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Before you select the right snowmobile to buy, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the various engine sizes, overall weight, and dimensions.
Just like motorcycles, dirt bikes, and ATVs, snowmobiles come in a variety of specs and sizes. It all depends on:
- The type and size of the engine.
- The types of tracks and skis equipped.
- Any additional features and options on the snowmobile.
Continue reading to get into the details and learn about the average weight and size for a typical snowmobile.
Snowmobile Engine Sizes & Horsepower
Snowmobiles come in a variety of engine sizes and designs. You can find:
- 2-stroke snowmobiles.
- 4-stroke snowmobiles.
- Turbo engines.
- Carbureted engines.
- Fuel-injected engines.
- 1 to 4 cylinders.
Snowmobile engines range from 120cc up to 1000cc+.
Smaller engines are reserved for Youth models, while the largest engines can be found on the most powerful trail and crossover models.
The most common snowmobile engine size is about 600cc to 900cc.
A snowmobile’s HP, or horsepower, will depend on the size and type of engine it has.
For a general idea of how much HP a snowmobile engine may have, refer to the table below:
|Snowmobile Engine Size||Estimated HP|
|120cc to 200cc||4 to 12|
|300cc to 450cc||50 to 70|
|500cc to 650cc||85 to 150|
|800cc to 900cc||160 to 180|
Here is a list of available engine sizes from the top snowmobile brands:
|Snowmobile Make||Model||Type||Engine Size (CC)|
|Arctic Cat||ZR Thundercat||Trail||998cc|
|Arctic Cat||M Mountain Cat Alpha One||Mountain||794cc|
|Arctic Cat||M Hardcore Alpha One||Mountain||794cc|
|Arctic Cat||Riot X||Crossover||794cc|
|Arctic Cat||Norseman||Sport Utility||794cc|
|Arctic Cat||ZR RR||Trail||599cc/794cc|
|Arctic Cat||ZR Limited||Trail||599cc/794cc|
|Arctic Cat||Blast XR Touring||Mid-Sized||400cc|
|Arctic Cat||Blast XR||Mid-Sized||400cc|
|Arctic Cat||Blast M||Mid-Sized||400cc|
|Arctic Cat||Blast LT||Mid-Sized||400cc|
|Arctic Cat||Blast ZR||Mid-Sized||400cc|
|Arctic Cat||ZR 200||Youth||192cc|
|Arctic Cat||ZR 120||Youth||123cc|
|Polaris||PRO RMK Slash||Mountain||840cc|
|Polaris||TITAN Adenvture 155||Widetrack||795cc|
|Polaris||INDY Adventure X2||Trail||650cc|
|Polaris||RMK Khaos Slash||Mountain||650cc|
|Polaris||550 INDY Adventure||Recreation||544cc|
|Polaris||550 INDY LXT||Recreation||544cc|
|Polaris||RMK EVO||New Rider||544cc|
|Polaris||INDY EVO||New Rider||544cc|
|Ski-Doo||Summit Neo||Deep Snow||600cc|
|Yamaha||Sidewinder S-TX GT EPS||Utility/2-up||998cc|
|Yamaha||Sidewinder SRX LE||Trail||998cc|
|Yamaha||Sidewinder L-TX LE||Trail||998cc|
|Yamaha||Sidewinder L-TX GT EPS||Trail||998cc|
|Yamaha||Sidewinder X-TX LE 146||Crossover||998cc|
|Yamaha||Sidewinder X-TX SE 149||Crossover||998cc|
|Yamaha||Sidewinder L-TX SE||Trail||998cc|
|Yamaha||Mountain Max LE 165||Mountain||794cc|
|Yamaha||Mountain Max LE 154||Mountain||794cc|
|Yamaha||Mountain Max LE 154 SL||Mountain||794cc|
|Yamaha||Transporter Lite 2-up||Utility/2-up||397cc|
|Yamaha||SRViper L-TX GT||Trail||1,049cc|
|Yamaha||VK Professional II||Utility/2-up||1,049cc|
|Yamaha||RS Venture TF||Utility/2-up||1,049cc|
How Much Does a Snowmobile Weigh?
On average, a full-sized snowmobile will weigh about 500 lbs.
The dry weight range will typically vary between about 400 to 650 pounds depending on:
- The engine size.
- The engine type.
- The track type.
- The skis.
- Additional features and add on.
Smaller, youth snowmobiles will weigh much less at about 200 to 300 lbs.
In general, a 4-stroke snowmobile will be heavier than a 2-stroke.
Typically, a heavier and larger snowmobile is going to be faster, more powerful, and more stable than a lighter one.
Lighter snowmobiles will have less speed and power, but may be easier to turn and maneuver.
How Long is a Snowmobile?
On average, a snowmobile will be anywhere from 115 to 140 inches long, or about 9 ½ to 12 feet.
Youth models may be shorter than 115.”
The overall length of a snowmobile will vary depending on:
- The type of snowmobile it is (deep snow, crossover, utility, etc.)
- The size of the skis and track.
Overall length is measured from the end of the skis to the end of the track/tail of the snowmobile.
How Wide is a Snowmobile?
Snowmobiles are about 40 to 50 inches wide, on average.
Overall width is measured from the widest point of the snowmobile.
Like it’s length and weight, width will depend on the type of snowmobile, the size of the skis, and the size of the chassis/body.
Will a Snowmobile Fit in Your Truck or Trailer?
If you’re thinking about carrying your snowmobile in the back of your pickup truck or trailer, you’ll generally need a bed that’s at least 10 to 12 feet long.
While smaller sized snowmobiles may fit in a 4×8’ truck or trailer, something larger will be easier to load and secure.