Just last year, Polaris introduced the stellar RZR XP 1000 to the rather-suspecting public. The 1000cc, long-travel UTV was an instant explosion- not only did it capture the sport UTV market, it expanded the reach of the UTV segment to Supercross riders, Trophy Truck drivers, celebrities, and more.
For the beginning of the 2015 model year, Polaris has rolled out a laundry list of improvements to its current vehicles, expanded engine choices in the Ranger, RZR, and Ace line, and also offered up two brand-new RZR units- the 50” 900 and the 60” 900 S. The old RZR S was one of our all-time favorites: its light weight chassis, nimble handling, and predictable suspension made it a blast on any trail. Now, with 40% more horsepower and fine-tuned suspension geometry, it’s sure to be a blast.
We will bring you full tests of these new vehicles in upcoming issues, but for now, check out the massively expanded lineup for 2015. Polaris now offers nearly too many vehicles to keep track of- meaning there is more than one unit to suit your specific needs!
Polaris RZR® is the No. 1 brand of sport side-by-sides, outselling its nearest competitor by leaps and bounds. That’s because RZR relentlessly innovates, offering the very best lineup for every type of off-road sport riding. Owning a RZR has become more than enjoying the dunes, desert or trail, it is a community of owners who share the RZR lifestyle due to their passion for not only off-roading but the ultimate experiences RZR provides. Model year 2015 brings the launch of RZR’s biggest line-up ever with all-new products and significant innovations to every single segment, for every type of riding to continue to fuel the RZR lifestyle.
For trail riders, RZR goes back to its roots and redefines the first two RZR products ever introduced with the new 2015 RZR 900 and RZR S 900. These vehicles feature unequalled power, highly-capable suspensions, unmatched agility and revolutionary ergonomics and styling. At the heart of the RZR 900 and RZR S 900 is a 75 horsepower ProStar® 900 engine offering improved power-to-weight ratio and faster acceleration. The new ProStar power plants offer more than 40 percent more horsepower and15 percent more torque than the previous RZR 800 models. Polaris’ ProStar engines have become the pinnacle of performance engines for RZR due to their efficiency, acceleration and durability. For more power to the ground, the vehicles also feature the extremely durable RZR XP transmission which is specifically geared to optimize the power of the engine.
For trails that are width-restricted to 50 in/127 cm, the RZR 900 features a highly-capable, Dual A-Arm Rear Front and Rear Suspension with 11 in/27.94 cm of ground clearance*, and 10 in/25.4 cm front and rear travel to overtake any obstacles thrown in its way. The 26 in/66 cm PXT tires are Polaris-proven and provide all the traction needed even for the toughest trail. The vehicles are more razor sharp through the corners thanks to the optimized track width. Optimization comes from maximizing the track width while maintaining the overall width. For all other trails, the RZR S 900 has an unrivaled suspension featuring a Dual A-Arm Front and Rear Suspension with 12.25 in/31.11 cm front, 13.2 in/33.5 cm rear suspension travel and 12.5 in/31.75 cm of ground clearance. Outfitted with new, eight-ply, 27 in/68.58 cm GBC Dirt Commander Tires that offer better side bite, stiffer sidewalls, better tracking through corners and increased durability, the RZR S 900 won’t let anything stand in its way.
For unmatched agility, Polaris utilized a few features found on the RZR XP 1000 to ensure the RZR 900 and RZR S 900 perform at their finest whether they are dodging trees on the trail or navigating through gnarly switchbacks. While all RZR vehicles are equipped with On-Demand True All Wheel Drive (AWD), Polaris utilizes its High-Performance AWD on the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and 900 Trail models to keep the front wheels pulling stronger and longer maximizing power delivery to the ground in every condition for a more responsive ride. Both units also feature a narrow turning radius to navigate curvy trails and a 20 percent faster steering response. With an improved two-turn, lock-to-lock steering ratio, it’s easy to keep your hands on the steering wheel while navigating around any obstacle or hairpin turn encountered on the trail. The units’ ultra-rigid, tubular chassis also provides substantial improvements in stiffness and durability, and complement the all new suspensions. The trail capable 50 in/127 cm width and 79 in/200.7 cm wheelbase is the perfect combination to ensure the RZR 900 is responsive and agile on the trail, and the standard Engine Braking System (EBS), EPS and Turf mode available on the RZR 900 Trail Editions provide the most agile, controlled ride whether traversing mountain sides or running down your favorite forest trail. The RZR S 900’s 60 in/152.4 cm width and 79 in/200.7 cm wheelbase provides an incredibly stable footprint for riding in wide-open spaces while the EPS-equipped units make sure the vehicle takes the brunt of what that space has to offer.
For 2014, the RZR XP 1000 was launched with revolutionary ergonomics and styling and for 2015, the new RZR 900 and RZR S 900 also feature many of the same, unique features.
The newly-designed seats offer improved bolstering and 100 percent more hip cushioning for a more secure feel, and feature a new thin-film technology under the cover for a drier ride in wet conditions. The driver-side seat slider on the Limited Edition models allow for tool-less, on-the-ready seat adjustment along with additional leg room, and space-optimized dead pedals for both the driver and passenger make for a more secure ride. The driver also will appreciate a new, stiffer steering wheel designed for comfort and a more responsive feel. The vehicles also feature factory-installed quarter doors for extra protection from debris, and easier ingress and egress. For improved adjustability, the units feature the innovative, flow-through tongue seat belt design that is easier to adjust and retract. The sealed belt retractor housing ensures the belts will endure through the nastiest conditions. To stay on the trail longer, the vehicles sport a larger 9.5 gal/36 L fuel tank. Inside the cockpit, the units feature LED floor lighting and a slick blue back-lighted instrument cluster, readable both in direct sunlight and at night. To take more stuff along, a large center storage area and a bigger glove box with new latch provide ample space for any items needed during the ride while the deeper rear box provides ample space for additional cargo.
Sealed floor seams and equipment pass-throughs keep the occupants cleaner; while dual removable floor drains allow for easier clean out of the cabin.
The RZR 900 and RZR S 900 are even easier to service due to the ease of access of the major components. The air filter, spark plugs and oil fill are now located under the removable box panel in the cargo box of the vehicle while a panel between the seats houses the dipstick and oil filter, and is accessible without removing the seats. The vehicles feature an integrated transmission with only one check/fill point and grease zerks for both the inboard and outboard bushings of the A-arms. To add electric accessories easier, the vehicles feature a terminal block for wiring under the hood and a bigger battery with 44 Amp-hours of capacity and 575 cold-cranking amps.
RZR enthusiasts love to accessorize their vehicles and the RZR 900 and RZR S 900 feature integrated accessory mounting locations, hidden wire routing areas within the cab frame and more than 130 accessories for more customization.
The purpose-built vehicle chassis is exclusively engineered for Polaris accessories. With integrated mounting points situated along the vehicle frame and pass-through areas for routing wires, accessories can be attached with minimal installation time.
Additions, such as rock sliders and bumpers, easily attach and fit securely to the vehicle’s frame due to Polaris’ innovative Lock & Ride® Expanding Anchor; a revolutionary piece of hardware that expands as it is inserted into a mounting point. Lock & Ride® windshields, rear panels, roofs and doors work seamlessly with each other and install directly onto designated mounting points, making installation simple, and providing superior fit and finish.
The RZR 900 will be offered in White Lightning and Polaris Pursuit® Camo. The RZR 900 Trail Edition featuring EPS, EBS and Turf Mode will be available in Black Pearl and Sunset Red.
The 55 in/139.7 cm RZR 900 XC Edition with EPS, EBS, Turf Mode, 27 in/68.58 GBC Dirt Commanders on 14 in/35.56 cm Vader Rims, wide fender flares, FOX Performance Series – 2.0 Podium X shocks, 12.5 in/31.75 cm of ground clearance, LED Headlights, Interactive Digital Display and bowed doors will feature Stealth Black.
The RZR S 900 will be offered in White Lightning with the EPS models including Havasu Red Pearl, Black Pearl and Titanium Matte Metallic.
Introduced for Model Year 2014, the RZR XP 1000 and RZR XP 4 1000 brought significant innovations to each of the hallmark Power, Suspension and Agility aspects of RZR, while adding a new level of interior comfort and accessory customization. The vehicles were built for the pinnacle of performance with an all-new Polaris ProStar 1000 engine that provided an industry-leading 107 horsepower with a true 999ccs of displacement, making it the most powerful and largest engine in its class. For 2015, Polaris ups the ante again by giving the vehicles a higher output 110 horsepower ProStar 1000, to keep RZR at the top of its game.
To achieve 110 horsepower, the 2015 RZR XP 1000 and XP 4 1000 feature a new calibration with high-output cams, stiffer valve springs and a higher compression ratio of 11:1. The upgraded horsepower further increases the RZR XP 1000 and XP 4 1000 dominance in power with nine-percent more power than anything else in their classes. A revised exhaust system, incorporating closed loop control and catalyst technology, enables the ProStar 1000 to not simply add power, but also be cleaner and more efficient.
To handle the increased power, the 2015 RZR XP 1000 and XP 4 1000 feature new direct flow intake covers, new belt and a new clutch cover with more ducting providing two times more airflow directly to the clutches. The RZR XP 1000 will be available in Havasu Red Pearl, Voodoo Blue and White Lightning. The RZR XP 4 1000 will come in Havasu Red
Pearl and Voodoo Blue. Both vehicles feature standard Electronic Power Steering (EPS).
Also new for 2015, RZR is introducing its first mud machine, the new RZR XP 1000 High Lifter Edition, built for the true mud rider. To tackle the mud, Polaris took the vehicle’s massive power from the ProStar 1000 and reduced the gearing for more mud-specific torque and added a heavy-duty reverse chain. To ensure the power plant breathes, the unit features high engine air and clutch intakes and outlet which are essential for reliable performance.
The redesigned front axles, stiffer suspension springs, higher-clearance lower A-Arms and radius rods, mud-specific Walker Evans shocks, 29.5 in/74.93 cm High Lifter Outlaw II tires and standard EPS provide a suspension and handling that will excel in the mud. Polaris also equipped the vehicle with lower half doors, 4,500 lb/2041.17 kg winch with synthetic rope and integrated in-dash switches, rear-view mirror and a specially-designed brushguard that provides higher access to the included winch. For added protection from muddy conditions and easier cleaning, the vehicle sports an improved drainage skid plate, custom powder-coated chassis, and sealed switches, fuse box and battery to ensure optimal protection for vital components.
The sharp High Lifter graphics kit is an endorsement from one of the leaders in mud riding and ensures the High Lifter Edition is all business in the bog. The RZR XP 1000 High Lifter Edition offers all these premium mud features and accessories for a MSRP of $23,499, less than what it would cost to add them individually, and can go from the showroom to that favorite mud hole in a matter of minutes.
For the desert community, Polaris is introducing for 2015 is the RZR XP 1000 Desert Edition. This unit features all the new upgrades for 2015 with additional features for optimal desert riding. For improved ground clearance, the RZR XP 1000 Desert Edition sports high-clearance A-Arms and radius rods, 18 in/45.7 cm rear and 16 in/40.6 cm front suspension travel, a 13 in/33 cm ground clearance and 15 in/38.1 cm beadlocks with 30 in/76.2 cm Mongrel Tires. Desert riding conditions can be tough so Polaris outfitted the RZR XP 1000 Desert Edition with a HMW skid plate, spare tire and mount and body protection. For an easier ride for the occupants, the vehicle features six-point seatbelts, roof, PRP seats, a cargo box to store necessities and LED light bar for added visibility.
On the technology side, Polaris is launching a new Interactive Digital Display on the RZR XP 1000 Desert Edition and RZR 900 XC Edition which is the most advanced instrumentation in Off-Road Vehicles (ORV). The full-color, 4.3 in/10.92 cm, LCD display provides riders with vehicle performance, operating conditions, riding conditions and Bluetooth™ capabilities. The vehicle diagnostics displays fault codes and descriptions with some corrective actions to keep the vehicle running in top condition.
For an enhanced riding experience, the GPS connectivity offers exact location information including elevation, latitude and longitude, compass, and the ability to record the driver’s route and save waypoints so the trails can be found anytime. The trail and mapping information also can be updated through RiderX.com to ensure to most up-to-date information. To stay connected, the display offers Smartphone connectivity through Bluetooth to view incoming texts, missed calls, phone battery life and cell signal strength.
The new Interactive Digital Display also will be available as an accessory for other models.
To round out the RZR line, Polaris will continue to offer the RZR 570 in White Lightning, RZR 570 Trail Edition with EPS in Sunset Red, RZR 4 800 in Super Steel Gray and RZR 900 EPS with rear 3-link trailing arm in Stealth Black. The 2015 RZR vehicles will start arriving in dealerships in July.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POLARIS’ WHOLE LINE OF OFF-ROAD VEHICLE OFFERINGS
AND POLARIS ENGINEERED ACCESSORIES CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT WWW.POLARIS.COM.
This past January, Polaris defined an entirely new type of off-road vehicle with the introduction of the SPORTSMAN ACE. The vehicle’s architecture features a revolutionary, sit-in chassis that was nimble and comfortable to operate. The design of the SPORTSMAN ACE provides a confidence-inspired ride, all while being trail-capable, offering an all-new off-road experience. Due to its innovation, and the opportunity it provides to introduce new people to off-road riding, the vehicle has received widespread support from the industry
The revolutionary, new design combines the size and nimble handling of the Sportsman All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), and the confidence and comfort of the RANGER and RZR side-by-sides, in a rider-centric design with a trail-capable and easily transportable 48 in/121.9
cm width. Polaris also positioned all the major components, including the driver, centralized between the four wheels for an incredibly responsive, fun ride.
The SPORTSMAN ACE boasts 10.25 in/26.04 cm of ground clearance and 9.5 in/24.1 cm of rear travel due to its fully-independent rear suspension (IRS) outfitted with performance, twin tube shocks featuring adjustable preload. Seasoned riders appreciate the overall vehicle performance, handling and smooth riding suspension, while novice riders enjoy the secure riding position and the right amount of power to get them down the trail.
When introduced, the SPORTSMAN ACE debuted an all-new 32 horsepower ProStar™ Electronic Fuel Injected (EFI) engine that featured an internal counter balance shaft for smooth, vibration-free power coupled with a lightweight efficient transmission capturing every ounce of power to deliver it to the ground. Due to the popularity of the model, Polaris will expand the SPORTSMAN ACE for 2015 and offer it in White Lightning and Sage Green.
Additionally, due to tremendous feedback from consumers and dealers, the company is adding a new SPORTSMAN ACE model, the SPORTSMAN ACE 570. The SPORTSMAN ACE 570 has all the features of the original SPORTSMAN ACE, with the addition of more power provided by a 45 horsepower, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder Pro-Star™ 570 engine delivering smooth, efficient power. Originally launched on the RZR 570, the engine features dual overhead cams and 4 valves, along with an automotive-style electronic fuel injection system for enhanced performance. The SPORTSMAN ACE 570 will be available in White Lightning and Voodoo Blue.
Polaris will also offer more than 35 accessories for SPORTSMAN ACE including doors, winches, cabs and storage to suit their needs. More information about Polaris’ whole line of Off-Road Vehicle offerings and Polaris Engineered Accessories can be found online at www.Polaris.com.