The Ski-Doo MX Z TNT sleds are what we find right now when we walk into a Ski-Doo dealer. The only way to get a better sled than an MX Z TNT is to pre-order an MX Z X package or the race-bred MX Z X-RS, only offered in the Spring. Where the pre-order sleds offer adjustable shock absorbers, the in-season MX Z TNT models have the same REV-X platforms fitted with the now-legendary rMotion rear suspension and E-TEC (or 4-TEC) engines. They have proven to be the measuring stick by which all other trail sleds are compared to.
Trail riders want comfort, and we are here to tell you that the most comfortable rear suspension is the Ski-Doo rMotion. Our test riders call it the “bump eraser” because it makes the bumps go away, it really is that good. One of the issues with the rMotion rear suspension has been since it worked so well it allowed the rider to over-drive the front suspension at times. This has been resolved for 2015 with the introduction of revised front suspension geometry in the new RAS2 front suspension. By using a taller spindle the upper ball joint is now higher to better minimize bump steer for even more precision, especially in bigger bumps. The skis maintain a slight bit of toe-out at full compression so the sled stays straight and true when you are pushing it to the limits.
Even if you don’t push it to the limits, the machine will handle better with less body roll and flatter cornering. Adding to the trail sled perfection is the 15” wide Ripsaw I track, extremely durable and best suited for packed trails, lightweight and fast.
2015 also brings a new DESS tether system to the MX Z TNT models, eliminating the physical electrical contact that sometimes would get wet and beep at you, requiring some adjustment to get the sled going. Now the tether cord relies on a radio frequency so once the tether is attached you are good to go.
The 2015 MX Z TNT still comes in four versions; three of them on the narrower REV-XS platform, with the 1200 4-TEC fitted into the slightly wider REV-XR body style. XS versions include the 900 ACE 4-stroke with 90 HP, the popular 600 E-TEC with 125 HP and the wicked 800R E-TEC with right about 160 HP. All deliver best in class fuel economy and running quality, and there is no wrong choice here. SnowTech test riders have logged thousands of miles on all of these engine packages and we can tell you they are all good. It really comes down to how much power you want, or need to get to where you are going. The 900 ACE is simply outstanding for groomed trail riding and is incredibly smooth and refined, so quiet and seamless in power delivery, it’s just not as fast as a 2-stroke. The E-TEC engines are incredibly light, but admittedly will not last as long as their 4-stroke brothers over the long haul. There is no right or wrong answer here, they are all really good. We could easily argue a case for the MX Z TNT 900 ACE being the single best trail sled available. The ride quality, precision handling, smooth power delivery, unmatched fuel economy, this sled is a truly a standout among winners.
The icing on the cake is the world-class storage and cargo capability of these sleds. The tunnel of the MX Z TNT allows you to mount a gas can or a cargo bag, or an accessory seat. The LinQ attachment system makes putting on and taking off the accessories as quick as it can be, with positive security. This is the industry standard when it comes to cargo systems.
Compared to the Spring-only MX Z X & X-RS models, what is missing for the lower price of the TNT models? Adjustable shocks front and rear is the biggest difference. The X-packages also come with a fancy gauge cluster and a slightly taller (+15mm) riser block for the handlebars, along with a set of racing brake pads and steel braided line. But, the TNT models come with a decent height windshield instead of the low windshield and handguards of the X-packages, so you are ahead in the rider protection department. The X-packages get a new water-dipped graphic hood, but when it comes to the engines and powertrain you are going to have it all.
Add it all up – the best ride quality available with HPG Plus shocks all around, even better handing for 2015, industry leading engine options, industry leading cargo and accessory options and we have the best riding most nimble trail sleds you can buy in the 2015 Ski-Doo MX Z TNT models. This year they all (except the 1200) come in a crazy new Catalyst Grey/Sunburst Yellow coloration, or a more traditional Black with red accents.
From the November 2014 Issue of SnowTech Magazine (Oct, 2014)
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