Maverick 1000R DPS is $17,449
to $18,499, while the 1000R DS
is $19,499 and the DS Turbo is
$22,999 to $23,099. Polaris gets
$20,299 for the RZR XP 1000 EPS,
while the new Yamaha YXZ1000R is
$19,799 to $21,599. All sport EPS.
HOW FAST IS THE X?
It’s got cat-quick reflexes. The X
responds so quickly to throttle that it
takes getting used to how fast the CVT
clutch engages, especially in rock-crawling situations. There is plenty of
power for power slides and topping
gnarly hills, and low range is governed
to 38 mph. We got 70-plus mph out of
the X on a gravel road at Moab, and it’s
a blast to drift on Forest Service roads.
HOW IS THE CVT/4WD DELIVERY?
Also cat-quick. Servos engage 4WD
and diff-lock as quickly as the Team
Rapid Response CVT clutch does. The
range selector is also quick and slick,
but it’s sometimes hard to engage low
range. With low being good for almost
40 mph, it pays to use it whenever high
WHAT ABOUT HANDLING?
range would tax the CVT belt. Unlike
the Can-Am Maverick, the Wildcat
applies full power in low, so it’s even
more fun to drift into turns in low.
It goes straight like a cheetah. With
the long, 95-inch wheelbase and
40/60 weight bias of the rear-engine
chassis, it’s got tons of straight-line stability, but it wants deliberate
turning. By that we mean come in
hot to set up a drift, in 2WD or 4WD,
and steer with the rear wheels. The
lack of weight up front and forward-mounted tie-roads otherwise makes
it want to push and turn lethargically,
especially in 4WD. For best cornering
results, drive it like you stole it.
HOW’S THE WILDCAT SUSPENSION?
Best in class! Long trailing arms
with five-link radius rods yield 18
inches of rear travel, and long A-arms
produce 17 inches of front travel. Elka
Stage 5 2. 5 piggyback shocks have
38-position rebound, 16-position HSC
and 23-position LSC adjusters. Our
LTD had the rear Elkas set at HSC 13
out; LSC 21 out and rebound 18 out;
and the fronts were set at HSC 14
out, LSC 21 out and rebound 33 out.
As expected, the ride quality was very
plush with the compression set so soft,
yet the LTD did a good job of resisting
bottoming on the rocks of California
and Moab, Utah. Front rebound was
very quick, while the rear was set at
the midpoint of adjustable range to
slow bucking at speed. Good stuff.
IS IT A ROCK HAMMER?
Bam, bam! A soft suspension setup
lets the long arms articulate in rocks,
and the tires hook up well on most
anything. EPS keeps steering easy
even when front diff-lock is engaged,
and power is very controllable,
especially in low. Doors and the seating
position inspire confidence, but the
hood isn’t as sloped as the Yamaha
or Polaris 1000s for picking lines in
rocks. It also requires more three-point
turns than other 1000s in tight-going.
We’ve also bent a lower link rod at
Moab in the past, so rock crawlers
should upgrade to high-clearance,
heavy-duty lower radius rods.
HOW IS IT IN DEEP MUD?
Bring your waders! With a lot of
low-range power, 13 inches of ground
clearance and 27-inch ITP Blackwater
Evolution tires, the X is ready to rip. The
LTD and SE also have beadlock wheels,
so you can air down for extra traction.
Also, the airbox intake is under the top
While standard X models have JRi
EXC-1 shocks with 70-position adjustable
compression damping (on the shaft), the
Limited and Special Edition upgrade to Elka
Stage 5 2. 5 piggyback shocks with high-speed
and low-speed compression, rebound, ring
preload and crossover adjustments..
Infinitely adjustable tilt steering and the gripper steering wheel provide a lot of driving comfort,
but the upright passenger console and door-frame handles are non-adjustable.