What is the fastest stock ATV from the factory without needing modifications? A lot of people need to modify their quads in order to increase their top speed. But doing so could void manufacturers warranties. So now we’re looking for the fastest stock ATV that we won’t need to make any modifications too.
Of course we will look at top speed, but we also want quick acceleration from the start. Where you’re riding makes a difference too. If you plan on riding a racing track, having the highest top speed and acceleration doesn’t necessarily mean you have the fastest quad.
As promised, I’ll start with a list of the top 10 fastest stock ATVs from the factory. From the factory means that’s how the quad is shipped and purchased brand new with no modifications done to increase performance. Later on I’ll talk about the fastest ATV on the track and why top speed isn’t always the deciding factor in every situation.
Top 10 Fastest Stock ATVs
These ATVs are listed in order of top speed and horsepower. The list may vary a little depending on who’s driving the machine. Everyone rides differently, you may be able to ride number 6 faster than you could number 3, every rider is different.
- Polaris Scrambler XP 1000S
- Can Am Renegade X XC 1000R
- Arctic Cat Thundercat 1000
- Can Am Outlander X XC 1000
- Suzuki LT500 (quadzilla)
- Yamaha Raptor 700R
- Honda TRX 700xx
- Bombardier DS650
- KTM 525 XC
- Yamaha YZF 450R
As you can tell, engine size matters. The bigger the engine the faster the quad, usually. But engine type matters as well. For instance the LT500 Quadzilla was made in 1988 and is still on the top ten fastest list. Because of its 500cc two-stroke engine, it can hit top speeds higher than the Raptor 700 which is a four-stroke.
Also keep in mind, a lot of quads being made today have limiters and restricters keeping them from reaching their full potential. This is a safety feature meant to keep people from going too fast and hurting themselves. A lot of times you can take the limiters off the machine, but this post is all about no modifications. Lets take a closer look at each quad.
Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 S
The Polaris Scrambler 1000 S comes stock at 89 horsepower with 14.5 inches of ground clearance. At 55 inches wide, this quad will dominate on off-road terrain, and has one of the highest top speeds of any ATV ever built. To learn more visit the Polaris website here.
Can Am Renegade X XC 1000R
Coming in at 91 HP the Renegade X XC 1000R has one of the highest horsepower of any ATV made today. Made with a powerful rotax engine, these things come fast from the factory. You can even order one stock with upgraded tires and a snorkeled engine if you just love the mud. To find out more visit the Can-Am website here.
Arctic Cat Thundercat 1000
This 951cc four=stroke V-Twin was one of the fastest ATVs of it’s time. This was before the Renegade and the Scrambler above. This one is more of a utility ATV but can definitely get up to speed. Unfortunately, the Thundercat is no longer on Arctic Cats website because they stopped making them.
Can Am Outlander X XC 1000
This is another utility quad, but with a 91 HP rotax V-Twin engine, it makes the fastest ATV list. With dynamic power steering at 48 inches wide, the handling and stability are also top notch. The 91 HP is most useful for towing and carrying weight around, but unloaded, it will scream down a straight-away. To see more info visit the Can-Am website here.
Suzuki LT500 (quadzilla)
Quadzilla came out in 1987 and was only produced for 3 years. But the Suzuki LT500 was known to get above 80 mph. The fastest quad of it’s time, and it still makes the top 10 list today. This two-stroke was more than fun to ride, and is still loved by performance enthusiast around the world. This is truly a quad for the history books.
Yamaha Raptor 700R
This 5-speed liquid cooled 4-stroke is really something special. These quads are known for their torque and acceleration. Very popular for dune riding, but these things are super fun on the trail as well. People love the aggressive look the raptor 700 has, and a lot of enthusiast modify these quads to go even faster. In fact, the Guinness world record for fastest land speed on an ATV was with a modified Raptor 700.
Honda TRX 700xx
With a top speed of 86 mph, it’s a shame they only made this quad in 2008 and 2009. This ATV is best suited for speed with a fuel injected single cylinder four-stroke engine, it gets about 46 HP.
This 5-speed 653cc engine was forced to be reckoned with. This quad was built for motocross. The DS in the name stands for dune sport. This thing was made to go fast in an open flat area, and it does that very well.
KTM 525 XC
The KTM 525 XC is known for its insane acceleration off the line. The biggest advantage these have is how light weight they are. Some people say these are a 450 on steriods, and they aren’t wrong. This is one of the funnest cross-country ATVs to ride and is an excellent choice for racing.
Yamaha YZF 450R
This DOHC 4-stroke 5-speed quad is popular among motocross racers. But is also a fun trail quad. The engine comes ready to race with no additional modifications needed. The ATV is wide too, good for stability and cornering, really a popular feature for racers. For more info visit the Yamaha website here.
Fastest Track Racing ATVs
The fastest stock ATVs aren’t always the best for motocross or track racing. Sure top speed and acceleration make a big difference. But at a certain point, it just doesn’t matter how fast you can go in a straight-away. Most races are won by being quick into a corner and getting quickly out of the corner on the next stretch.
This has a lot more to do with riding ability than with which quad you’re racing. Still some models stand out more than others in the motocross track racing scene. To improve your speed, you’ll want to work on things like, How To Corner On An ATV, and How To Properly Brake On An ATV. But having one of the fastest racing quads won’t hurt either.
Most racers opt for a 450 for track racing. The key to a good racing quad is getting something light weight with plenty of acceleration. The wider the quad the better you will do in corners as well. The width allows you to get through corners quicker where stability is everything.
Keep in mind a lot of racers modify their quads to their liking. Keeping track of every aspect of their ATV with exact measurements and specifications. That being said, here is a list of some of the most popular quads for racing.
- Honda TRX 450R
- Yamaha Raptor 660/700
- Honda TRX 400EX
- Yamahe Banshee 350
- Suzuki LT R450
- Yamaha YZF 450
Some racers will use different quads depending on which type of track they are riding. Some quads are better for cornering and handling than others, so if a track is full of turns, those ATVs will ultimately perform better in the race.
A lot of the racers will modify their quads to be faster on the track. If you want to make your quad faster check out my Best Ways To Make Your ATV Faster article. In that article I talk about the the most common modifications riders do to make their quad faster.
If you plan on riding at speed or doing any type of racing, it’s best to wear the proper safety gear. Don’t get me wrong it’s always a good idea to wear safety gear, but it’s especially important if you plan on going fast. To see some of the riding gear I’ve tried and tested out for you, visit the Recommended Gear section of this site.
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