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Ski-Doo offers 2008 snowmobile sneak peek

Ski-Doo’s official 2008 release date isn’t for another two weeks, but the company is giving an early glance at two machines: the MX Z 800R Adrenaline and the new Summit 800R Everest. Both come on a Ski-Doo platform called the REV-XP and both are powered by the 151hp Rotax 800R PowerT.E.K. engine.

The REV-XP platform keeps critical REV elements – a driver-centered riding position, a centralized mass, a pyramidal frame, a double-A arm front suspension – but only shares handlebar controls and Pilot skis. Everything else is new and improved.

The new machines are 10 to 15 percent lighter (about 50 pounds less) than REV-based models, while the chassis is 37 percent stronger. Every element of the platform was redesigned for lighter weight without compromising durability.

They use a next-generation, driver-centered riding position with more leg room and a slightly higher seating position. The benefits: more comfortable for longer-legged or touring-style riders. This also allows performance-minded riders to move further forward on the vehicle for improved trail and mountain riding. The extra room was made possible by moving the jackshaft and secondary clutch above the tunnel.

The sleds have new analog/digital gauges. The premium version has a multi-function, three-zone LCD screen, including optional 10-minute “record” mode, in addition to analog speedometer and tachometer. The standard version has an analog speedometer and tachometer with LCD display. All REV-XP-based models get electric fuel gauges.

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