The 2008 XP was pretty much an MX Z and Summit platform, while the two-up sleds were left on the REV for another year. For 2009, Ski-Doo shows us their next XP-based platform called the REV-XR. This variant is more muscular than the XP, and able to house the all-new 1200 4-TEC engine from Ski-Doo.
So when the SnowTech staff threw a leg over the new GTX LE (and GTX SE) models, we kind of laughed and thought, “Why is Ski-Doo so insistent that we ride these touring sleds?” They really forced us to spend some time on their new touring sleds, while we wanted to go out and bash through the bumps on an MX Z. All BS aside, you simply will not believe how well the GTX models ride and handle. The GTX SE may be the flagship, but you can get almost all of the performance and ride from the less expensive GTX LE models. The GTX LE 1200 was one of the best riding sleds we have ever run through the bumps, and we are dead serious. You could sit and go through trail chop and not even flinch, up to decent speeds. It was so quiet, smooth and refined. Wow.
Suffice it to say we got off of the GTX sleds and knew why Ski-Doo wanted us to ride them. They’re that impressive. The 1200 is going to be a huge success with its fuel economy and clean operation, and the 600 HO E-TEC option gives the GTX LE an even lighter and sportier feel, if that’s what you prefer. Either way, you won’t look at a two-up with disdain ever again once you ride one. We dare you to keep up with one for a 250 mile rough trail ride, you’ll be shocked – we were. Maybe it should have flames on the side? (Just kidding…)
The 2009 Ski-Doo GTX LE 1200 retails for $11,049 and comes in your choice of Deep Black or Regal Red. You can also get a lighter and sportier GTX LE fitted with the industry-leading 600 H.O. E-TEC direct-injected two-stroke for $10,149 in Regal Red.