.
Breakthrough fuel consumption is at the heart of the other new Rotax engine, the 600 ACE four-stroke twin. This is the first in a family of Rotax engines with an optimized combustion process and minimal mechanical friction, named Advanced Combustion Efficiency (ACE).
The 600 ACE delivers the industry’s best fuel economy at 29 miles per gallon: This translates to a remarkable 310-mile range on most 2011 Ski-Doo snowmobiles.
With features such as hydraulic valve and chain adjustments, maintenance is minimal for this 60-horsepower mill. BRP sees this as the engine for riders who put fuel economy and low maintenance as their highest priorities, as well as the appealing powerpack for new entrants to the activity.
Totally transforming Summit X-package and Everest sleds’ off-trail handling is a narrower ski stance, part of the S-36 handling package. Summits have never been so easy to lean in boondocking and sidehilling. And new Pilot DS skies on the Summit X model further reduce the effort required to bank the sled by cutting right through the snow with their thin edges.
The Summit Freeride is just one of three Ski-Doo sleds debuting for 2011 that address the growing number of riders heading into powder for less-structured riding experiences. BRP’s Touring Utility Vehicles, the Expedition SE and LE, have been successful sellers, so the company is expanding its TUB line-up for 2011 with an entry-level Expedition Sport package based on the REV-XP platform.
With the Skandic Wide Track sled built on the REV-XU platform for 2011, the Skandic sport-ute delivers a more comfortable riding position, significantly improved handling on- and off-trail, plus refinement and features not before seen in heavy-duty work sleds.
Improvements all around
In the rough trail category, MX Z buyers will appreciate the combination of the Adrenaline Feature package into the TNT package. The new MXZ TNT combines the HGH Plus shocks, lightweight components, and the distinctive coloration of the TNT with the premium engine choices, wind protection, and on-board storage of the Adrenaline.
Many other improvements were made to sleds throughout the 2011 Ski-Doo line-up, including:
• More protective windshields and handlebar wind deflectors for MXZ and Renegade models;
• Refined tracks for better performance;
• Coloration changes to better define the sleds’ personalities, especially the GSX and Renegade models.