It is amazing what happens when you drop a 152 HP engine into a chassis that weighs about 430 pounds. You end up with a power to weight ratio of only 2.8 pounds per horsepower, yet you get stock-sled reliability! And the kicker here is the stunning fuel economy that Polaris and Arctic Cat can’t match.
In its first year, the REV XP-based Summits were a little heavier than first expected, but don’t let that diminish how they have changed our view of “stock” mountain sleds. Now for 2009, a host of improvements and changes have been made to address the drive belt durability and operating temperature. Numerous detail upgrades have been made to the clutching to provide more consistent performance as well. And, the drive shaft has been improved to eliminate issues there, as well.
Why get an X-package instead of the Summit Everest? The HPG Take-Apart shocks, premium LCD gauge, racing brake pads, steel braided brake line and aluminum bars with J-hooks are the main reasons.
Bottom line, a great sled just got even better. The Summit X models are the lightest, get the best fuel economy, have phenomenal power right out of the box, and are a riot to ride through the bumps and up the mountain.
Summit “X” versions are considered “Spring-only” models, but if you look around you might find the one you want. They’re offered in three track lengths with the 800R PowerTEK (152 HP) engine; the 146” retails for $10,449; the 154” at $10,749 and the go-almost-anywhere 163” goes for $11,149. Choose your track length for how deep the snow is, longer adds flotation but takes away agility. You can also get a 154” with the new 600 H.O. E-TEC (direct injection) two-stroke that sets the bar for fuel economy (only available in Deep Black for $10,199).