Can-Am, Polaris and Yamaha better take notice because the new Textron Off-Road Wildcat XX is an immediate contender in the High Performance UTV market. Everything about it will make for a memorable experience on the trails, dunes or in the desert. The power range and clutching are spot on and the suspension and handling could be the best of any stock SxS UTV Driver has ever tested. More importantly, the quality of the machine should attract an audience that's ready to spend less time in the garage and more time on the trail. It's offered at a competitive $20,499 and will be hitting dealerships in Spring.

The 2018 Textron Off Road Wildcat XX features off-road racing inspired suspension with Fox 2.5 Podium QS3 shocks with bottom-out control and a 998cc naturally inspired EFI engine with 125HP.UTV Driver
Textron Off Road's Wildcat XX is $20,499 and will be arriving in dealerships this spring. Color options include Lime Green and Satin Charcoal Metallic (shown) and an optional Horizon Blue.UTV Driver
2018 Textron Off Road Wildcat XX Key Features:
998cc Naturally Aspirated EFI Engine with 125HP
Race-Inspired ROPS with Front and Rear Intrusion Bars
Double-Shear Steering and Suspension Components
Unequal Length A-Arm Front Suspension and Rear Trailing Arm Suspension
18 Inches of Front and Rear Travel
FOX 2.5 PODIUM QS3 Shocks with Bottom-Out Control
14-Inch Ground Clearance
30-Inch Behemoth Tires with 15-Inch Custom KMC Wheels
Toolless Cargo Deck
Standard Full Doors
Class-Leading 4-gallon Glove Box
Class-Leading 300-lb Rear Cargo Box with Space for a 32-Inch Tire
Standard 65-Amp Alternator
Pre-Installed Wiring for Accessories
Dual CVT Air-Intakes
The 2018 Textron Off Road Wildcat XX offers more than 18 inches of front and rear wheel travel and 14 inches of ground clearance.UTV Driver
Driver Experience/Styling
Largest cab in its class that is designed to fit any size driver.
Adjustable driver’s seat.
Optimally placed dead pedal doesn’t require left leg to be bent more than right for increased comfort.
60 percent of the dashboard is focused to the driver for maximum driver ergonomics and visibility to display and accessories.
Center panel is angled towards driver for increased visibility and the panels and surfaces are designed to make it easier to install accessories such as radios and headsets.
A race-inspired ROPS gives the vehicle sleek and sporty lines and standard full doors provide additional protection.
15-inch KMC custom wheels with 30-inch CST Behemoth Tires are the largest stock tires in its class and big fenders ensure maximum water and mud protection.
Colors: Lime Green and Dynamic Charcoal
The new 998cc, naturally aspirated, 3-cylinder EFI engine with 125 horsepower has plenty of power for the dunes, but those looking for more boost should expect a turbocharged Wildcat XX right around the corner.UTV Driver
Power/Transmission
New 998cc, naturally aspirated, 3-cylinder EFI engine with 125 horsepower
All-new front and rear TEAM transaxle and front gear case was designed specifically for this vehicle. Offers 2WD/4WD and 4WD lock functionality for greater flexibility in different terrains and superior rock crawling capability.
4WD lock ensures power to all four wheels at all times for maximum traction while rock crawling or climbing and descending sharp grades.
Textron borrowed a 998cc, naturally aspirated, 3-cylinder EFI engine from Yamaha and mated it to CVT with TEAM Rapid Response Clutches.UTV Driver
The TEAM Rapid Response Clutch setup was flawless in the desert. The drive / primary clutch features a built-in cooling fan. We're not sure what the running belt temps are, without further testing, but the Wildcat XX had great power range.UTV Driver
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Durability and Serviceability
Durability and serviceability were at the forefront of the design for this vehicle.
All steering and suspension components are double shear—meaning they are supported on two sides instead of one with the bolt passing through two supporting members for increased durability.
New front steering rack and pinion.
The steering and suspension system also includes a forged aluminum front knuckle and large wheel bearings.
A hanging rear drivetrain prevents underside damage from impacting the powertrain mounting.
Easier access to key vehicle systems
Tool-less cargo box removal provides easy access to top side of powertrain.
The rear engine and transaxle can be removed with six bolts after simply removing the rear bottom skid plate and disconnecting the fluid and electrical connections.
The front gear case is mounted to an easily removable front steel clip/skid.
A full front skid plate can be removed if damaged instead of having to replace the entire frame like in many side-by-sides.
The Wildcat's all-new front and rear TEAM transaxle and front gear case offers 2WD/4WD and 4WD lock functionality for greater flexibility in different terrains and superior rock crawling capability.UTV Driver
Suspension & Handling
More than 18 inches of front and rear travel.
The Wildcat XX features a unique suspension system that utilizes unequal length front A-Arms and an off-road racing inspired rear trailing arm. This combination reduces track width change by up to 40 percent in the front and 80 percent in the rear compared to the competition for unmatched stability and control.
The Wildcat XX’s rear trailing arm allows for tires to travel virtually up-and-down for less side-to-side movement.
The unequal length front A-Arms adjust the tire camber to ensure maximum tire contact with the ground throughout the suspension travel.
The Wildcat XX is equipped with FOX 2.5 Podium QS3 Shocks with Bottom-Out Control.
The shocks are angled for the ideal motion ratio and front shocks are mounted to the lower A-Arm for a lower center of gravity.
Bottom-Out Control in the rear shocks offers greater comfort and the QS3 technology makes them more easily adjustable.
Different than most sport side-by-sides, the Wildcat XX’s front steering rack is located in front of the axle for maximum leverage and control.
14-inch ground clearance.
Standard Electronic Power Steering (EPS).
Different than most sport side-by-sides, the Wildcat XX’s front steering rack is located in front of the axle for maximum leverage and control. The car is incredibly predictable and handles as good or better than anything on the market. Our one complaint, after a brief test session, was the setting on the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) unit. Steering feedback was nearly non-existent. This might be a plus for many drivers, but we'd prefer to feel a bit more of the trail.UTV Driver
FOX 2.5 Podium QS3 Shocks are mounted to the lower A-arm up front. The QS3 shocks have a simple, 3-click dial for suspension tuning. We drove on the the full soft setting while cruising slowly through the rocks and clicked over to stiff to hammer through the rough stuff. Speaking of rough stuff, this machine is a beast in the whoops! We blasted through trophy truck whoops with an ear-to-ear grin.UTV Driver
The Wildcat XX’s rear trailing arm allows for tires to travel virtually up-and-down for less side-to-side movement. An interesting note, both rear trailing arms are identical, meaning the the same part number works for both sides. Racers will love this, cince you can keep a single spare for both sides of the vehicle.UTV Driver
No radius rods! What a beautiful sight.UTV Driver
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Hauling & Storage
Class-leading storage including a 300-lb cargo box that fits up to a 32-inch tire and 4-gallon glove box.
Standard 12-volt outlet and optional USB port.
The Wildcat's cockpit was super spacious and ergonomically friendly. There's even a designed location for an iPad mini.2018 Textron Wildcat XX
Check out the size of that glovebox! It even stayed shut the entire test session.
The full doors look great and function perfectly.UTV Driver
The cargo bed (300-pound capacity) is equipped with spare tire mount the bolts the through the wheel and into the bed. All four wheels and tires are 30x10-14, so you'll only need one spare. The bed is also wide enough to carry a 32-inch tire.UTV Driver

There is already more than 30 Textron Off Road accessories including roofs, windshields, front bumpers, rock sliders and mirrors. The Wildcat XX is also available in two upgrade packages; including a Decked Out Package with a Steel Front Bumper, 36-inch Light Bar, Black Aluminum Roof, Kicker SSV Audio System, Polycarbonate Half Windshield and Rear View Mirror. The Geared Up Package comes with a Steel Front Bumper, Bimini DLX Top, Kick Panel Storage Bags, Shoulder Storage Bag, Trailside Kit, Polycarbonate Half Windshield and Rear View Mirror.

For ease of accessory installation, the Wildcat XX is pre-wired. This eliminates the need to remove panels to run long wiring harnesses to the battery and cuts installation time in half. The pre-wired system comes with: Four key switch-based powered accessory connections. Four independently fused and switched circuits for fast installation of light bars and other electrical accessories.

Specifications: 2018 Textron Off Road Wildcat XX
ENGINE & DRIVETRAIN
BATTERY: Single 12V Starter
ENGINE TYPE: Liquid-Cooled, 4-Stroke Inline Triple Cylinder Dual Overhead Cam, Gas Engine
HORSEPOWER: 125HP
DISPLACEMENT: 998cc
DRIVETRAIN: CVT
DRIVE SYSTEM: Electric 2/4WD with 4WD Lock
FUEL SYSTEM: Electronic Fuel Injection
GEAR SELECTION: TEAM Rapid Response Clutches (H,L,N,R,P)
FRONT DIFFERENTIAL: Front Locking Differential with Electrical Actuator
REAR DIFFERENTIAL: Rear Transaxle
PERFORMANCE
TOTAL CAPACITY: 730 lb (331.1 kg)
BED LOAD CAPACITY: 300 lb (136.1 kg)
STEERING & SUSPENSION
STEERING: Rack & Pinion w/ Electronic Power Steering, Tilt Steering Wheel with Sport Design
FRONT SUSPENSION: Double A-Arm with 18 in (45.7 cm) Travel
REAR SUSPENSION: Trailing Arm with 18 in (45.7 cm) Travel
FRONT SHOCK ABSORBERS: FOX 2.5 PODIUM QS3 with Compression Adjustment
REAR SHOCK ABSORBERS: FOX 2.5 PODIUM QS3 with Compression Adjustment and Bottom-Out Control
BRAKE SYSTEM: Dual Piston Front Calipers and Single Piston Rear Calipers
PARKING BRAKE: Park in Transmission
TIRES: 30 x 10 x 15 in CST Behemoth Tires (Front & Rear)
WHEELS: 15 in Aluminum KMC Wheels
ELECTRICAL
ALTERNATOR (ELECTRICAL CHARGING SYSTEM): 470 Watt Stator and 65 Amp Alternator
ACCESSORY CONNECTION SYSTEM: Pre-Wired Connections for up to 8 Accessories (4 Switch & 4 Key-On)
DIMENSIONS
OVERALL LENGTH: 136 in (345.4 cm)
OVERALL WIDTH: 64 in (162.6 cm)
OVERALL HEIGHT: 67.5 in (171.5 cm) (w/o Roof) | 68 in (172.7 cm) (w/ Roof)
OVERALL WEIGHT: 1,816 lb (823.7 kg) (Dry) | 1,868 lb (847.3 kg) (Curb)
WHEELBASE: 95 in (241.3 cm)
FUEL CAPACITY: 10 gal (37.9 L)
GROUND CLEARANCE: 14 in (34.3 cm)
GLOVE BOX CAPACITY: 4 gal (15.1 L)
BED DIMENSIONS: (L X W X H) 34 x 32 x 9 in (86.4 x 81.3 x 22.9 cm)
COLOR OPTIONS & FRAME
FRAME: Structurally Welded High Strength Steel
STANDARD COLORS: Lime Green, Satin Charcoal Metallic
OPTIONAL COLOR: Horizon Blue
FEATURES
INSTRUMENTATION: Dual Screen LCD Gauge with Seatbelt Indicator, High Beam Indicator, Oil Pressure, Indicator, Coolant Temp. Warning Light, Check Engine Light, Engine Hour Meter, Odometer & Trip Meter, Clock, Gear Position, Diagnostics
LIGHTING: Low/High Beam Halogen Headlights with LED Accent
SEATING: Stitched, Two-Tone, Contoured Bucket Seats
STORAGE COMPONENTS: Cargo Bed, Glove Box, Cup Holders (2)
SAFETY: 3-Point Seat Belts (4-Point and Click-6 Ready), Seat Belt Rev Limiter, Standard Full Doors, Race-Inspired ROPS with Front and Rear Intrusion Bars, 2 Passenger Grab Handles, Headlights, Brake Lights
WARRANTY
WARRANTY: 6 months