Want a 6×6 or 8×8 Amphibious ATV? Check Out the Argo Lineup

Argo builds and sells a variety of off-road vehicles, including 6×6 and 8×8 amphibious ATVs

Many of you may recognize Argo 6×6 and 8×8 amphibious ATVs; these vehicles have a long history and received a recent update. Argo amphibious ATVs have a history that dates back to the early 1960s, and they are currently built in Canada. Argo sells other products, including quads and the Argo Sherp.

In 2020, Argo changed the lower section of their amphibians. This raised the chassis a bit higher over the tires. This allowed more clearance for tracks, and/or larger tires. It also created more useable cargo space.

Their base 6×6 is the Argo Frontier 600.

The Argo Frontier 600 comes with an 18 horsepower Vanguard V-Twin and progressive steering (which is similar to skid-steer) steering. The Frontier 600 can carry up to four people on land, but it’s recommended to only carry two on the water. Speaking of water, it does come with a bilge pump and uses the tire’s tread as paddles to scoot it across the water. These spongy tires also provide the suspension for the vehicle. Base price for the Frontier 600 is $10,599.

The power delivery on both the 6×6 and 8×8 vehicles is simple and effective. Power is sent from the transmission to large chains, one for each side. Each wheel has a gear sprocket that the chain goes over, this allows each wheel power at the same rpm.

Controls are similar to a motorcycle’s handlebars, including a thumb throttle and brake controls.

The Argo Frontier 650 8×8 is the manufacturer’s base-model 8×8 and comes with a 23-hp V-Twin engine. Aside from the extra power, size and eight wheels, it’s very similar in function to the Frontier 600. In addition to the extra size, you are able to hold up to six people on land and four people in the water.

Base price for the Argo Frontier 8×8 is $14,099.

Argo builds other, more powerful versions of their 6×6 and 8×8, including their beefy Aurora 950 SX-R. This vehicle comes with a 40 hp V-Twin and more premium drivetrain choices. The 950 SX-R has a base price of $30,099.

There are other Argo amphibians that are built for commercial applications. You can learn more about their products (here).

These vehicles are known for their utilitarian ability. They have several factory upgrades available, like tracks and cages. Unfortunately, we have yet to sample a new on. In time, TFL Off-road hopes to get our hands on a few of their vehicles to test them in the Rocky Mountains. Stay tuned!

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