The Ski-Doo Renegade models have quickly become the industry standard when it comes to the most versatile machines on the snow. The combination of the REV-X platforms fitted with the now-legendary rMotion rear suspension and E-TEC (or 4-TEC) engines has proven to be the measuring stick by which all other crossover sleds are compared to.
Just last year the Renegade Adrenaline was upgraded with revised 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. This really settled the front end and reduced the steering effort. The RAS2 front end was a perfect match for the industry-standard rMotion rear suspension.
Even if you don’t push it to the limits, the machine will handle better with less body roll and flatter cornering, making it an even better trail sled. Adding to the trail sled character is a 15” wide track for even better cornering ability and top speed. This is a 15” wide Ripsaw I track, extremely durable and best suited for packed trails, light and fast.
2015 also brought us a new DESS tether system to the Renegade Adrenaline, 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 2016 Renegade Adrenaline comes in four versions, with all of them now on the narrower REV-XS platform. This includes 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. New for 2016 is the addition of the drive-by-wire feature to the 1200 4-TEC, still producing 130+ HP but now giving you the same features as the 900 ACE with three driving modes and snappier throttle response, specifically in the Sport setting, along with the exclusive finger throttle where you can drive with your thumb or fingers by rotating the throttle block on the handlebars.
All of the engines 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 each 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 can actually get around quite well in off trail excursions, 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. You’ll notice the difference mostly off-trail when you’re trying to maneuver the sled around in the deep. On packed trails it is far less of an issue, so once again no right or wrong answer here, they are all REALLY good.
The icing on the cake is the world-class storage and cargo capability of these sleds. The tunnel length of the Renegade Adrenaline allows you to mount both a gas can and a cargo bag, or two cargo bags, 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. There is no better way to mount your cargo to a sled.
Adrenaline models are all fitted with non-adjustable shocks front and rear – that is the biggest difference between them and the more expensive Spring-order X-packages. The Adrenaline sleds also come with a standard gauge and a slightly lower height riser block for the handlebars, along with a decent height windshield.
Add it all up – the best ride quality available with high pressure gas shocks all around, precision handing, industry leading engine options, industry leading cargo and accessory options and we have the most versatile crossover trail sleds you can buy. Pick your engine, pick your color, and know you have one of the finest snowmobiles ever built.
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