Valcourt, Quebec - BRP's 2012 version of the Ski-Doo MX Zx 600 RS will see big improvements in engine and chassis performance to propel Ski-Doo X-Team racers to even more wins this year. The engine, front and rear suspensions and drive train were all changed with snocross and cross country racers in mind.
Headlining the list of changes will be the new engine which delivers an additional 6 hp and better throttle response across the entire operating range. The list of new components is lengthy but starts with a new crankcase, a new patent pending crankshaft design and new cylinders-all directed to provide better flow and higher horsepower. The engine is designed to be very efficient from 8300 to 8800 rpm with a broad powerband. A new fuel pump and hose routing improves fuel delivery to the muscular monster and new ECM calibrations will complete the power pack.
The front suspension was also analyzed for ways to improve chassis performance and balance to better match up with the new skid frame introduced last year. The change to new, taller spindles improves ski pressure and cornering while the new powdercoating will reduce any snow or ice build up. A redesigned steering post and bushing further reduce any bump steer to non-existent. Finally a new upper A-arm which creates a new steeper caster angle rounds out the geometry package. Racers will notice much straighter tracking through the bumps and better chassis balance front to rear.
The rear suspension was introduced last year as "PCX" but that was only intended to disguise the rMotion name until the consumer version was introduced. For 2012 the rear suspension is named rMotion Racing. Both skid frames share the same basic geometry featuring a rising rate rear shock and long front arm, but each are optimized for their intended uses. The rMotion Racing has a new reinforced rear arm, improved coupling system and new reinforced powdercoated rails for reduced ice build up.
Once all the new parts were put together, significant time was spent on chassis calibration. All four shocks have been re-worked to deliver more compliant performance in small bumps for less rider fatigue, yet still handle the nasty kickers and big jumps.
The drive train changes were aimed at improved belt and clutch performance to deliver consistent rpm and performance lap after lap. The new engine mounts are stiffer to keep the clutches better aligned and new specs for the secondary clutch will allow it to float a little to improve belt life. There's better venting to the clutches, reducing power robbing heat and the belt itself is new construction for durability and performance. The deep 19/49 gearing will pull hard to the first turn and optimize clutch calibrations for snocross set-ups. The driveshaft mounted brake will also get better venting for cooler running.
Finally the look of the machine changes with a new black powdercoated tunnel to further reduce any ice build-up and provide a stealth look, along with new graphics and coloration.
Recap of what's new:
600 RS Engine - 6 more horsepower
New crankcase design
New patent pending crankshaft design
New cylinder design
New fuel pump and hose routing
Broader powerband, from 8300-8800 rpm
New taller, powdercoated spindle
New steering post
New steering post bushing
New upper A-arm
New shock calibration
Rear Suspension - rMotion Racing
New reinforced rear arm
Improved coupling system
New reinforced powdercoated rails
New shock calibration
New engine mounts
New sliding driven clutch
Better venting to clutches
New 19/49 gearing
New brake venting
New powdercoated tunnel