From the “things you can’t [easily] get” department comes this: Announcement of the 2016 Lynx lineup of snowmobiles.
For the uninitiated, Lynx is a brand of snowmobiles owned by BRP and built in Rovaniemi, Finland, and available only in Europe and Russia. In some instances, many Lynx models closely reflect BRP’s Ski-Doo lineup that’s available worldwide, including of course here in North America. That’s particularly the case with powerplants (Lynx models are powered by the same 800R E-TEC, 600 H.O. E-TEC, 900 ACE, 600 ACE, 1200 4-TEC and 570 Fan engines available in Ski-Doo models) and in the base chassis (the various forms of what’s called the REV chassis here are called the REX chassis over there).
There have always been differences between the two brands, however, most notably in suspensions and in some of the ruggedness of various Lynx machines — with less developed and notably less frequently (if at all) groomed trails in Scandinavia, machines there typically are built to endure more punishment than what us “soft” North Americans may do on our groomed white ribbons going through the woods!
In general, Ski-Doo MX Z models are most closely related to Lynx Rave models; Ski-Doo Renegade and Freeride models align mostly with Lynx Commander and Xtrim models; the Summits in Ski-Doo world are closest to BoonDocker Lynx models; Yeti and Ranger Lynx models are related to Skandic and Tundra Ski-Doos; and Grand Touring Ski-Doos have a similar focus to Lynx Adventure models.
Here’s the press release from BRP (below). To find out more about various Lynx models, click here.
BRP’s 2016 Lynx Snowmobiles Offer The Ultimate Winter Adventures In Europe And Russia
- New Commander Touratech sled developed in co-operation with a world-leading motorcycle adventure gear manufacturer
- New Xtrim RE 800R E-TEC model, the sportiest Lynx crossover sled of all times
- Major novelties and updates on the BoonDocker line-up
- New Stamina and Quantum riding suits
Rovaniemi, Finland, March 9, 2015 – BRP introduces 2016 Lynx snowmobiles developed for ultimate adventures, and the ultimate gear to ride them.
The Lynx Commander Touratech sled was developed in co-operation with Touratech AG, a world-leading motorcycle adventure gear manufacturer. This cooperation provided the basis for an adventure snowmobile that can be personalized from a wide selection of Touratech winter adventure accessories. It is based on the popular Lynx Commander 800R E-TEC crossover sled, designed for long-haul trips in varying conditions and comes with special equipment and cargo space requirements.
“We want to encourage people to experience the world, whether by motorcycle or snowmobile. Touratech and BRP share the innovativeness, high-quality products and an urge to provide the best service for the customers,” says Martin Wickert, Head of Sales, Touratech AG.
“Adventure motorcycling has been a growing trend for years, and planning your trip and accessorizing your bike is a big part of the hobby,” explains Jukka Jokinen, BRP’s vice-president and regional general manager for Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. “Adventure snowmobilers share this passionate attention to detail with adventure bikers. The Lynx Commander Touratech model is designed to give them the means of realizing their dreams.”
The maiden voyage of the model starts today March 9 from Rovaniemi, Finland when Martin Wickert, Touratech’s Head of Sales will join professional adventurer, Sami Päivike for a snowmobile journey from the Arctic Circle to the Arctic Ocean. Follow their adventure at www.lynxadventure.com.
Extremely Sporty Xtrim sled
Another novelty in the crossover segment is the Lynx Xtrim RE 800R E-TEC snowmobile – the sportiest Lynx crossover sled of all times. It features a 3,487-mm PowderMax track, all-new Blade DS skis, a Rotax 800R E-TEC engine, and the high capacity KYB shocks also found in the renowned Lynx Rave RE sport sleds. The Xtrim RE sled is a combination of the Lynx racing heritage and innovations in deep-snow riding. It has been designed for experienced, thrill-seeking riders for aggressive riding on and off trail.
The 2016 Lynx BoonDocker deep-snow sport line-up is wider than ever and introduces major updates that contribute to lightness and nimbleness, maintaining the stability and climbing ability that BoonDocker sleds are known for. All BoonDocker models now feature the A-LFS+ front suspension, PPS2-DS rear suspension with new slide rails, and new Blade DS skis that have been designed especially for deep-snow riding. The new BoonDocker DS 4100 800R E-TEC model introduces the 4,414-mm long track with a 74-mm track profile. Both DS 4100 and DS 3900 sleds, along with the BoonDocker 3900 snowmobile feature the renewed PPS²-DS rear suspension with new, tipped slide rails for improved agility and lighter maneuverability in deep snow.
“Based on customer feedback, riders love the stability and climbing ability of BoonDocker sleds, but expect more nimbleness,” says Jokinen. “We address this expectation with the updates for the model year 2016, making BoonDocker models more responsive, yet predictable in deep-snow riding. They are also lighter. For example, the weight reduction on the BoonDocker DS 3900 sled is more than 5 kg. These changes have been tested by professional freeriders and their feedback has been very positive.”
The Lynx riding gear line-up introduces novelties for adventure snowmobiling and deep-snow riding. Lynx Stamina riding suits for men and women are designed to provide ultimate protection from the elements for the longest snowmobile adventures. The Lynx Quantum riding suit was developed in cooperation with professional freeriders to give maximum freedom in active riding. It is extremely light and fully windproof and waterproof. Both suits feature high quality technology including Cordura fabrics and Sympatex membrane.
“To really be equipped for an adventure, you must have a complete package, including your snowmobile, accessories and riding gear. BRP has always made solutions for specific use, and with the 2016 Lynx line-up, we are taking this further than ever,” adds Jokinen.
Lynx snowmobiles are only offered for sale in European and Russian markets.