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Arctic Cat Announces Engine and Co-Brand Agreements with Yamaha Motor Corporation

Combining Arctic Cat’s snowmobile chassis and suspension with the leading 4-stroke engines lead to an exciting future
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 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."
Arctic Cat Inc., based in Thief River Falls, MN, designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and snowmobiles under the Arctic Cat® brand name, as well as related parts, garments and accessories. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the ticker symbol "ACAT." More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available on the Internet at Arctic Cat.
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funny looking without a pull chord HAHA... other than that nice machine
 

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I love it, I've got an 06 f7 and ad has an 06 yami vector with 27000 hard kms.. Motors are awesome and pull very hard.. Now in a chassis that's light, built for hard hits and real suspension.. Fawkin ******
 

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I'll probably be looking at this for next season but Its pretty disappointing they couldn't figure out how to sell a factory boosted yammy
 

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HMMMMM.......my head hurts now....:Bangin:
 

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As a big fan of Yamaha I would like to see a 2 stroke Suzuki engine in a yamaha. A Phazer with a factory 2 stroke with over 100hp now that would be a nice option. I would love to see what a yamaha mountain sled could do without a heavy 4 stroke in it too.
 

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Finally, Yamaha has the best ride in the industry, On the best chassis! Now will the 800 have direct injection in 2014? As far as I know Arctic Cat is still using the Suzuki 800 2 stroke. Lets hope so anyways. There is Nothing out there that last's like that Suzuki mill.
 

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As a big fan of Yamaha I would like to see a 2 stroke Suzuki engine in a yamaha. A Phazer with a factory 2 stroke with over 100hp now that would be a nice option. I would love to see what a yamaha mountain sled could do without a heavy 4 stroke in it too.
That or two yz 250 twostroke mills morphed togather in that chassis. Needs more woopow.
 

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Finally, Yamaha has the best ride in the industry, On the best chassis! Now will the 800 have direct injection in 2014? As far as I know Arctic Cat is still using the Suzuki 800 2 stroke. Lets hope so anyways. There is Nothing out there that last's like that Suzuki mill.
WHAT lol...yamaha hasnt changed there suspension in years, there apexes still dont have rider forward design.

They are WAY behind in the ride compared to the new cats.....putting the yammy 4 stroke in the cats advanced chassis is a golden ticket
 

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How much does this thing weigh... That's the real question....and cost...? 130 hp in an overweight machine...compete with the 600 class I suppose. Looks neat though.
 

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Beginning of the end for Arctic Cat?

This looks like a great partnership to build better machines. It no doubt will be.....It makes me wonder what is on the horizon for Arctic Cat though. Yamaha, being the Giant they are....has to be looking at this for the long term. I could see them purchasing Arctic Cat and turning everything from Green to Blue.....Being a Minnesotan' and Arctic Cat enthusiast, this is the last thing I would want to see.......Let's hope I'm just paranoid and blowin some smoke....:huh:
 

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I just saw the 2014's all lined up. Arctic cat certainly had the appeal for looks and presence. The vipers are nice.. But you can't turn your head away from the orange cats!!
 
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