Decatur, TX -
Arctic Cat Prowler XTZ 1000 UTV / SxS
The Arctic Cat
Prowler XTZ1000 was first introduced in 2009,
and as the first side-by-side to boast 951cc of
power, it quickly became one of the most popular
vehicles in Arctic Cat’s line up. For 2011,
Arctic Cat has taken its flagship high performance
SxS and made it even better for 2011.
Our first encounter with the Prowler XTZ1000
was with the 2009 model in the Badlands of South
Dakota. And while we were impressed with the
XTZ1000’s power and performance we did
have a few concerns about some of the safety
features of the machine, but for 2011 Arctic
Cat has addressed those concerns and made the
necessary improvements to ensure the safety
and comfort of its customers.
When ATVRiders.com had taken the 2009 XTZ1000
out on a test ride, we managed to get to a top
speed of 70mph, which was far above what any
of the competition was offering at the time,
and one thing that made us a little nervous
was the roll cage, which featured a square bar
design, that we felt was lacking in protection.
2011, Arctic Cat has added many new safety
features to the XTZ 1000 with the addition
of floor board side panels & safety
Now, for 2011, Arctic Cat has taken the initiative
and incorporated an ROSP certified round tube
roll cage and they have also incorporated foot
side panels and side nets for added protection
to help keep your body inside the cab, in case
of a mishap. We were very impressed with these
features and it made us feel very comfortable
and safe when we put the 2011 XTZ1000 to the test
at Rocky Ridge Ranch in Decatur, Texas.
Rocky Ridge was a great place to put Arctic
Cat’s high performance Prowler to the
test. With plenty of rocky trails, wide open
areas, and even a few good sized jumps, we couldn’t
wait to get going and see what kind of punishment
the XTZ could handle.
The 951cc single overhead cam, V-twin powerhouse
of this machine provides excellent power and
the EFI ensures a steady and instant throttle
response, while the lighter weighted spring
in the foot throttle also helped to reduce fatigue.
The automatic CVT transmission with EBS seems
to shift effortlessly, helping to provide a
very smooth ride.