If there was one disappointment last winter from the Ski-Doo squadron with the launching of their next generation REV platform and big grunt, second generation 850 E-TEC engine, it was the lack of an XRS package in the all-new iron. Well the message was heard loud and clear by the Valcourt engineers and answered in spades for 2018. The expansion of the Gen4 platform for next winter is extensive and leading the new wave of iron for trail and ditch pounders is an XRS version in both Renegade and MXZ varieties. Much like the XRS from the previous chassis, the newest version incorporates a heavy dose of race proven features for big bump durability and control. The big ticket items that set the XRS apart from other “lesser” Gen4 trail ready iron include new 36mm KYB piggyback shocks with user controls for high and low speed compression as well as rebound; flatter and wider running boards designed for those kids who love to stand up and bang the ditches; a more forward steering post (1-inch) for more of the same; and the added strength of solid rear axle wheels for those off-camber tail landings and subsequent sick edits you’ll soon be posting on your favorite social media outlet. To top it off we think the new color blend of silver and high-visi lime makes the Renegade XRS one of the best-looking buggies from Ski-Doo for 2018.