We drive Tex­tron Off Road’s new Wildcat XX

Four Wheeler - - Contents - By Jered Korfhage jered.korfhage@four­ Pho­tos: Jered Korfhage

We drive Tex­tron Off Road’s new Wildcat XX

WE LIKE GO­ING FAST IN THE DIRT JUST AS much as we like crawl­ing over rocks, and the brand-spankin’-new Wildcat XX does both of those in a big way. We took a trip to the desert to see just how much fun we could have in Tex­tron Off Road’s new­est of­fer­ing.

Tex­tron tells us that the Wildcat XX sideby-side un­der­went a com­plete re­design from its pre­de­ces­sor and is in­cred­i­bly ca­pa­ble right off the show­room floor. Tex­tron’s motto for this build was “ride over every­thing,” a dou­ble en­ten­dre en­com­pass­ing com­mit­ment to ride qual­ity as well as the abil­ity of the Wildcat XX to con­quer ex­treme ter­rain. To ad­dress the for­mer, un­equal-length front A-arms and a racein­spired rear trail­ing arm work to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce track width changes in the front and rear dur­ing sus­pen­sion travel. This means that even in the bot­tom of a G-out, when lift­ing wheels off the ground through a turn or rip­ping across bath­tub-sized whoops, the rear of the Wildcat XX re­sists the urge to wan­der and con­tin­ues to put horse­power to the dirt.

Speak­ing of horse­power, the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated three-cylin­der EFI en­gine and heav­ily vented CVT de­liver all 125 horses to the wheels in 2WD

and 4WD modes. When we crawled up the craggy desert canyons, the lock­ing front dif­fer­en­tial, rear transaxle, and low-range gear­ing kept pulling the ma­chine for­ward, even as we were tee­ter­ing on boul­ders. When the trails opened up into sprawl­ing dirt roads, we stomped the gas pedal and were treated to a cheek-flap­ping 75-mph cruise amongst the yucca plants.

Af­ter a rig­or­ous day of rid­ing, we handed the keys over to race leg­end Robby Gordon, who was ea­ger to prove that even in fac­tory trim the Wildcat XX was com­pe­ti­tion-ready. Dur­ing the three-lap rip around his per­sonal test track, Robby had us air­borne, glanc­ing off rocks, and slid­ing side­ways through cor­ners in true Baja style. We were al­most glad to have our feet back on solid ground af­ter­ward, and more than ever wanted to bring a Wildcat XX home.

Driv­ing the Wildcat XX was just as fun as it looks. We weren’t afraid to let all 125 horses loose in the turns.

SOURCE Tex­tron Off Road tex­tronof­ Photo: Tex­tron Off Road

->When play­ing in the rocks, the 30-inch CST Be­he­moth tires helped to cre­ate 14 inches of ground clear­ance—more than you’ll find on any stock Jeep.

<|Com­fort was not sac­ri­ficed in the Wildcat XX. Seat ad­just­ments ac­com­mo­dated ev­ery­one from gar­den gnomes to NBA stars, the in­stru­ment read­out and hood didn’t hin­der the driver’s for­ward view, and heftier safety re­straints can be eas­ily mounted to the har­ness bar be­hind the driver seat.

<-|>Ride qual­ity was key in the Wildcat XX side-by-side. The Fox 2.5 Podium QS3 shocks with Bot­tom-out Con­trol sim­ply de­voured wash­boards and whoops with 18 inches of sus­pen­sion travel in the front and rear.

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