Being a leader can at times be a dicey situation…a balancing act between protecting what got you there, and keeping your foot on the gas with continued innovations to keep you there. Such is the position that Ski-Doo continues to find itself in as the 2014 models are introduced. After significantly improving their offerings last season with new technology led by the t-Motion suspension, fresh plastic, and the expansion of r-Motion; the 2014 encore presentation is a mixture of expansion of last year’s goodness and the introduction or more new technology.

However this time the new tech is directed outside the heart of market, as BRP pins its hopes on future growth by expanding in areas of extreme clean and fuel efficient engines with the introduction of a bigger ACE powerplant and accompanying intelligent throttle control technology.  Joining the outside the box technology is continued expansion of the good stuff such as t-Motion in Summit Sp and Freeride models, an upgraded gauge package on most premium models, more race track toughness moved to the trail…and wraps, lots of wraps. After taking a few days to digest it all, here is our first take on Doo’s 2014 lineup.

ACE900 MR

The triple cylinder 900 ACE motor is unexpected to say the least, as the encore presentation to the twin cylinder 600 ACE (A boosted or pumped up version of the 600 ACE would have landed higher on our wish list). Just like the two-hole version, the motor is an extreme engineering exercise in combustion efficiency, which equates to a squeaky-clean burn and fuel sipping economy. At a claimed 90-horsepower, the output places the new motor in a category all its own. Is the market ready or asking for a three cylinder, 90-pony four-stroke?

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Seems like the BRP kids are never satisfied with some aspects of their snowmobiling experience. While some makers are content in using the same controls for close to 20-years, many 2014 Ski-Doo sleds will feature a new left-hand control featuring improved hand and thumb warmer switches and a more protected RER button. Two versions of the block will be available with the premium version touting backlighting and mode-set buttons for the multi-function gauge set.

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The 2013 race chassis will be transferred over to both the MXZ X-RS model and Freeride models; this means additional reinforcements and wide, beefy running boards with extruded edges.

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Perhaps some of the biggest new in terms of getting a full-on treatment of the good stuff from last year is found on the Freeride platform. Not only does the color treatment look damn stunning, the move to XM plastic, t-Motion suspension, FlexEdge track and chassis upgrades courtesy of this winter’s latest race chassis; the Freeride in all three lengths should be a can’t miss top pick for next winter.

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The new 900 ACE engine can be found in five sleds; the MXZ TNT, Renegade Adrenaline, Grand Touring LE, Expedition Sport, and the GSX LE shown here, what will most likely be one of the more popular choices for the triple cylinder fuel sipper.

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The spring order only Renegade Backcountry X is perhaps one of the best dressed sleds in the 2014 Ski-Doo lineup. The new model will receive single keel Pilot DS2 skis to further enhance its off trail capabilities and the updated left side handlebar control.

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Did we mention the lineup once again is littered with wraps? Here is the RiseAbove scheme… flat brimmed hat not included.

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Ski-Doo is putting an extraordinary amount of engineering where-with-all in an effort to further reduce noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). Case in point, an all new SilentDrive system that features new drive track drivers, a new version of their SilenTrack, and specific revisions to the rMotion suspension which will host the system in the Grand Touring LE for 2014. The key to the system are the perfectly rounded track drivers and 1.43 pitch design that uses more lugs to engage the track at the point of contact. Combined the system is said to reduce vibration at cruising speeds by as much as 70%.

Sway bar disconnect

Another new feature found on the lean and green Freeride stable is this quick disconnect sway bar system. We like this idea and suspect we may see it on other models such as Renegade buggies in the future.

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Here is where your thumb meets technology with the new intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) technology used on sleds with the new 900 ACE motor. Better known as throttle-by-wire, the all-electronic system sends a signal to a stepper motor that then controls timing and fuel delivery. The system has been employed in other BRP products (Commander) with mixed results. Aside from an easy throttle pull, the system will allow you to select three driving modes – standard, sport, and economy.

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The popular, direct from the race track derived MXZ X-RS is the recipient of the new REV XS body style with improved ergonomics, wind protection, and a glove box to hold a can of your favorite energy drink.

The triple cylinder 900 ACE motor is unexpected to say the least, as the encore presentation to the twin cylinder 600 ACE (A boosted or pumped up version of the 600 ACE would have landed higher on our wish list). Just like the two-hole version, the motor is an extreme engineering exercise in combustion efficiency, which equates to a squeaky-clean burn and fuel sipping economy. At a claimed 90-horsepower, the output places the new motor in a category all its own. Is the market ready or asking for a three cylinder, 90-pony four-stroke?Seems like the BRP kids are never satisfied with some aspects of their snowmobiling experience. While some makers are content in using the same controls for close to 20-years, many 2014 Ski-Doo sleds will feature a new left-hand control featuring improved hand and thumb warmer switches and a more protected RER button. Two versions of the block will be available with the premium version touting backlighting and mode-set buttons for the multi-function gauge set.The 2013 race chassis will be transferred over to both the MXZ X-RS model and Freeride models; this means additional reinforcements and wide, beefy running boards with extruded edges.Perhaps some of the biggest new in terms of getting a full-on treatment of the good stuff from last year is found on the Freeride platform. Not only does the color treatment look damn stunning, the move to XM plastic, t-Motion suspension, FlexEdge track and chassis upgrades courtesy of this winter’s latest race chassis; the Freeride in all three lengths should be a can’t miss top pick for next winter.The new 900 ACE engine can be found in five sleds; the MXZ TNT, Renegade Adrenaline, Grand Touring LE, Expedition Sport, and the GSX LE shown here, what will most likely be one of the more popular choices for the triple cylinder fuel sipper.The spring order only Renegade Backcountry X is perhaps one of the best dressed sleds in the 2014 Ski-Doo lineup. The new model will receive single keel Pilot DS2 skis to further enhance its off trail capabilities and the updated left side handlebar control.Did we mention the lineup once again is littered with wraps? Here is the RiseAbove scheme… flat brimmed hat not included.Ski-Doo is putting an extraordinary amount of engineering where-with-all in an effort to further reduce noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). Case in point, an all new SilentDrive system that features new drive track drivers, a new version of their SilenTrack, and specific revisions to the rMotion suspension which will host the system in the Grand Touring LE for 2014. The key to the system are the perfectly rounded track drivers and 1.43 pitch design that uses more lugs to engage the track at the point of contact. Combined the system is said to reduce vibration at cruising speeds by as much as 70%.Another new feature found on the lean and green Freeride stable is this quick disconnect sway bar system. We like this idea and suspect we may see it on other models such as Renegade buggies in the future.Here is where your thumb meets technology with the new intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) technology used on sleds with the new 900 ACE motor. Better known as throttle-by-wire, the all-electronic system sends a signal to a stepper motor that then controls timing and fuel delivery. The system has been employed in other BRP products (Commander) with mixed results. Aside from an easy throttle pull, the system will allow you to select three driving modes – standard, sport, and economy.The popular, direct from the race track derived MXZ X-RS is the recipient of the new REV XS body style with improved ergonomics, wind protection, and a glove box to hold a can of your favorite energy drink.WDP_2369_BRP_MY2014_MTN_LR