2001 Arctic Cat ZRT 600
The last of the 600 triplets is a winner
If you like triples, you'll thoroughly enjoy the only triple cylinder, triple-piped power plant left in this once hot super sports category.
Cat is the only major sled maker to offer a 600 "triple-triple." While it may be the last of a dying breed, it is clearly the best ever seen in the 600x3 mode.
Although the Thief River Falls manufacturer took a lot of criticism for not having a valid 700 anything in its sled line for the past few seasons, the performance of the 2001 ZRT 600 makes the criticism moot.
Cat engineers loaded the new 594cc liquid-cooled triple with just the right stuff while keeping weight in check.
The new 600 gets the Arctic Power Valves on the exhaust for more power.
The race-bred and race-tested add-on helps to increase peak horsepower while also adding better midrange and bottom power.
The plus side of this arrangement appears to be improved fuel mileage, a lowering of engine emissions and a reduction in sound levels.
Add in the fact that a triple is smoother than a twin and the ZRT chassis is performance ready. So, where's the bad news?
We didn't find anything we didn't like. The suspensions are geared for the roughest trails. The Wilwood brake is darn near perfect.
The riding position is extremely good. The short tracker handles deep snow well. And this triple Cat gets the nifty new 12-gallon fuel tank.
In just one year Cat made a huge change in the fuel tank mainly because of the concerns that were reported from a lot of places, including us.
Last year's fuel tank was as uncomfortable as you're likely to find. It was a challenge to manhood everywhere.
But, Cat's new fuel tank looks great and is comfortable. It has a very large filler mouth so any ape can refuel without making a mess. And there's a gas gauge off to the side.
Styling, performance, smoothness, ergonomics. This Cat's a winner.