BRP unveils new REV platform, engine for latest performance snowmobiles
2017 Ski-Doos to sport 165 HP two-stroke engines, fourth generation of BRP's REV seating configuration
DALLAS—BRP Inc. has unveiled the latest iteration of its “revolutionary” REV platform as well as its new Rotax 850 E-TEC engine at its semi-annual dealer meeting in Dallas, Texas.
The company says the fourth generation of its REV riding platform will set a new benchmark for effortless and precise riding. Originally designed in 2002, one of the REV platform’s striking ergonomics features was how it advanced the rider on the sled—a concept aimed at improving a rider’s comfort and handling on rough terrain. The design has since gone through numerous updates.
“We revolutionized the snowmobile in 2003 with the original REV platform by completely changing how consumers rode,” José Boisjoli, BRP’s president and CEO, said. “Once again, we challenged ourselves to re-think a snowmobile from a blank sheet of paper by designing it around the rider to give them the best experience on snow.”
The motorsports company had more than just ergonomics in mind when it designed its latest performance Ski-Doos, however. The sleds were designed around the new Rotax 850 E-TEC engine as well. The result was a narrow vehicle BRP says will “redefine” agility in deep snow as well as precision on the trail.
The updated engine sports 165 horsepower, 10 more than its predecessor, and covers 40 per cent more distance per litre of fuel.
BRP’s new platform and engine combination will be available on its 2017 Summit mountain, MXZ trail performance and Renegade crossover models, which are slated to hit dealerships next fall.