FIRST LOOK: NEW POLARIS RZR, RANGER & SPORTSMAN MODELS
Great news for trail riders and hunters By the staff of Dirt Wheels
It seems like the new-model mill never stops grinding at Polaris. Our “2021 Buyers’ Guides” are long published, and it looked like the Polaris lineup appeared complete, but here they are with multiple new models for the RZR Trail line, the Ranger line and a new Sportsman quad! These new-for-2021 Polaris models are excellent news for both trail lovers and hunters. Customer feedback is crucial to Polaris, and they have taken that input to make the RZR Trail into a completely redesigned animal. The all-new Ranger Waterfowl and Big Game editions were created in collaboration with some of the industry’s top hunters: Lee and Tiffany Lakosky and Tony Vandermore. The Sportsman 850 Ultimate Trail is just what its name implies. All these machines have new accessories to add on as well.
While 90 percent of the trails we have access to here in SoCal are quite wide and open, a good percentage of our readers are limited to 50-inch (or at least narrow and tight) trails. The 50-inch RZR Trail line hasn’t seen much change recently, but for 2021 the models get a major new look. The 50-inch RZR is powered by the 75-horsepower, ProStar 900 four-stroke, DOHC, twin-cylinder EFI engine equipped with engine braking system (EBS). The chassis of the RZR Trail lineup shares a 79-inch wheelbase, 50-inch width and have up to 11 inches of ground clearance. Suspension is thanks to generous (by 50-inch standards) 10 inches of wheel travel front and rear. Ride compliance is helped by 26-inch tires. It is also equipped with a 1.25-inch hitch receiver with a 1500-pound tow rating.
Rider comfort has been optimized for the 2021 models with an all-new wrap-around roll cage for better protection and more head room, full doors, newly positioned smaller steering wheel for improved rider posture, as well as travel and clearance adjustments.
If you upgrade to the higher-end Premium or Ultimate trim options, then you get a few more cool features. Small things include LED headlights, a poly roof, rear camera and Turf mode. High-performance true On-Demand AWD, EPS and a 2.0 steering ratio improve driving agility, while Fox 2.0 Podium X shocks make your ride as smooth as possible. Integrated Rockford Fosgate audio with Bluetooth compatibility, USB and an AM/FM radio keep you pumped on your ride. The 7-inch Ride Command touch display keeps you informed with GPS, Group Ride, topographic mapping and a rider information center.
Polaris is known for having an extensive line of accessories for all their machines, and the Trail models are no exception. All trim options come with a three-position pulse bar that can easily be switched out for the six-position version to handle all your accessory needs. In all, 29 accessories have been launched for the new RZR Trail models. They include improved cab-sealing options, windshields, and better climate control with cab heaters that have new venting options, fan speeds and temperature control rather than the previous on/off system. Prices start at $13,399 for the RZR Trail Sport, $15,499 for the Premium and $16,999 for the Ultimate.
RZR TRAIL S
If you are really serious about taking on tough trails and long rides, then consider the fully redesigned RZR Trail S. The S version has all the same perks of the regular Trail, just with a few upgrades. The width jumps up to 60 inches, ground clearance reaches 12.5 inches and has the option to increase to 100 horsepower. The base-model Trail S 900 sport comes standard with full doors, rider info center and Fox 2.0 Podium shocks. Again, with the Premium and Ultimate models you get better features all around. Standard upgrades include small things like a poly roof, rear camera and bright LED headlights. Big upgrades include full Ride Command capability on a 7-inch glove-touch display, along with integrated Rockford Fosgate Stage 1 audio and 2.0 Walker Evans needle shocks with 16-position-adjustable compression clickers.
While most of the new comfort factors are carried over from the regular Trail Sport models, the door design is key to the Trail S. Bowed full doors in the 60-inch-wide machine give you more elbow room to drive comfortably. Prices range from $15,299 for the RZR Trail S 900 Sport, $17,299 for the 1000 Premium and $18,999 for the high-end Ultimate.
SPORTSMAN 850 ULTIMATE TRAIL
This Sportsman is the ultimate in-between machine. It has all the capability and performance of the XP 1000 at a little lower price point and with a little less aggressive power. So, if you’re headed out on the trails to do a long ride, but you aren’t planning on crawling Mount Everest at top speed, then the 850 Ultimate Trail is ideal. The four-stroke twin-cylinder engine is fuel-injected and liquid-cooled. The automatic trans is equipped with on-demand true AWD/2WD and standard engine braking, but surprisingly it does not come with active descent control. The new cut-and-sew seats offer comfort. Sealed, high-clearance, arched dual A-arms; independent rear suspension; 27-inch tires and 12 inches of ground clearance make for a super-comfortable ride. Practicality is key on the trail, so this ATV is fitted with a Polaris Pro HD 3500-pound winch, super-bright lights and plenty of storage. With 4 gallons of dry storage up front and 2 gallons in the rear, lock-and-ride capability, six removable tie-down points and 575 pounds of payload capacity, there is ample accommodation for all your stuff. If you feel like you need more, then feel free to utilize the 1500-pound towing capacity. Stay charged and ready to go with the 12-volt DC outlet for all your devices and use the new trickle charger port to keep your ride alive. This new Sportsman 850 Ultimate Trail will ring up at $11,499.
RANGER XP 1000 BIG GAME EDITION & WATERFOWL EDITION
Half of all Polaris Ranger owners use their machine for hunting. Starting with a basic Ranger XP 1000 platform, Polaris has been working closely with pro hunters to create the most purpose-built vehicle possible. The all-new Waterfowl edition is wrapped in a specially developed Wetland Camo to keep your blind fully concealed. Full 29-inch Pro Armor Mud XC tires paired with high-output LED lights make it easy to navigate terrain in dark, wet conditions. You can be ready to go before sunup. A Polaris Pro HD 4500-pound winch is mounted higher up on the bumper with synthetic cable, which floats, so you can have easy access in deep water. High-mounted snorkel intakes also make water crossings a breeze. You can customize your ride with a new line of accessories developed with hunting pro Tony Vandermore. The Big Game edition comes in Polaris Pursuit Camo to remain unseen. Super-bright LED lights, 14 inches of clearance, and on-demand true AWD/2WD with VersaTrac Turf mode and descent control make tracking your game effortless in any terrain conditions. The new self-leveling rear suspension means no loss of ground clearance, even with a heavy payload, and the higher-mounted winch makes recovery easy in tall brush or snow. Both machines start at $20,199 and are available in a Crew model for $21,699.