Combining Arctic Cat’s snowmobile chassis and suspension with the leading 4-stroke engines lead to an exciting future February 20, 2013 Plymouth, MN – Arctic...

Combining Arctic Cat’s snowmobile chassis and suspension with the leading 4-stroke engines lead to an exciting future

February 20, 2013

Plymouth, MN – Arctic Cat Inc. has entered into an Engine Supply Agreement with Yamaha Motor Corporation to expand its purchase of snowmobile engines starting in the 2014 model year. Arctic Cat initially entered into an agreement to purchase the Yamaha 123cc 4-stroke engines for their youth snowmobile in 2009. This agreement has now been expanded to include select 4-stroke engines from Yamaha.

Arctic Cat’s Snow Division VP/GM, Brad Darling said, “The engine purchasing agreement with Yamaha, combined with the engines we plan to manufacture in house, will provide our consumers with the most well-rounded engine choices when it comes to technology, reliability and horsepower.”

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Claude Jordan, stated, “Our current Arctic Cat snowmobile chassis is renowned for its lightweight, bump control and precision handling. Combine that with our performance engine options from Yamaha, as well as our state-of-the-art engine manufacturing facility in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and we guarantee there will be exciting years ahead for Arctic Cat enthusiasts.”

In addition to expanding the engine supply agreement with Yamaha, Arctic Cat has also entered into an agreement to build select Yamaha snowmobiles in their Thief River Falls, MN factory per Yamaha’s specifications. This agreement started in 2012 with Arctic Cat building the Yamaha SRX 120 youth model snowmobile and will now be expanded to include full size performance snowmobiles starting with model year 2014. These snowmobiles will be built to Yamaha specifications using Yamaha 4-stroke engines.

Regarding Yamaha, Jordan goes on to say, “We are very excited how this relationship continues to grow and the opportunities that lie ahead for both companies. Going forward we believe this relationship will provide tremendous value to Arctic Cat, our customers, our dealers and our shareholders.”

  • david

    February 20, 2013 #1 Author

    with cat and yamaha coming together i think it would be a benifit to both companies if yamaha revisited their 2-stroke engines as another option for this chassis!

  • Mike

    March 13, 2013 #2 Author

    I’m torn with this partnership, we are seeing adds already about the (new) viper for Yamaha,
    ,yet it is a Arctic Cat chassis, why is Yamaha stating it’s there design, on there Adds,
    Let’s honest folks!
    I have always Bought Arctic Cat products because of the Suzuki power plants!
    And the long engine life I’ve had with them, easy to work on, and service on there product!
    Now that this has happened, well let’s say this, Suzuki helped get Arctic Cat to the top.
    Now there getting into Bed with the Competitor??
    What’s the next product line gonna be called,, the Yama-cat ?
    For give if I’m wrong, but you may have shot yourself in the foot Boys?
    –Good luck. Brad.

  • Chris

    April 2, 2013 #3 Author

    I truly believe that Cat only did this to be more competitive in the 4-stroke market. You almost have to with the emission guidelines that the federal government is handing down to all industries. I’m sure fuel mileage is also a huge motivating factor as well with gas prices going up at record levels. I love my Suzuki 2-strokes on my cats but I do want a more efficient sled in the future, and if this is what cat is doing than I guess I will have to live with it. I wish the whole industry would realize though that to pay $8K or more on a sled that might get ridden 3-4 months out of the year during a good winter is ridiculous!

  • Kevin

    February 22, 2015 #4 Author

    Flashback to the 70’s. 1971 Arctic Cat used at least 5 different engine manufacturers across their line, which they thinned down to the kawasaki powerplants by the mid 70’s, before they opted for the cheaper, more reliable, suzuki spirit engines by 76. Thief River Falls has been producing excellent rolling chassis since day 1. IMHO, the switch to the Yamaha powerplants is an example of Arctic Cats progression and desire to stay on top. It took them long enough. Remember the Rollo-Flex snowmobiles of the 70’s? They demonstrated the winning combination of AC Chassis and Yamaha power over 40 years ago

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