we could ford deeper water, mud and
ruts than with the previous RZR 800.
The Maxxis Bighorn tires aren’t as
effective as dedicated mud meats, but
they do more than a respectable job
in sloppy terrain and are very good on
HOW DOES IT HANDLE HILLS?
It’s an expert climber, but more
surefooted going up than down. The
RZR 800 can climb hills most drivers
wouldn’t even have the skill or nerve to
try. Its good balance, excellent power-
to-weight ratio and traction-finding
four-wheel-drive system keep it clawing
upward, even on slippery, technical
climbs that seem designed to thwart
your momentum. The RZR 800 EPS
LE’s automatic engine braking adds
system operates in 4WD is unique.
When you select 4WD, the speed-sensing front differential only engages
when the rear wheels spin faster than
the front, then it locks to provide true
four-wheel drive. The system engages
in a fraction of a wheel rotation. When
traction is restored, the system reverts
HOW IS IT FOR MUD AND WATER?
It has no fear of the deep. The
800’s healthy motor and effective
4WD system are capable of handling
soupy muck and deep water, and the
RZR’s engine, transmission intakes
and exhaust are high on the vehicle
for worry-free mudding and water
crossings. With the extra ground
clearance provided by the new springs,
preload adjustment, but the settings are
on target for recreational riding.
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
It’s impressive. The ride is smooth
and well-controlled at mellow trail-cruising speeds, and the RZR absorbs
most big hits and G-outs without
bottoming. It even takes reasonable
jumps in stride. This machine’s
suspension isn’t designed to devour
whoops at speed like super-long-travel, extreme-performance UTVs,
but it glides through typical trail bumps
like no sport utility UTV can. The
suspension isn’t quite as refined as
that of machines with high-pressure
gas shocks, but it’s still remarkably
smooth. In part, the 800 EPS LE’s
smooth ride can be attributed to the
electronic power steering, which mutes
the feedback from bumps that would
normally reach the rider through the
steering wheel. The new dual-rate
springs help, too, by keeping the
shocks extended and ready to respond.
The new springs also keep the RZR’s
belly from scraping in rutted trails and
slamming protruding rocks.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It’s agile. The RZR 800’s trail-friendly, 50-inch width makes it light
on its knobby feet in turns, and it’s
relaxed and predictable in a straight
line, even in rough terrain. The 800 is
stable in the corners, thanks to front
and rear swaybars; just don’t expect
the unshakable, planted feel of wider
vehicles like the RZR S 800 and RZR
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
The RZR 800 has selectable
2WD/4WD, but the way the Polaris
Thanks to its 50-inch width, the RZR 800 is legal on trails many UTVs can’t use, and its compact size increases maneuverability wherever you go.
Dual-rate springs on this year’s RZR 800 increase ground clearance
by an inch. The shocks are simple air/oil units without reservoirs, but
they work well.
Front and rear swaybars help the RZR corner flat. The rear suspension has 9. 5 inches of travel.