It’s hard to believe, but the Polaris RZR 800 was introduced 10 years ago! It was the first sport UTV, and because it was 50 inches wide, it was also the first trail-width UTV. The original
RZR 800 was a huge hit, but many performance-minded drivers wanted a wider machine with more suspension travel. Polaris
introduced the RZR S 800 just a year later, and its 60-inch width
and then-unheard-of 12 inches of front- and rear-suspension travel made it the most radical production machine of its time. Chris
Pino drives a well-cared-for 2012 example of the RZR S 800 he
recently bought used, and he let us take the wheel to see what
yesterday’s performance benchmark feels like today.
Still fun after all these years!
RZR 800s are powered by a push-rod, two-valve-per-cylinder inline
twin. It doesn’t have the peak power of current RZR twins, but the
strong low and midrange pull make it controllable and quick on
RZR S 800 REVIVAL