2019 M 8000 Mountain Cat Alpha One

The new paradigm of backcountry performance

February 2018 Feature Viewed 17449 time(s)

The 2019 Arctic Cat M 8000 Mountain Cat ALPHA ONE makes a giant leap in backcountry performance by combining the best features of the award-winning Mountain Cat package with a revolutionary new rear suspension and track system that reshapes the ease of maneuvering and handling a snowmobile in deep snow.

Called ALPHA ONE, it’s the next chapter in Arctic Cat’s pioneering history of innovative suspension design and is as revolutionary as the original sliderail suspension.

ALPHA ONE consists of a lightweight and rigid single rear suspension beam constructed from extruded aluminum and magnesium. It runs in the middle of a specially-designed next-generation, lightweight Power Claw track featuring a single row of track windows, a deep snow-specific design with 3-inch paddles and a 3.5-inch pitch, plus unique internal construction. The result is a track in either 154- or 165-inch lengths that bends and conforms to the snow, whether the sled is on a sidehill, on a flat surface or going straight up in powder.

With maximum side flex, riders can maneuver the ALPHA ONE Mountain Cat to a degree not possible with conventional snowmobiles, carving circles well inside the tightest turns that conventional machines are capable of. The suspension is light and stiff, allowing the new track to flex and conform to the snow and riding surface.

The front track shock is an easily adjustable Fox Float QS3 unit that’s matched by a Float 3 QSL rear shock that features a semi-locking position to maximum performance in all conditions.

A full 11 lbs. lighter than traditional designs and all but free of trapped snow while being ridden, ALPHA ONE sets a new benchmark in lightweight mountain performance and maneuverability.

Up front, the Mountain Cat ALPHA ONE features the narrow-profile bodywork and Ascender platform, plus the lightweight Arctic Mountain Suspension (AMS) with mountain-specific spindles, geometry and 35.5-37.5-inch stance to enable better sidehilling, reduced drag in the snow and optimal handling. Its Mountain Drive System and mountain chassis contribute to its deep snow carving excellence, unmatched acceleration and intuitive rider ergonomics thanks to narrow running boards, forward foot position and a low driveshaft.

ALPHA ONE gets its mojo from the all-powerful Arctic Cat 8000-Series 794cc C-TEC2 engine with Dual-Stage Injection. Wonderfully powerful, with an extra-crisp low- and mid-range hit thanks to its APV exhaust valve featuring 3-stage control of all exhaust ports, the engine delivers flawless 160-hp class performance. That performance stays consistent with the quick acceleration and auto-adjusting design of the Team Rapid Response II drive clutch, Rapid Reaction driven clutch and the entire Arctic Drive System.

All-new G2 ProClimb-7 skis improve balance and flotation, ease steering effort and give more consistent performance in varying snow conditions. The molded-in boot traction adds sure-footed control and usability for expert backcountry riders. Riders will also appreciate the new Stealth Lightweight Brake master cylinder and short-throw brake lever, which provide enhanced braking performance and ideal ergonomics in a more protected design.

Like all 2019 M Series machines, it features new, premium handlebar-mounted controls that are optimized for use while riding, with improved ergonomics, and that transmit visible information on the digital instrument gauge. It includes a new magnetic tether switch to complement the key ignition as well as a new handlebar wiring cover covering that improves cockpit aesthetics.

ALPHA ONE also features a fixed (non-telescoping) and vertical steering post, 11.7-gallon fuel tank, LED headlight, plus a front-mounted heat exchanger that sets the standard for reduced ice buildup, plus standard ice scratchers.

ALPHA ONE will be available only a spring order model.

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