ATV First Ride: 2003 Bombardier Outlander 400

Peppy & Smooth - Outlander Moves over the Competition!

Jan. 01, 2003 By Jarret Gleason

We tested the new Outlander 400, along with the 330, in the snow at one of the Bombardier test facilities in Quebec. The snow gave us a chance to test the Outlander under harsh and extreme conditions, testing the motor, CVT transmission, Visco-Lock Front differential, tires, and the comfort for the rider. The deep snow made for some tough riding, covering four hours of winding out the motor and beating the crap out of the suspension - the Outlander handled it without so much as a hiccup. Bombardier claims it has the fastest acceleration and top speed in its class (400-500cc); I can't verify that, but the 400cc motor revved out nice and smooth, and easily enough power to have fun.


Special Features

  • The TTI (Trailing Torsional Independent) Rear Suspension
  • A simple automotive style torsion bar offsets force from side to side to reduce "chassis roll" in rough terrain.
  • Fewer parts for less maintenance and repairs
  • SST Frame (Surrounding Spar technology)
  • Lighter and slimmer than standard frames
  • The continuous center spar along the bottom of the frame is fashioned after a ski, allowing slid and glide action for less chance of catching on an obstacle
  • Fewer weld points for greater strength

The Outlander 400 proved to be fun for trail riding, with its zippy motor and plush suspension. Like many other Bombardier models, it also has the earmarks of a good work quad - comfortable and tough, it would prove to be a strong friend for work around the house, farm or construction site. Just don't forget to take it out now and then and have a little fun! The model we tested proved Bombardier again as a company with a flair for design and attention to detail. Well built and reliable ATV's.



  • Engine
    400 CC Rotax Engine
    Electric Start w/ auxiliary recoil
    Liquid cooled
  • Transmission
    CVT (Constantly Variable Transmission)
    W/ Low, High, Neutral, Reverse, & ParkSelectable 2WD/4WD handlebar mounted
  • Brakes
    Front: 2 Drilled Hydraulic Disks
    Rear: 1 drilled hydraulic disk
  • Suspension
    Front: Independent Suspension, Mcpherson type w/ 7.01in travel
    Rear: Independent Suspension - Trailing arms with torsionally-tied swaybar w/ 8in travel
    9.3in Ground Clearance, front & rear
  • Other
    Tires:Front - 25x8x12 Rear - 25x10x12
    Available in Laurentian Green, Viper red, or Camo
    Dry weight: 592lbs
    MSRP $5,999


Contact Information

To find your nearest authorized Bombardier® ATV dealer:
Visit the Bombardier Recreational Products Dealer Locator
or call: 1-877-4-my-ride (1-877-469-7433)

For Customer Assistance, call :
715-848-4957 U.S.A.
819-566-3366 Canada

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