If the performance is all that it claims to be, Polaris just dropped an A-bomb on the competition with the new RZR XP 1000. Imagine the XP 900 with more power, displacement, cockpit room, wheelbase, suspension travel and comfort. With the current RZR line, Polaris had the numbers and the following in the dealership, on the trails, in the dunes and on the racetrack. Nevertheless, Polaris started the performance SxS race with the 2008 RZR 800, and the company is determined to stay on top. And they mean it with, however you define “top,” a new machine they claim is unmatched in power, suspension and agility.
Polaris isn’t a one-trick pony, pouring its entire R&D budget into one project. The company also introduced the RZR 800 XC edition, and made upgrades to other RZR models. Polaris announced exciting new utility Ranger SxS models and new Sportsman 4×4 ATVs. Some of the utility models in particular are claiming huge performance gains, and the high-end Ranger 900 holds more people and has a higher towing capacity than some of our staff’s trucks!

-There is a lot showing in this view: 16 inches of front-wheel travel, adjustable Walker Evans needle shocks, and 14-inch rims with 29-inch-tall Maxxis Bighorn tires. It all comes standard on the XP 1000. The rear travel is up to 18 inches!

RZR XP 1000

Naturally, we want to know about the power! Polaris started with an all-new ProStar 1000 parallel-twin engine that uses dual 48mm throttle bodies and dual overhead cams to belt out 107 horsepower from 999cc. Polaris says that there is at least 80 horsepower available from 3500 rpm to redline, so with a CVT drive system, there is always massive boost available. The added power required upgrading the front drive system to one that is 80 percent stronger with a re-tuned CVT clutch.
To better deal with the added performance, Polaris started with a strong tubular frame that provides a 90-inch wheelbase. That is 8.6 inches longer than the XP 900, but 17.4 inches shorter than the four-seat XP 900. Hopefully that will give a smoother ride through the rough like the four-seater but without the clearance issues. The new chassis gained massive suspension improvements. Compression- and preload-adjustable, 2.5-inch rear remote reservoirs and 2-inch front piggyback reservoir Walker Evans Racing shocks supply 18 inches of rear travel (up to 4 inches) and 16 inches of front travel (up 2.5 inches). These are the WE needle shocks that provide position-sensitive increases in damping when deep in the travel. The rear suspension uses an upgraded three-link trailing arm with added clearance. The front dual A-arms have a new geometry for lighter steering, but electric power steering is standard. Aiding clearance, traction and toughness is a wheel-and-tire upgrade, from 12-inch rims to 14-inch cast-aluminum rims with 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn tires.

-The XP 1000 isn’t all about performance. In this view you see the convenient bowed quarter doors, but there is also an inch more room in the passenger cabin. The approved rollover protection system cage has the remote rear-shock reservoirs mounted.

-The XP 1000 isn’t the only new and exciting Polaris SxS. A new RZR 800 XC is a serious new trail SxS. The width is 55 inches, so it isn’t super narrow, but it has a lot of great features for the serious woods rider.

Not all the changes were aimed at gear heads. There is an inch more cabin legroom, and the bolstered driver’s seat has 4 inches of fore/aft adjustment and 2 inches of vertical adjustment. There are standard bowed quarter doors for security. All of the upgrades come with a weight penalty. The XP 1000 weighs close to the same as the XP 900 four-seater, and the MSRP is $19,999 without delivery charges.


The XP 1000 isn’t the only new RZR. There is also a 55-inch-wide 800 EPS XC edition aimed at trail enthusiasts who are not restricted to 50-inch trails. This $15,299 new trail machine will boast Walker Evans  shocks and power steering, directing 14-inch Vadar rims and 26-inch Maxxis Bighorn tires. The RZR 570, 800, 900 and the four-seaters all return, though not the Jagged X 900. Dual-rate springs now come on the RZR 800 and 570, Bighorn tires come on all base RZR 800 S and 900 models, and all RZR limited-edition models will have EPS.


With the RZR line grabbing headlines, the popular Ranger line-up may not sound as exciting, unless you hunt or work, but there is plenty of good news from Polaris for Ranger fans. In addition to the usual models from 400 to 900, plus diesel and electric units, there is a new 570 single cab and two new Crew cab models. The base 570 starts at $9499. At the top of the heap are the Ranger Crew 900 and the Ranger Crew with EPS. They top out at $16,199. A new longer chassis and a jump from 800cc to the ProStar 900cc engine doubled the horsepower for the Crew! The result is a UTV that can tow a ton and hold a full pallet in the bed as long as it doesn’t weigh more than 1000 pounds. Polaris mounted the engine behind the passenger compartment, so the cab is much quieter as well. The other new Ranger Crew is the 570. The 570 in the Ranger Crew has 25 percent more power than the 500cc it replaces. The 570 engines are mounted behind the cab for less engine noise as well.


Polaris’ best-selling Sportsman 500 is gone, but don’t weep, because it is replaced in the line by a new Sportsman 570 using the EFI ProStar engine from the RZR 570. With a 20 percent power increase, it should supply plenty of boost for a 4×4 quad! The price remains reasonable in the class at $6499 for the base model. There will also be a 570 with EPS and a two-up Sportsman Touring 570 model. Towing capacity for the 570 is up to 1225 pounds!

This wasn’t just an engine swap. The chassis is now similar to the Sportsman XP. The front of the seat and side panels were narrowed 3.25 inches. The floorboards have deeper heel pockets, allowing riders to move their feet back an additional 2 inches, and the width between the rider’s feet has been reduced an inch. Although the 570 replaced the 500, the 550 is still in the lineup in a variety of premium trim levels, so it starts at $8699.


In addition to the dizzying arrays of RZR, Ranger and Sportsman models, Polaris still has its popular youth models, starting with the 50 and topping out with the RZR 170. It is pretty easy to see how Polaris grew to be such a giant company.

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