Wonder why Textron Arctic cat? Well, simply because it is the best that ATV market can offer and it is the best pick for these terrains. Made in USA, Textron vehicles are synonime for durability, probably because of their prior experience in military technology.

Alterra 500 is the best choice for literaly everyone: it is easy to learn how to handle it, durable, powerful and gets you wherever you point the front wheels, with almost no exceptions. If you are beginner, you will enjoy reliability and simplicity of operating in all conditions; and if you are experienced rider you need no explanation – appearance speaks for itself.

500 cc displacement provides more than enough torque and power to drag two persons through steepest uphills, yet it is not too punchy for beginners. Wide wheelbase makes it stable in corners, and big seat makes it comfortable for passenger.

Experienced will greet one technical feature with joy – it is in-flight four-wheel drive switch. What does it mean? It means that you don’t have to stop the vehicle to switch from two wheel to four wheel drive – you can do it while riding, just simply pressing 4WD button.

Presence of the winch also makes things better, although it is almost never used. Because there is almost no situation that you cannot deal with using only low gear with and 4WD !

And now, for technical nerds (which we are also), here are some specs…


Engine Type: SOHC, 4-Stroke, 4-Valve w/EFI
Displacement: 443cc
Cooling System: Liquid with Fan
Bore & Stroke: 89×71.2mm
Alternator Capacity: 23 amps
Fuel Capacity: 5.7 gal
Transmission: Automatic CVT with EBS Hi/Lo Range, Neutral and Reverse
Drive System: 2/4 WD
Brakes / Front: Hydraulic Disc
Brakes / Rear: Hydraulic Disc
Front Suspension: Double A-Arm / 10″
Rear Suspension: Double A-Arm / 10″
Ground Clearance: 11″
Front Tire: Duro/ Kenda / 25×8-12
Rear Tire: Duro / Kenda /25×10-12
Wheels: Steel
Overall LxWxH: 84.8×47.5×48″
Wheelbase: 50″
Dry Weight: 660 lbs.
Front/Rear Rack Capacity: 100 / 200 lbs.
Towing Capacity: 1050 lbs.
Hitch Type: Rear 2″ Receiver
Instrumentation: Digital
Lighting: Dual Halogen Headlights / Single Rear Taillight