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2005 Bombardier Plus ME "Track" Test

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Khatir Soltani

Imlah, who has been with Cypress for 15 years, explains the 10 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. groomer shift takes advantage of darkness,

Due to better visibility, the 10 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. groomer shift takes advantage of darkness. (Photo: Bombardier)
which allows drivers better vision due to the contrast with the snow.

"The toughest time is sunrise," he said, noting that it is easy to lose perspective on which way is up in such half-lit conditions (not something one wants to do halfway up a double black diamond run).

So what rating do I give this snow monster? Its upshifts include the powerful diesel engine, comfortable buckets seats, AM/FM CD

Even with the $330,000 to $400,000 price tag, I still give the Plus ME five out of five stars. (Photo: Andrew McCredie, Canadian Auto Press)
player, and there's no need for chains. Downshifts include the carbide ice spikes that make a mess of the driveway, and it's tough to park at the shopping mall. Oh yeah, and the 18 litres of diesel it burns per hour is almost as hefty as the entry price, between $330,000 and $400,000. Still, I give it a five out of five.

After all, Santa's sleigh may have some magic in it, but I'd put the Bombardier Plus ME up against the man in red's rig any day. First one to the top wins.


  • Price Range (estimated MSRP): $330,000 - $400,000
  • Body Type: 2-door pickup
  • Layout: front engine, track-drive
  • Engine: 275 hp, 825 lb-ft of torque, 8.3-L, turbodiesel I-6
  • Curb Weight: 7,900 kg (17,652 lbs)
  • Acceleration (0 - 100 km/h): never
  • Top Speed: 19.1 km/h (12 mph)
  • Seating Capacity: 2
  • Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 18 L/hour
  • Direct Competitors: Santa's Sleigh
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Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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