By Andrew Liszewski
I’ve always thought that snowmobiles had a limited appeal if you lived somewhere that didn’t have snow on the ground all year round. But the Platune Sand-X Bike removes some of the limitations imposed by a snowmobile’s skis by replacing them with a set of soft tires. While I still wouldn’t recommend taking this thing out on an asphalt road or even a grassy field, it does appear to be quite at home on sand.
In fact, thanks to its Rotax 800cc, 2-cylinder, 2-stroke engine which puts out 160HP, it can actually accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 2.9 seconds. And it has a top speed of 115mph. Pricing is unknown, but because of the custom modifications needed to make it sand-friendly, you can assume it’s going to be more expensive than a standard snowmobile.