18. January 2010
The word is out and websites are slowly starting to reveal the truth about an early limited build 2010 MXZ-X and Summit releases, which has been rumoured for some time now. This is BIG NEWS in the snowmobile world as this engine's release will set the standard by which the other 2-stroke manufacturers will be compared. Here's the lowdown... [More]
19. November 2009
Don't you love when it's time to buy a snowmobile. You can't deny it's an amazing feeling to bring the sled home, new or used. Of course you baby it in the garage for awhile and drink cold ones with it and the byes while you yarn about what it can and can't do. Then the ranting starts and the next thing you know your braggin about all the mods you'll do to it. This gathering continues until the annual snow finally arrives, and you get to try it all out in the real world. [More]
1. February 2008
BRP 2009 model information [More]
15. January 2008
With increased tightening of emission regulations being imposed on snowmobile manufacturers, the 2stroke/4stroke battle gets another boost. The latest unofficial information from BRP that a 593cc engine will be powering a early release 09 TNT E-TEC model due in late January 2008, has been posted on a number of popular snowmobile forums.
So, what's the scoop......?
BRP's decision to utilize emission friendly 2-stroke engines pleases many snowmobilers who like the light weight contenders. There's no doubt that lower weight forward rider sleds are much more agile and easier to handle than the traditonal laid back designs boasting triple cylinders, and arguably better than the latest 4 stroke race breeds from Yamaha.
The new 09 TNT model weighs in at 415lbs, slightly more than the sub 400lbs of the current 08 TNT 500SS. Although HP hasn't changed much from the 500ss and 600sdi versions (118-120HP), it's the more environmentally friendly statistics that boost BRP's emission credits needed to comply to changing emissions standards, and most importantly a definitive answer to all the 2 stroke nay sayers, 4strokes are not the only answer.
E-TEC technology derived from the BRP sister company Evenrude, who have developed the technology for outboard motors, has almost eliminted the smoke and smell we've all come accustomed to from the 2 stroke engine. The new TNT reportedly uses half the oil of the 600SDI, and 15% less fuel, although a special blend of BRP oil is required for the Direct Injection system. Other reported benefits are easier starting, smoother idling, and better throttle response.
BRP's claims are bold, and if these new engines are as clean as reported, Yamaha is going to have a huge battle on their hands keeping loyal customers if they don't figure out the weight equation in the next few years.
Keep your eyes open for more news about this potential release.