|Arctic Cat entered
the ATV market in 1995 with the largest displacement
quad in the business. By today’s standards,
the Bearcat 454 may be entry level, but over a
decade later, Arctic Cat is still launching industry
firsts with the Thundercat 1000 H2 EFI. More than
double the displacement of the original Bearcat,
the Thundercat is the most exhilarating, straight-line
performance utility 4x4 built.
Designed and manufactured by Arctic Cat, the
brand new H2 engine is a V-Twin, SOHC, liquid
cooled, 950cc, Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
four stroke, built for massive torque and serious
arm stretching power. Arctic Cat engineers crafted
this torque-tuned motor for ultimate acceleration.
The hemispherical-shaped heads create more complete,
more efficient combustion for performance-winning
power. Combined with 188-ft.-lbs. of torque
at the output shaft, the H2 definitely Goes
Just like the automotive industry, the EFI
delivers consistent performance in all conditions
and temperatures automatically. Instant cold
starting, optimized performance regardless of
elevation or temperature and better fuel mileage
are the biggest benefits applied to the Thundercat.
Like other Arctic Cat full size ATVs, the new
Thundercat features a forward-located air intake
snorkel that reduces engine sound to the rider
while decreasing the chance for water or dirt
ingestion. Likewise, the Duramatic automatic
transmission (with high/low range), both add
versatility and riding ease in all conditions.
Added flexibility comes courtesy of the push-button
2wd/4wd system and lever activated locking differential,
which allow the rider to switch from rear wheel
drive to limited-slip four-wheel drive or full-time
4wd depending on conditions and desire.
The Thundercat H2 powers a new performance-tuned
chassis that is agile and durable, but is more
accommodating for a variety of rider sizes.
To start with, the seat has been redesigned
and lowered over an inch, combined with a new
handlebar design. These changes seem minimal,
but once you sit down, you definitely get the
feeling of riding “In” the machine
instead of “On” it.
The stance and suspension were race-bred and
performance-calibrated with additional ride-in.
What is ride-in? When you sit on the Thundercat
H2, it will squat roughly 2 inches (depending
on rider size) while maintaining Arctic Cat’s
class leading 12” of ground clearance
and 10” of suspension travel. The lower
ride height and center of gravity inspire riding
confidence in aggressive cornering and high
speed handling. All that new found horsepower
needs to be harnessed, so the engineering staff,
lengthened the wheelbase by 2” for optimized
cornering and high speed handling.
Arctic Cat Thundercat 1000 4x4
ATV Features a built in tool kit
Other impressive specifications apply to the
aesthetics of the Thundercat. One can’t
help but notice the vibrant new silver metallic
painted fenders that can be waxed and buffed.
Engine sound shields conceal the engine, direct
sound away from the machine and overall improve
the sight lines. The SpeedRack also has been redesigned
with a slimmer, body-hugging appearance with 100/200-lb.
rack capacities front/rear. To cap off the entire
package, the new Thundercat H2 is rolling on 12”
aluminum wheels wrapped with aggressive 25”
For more information on the Thundercat 1000
H2 EFI, please visit your local Arctic Cat dealer,
or log on to www.arcticcat.com.