the 2012 Ski-Doo Summit 600 better than the 2011?
although you have to look at it in a glass-half-full kind of way.
There were two Summit 600s last year and only one this year. So the
2012 Summit SP 600 is better than the 2011 Summit Everest 600. But
the 2011 Summit X 600 had a better shock package that you can’t get
is the most significant change from the 2011?
offered the 600 E-Tec in two models for 2011: Summit Everest and
Summit X. For 2012, that offering has been slimmed down to one model:
the Summit SP 600.
2012 Summit SP can be thought of as a blend of features from both
models offered last year. Last year’s Summit Everest came with
Pilot 6.9 skis while the X got the new Pilot DS ski. The 2012 Summit
SP 600 gets the better Pilot DS ski.
2012 Summit SP 600 also gets the multi-function analog/digital gauge,
a new stainless steel brake line for the Brembo brake, PowderMax II
track and the new Rev-XP narrow seat with storage and a new graphics
did Ski-Doo change on the 2012 engine?
It's identical to the 2011 600 E-Tec. Which is good, because there
was nothing wrong with the 2011 engine.
good is the 600 E-Tec's powerband?
close to perfect as a snowmobile engine has ever been. BRP did its
homework with the E-Tec engine. Throttle response is crisp and clean
and the engine pulls hard from engagement to peak rpm.
did Ski-Doo change on the clutching and drive train?
is different from the 2011 model.
there any changes to the chassis for 2012?
The Rev-XP platform returns unchanged from 2011. The 2012 features
the S-36 handling package, which was a big change going into last
changed on the suspension?
slimming down to a single model for the 600 E-Tec, Ski-Doo did away
with the HPG Plus shock package for the 2012 Summit SP 600. The HPG
shocks are still a high-quality aluminum shock, so the 2012 Summit SP
600 is still a winner in shock hardware compared to other “base
SC-5M rear suspension returns for 2012, and there’s really no need
to change this skid. As it sits, it’s the best mountain rear
suspension Ski-Doo has ever offered in a production sled.
does the 2012 Summit 600 handle?
we said, with the SC-5M skid and HPG shocks, the Summit SP 600 is a
complete package. The rear suspension has possibly the broadest range
of damping performance, meaning you get excellent ride quality from
small braking bumps to shelled-out backcountry trail moguls.
Summit SP 600 is one of those sleds that is just flat-out easy to
ride in any conditions. It powers through deep snow better than you
would expect a 600 to. It crawls around trees, holds a good sidehill
and floats through powder.
did we like?
The new Rev-XP narrow seat is a great addition because it finally
gives the sled some storage space.
DS ski: It’s a superior mountain ski to the Pilot 6.9.
II track: The Summit floats better than ever now.
gauge: It’s another X-package feature brought over to the SP. Good
did we hate?
powder turns: The Summit is the toughest sled to make go downhill on
its side or go from a downhill descent into a quick turn back uphill.
sweep: The steering post design of the Summit Rev-XP chassis makes
the inside grip dip low on a turn while the outside grip raises up
high. We’d prefer a flatter-steering sweep.
our quick response to “How’d you like the new Summit SP 600?”
Summit 600 was our favorite 600 mountain sled last year by a
landslide. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up to new
competition. (Catch the 600-class feature in November SnoWest.)