Polaris is always a heavy hitter in the annual new model line-ups, and this year is no exception. They have all-new models, along with new color and package options of their existing line-ups of ATVs and UTVs.
RZR XP® Turbo EPS takes RZR to a new level
Polaris RZR is the gold standard in recreational vehicles due to the family’s ultimate combination of power, suspension, agility, comfort and customization. Owning a RZR is not only about the desert, dunes and trails one can conquer but the lifestyle that goes along with that experience. Polaris continues to innovate the RZR family to enhance that experience by consistently taking off-roading to a new level. Today, Polaris raises the bar yet again by launching the all-new 2016 925cc, RZR XP Turbo EPS at $24,999! Razor sharp performance has officially been turbocharged!
Unlike other turbo offerings on the market and true to RZR’s heritage of building complete machines that set the vehicles apart from the competition, the new 925cc, RZR XP Turbo EPS is completely engineered, front to back, to translate industry-leading power into unmatched performance. To deliver maximum durability and performance, Polaris has performed substantial testing on the engine with enough test miles to travel around the world more than nine times; and paired the engine with an all-new stronger driveline to ensure all the power gets to the ground reliably. The vehicle brings significant innovations to each of the hallmark Power, Suspension, Agility, Comfort and Customization aspects of RZR to provide the ultimate off-road experience.
Specifically built to take extreme performance to a new level, the all-new Polaris ProStar® Turbo engine, with turbocharger, provides an industry-leading 144 horsepower, an impressive acceleration of 0-60 mph/96.6 kph in 5.89 seconds and more than 45 percent more torque. The ProStar Turbo is the most powerful side-by-side engine available from the factory for unequalled power, torque, durability and excitement. The new engine was developed for extreme performance and features an impressive amount of high performance parts including forged pistons, an upgraded 270-degree firing order forged crankshaft, high strength connecting rods, a closed deck cylinder, sodium filled exhaust valves and a new oil lubrication system. For consistent performance at all temperatures, the vehicle also includes a new liquid charge air cooler with front-mounted radiator and high-flow electric pump. To control the massive power delivered by the ProStar Turbo, the engine management system has also been updated to include knock detection, boost control and a high-flow return style fuel system ensuring that the engine delivers maximum power under all conditions, altitudes and temperatures.
To harness all that power and deliver it to the ground, the 925cc, RZR XP Turbo EPS features a brand-new, fully-engineered and stronger driveline for maximum durability. The ultra-efficient driveline features an all-new, high performance PVT system with all-new clutches and drive belt; a new, stronger transmission with geared reverse and stronger shafts; and a High-Performance, True On-Demand All-Wheel Drive System to distribute the massive 144 horsepower to the ground. The new, high-flow, targeted clutch air cooling system is designed to reduce clutch and belt temperature to enhance and extend belt life.
The 925cc, RZR XP Turbo EPS boasts the most precisely-tuned suspension due to the vehicle’s highly-tuned FOX Podium® Internal Bypass Shocks offering the plushest ride and best handling found on a side-by-side. The shocks generate progressive damping force that gives the vehicle a smooth ride with all the bottom-out resistance expected from an ultra-performance off-road vehicle. Large diameter shock bodies (3 in/7.6 cm rear, 2.5 in/6.4 cm front), adjustable remote reservoirs and increased fluid capacity provide dramatic improvements in heat dissipation, fade resistance and durability. The internal bypass technology uses five compression zones to provide progressive damping as the shock gently absorbs bumps and stiffens to prevent bottoming. Combine that with three zones of rebound damping to minimize pitching and harsh top out to give you an ultra-plush ride and better handling over a wider range of terrain at any speed.
To complement the shocks, Polaris outfitted the RZR XP Turbo EPS with bigger coil-over springs. The progressive rate upper spring is a lighter-weight spring that absorbs small impacts while the stiffer main spring maintains ground clearance and absorbs bigger impacts in rough terrain. The suspension set up ensures the RZR XP Turbo EPS can tackle the toughest terrain while keeping the ride plush and enjoyable.
To conquer the whoops, the RZR XP Turbo EPS 90 in/228.6 cm wheelbase, paired with its 3-Link trailing arm rear suspension, gives the vehicle 18 in/45.7 cm of rear travel and a whopping 13.5 in/34.3 cm of ground clearance. The 3-link geometry allows surface-hugging grip as the vehicle pulls through corners from the use of optimized camber gain, and the length of the trailing arm provides a better ride. Up front, the RZR XP Turbo EPS features an exclusive front suspension geometry that results in less steering effort for easy maneuverability. Paired with industry-exclusive 29 in/73.7 cm Maxxis Bighorn tires on 14 in/35.6 cm cast rims for a better ride and higher resistance to pinch flats, there’s nothing that stands in the vehicle’s way.
The RZR XP Turbo EPS is the best handling sport side-by-side because it’s the most responsive to both the driver and terrain, and provides unmatched agility in every condition. The vehicle’s new front swaybar and re-tuned rear swaybar dramatically decrease body roll for a more confidence-inspiring ride while the vehicle’s durable High Performance, True On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive system provides the ultimate in responsiveness to the terrain. The system features a close ratio final drive to keep the front wheels pulling stronger and longer maximizing power delivery to the ground. The system is paired with standard Electronic Power Steering and an 18 ft/5.5 m turning radius to provide unmatched point-and-shoot handling making the vehicle very responsive to the driver. For even more control, the unit has quick, two-turn, lock-to-lock steering allowing the operator to showcase the point-and-shoot agility the vehicle has in response to all terrains.
The RZR XP Turbo EPS not only has industry-leading power but industry-leading braking performance for precision stopping. The upgraded brakes feature large, new, triple piston front calipers, dual piston rear calipers, new stainless steel rotors and large 248mm ventilated discs on all four corners, for the best stopping power on a side-by-side vehicle.
The driving experience of a RZR is like no other due to the revolutionary comfort aspects that are only found on RZR vehicles, including the new RZR XP Turbo EPS. The vehicles were thoughtfully designed to provide occupants with the most exhilarating, comfortable ride on the market. From the patented design that places the engine behind the seat to the placement of the occupants comfortably towards the middle of the vehicle, RZR’s design provides a low center of gravity for unparalleled handling and ground-hugging performance. Coupled with cab features such as bolstered seats, tilt steering, space-optimized foot rests and factory-installed quarter doors that keep the occupants planted and secure, the RZR ride experience is like no other.
For an optimized driver positioning, the RZR XP Turbo EPS also features a new seat angle for a more comfortable driving experience. The angle situates the driver closer to the steering wheel bringing the elbows closer to the body for less arm fatigue and a more natural driving position. For increased comfort, adjustable seatbelt sliders provide the occupants with the ability to change the position based on their height or comfort level for the most enjoyable, adrenaline-pumping ride experience yet.
In their Ranger category Polaris just released an all-electric Ranger EV LI-ION, a full size 570 and a Ranger XP 900 EPS High Lifter Edition.
In their 2016 ATV category a $5,999 entry level Sportsman 450 H.O. is offered, along with two of their big bore Sportsman models in High Lifter trim: the XP 850 and 1000.
The Polaris Ace has been a big hit lately as the only single seater 4×4 UTV in production. The introduction of the 570 version caught our attention when it was released, and Polaris pulled no punches with their Ace 900 SP. It has a 60-hp ProStar engine with rear suspension upgrades and EPS.
The RZR category has a new arrival as well. The RZR S 900 just had a 1000cc engine thrown into its frame. We cannot wait to get our hands on the RZR S 1000 and the rest of the new 2016 Polaris model line-up!
More information of Polaris vehicles and accessories can be found at www.polaris.com. More info on the new line up will be available in the new issue of Dirt Wheels! Stay tuned on www.dirtwheelsmag.com for more news, product updates, vehicle tests and more.