Blasting through the snow just got easier. The 2014 Ski-Doo MX Z TNT Ace 900 is a powder-owning snowmobile that runs quietly, devours terrain, and features an industry-first throttle that runs in sport mode, normal mode, and eco-mode. This means that, with the flip of a switch, you can opt for quick-acceleration or fuel-sipping cruising speeds.
In about six inches of Minnesota snow, the TNT model had a responsive, punchy accelerator with tight handling. Fast and efficient, the Ace 900 is outfitted with an 899cc engine that pumps out 90 horses and a class-leading 23 miles per gallon. And it’s easy on the ears, too: the TNT Ace 900 runs so quietly, you might not even realize it is running from across the yard.
Ride-wise, the Ace 900 is fun and punchy with enough power and stability to wind, bump, and fly through wintry terrain. The front nose is narrow and the entire sled is slender enough to provide a sporty, almost motocross-like feel that’s more adrenaline enhancing than older trail sleds. It’s important to note that the TNT in sport mode rides a bit rough (on purpose), so you can feel the moguls and snow banks, and then can turn with more precision instead of with the softer lag for inexperienced riders.
Nice touches abound: Riders can adjust suspension to their weight and preference without toting along any tools; a unique safety-cord system means the sled won’t move unless you have it inserted firmly; handlebar warmers worked almost right away and have five heat levels.
The Ski-Doo MX Z TNT Ace 900 is a blast to ride. The sled is basically maintenance-free, provides plenty of comfort, but can also meet the demands of more experienced riders who want a tighter suspension. [$10,349; ski-doo.com]