The side-by-side market has been blowing up ever since the beginning. There is now a new player in the game that is looking to change the driver experience. Textron Off Road recently announced the Wildcat XX, a vehicle that was designed in collaboration with Robby Gordon.
“Wildcat XX was inspired by the most extreme off-road racing vehicles, and is built to outperform the biggest side-by-side names in off-roading,” said John Collins, Vice President, Consumer for Textron Specialized Vehicles. “We like to say that Wildcat XX puts ride over everything. With Wildcat XX, you get an unbeatable ride and ultimately, a side-by-side that will conquer any rock, rut or ravine.”
The Wildcat XX may be new to the market, but it is coming out of the gates swinging. The UTV is packed with features and with taking cues from Trophy Trucks, this side-by-side is set to go anywhere.
Suspension And Shocks
The Wildcat XX built for a ride quality. The off-road racing-inspired suspension system delivers best-in-class handling with more than 18 inches of travel in the front and rear. The Fox 2.5-inch Podium QS3 Shocks with Bottom-Out Control are precision-tuned at the factory with the flexibility to absorb and smooth out the most challenging rides.
The front suspension on the Wildcat XX features unequal-length A-arms that angle the tire into every turn, grabbing more of the ground to better negotiate turns. The rear trailing arm that might look familiar to the truck and Class 1 buggy racer, who provided the inspiration to link the arm to the front, but not the sides. This keeps the wheels moving up and down, not side to side as with competitive vehicles.
The side to side motion, called track width change, pushes other machines off course, requiring constant steering corrections and reducing stability. The Wildcat XX trailing arm results in 80 percent less track width change in the rear for a smoother ride.
Drivetrain And Protection
An all-new TEAM front gear case and rear transaxle provide 2WD/4WD and 4WD lock functionality for rock-crawling capability and exceptional flexibility in different terrains. Making it all go is a 125HP, the highest horsepower aspirated engine in its class, 998cc three-cylinder EFI engine.
The Wildcat XX also features a race-inspired cage and components like double-shear joints, a forged aluminum front knuckle, and HSLA tubing throughout. In addition, the engine is top-mounted to avoid taking a beating during bottom outs. When service is required, the Wildcat XX front steel clip and rear bottom skid are removable along with the cargo box. The cargo box can be removed without any tools which enables easy access to the powertrain, transaxle, engine and front gear case.
Other Textron Wildcat XX features are:
- Standard 65-amp alternator to power accessories
- Integrated wiring system cuts light bar installation time in half
- Standard Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
- Class-leading 300-lb capacity cargo box that fits up to a 32-inch spare tire
- Class-leading four-gallon glove box to protect gear in the cab
- Two packages and more than 30 purpose-built accessories from Textron Off Road
- 14-inch ground clearance
- 15-inch custom KMC wheels and 30-inch CST Behemoth tires
The Wildcat XX will be available in Lime Green, Satin Charcoal Metallic or a limited edition Horizon Blue and is covered by a six-month warranty. For more information on the Wildcat XX be sure to visit Textron Off Road website.