Arctic Cat’s All-New XC450i Enters Crossover Segment as Performance Leader

The all-new 2011 XC450i 4×4 is a new entrant into a category Arctic Cat likes to call – Crossover. This growing segment is for consumers who demand the capabilities of 4WD, but also want a sport-inspired ATV without the premium price.
Powered by the smooth, consistency of the potent 443cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, the XC has the ultimate mid-range performance via Electronic Fuel Injection that tunes the engine for any temperature, elevation and humidity no matter what the riding condition.
Dominating the trails is effort- less via the ultra-tough, feather- weight chassis featuring A-arm fully independent rear suspension (FIS) and double A-arm front, with 5-way preload adjustable shocks and
7 inches of suspension travel. A rear-mounted swaybar keeps the rear of the XC450i planted during aggressive cornering while ground clearance is an industry leading 10 inches so any performance trail rider can tackle gnarly terrain with confidence.
An electronic 2WD/4WD switch on the right hand control makes going in/out of 4WD an easy process while the sport inspired painted bodywork provides ample mud protection and is available in metallic black.
Standard equipment includes attractive, 12-in. cast aluminum wheels, 2-in. “automotive style” receiver hitch with a 1,050-lb. towing capacity, digital instrument pod and Start-In-Gear capability.

Leading Features

• 450H1 Engine, 445cc, EFI, SOHC, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled • Set the spring preload (5 rear positions, 5 front positions) on the shocks
to tailor the ride to individual riding styles, terrains and loads.
• Hi/Lo-Range allows responsive acceleration and engine braking. Trans- mission also features start-in-gear to get you going faster.
• Gauge displays critical operation information indicators including: clock/hour meter, fuel level, mode button, set/reset button, odometer/trip, gear position, speedometer/tachometer, needle display, drive select, high beam, battery condition, temperature and oil pressure.
• 2-in. receiver allows the consumer to remove the hitch from their 2-in. automotive receiver and install it into the ATV’s receiver hitch.
• Other premium features include zero-maintenance suspension bushings, sealed drive shafts, a large 4.3-gallon fuel tank and durable, full-length plastic skid plate.

About the Author

Mike Lasher is a true Off Road enthusiast down to the core, Growing up in the back seat of a jeep exploring the deserts of Arizona and Nevada, as a kid, as so many of us did. Today Mike spends his free time on the trails with his family and friends in his Kawasaki Teryx or Jeep Wrangler. He also regularly competes in the Best in the Desert series and was second in points in 2009. For more information on mike you can visit

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