In Depth: Argo XR/XRT Series ATVs

May 2019 Feature

2-Up Versatility, Performance

Explore the backcountry in a cockpit of comfort and versatility aboard premium off-road Xplorer XRT ATV from Argo. Engineered and built with best-in-class performance and value, XRT models will boldly go wherever the spirit of adventure calls, whether it’s for a single rider or a pair.

Argo Xplorer XRT models include the XRT 500, XRT 500 EPS, XRT 500 LE and XRT 1000 LE. Each is built on a rugged steel chassis featuring premium double A-arm front and rear suspension with extended travel for optimal comfort and handling. With the maximum traction provided by 25- or 26-inch Innova tires matched by 12 inches of ground clearance, Xplorer XRTs are equipped to handle the gnarliest off-road terrain.

Two engine options highlight the Xplorer line: a single-cylinder 503cc liquid-cooled mill that delivers 39 hp and a 997cc liquid-cooled V-twin producing 84 hp. Both engines feature electronic fuel injection for optimal performance and operation in all temperatures and elevations. Each is built extra-tough with class-busting performance and durability.

Putting that power to ground is a smooth and dependable automatic CVT transmission that features P-L-H-N-R gear selection, plus a rider-selectable electronic 2WD/4WD system with a lockable front differential. The result is an easy-to-use drivetrain that handles all terrain and riding conditions with the exact performance and capability that riders expect.

All Xplorer XRT models come equipped with heavy-duty steel front and rear racks offering 99/165 lbs. of capacity, plus a 2-inch rear receiver hitch and a helpful 1,300-pound towing capacity. High-output projector beam front headlights deliver excellent visibility in low light conditions.

The XRT 500 base model comes with steel wheels and a rugged front bumper. The XRT 500 EPS package goes a step further with the easy-steering control of TMSS electric power steering, while the XRT 500 LE features TMSS, cast-aluminum wheels, an additional handlebar-mounted headlight, plus a front brush guard.

For maximum 2-up performance and luxury, the XRT 1000 LE features TMSS, cast-aluminum wheels, a turf-saving mode on the rear differential, a front brush guard and added hand guards, plus the extra power that comes with the strong V-Twin engine.

Real-World Performance, Value

Experience premium off-road adventure and performance on a 2018 Xplorer ATV from Argo. Engineered and built with best-in-class performance and value, each Xplorer model delivers the same go-anywhere, do-anything capability that reflect Argo’s legendary off-road reputation.

Single-rider Argo Xplorer ATVs are available in the XR 500, XR 500 EPS and XR 500 LE configurations. Each is built on rugged steel chassis featuring a premium double A-arm front and rear suspension with 8.7/9.4 inches of front/rear travel for optimal comfort and handling. With the maximum traction provided by 26-inch Innova tires matched by 12 inches of ground clearance, Xplorer ATVs are equipped to handle the gnarliest off-road terrain.

A single-cylinder 503cc liquid-cooled mill that delivers 39 hp powers all XR 500 models. The over-achieving engine comes equipped with electronic fuel injection for optimal performance and operation in all temperatures and elevations, and is built extra-tough with class-busting performance and durability.

Putting that power to the ground is a smooth and dependable automatic CVT transmission that features L-H-N-R gear selection, plus a rider-selectable electronic 2WD/4WD system with a lockable front differential. The result is an easy-to-use drivetrain that handles all terrain and riding conditions with the exact performance and capability that riders expect.

All Xplorer XR models come equipped with heavy-duty steel front and rear racks offering 99/165 lbs. of capacity, plus a 2-inch rear receiver hitch and a helpful 1,300-pound towing capacity. High-output projector beam front headlights deliver excellent visibility in low light conditions.

The XR 500 base model comes with steel wheels and a rugged front bumper. The XR 500 EPS package provides the easy-steering control of TMSS electric power steering, while the XR 500 LE features TMSS, cast-aluminum wheels, an additional handlebar-mounted headlight and a front brush guard.

Technology

500 Engine

The 503cc single-cylinder SOHC 4-stroke engine is designed and built for strong performance and great durability. It features Electronic Fuel Injection and liquid-cooling (with an auxiliary fan) for optimal and consistent performance in all conditions. With class-leading torque and 39 hp, it’s a clean, quiet engine that provides excellent fuel economy.

1000 Engine

The ultra-durable 997cc V-Twin SOHC 4-stroke engine delivers class-leading 84 hp and features Electronic Fuel Injection and liquid-cooling for optimal performance in all conditions. Clean and quiet, it’s designed and tuned to deliver excellent fuel economy and strong torque over a broad powerband, with an auxiliary fan for consistent performance in the most demanding conditions.

Electronic Power Steering

The Xplorer’s premium Tri-Mode Speed Sensitive Electronic Power Steering (TMSS EPS) senses the ATV speed to provide varying levels of assist for the most comfortable ride. Riders can conveniently select their desired level—from no assist, minimum and maximum assist—by toggling the digital display.

2-inch Receiver Hitch

A rugged automotive-style 2-inch receiver hitch features anti-vibration technology for easy towing with maximum smoothness. Towing capacity is 1,300 lbs.

Hydraulic Brakes

Hydraulic disc brakes feature both hand lever and foot pedal operation, delivering enhanced braking performance in all conditions. They’re complemented by smooth-action engine braking for positive rider control.

Steel Front and Rear Racks

Heavy-duty steel front/rear racks deliver 99/165 lbs. carrying capacity, with multiple tie-down locations for maximum versatility.

Instrument Gauge

Digital display features odometer, speedometer, trip odometer, rpm, EPS setting and fuel level. Surrounding the display are easy to identify indicators for transmission position.

Tires

High performance Innova tires provide superior traction in off-road riding conditions, with precision cornering and straight-ahead steering control. All LE models come equipped with 14-inch matte black aluminum wheels.

Suspension

Xplorer models feature double A-arm front and rear suspensions with extended travel for premium comfort and control in all riding conditions. The shocks are mounted to the lower A-arm to maximize performance and rider comfort. Riders can easily adjust spring preload to match their riding style and load carrying requirements.

2WD/4WD Automatic Transmission With Differential Lock

Xplorer models are equipped with a durable, automatic CVT transmission with selectable 2WD/4WD and front differential lock.

Specifications

XR 500

ENGINE

DISPLACEMENT                 503 cc

CYLINDER                           Single

FUEL SYSTEM                     EFI

COOLING                             Liquid-Cooled

BORE & STROKE                92x75.6 mm

STEERING/WHEELS/TIRES

FRONT SUSPENSION         Independent Double A-arm

REAR SUSPENSION                       Independent Double A-arm

FRONT TRAVEL                  8.7 inches (22.1 cm)

REAR TRAVEL                    9.4 inches (24.0 cm)

WHEELS                                Steel

FRONT TIRES                       Innova AT25 x 8-12

REAR TIRES                         Innova AT25 x 8-12

WHEELBASE                       50.4 inches (1,280 mm)

SEAT HEIGHT                      36.1 inches (916 mm)

GROUND CLEARANCE     12 inches (305 mm)

POWERTRAIN

TRANSMISSION                  V belt CVT Automatic

DIFFERENTIAL LOCK       Standard

GEAR SELECTION              L/H/N/R

ENGINE BRAKING             Standard

FRONT BRAKE                    200 mm Hydraulic Discs

REAR BRAKE                      180 mm Hydraulic Discs

HAND BRAKE                     All 4 Wheels

FOOT BRAKE                       All 4 Wheels

DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT/CAPACITY

LENGTH                                84.8 inches (2,154 mm)

WIDTH                                   48.6 inches (1,235 mm)

HEIGHT                                 49.2 inches (1,250 mm)

TOWING CAPACITY          1,300 lbs. (590 kg)

FUEL CAPACITY                4.2 gallons (16 ltr)

FEATURES

FRONT BRUSHGUARD     Optional

WINCH                                  Optional

POWER STEERING             N/A

REAR HITCH                                    Standard/2-inch Receiver

FRONT BUMPER                 Optional

HAND GUARDS                  Optional

ACCESSORY OUTLET       Standard

HANDLEBAR HEADLIGHT N/A

LOWER HEADLIGHT         Standard

PASSENGER BACKREST  N/A

FRONT RACK/REAR RACK 99 lbs. (45 kg)/165 lbs. (75 kg)

INSTRUMENTATION         Digital instrument panel with odometer, speedometer, tripmeter, rpm, transmission position, fuel gauge, Hi-Temp/Low-Battery lights, high beam light, EFI checking, differential indicator, 2WD/4WD indicator

COLORS

AVAILABLE COLORS       Red/Green

Specifications

XR 500 EPS

ENGINE

DISPLACEMENT                 503 cc

CYLINDER                           Single

FUEL SYSTEM                     EFI

COOLING                             Liquid-Cooled

BORE & STROKE                92x75.6 mm

STEERING/WHEELS/TIRES

FRONT SUSPENSION         Independent Double A-arm

REAR SUSPENSION                       Independent Double A-arm

FRONT TRAVEL                  8.7 inches (22.1 cm)

REAR TRAVEL                    9.4 inches (24.0 cm)

WHEELS                                Steel

FRONT TIRES                       Innova AT25 x 8-12

REAR TIRES                         Innova AT25 x 10-12

WHEELBASE                       50.4 inches (1,280 mm)

SEAT HEIGHT                      36.1 inches (916 mm)

GROUND CLEARANCE     12 inches (305 mm)

POWERTRAIN

TRANSMISSION                  V belt CVT Automatic

DIFFERENTIAL LOCK       Standard

GEAR SELECTION              L/H/N/R

ENGINE BRAKING             Standard

FRONT BRAKE                    200 mm Hydraulic Discs

REAR BRAKE                      180 mm Hydraulic Discs

HAND BRAKE                     All 4 Wheels

FOOT BRAKE                       All 4 Wheels

DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT/CAPACITY

LENGTH                                84.8 inches (2,154 mm)

WIDTH                                   48.6 inches (1,235 mm)

HEIGHT                                 49.2 inches (1,250 mm)

TOWING CAPACITY          1,300 lbs. (590 kg)

FUEL CAPACITY                4.2 gallons (16 ltr)

FEATURES

FRONT BRUSHGUARD     Optional

WINCH                                  Optional

POWER STEERING             Standard

REAR HITCH                                    Standard/2-inch Receiver

FRONT BUMPER                 Optional

HAND GUARDS                  Optional

ACCESSORY OUTLET       Standard

HANDLEBAR HEADLIGHT N/A

LOWER HEADLIGHT         Standard

PASSENGER BACKREST  N/A

FRONT RACK/REAR RACK 99 lbs. (45 kg)/165 lbs. (75 kg)

INSTRUMENTATION         Digital instrument panel with odometer, speedometer, tripmeter, rpm, transmission position, fuel gauge, Hi-Temp/Low-Battery lights, high beam light, EFI checking, differential indicator, 2WD/4WD indicator

COLORS

AVAILABLE COLORS       Red/Green

Specifications

XR 500 LE

ENGINE

DISPLACEMENT                 503 cc

CYLINDER                           Single

FUEL SYSTEM                     EFI

COOLING                             Liquid-Cooled

BORE & STROKE                92x75.6 mm

STEERING/WHEELS/TIRES

FRONT SUSPENSION         Independent Double A-arm

REAR SUSPENSION                       Independent Double A-arm

FRONT TRAVEL                  9.1 inches (22.1 cm)

REAR TRAVEL                    10.4 inches (24.0 cm)

WHEELS                                Aluminum

FRONT TIRES                       Innova AT26 x 8-14

REAR TIRES                         Innova AT26 x 10-14

WHEELBASE                       50.4 inches (1,280 mm)

SEAT HEIGHT                      36.1 inches (916 mm)

GROUND CLEARANCE     13.2 inches (305 mm)

POWERTRAIN

TRANSMISSION                  V belt CVT Automatic

DIFFERENTIAL LOCK       Standard

GEAR SELECTION              L/H/N/R

ENGINE BRAKING             Standard

FRONT BRAKE                    200 mm Hydraulic Discs

REAR BRAKE                      180 mm Hydraulic Discs

HAND BRAKE                     All 4 Wheels

FOOT BRAKE                       All 4 Wheels

DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT/CAPACITY

LENGTH                                84.8 inches (2,154 mm)

WIDTH                                   48.6 inches (1,235 mm)

HEIGHT                                 49.2 inches (1,250 mm)

TOWING CAPACITY          1,300 lbs. (590 kg)

FUEL CAPACITY                4.2 gallons (16 ltr)

FEATURES

FRONT BRUSHGUARD     Standard

WINCH                                  Optional

POWER STEERING             Standard

REAR HITCH                                    Standard/2-inch Receiver

FRONT BUMPER                 Optional

HAND GUARDS                  Optional

ACCESSORY OUTLET       Standard

HANDLEBAR HEADLIGHT Standard

LOWER HEADLIGHT         Standard

PASSENGER BACKREST  N/A

FRONT RACK/REAR RACK 99 lbs. (45 kg)/165 lbs. (75 kg)

INSTRUMENTATION         Digital instrument panel with odometer, speedometer, tripmeter, rpm, transmission position, fuel gauge, Hi-Temp/Low-Battery lights, high beam light, EFI checking, differential indicator, 2WD/4WD indicator

COLORS

AVAILABLE COLORS       Orange/Silver

Specifications

XRT 500

ENGINE

DISPLACEMENT                 503 cc

CYLINDER                           Single

FUEL SYSTEM                     EFI

COOLING                             Liquid-Cooled

BORE & STROKE                92x75.6 mm

STEERING/WHEELS/TIRES

FRONT SUSPENSION         Independent Double A-arm

REAR SUSPENSION                       Independent Double A-arm

FRONT TRAVEL                  9.1 inches (22.1 cm)

REAR TRAVEL                    10.4 inches (24.0 cm)

WHEELS                                Steel

FRONT TIRES                       Innova AT25 x 8-12

REAR TIRES                         Innova AT25 x 10-12

WHEELBASE                       57.1 inches (1,280 mm)

SEAT HEIGHT                      36.1 inches (916 mm)

GROUND CLEARANCE     13.2 inches (305 mm)

POWERTRAIN

TRANSMISSION                  V belt CVT Automatic

DIFFERENTIAL LOCK       Standard

GEAR SELECTION              P/L/H/N/R

ENGINE BRAKING             Standard

FRONT BRAKE                    200 mm Hydraulic Discs

REAR BRAKE                      180 mm Hydraulic Discs

HAND BRAKE                     All 4 Wheels

FOOT BRAKE                       All 4 Wheels

DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT/CAPACITY

LENGTH                                92.9 inches (2,154 mm)

WIDTH                                   48.6 inches (1,235 mm)

HEIGHT                                 49.2 inches (1,250 mm)

TOWING CAPACITY          1,300 lbs. (590 kg)

FUEL CAPACITY                4.2 gallons (16 ltr)

FEATURES

FRONT BRUSHGUARD     Optional

WINCH                                  Optional

POWER STEERING             N/A

REAR HITCH                                    Standard/2-inch Receiver

FRONT BUMPER                 Optional

HAND GUARDS                  Optional

ACCESSORY OUTLET       Standard

HANDLEBAR HEADLIGHT N/A

LOWER HEADLIGHT         Standard

PASSENGER BACKREST  Standard

FRONT RACK/REAR RACK 99 lbs. (45 kg)/165 lbs. (75 kg)

INSTRUMENTATION         Digital instrument panel with odometer, speedometer, tripmeter, rpm, transmission position, fuel gauge, Hi-Temp/Low-Battery lights, high beam light, EFI checking, differential indicator, 2WD/4WD indicator

COLORS

AVAILABLE COLORS       Red

Specifications

XRT 500 EPS

ENGINE

DISPLACEMENT                 503 cc

CYLINDER                           Single

FUEL SYSTEM                     EFI

COOLING                             Liquid-Cooled

BORE & STROKE                92x75.6 mm

STEERING/WHEELS/TIRES

FRONT SUSPENSION         Independent Double A-arm

REAR SUSPENSION                       Independent Double A-arm

FRONT TRAVEL                  9.1 inches (22.1 cm)

REAR TRAVEL                    10.4 inches (24.0 cm)

WHEELS                                Steel

FRONT TIRES                       Innova AT25 x 8-12

REAR TIRES                         Innova AT25 x 10-12

WHEELBASE                       57.1 inches (1,280 mm)

SEAT HEIGHT                      36.1 inches (916 mm)

GROUND CLEARANCE     13.2 inches (305 mm)

POWERTRAIN

TRANSMISSION                  V belt CVT Automatic

DIFFERENTIAL LOCK       Standard

GEAR SELECTION              P/L/H/N/R

ENGINE BRAKING             Standard

FRONT BRAKE                    200 mm Hydraulic Discs

REAR BRAKE                      180 mm Hydraulic Discs

HAND BRAKE                     All 4 Wheels

FOOT BRAKE                       All 4 Wheels

DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT/CAPACITY

LENGTH                                92.9 inches (2,154 mm)

WIDTH                                   48.6 inches (1,235 mm)

HEIGHT                                 49.2 inches (1,250 mm)

TOWING CAPACITY          1,300 lbs. (590 kg)

FUEL CAPACITY                4.2 gallons (16 ltr)

FEATURES

FRONT BRUSHGUARD     Optional

WINCH                                  Optional

POWER STEERING             Standard

REAR HITCH                                    Standard/2-inch Receiver

FRONT BUMPER                 Standard

HAND GUARDS                  Optional

ACCESSORY OUTLET       Standard

HANDLEBAR HEADLIGHT N/A

LOWER HEADLIGHT         Standard

PASSENGER BACKREST  Standard

FRONT RACK/REAR RACK 99 lbs. (45 kg)/165 lbs. (75 kg)

INSTRUMENTATION         Digital instrument panel with odometer, speedometer, tripmeter, rpm, transmission position, fuel gauge, Hi-Temp/Low-Battery lights, high beam light, EFI checking, differential indicator, 2WD/4WD indicator

COLORS

AVAILABLE COLORS       Red

Specifications

XRT 500 LE

ENGINE

DISPLACEMENT                 503 cc

CYLINDER                           Single

FUEL SYSTEM                     EFI

COOLING                             Liquid-Cooled

BORE & STROKE                92x75.6 mm

STEERING/WHEELS/TIRES

FRONT SUSPENSION         Independent Double A-arm

REAR SUSPENSION                       Independent Double A-arm

FRONT TRAVEL                  9.1 inches (22.1 cm)

REAR TRAVEL                    10.4 inches (24.0 cm)

WHEELS                                Aluminum

FRONT TIRES                       Innova AT25 x 8-14

REAR TIRES                         Innova AT25 x 10-14

WHEELBASE                       57.1 inches (1,280 mm)

SEAT HEIGHT                      36.1 inches (916 mm)

GROUND CLEARANCE     13.2 inches (305 mm)

POWERTRAIN

TRANSMISSION                  V belt CVT Automatic

DIFFERENTIAL LOCK       Standard

GEAR SELECTION              P/L/H/N/R

ENGINE BRAKING             Standard

FRONT BRAKE                    200 mm Hydraulic Discs

REAR BRAKE                      180 mm Hydraulic Discs

HAND BRAKE                     All 4 Wheels

FOOT BRAKE                       All 4 Wheels

DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT/CAPACITY

LENGTH                                92.9 inches (2,154 mm)

WIDTH                                   48.6 inches (1,235 mm)

HEIGHT                                 49.2 inches (1,250 mm)

TOWING CAPACITY          1,300 lbs. (590 kg)

FUEL CAPACITY                4.2 gallons (16 ltr)

FEATURES

FRONT BRUSHGUARD     Standard

WINCH                                  Optional

POWER STEERING             Standard

REAR HITCH                                    Standard/2-inch Receiver

FRONT BUMPER                 N/A

HAND GUARDS                  Optional

ACCESSORY OUTLET       Standard

HANDLEBAR HEADLIGHT Standard

LOWER HEADLIGHT         Standard

PASSENGER BACKREST  Standard

FRONT RACK/REAR RACK 99 lbs. (45 kg)/165 lbs. (75 kg)

INSTRUMENTATION         Digital instrument panel with odometer, speedometer, tripmeter, rpm, transmission position, fuel gauge, Hi-Temp/Low-Battery lights, high beam light, EFI checking, differential indicator, 2WD/4WD indicator

COLORS

AVAILABLE COLORS       Orange/Silver

Specifications

XRT 1000 LE

ENGINE

DISPLACEMENT                 997cc

CYLINDER                           Twin

FUEL SYSTEM                     EFI

COOLING                             Liquid-Cooled

BORE & STROKE                92x75.6 mm

STEERING/WHEELS/TIRES

FRONT SUSPENSION         Independent Double A-arm

REAR SUSPENSION                       Independent Double A-arm

FRONT TRAVEL                  8.7 inches (22.1 cm)

REAR TRAVEL                    9.3 inches (24.0 cm)

WHEELS                                Aluminum

FRONT TIRES                       Innova AT26 x 8-14

REAR TIRES                         Innova AT26 x 10-14

WHEELBASE                       56.9 inches (1,280 mm)

SEAT HEIGHT                      36.8 inches (916 mm)

GROUND CLEARANCE     11.6 inches (305 mm)

POWERTRAIN

TRANSMISSION                  V belt CVT Automatic

DIFFERENTIAL LOCK       Standard

GEAR SELECTION              P/L/H/N/R

ENGINE BRAKING             Standard

FRONT BRAKE                    200 mm Hydraulic Discs

REAR BRAKE                      180 mm Hydraulic Discs

HAND BRAKE                     All 4 Wheels

FOOT BRAKE                       All 4 Wheels

DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT/CAPACITY

LENGTH                                91.7 inches (2,154 mm)

WIDTH                                   47.2 inches (1,235 mm)

HEIGHT                                 50.8 inches (1,250 mm)

TOWING CAPACITY          1,300 lbs. (590 kg)

FUEL CAPACITY                4.2 gallons (16 ltr)

FEATURES

FRONT BRUSHGUARD     N/A

WINCH                                  Optional

POWER STEERING             Standard

REAR HITCH                                    Standard/2-inch Receiver

FRONT BUMPER                 Standard

HAND GUARDS                  Standard

ACCESSORY OUTLET       Standard

HANDLEBAR HEADLIGHT N/A

LOWER HEADLIGHT         Standard

PASSENGER BACKREST  Standard

FRONT RACK/REAR RACK 99 lbs. (45 kg)/165 lbs. (75 kg)

INSTRUMENTATION         Digital instrument panel with odometer, speedometer, tripmeter, rpm, transmission position, fuel gauge, Hi-Temp/Low-Battery lights, high beam light, EFI checking, differential indicator, 2WD/4WD indicator

COLORS

AVAILABLE COLORS       Orange/Silver

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