Master The Backcountry The Easy Way: 2019 M 6000 Alpha One

February 2019 Feature

(ED—You’ve most likely seen the 2020 Arctic Cat mountain lineup … and probably also noticed there is no mountain 600 for next season. You might remember that Arctic Cat released the M 6000 Alpha One last fall at Haydays in a limited build. So what gives? Why no M 6000 Alpha One for this year. We asked Arctic Cat officials about that and were told the company is not building an Alpha One for 2020. We were told there are a few M 6000 Alpha Ones out there if you want one. You will just have to search around a bit. They suggest you contact your local dealer and if it doesn’t have one in stock, the dealer should be able to find one.

Here’s a reminder of what the M 6000 Alpha One offers.)

Arctic Cat expands its revolutionary Alpha One system and makes mastering the backcountry even easier for 2019 with the all-new M 6000 Alpha One. By combining the ultra-easy maneuverability of the Alpha One system with the predictable power of the 6000 Series engine, the M 6000 Alpha One instills total confidence in riders aiming to learn and master backcountry skills.

The newest M Series snowmobile is based on the award-winning Ascender platform and narrow-profile bodywork. The lightweight and durable platform featuring narrow running boards, forward foot position and a low driveshaft provides the foundation for its deep snow carving excellence and intuitive rider ergonomics.

It’s matched by the lightweight Arctic Mountain Suspension (AMS) with mountain-specific spindles, geometry and 35.5-37.5-inch stance for improved sidehilling, reduced drag in the snow and optimal handling both on- and off-trail.

The newest M 6000 gets its 125 hp class performance from the 6000 Series C-TEC2 599cc engine with a reputation for strong, predictable throttle response and manageable performance. It features innovative Arctic Cat technology like DSI, APV electronic exhaust valves, exhaust pipe temperature sensor, electric oil injection and a new-for-2019 ceramic exhaust, as well as the no-compromise convenience of push-button engine reverse. Plus it comes standard with push-button electric start.

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.

Yet it’s the revolutionary new Alpha One rear suspension and track system that resets the M 6000 as the benchmark for easy handling and maneuverability. The system 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 154-inch 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 that bends and conforms to the snow, whether the sled is on a sidehill, flat surface or climbing in deep powder. With maximum side flex, riders can easily maneuver the Alpha One Mountain Cat to a degree not possible with conventional snowmobiles, carving circles well inside the tightest turns that other machines aren’t capable of. The suspension is light and stiff, allowing the new track to flex and conform to the snow and riding surface. And it still rides down a groomed trail like a traditional mountain sled.

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.

Other new-for-2019 features include the G2 ProClimb-7 skis that improve balance and flotation, easy 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 that improves cockpit aesthetics.

Alpha One also features a fixed (nontelescoping) and vertical steering post, 11.7-gallon fuel tank, halogen headlight, lightweight aluminum-body Arctic Cat IFP gas shocks, a front-mounted heat exchanger that sets the standard for reduced ice buildup, plus standard ice scratchers.

The 2019 Arctic Cat M 6000 Alpha One comes in Black/Ice Blue.

New For 2019

  • Alpha One revolutionizes rear suspension and track design by using a patented single beam positioned in the middle of a specially-designed lightweight Power Claw track. Unlike a traditional two-rail system, Alpha One’s single beam allows the track to significantly flex and conform to the snow, delivering a new level of maneuverability with less rider input, substantially easier sidehilling, and increased traction and deep snow performance.
  • G2 ProClimb-7 skis feature new geometry that delivers better balance, improved flotation, easier steering and more consistent performance in varying snow conditions. Molded-in traction on the top of the ski adds sure-footed control and usability for experienced riders.
  • New handlebar-mounted controls are easier to use while riding, with improved ergonomics, and transmit visible information on the digital instrument gauge.
  • New Stealth Lightweight Brake master cylinder offers enhanced braking performance with a more protected design.
  • New short-throw brake lever increases ergonomic comfort.
  • A new magnetic tether switch comes standard, complementing the key ignition.
  • A new handlebar wiring cover improves cockpit aesthetics.
  • New 10-inch rear idler wheels reduce rolling resistance and increase horsepower to the ground.
  • New ECM calibration delivers enhanced performance.



Type 2-stroke

Displacement (cc) 599cc

Cooling Liquid

Cylinders 2

Bore x Stroke (mm) 73.8x70 mm

Lubrication Electronic injection

Ignition Digitally Controlled CDI

Engine Stator Output 270W @3000 rpm

Fuel Delivery Dual stage injection

Exhaust APV with tuned pipe, pipe sensor and stainless steel manifold and muffler

Fuel Capacity (GAL.) 11.7

Oil System Capacity (QT.) 3.25

Coolant System Capacity (QT.) 5

Minimum Octane 91


Drive Clutch TEAM Rapid Response II

Driven Clutch TEAM Rapid Reaction BOSS

Drive System Arctic Mountain Drive System

Brakes Stealth Hydraulic Master Cylinder w/lightweight caliper

Clutch Calibration (FT.) 6,000-8,000

Gearing 19/50

Chain Pitch 96

Track Drive Sprocket 7 tooth, 3.5 pitch, exvolute

Reverse Push-button


Front Suspension Arctic Mountain Suspension (AMS)

Ski Shocks Arctic Cat IFP 1.5

Front Travel (IN.) 7

Rear Suspension Alpha One Rear Suspension

Front Track Shock Arctic Cat IFP 1.5

Rear Track Shock Arctic Cat IFP 1.5

Rear Travel (IN.) 15.5


Type of Gauge Deluxe Digital

Speedometer Digital

Tachometer Digital

Odometer Digital

Fuel Digital

Oil Indicator Light

Coolant Digital/Indicator Light

Clock Digital

Battery Voltage Digital

Altimeter Digital

Hours Digital


Chassis Overall Length (IN.) 132.3

Chassis Overall Width (IN.) 42.5-44.5

Chassis Overall Height (IN.) 50

Estimated Dry Weight (LBS.) 466

Track Type PowerClaw

Track Width (IN.) 15

Track Length (IN.) 154

Lug (IN.) 3.00

Pitch (IN.) 3.50

Ski Stance (IN.) 35.5-37.5 Adjustable

Ski Type/Width (IN.) ProClimb-7 G2

Runner Type Single runner w/carbide


12V Outlet Standard

Electric Start Standard w/push-button start

Front Bumper Sport

Goggle Holder Accessory

Hand & Thumb Warmers Standard

Handguards Accessory

Heat Exchanger Short Mountain


Headlights Dual halogen 2-bulb

Heated Drivers Seat Accessory

Ice Scratchers Standard

Lightweight Brake Disc L/W Mountain

Mirrors Accessory

Mountain Strap Standard

Rear Rack Accessory

Rear Storage Mountain Storage Bag

Seat Mountain

Side Panel Wind Deflectors Accessory

Sno Pro (hooked) Brake Lever Accessory

Steering Vertical steering post, 3.5-inch riser with adjustable mountain handlebar

Tether Switch Standard

Tow Hitch Accessory

Tunnel Flare Accessory

Visor Plug-ins Accessory

Windshield 3-inch Mountain-height

Alpha One Rear Suspension System

Alpha One is the revolutionary new Arctic Cat rear suspension system that uses the newest technology and innovation to deliver the industry’s lightest rear suspension.

Unlike traditional sliderail suspension designs that have two parallel rails positioned on the outer portion of a track, Alpha One features one single aluminum beam positioned in the middle of the PowerClaw track, allowing the track to significantly flex and conform to the snow.

The result is the lightest suspension in its category, that offers an entirely new level of increased maneuverability with less required rider input, substantially easier sidehilling and increased traction and deep snow performance. Best of all, Alpha One eases sidehilling and maximizes maneuverability for beginning riders while offering a higher level of performance and capability for experienced riders.

A full 11 lbs. lighter than comparable systems, Alpha One is the industry’s lightest mountain suspension. And it’s a system that doesn’t trap snow within the skidframe like traditional designs, so it rides even lighter in real-world conditions in the same way as other Arctic Cat mountain sled innovations.

Constructed from extruded aluminum with magnesium attachment points, the Alpha One suspension is 4.5 lbs. lighter than traditional rear suspensions. The 15-inch wide Alpha One Power Claw track comes in 154- and 165-inch lengths with 3.0-inch lugs. Its design and unique internal construction supports the increased flexibility, while its 3.5-inch pitch design results in a 6.5-lb. weight reduction compared to traditional tracks. Large 10-inch rear idler wheels ensure maximum efficiency with minimal power loss.

Alpha One retains the front suspension arm dampened by an adjustable Fox Float QS3 shock and a rear suspension arm dampened by an adjustable Fox Float 3 QSL semi-locking shock for quick and simple customization for riding conditions.

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