As we highlight each snowmobile brand for 2015, let’s look at the latest offerings from Ski-Doo. Ski-Doo isn’t offering any brand new engines or chassis concepts (like Polaris) this year, but the level of refinement and overall sum of their models is quite impressive.
Yet More 4-Stroke Models
While Polaris has completely abandoned the 4-stroke engine in their snowmobiles, Ski-Doo has embraced the concept by adding a thumper option to most of their series (save for their mountain sleds). The 600 and 900 ACE engines along with the thunderous 1200 4-TEC have been well-received by the snowmobile industry. The 900cc ACE engine is now offered in the Skandic and Expedition lines.
Revised Front Suspension
Ski-Doo has revamped their “RAS” (Response Angle Suspension) front suspension with geometry changes that will improve cornering and handling in rough conditions. “RAS 2” (as it is called) will be found on the MXZ and Renegade models.
174-inch Mega Mountain Sled
Ski-Doo gets aggressive in the mountain sled market with the “T3” package in the Summit series. The main focal point in the T3 option your choice of either a 164 inch or 174 inch track shod with mammoth 3 inch lugs! Ski-Doo also reduced the weight of this model with a lighter exhaust and the new RAS 2 front suspension.
Bold New Color Schemes
To the casual observer, Ski-Doo’s biggest change for 2015 is the introduction of some deafening color schemes offered on the MXZ X-RS, Renegade XR-S, Summit X-RS and Freeride models. We think these sleds look sharp for now, but time will tell if they seem gaudy in a few years (probably).
The Snowmobile Throttle Reinvented
Since the dawn of the snowmobile, the throttle was always controlled by your right thumb. This has been a constant on virtually every snow machine made in the last half-century. On 600 ACE and 900 ACE 4-stroke models, the rider has the option of using the thumb throttle in the standard position or flipping the assembly toward the front of the handlebar. This way the rider can pull back on the throttle rather than push it forward with their thumb. This convertible throttle is called “intelligent Throttle Control” or “iTC”. The iTC throttle position change can be performed in seconds without tools and will reduce hand fatigue during long days in the saddle.
AMSOIL Products for Ski-Doo Snowmobiles
Regardless of whether you select an E-TEC 2-stroke or an ACE or 4-TEC 4-stroke engine, AMSOIL has a synthetic oil option that will protect your investment and maximize the performance of your Ski-Doo. Best of all, our AMSOIL prices are lower than the XPS oils marketed by Ski-Doo/BRP.
Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil for E-TEC Engines
When Ski-Doo released the exciting E-TEC series, AMSOIL took notice and immediately got to work performing meticulous field and lab testing on these engines. When all was said and done, they confirmed that their Interceptor Synthetic Two-Stroke Oil was more than capable of preventing wear and deposit formation in these high-tech engines. Interceptor is an ideal substitute for Ski-Doo XPS Full-Synthetic 2-Stoke Oil and is available from us at a much better price. Read more at Testing Verifies AMSOIL Interceptor Shines in Ski-Doo E-TEC.
Synthetic 4-Stroke Oil for Ski-Doo ACE and 4-TEC Engines
Ski-Doo is expanding the presence of the lauded 600 and 900 ACE engines throughout their line-up along with the 1200 4-TEC. AMSOIL offers synthetic 4-stroke oil that is not only a substitute, but an upgrade over the XPS Synthetic 4-Stroke Oil All-Climate Grade Engine Oil and the XPS Synthetic 4-Stroke Oil Extreme Cold Grade. The AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke 0W-40 Synthetic Oil is recommended for all ACE and 4-TEC engines and is a formidable replacement of the XPS 4-Stroke Oils. It boasts a cold-pour-point of -51°C (-60°F) for immediate start-up protection and delivers relentless wear protection under heavy loads and hot engine temperatures. We can offer this 4-stroke oil at a price that beats XPS at your Ski-Doo dealer.