Drift Mode Enabled: Minn Kota Goes Brushless with Upgraded QUEST Bow Trolling
Outdoors Minn Kota
Introduction: The arms race in the trolling motor wars has
continued to heat up with Minn Kota’s biggest lineup refresh in a decade and
gets some interesting new features including Drift Mode. The highest end Minn
Kota bow motors have been re-redesigned with a new dual brushless technology
platform called QUEST offering even more power and efficiency.
Today Minn Kota Announced a complete refresh of all their
bow mount trolling motors including the popular Ultrex line
Complete Update: Launching today is a complete update of Minn Kota’s
bow-mount motor lineup and the introduction of QUEST technology. New and
upgraded Ultrex™, Ulterra®, Instinct, Terrova®, Riptide Terrova®, PowerDrive™,
and Riptide PowerDrive™ bow mount trolling motors are being reintroduced with a
brand-new look and updated technology suite full of angler-friendly
The new motors feature more compact and sleeker lines
In addition to all the GPS navigational features anglers have come to expect
from Minn Kota like SpotLock and Follow-the-contour, all these new additions to
the motor lineup will feature enhanced boat control tools for anglers in both
fresh and salt water. Minn Kota has always been known for reliability and the
new motors are designed to continue that tradition while bringing some new
features to the game.
Pro Angler Chris Zaldain running the new Ultrex Quest
New Features for All the Updated Minn Kota Bow-Mount Models:
NEW Enhanced GPS Suite Including Drift Mode to allow anglers to spend more time
fishing and less time on boat control.
Drift Mode: combats current and wind by automatically adjusting
speed and direction to keep the boat on a true drift. Drift Mode acts as a gps
drift sock eliminating the need for cumbersome ropes or shallow water anchor
A look at the Ulterra deployed
Improved Follow-the-Contour functionality: allows for better
LakeMaster and CoastMaster integration to stay on the desired course.
Dodge Mode: allows anglers to quickly leave auto navigation mode
to manually steer through waves and around structures and then resume navigating
without resetting their route.
Seamless integration with Humminbird
Out of the Box connection to Humminbird via the One-Boat Network
by including all necessary adapters required for networking without additional
need for setup.
One App for Everything – the One-Boat Network App can control
everything on the boat from the trolling motor and shallow water anchors to the
Humminbird head units.
Enhanced Built-in 2D Sonar with Dual Spectrum CHIRP adds
Humminbird’s unrivaled sonar clarity to every Minn Kota motor.
QUEST Tech: In addition to refreshed styling the biggest update in the
newest high-end Minn Kota offerings is QUEST Technology, which are basically
completed redesigned motors that feature a dual 24- or 36-volt brushless lower
unit, a carbon fiber-infused upgraded shaft and reinforced brackets and pivot
The new QUEST motors are
designed to deliver 30% longer runtime and up to 50% more torque*, enabling
anglers to get out earlier, stay out later and fish in tough conditions.
In addition to dual brushless motors the QUEST enabled
motors get a carbon fiber infused shaft and redesigned propellers to cut that
cut through heavy vegetation while maintaining peak power output
Minn Kota Ultrex, Ulterra, Instinct, Terrova, and Riptide Terrova motors will
all now be available with QUEST technology. With available shaft lengths up to
100”, Riptide Terrova and Instinct QUEST motors were made to tackle the toughest
offshore environments on bigger boats than ever before. With improved and
upgraded components such as mounts, brackets, shafts, and pivot points, the
motors are built to handle the increase in power in the harshest environments.
Ultrex Quest also features a new lift assembly to make
lifts faster and easier
QUEST motors also include an upgraded lift assist assembly for effortless stow
and deployment, carbon fiber shafts with increased lengths, Auto Park to
automatically turn the motor when stowing, new propellers to cut through heavy
vegetation while maintaining peak power output and fewer moving parts to prevent
unnecessary wear over the life of the motor.
Our Quick Take: The trolling motor market has really heated up over the
last few years and while Minn Kota is still a dominant player the latest
offerings from Lowrance, Garmin, and now Power Pole are gaining momentum.
Brushless technology in the Garmin and Lowrance offerings has been proven to
deliver quieter motors and improved runtime. Minn Kota needed to make a big move
and this latest refresh looks like it puts the brand back into the leading
The new Ultrex deployed
We are most excited about the Ultrex QUEST motors which include all the updated
features like Drift Mode and enhanced built in 2D Sonar but also with the more
powerful and efficient QUEST brushless motor, upgraded mount, carbon fiber shaft
and enhanced lift assembly. The MSRP for Ultrex brushed models are
$2999.99-$3499.99 while the MSRP for QUEST Models are $3699.99-$4199.99. I
personally think the premium to get one the QUEST models are worth the
investment. The updated Minn Kota models will start becoming available on July 1st
and like all trolling motors, only time in the field will really prove just how
good the new powerplants really are.