2024 Ski-Doo MXZ 850 X-RS Test


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At first glance, I like the expression that emerges from this machine the Ski-Doo MXZ 850 X-RS. I see it as friendly and aggressive at the same time. The color is splendid, again. The “hyper silver” grey plastics, the black seat with a red stripe and a bit of grey on the back. The skate posts are red as well as the front bumper. It’s all in the details. The saddle is comfortable and is closer to a motorcycle saddle, which allows for better control. It is easier to move to the left or right of the snowmobile to compensate for the centrifugal force in curves. I immediately felt at ease on this machine. 

Ski-Doo MXZ 850 X-RS Highlights 

The MXZ is well-known for its high performance and precise handling on snow, and the 850 X-RS is no exception. Here are some features and highlights of the 2024 Ski-Doo MXZ 850 X-RS:

  • 850 E-TEC Engine: The MXZ 850 X-RS is equipped with an 850 E-TEC engine, a two-stroke engine renowned for its power, responsiveness, and fuel efficiency. This engine offers fast acceleration and high performance with mechanical lightness.
  • RAS X Suspension: The snowmobile features Ski-Doo’s RAS X (Responsive Air Suspension X) front suspension system, which provides optimal shock absorption, a comfortable ride, and precise handling in different snow conditions.
  • rMotion X Rear Suspension: The rMotion X rear suspension ensures a comfortable ride by absorbing uneven terrain and providing optimal grip, allowing the driver to maintain control when cornering and over bumps.
  • REV Gen5 Chassis: The snowmobile sits on the REV Gen5 chassis, which is designed to provide agile handling, balanced weight distribution, and optimal ergonomics for the rider. This chassis contributes to the MXZ 850 XR-S’s reputation for handling and control.
  • State-of-the-art technology: The MXZ 850 X-RS is equipped with various advanced technologies, such as the Brembo braking system, a 10.25″ touchscreen with BRP Connect, and Bluetooth connectivity for diagnostic and tracking functions.

A snowmobile with character

In summary, the 2024 Ski-Doo MXZ 850 X-RS is a top-of-the-line snowmobile designed to offer exceptional performance, optimal comfort and an enjoyable riding experience for winter sports enthusiasts and snowmobile enthusiasts alike. The powerful 850 engine delivers 165 hp. The MXZ model is inspired by racing, capable of cruising the toughest trails with disconcerting pleasure. A 137″ Ice Ripper XT track is fitted to the test model. With the little snow we have this year, the choice of track comes at the right time.

The MXZ 850 X-RS is designed to deliver precise and responsive handling. Its lightweight chassis and suspension geometry are optimized for agile handling, allowing me to navigate around corners and obstacles on trails with ease.


  • The powerful 850 2-stroke engine ;
  • Trail manoeuvrability ;
  • RAS X and rMotion X suspension.

Areas for improvement:

• Standard ultra-low windshield does not protect from the elements.


Our Verdict

In conclusion, the Ski-Doo MXZ 850 is a modern snowmobile that embodies the continuous evolution of technology and performance in the field of winter powersports. With its powerful engine, advanced suspension, and ergonomic design, it remains a favorite choice among snowmobilers looking for an exceptional riding experience on snowy trails.  After finding the perfect settings for the suspension, trail corners add to the fun of this sport. I have not been spoiled by Mother Nature this winter (winter 2024), like many of us in Quebec. The snow is not there. Still, I loved my test drive with the 2024 MXZ 850 X-RS. It’s a machine that gave me a lot of fun on the trail.

It’s not a perfect snowmobile, but it’s the closest thing I think it is. The season is always too short and the weekends are not long enough. Snowmobiling is an exciting and unique way to enjoy winter and the great outdoors in contact with nature. I wish you a lot of fun and above all, be careful!


The Passion Motoneige team would like to thank Ski-Doo and the collaboration of Groupe Contant who made it possible to test this snowmobile.