This is the sled we’ve all come to know as the “Jaguar”, but for 2009 it’s simply called the Z1. Not to be confused with the new turbocharged version for 2009, this is the proven rock-solid 1056cc EFI parallel twin four-stroke that delivers a solid 125 HP with a power band that is the envy of any two-stroke. The engine is super reliable, quiet, and pulls harder than the other four-strokes in this class. In these days of higher fuel prices, the Z1 is even more attractive than ever.
But what really stands out is the ride and handling package of the Z1, arguably best in the industry for any and all of the four-strokes. The Z1 gets all of the Twin Spar chassis and suspension enhancements for 2009, making this four-stroke a super handling and smooth ride quality option that sips fuel compared to the big-bore Suzuki two-strokes. The handling is now flatter and more responsive, with less pushing through hard cornering, and transfers better with a lower seating position and cg as well.
While the four-stroke engine gives the Z1 more nose weight bias than the Crossfires and F-Series two-strokes, the overall balance is still outstanding and makes for a solid trail sled that has ride quality which is the envy of trail sleds everywhere. When the trails get rough, this is the sled you’d rather be on. If you like doing long rides or multi-day runs of 100-200-300 miles per day, the difference the Z1 provides is most noticeable. Just turn the key and ride.
The 2009 Arctic Cat Z1 retails for $9,549 (that’s $900 less than the 2007 model) and comes in Arctic Cat Green and black.