feasts on fast, straight sections of
trail. It accelerates so quickly that long
straightaways suddenly seem shorter.
Can-Am’s Renegade 1000 distorts
time and space in much the same way,
but the Scrambler’s clutching gives it
a quicker, more solid response. We’ll
have to get the two together to see
which is faster. At the moment, the
1000s aren’t legal for U2-class GNCC
racing due to the 850cc limit, but that
won’t stop Scrambler-versus-Renegade
racing among friends.
On the Scrambler 1000, wheelies
don’t require the deliberate weight
shifts you need on some machines. Hit
the gas hard enough anywhere there’s
traction and, if you want it to, the front
end will get as high as you like for as
long as you have the skill to keep it
Once Scrambler 1000s get into the
right hands, we’re sure epic tales of
hills climbed, mud crossed and earth
moved will soon follow. If you’ve ridden
Can-Am’s outrageous Renegade 1000,
you know what we’re talking about.
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
Surprisingly sane—if you are too.
On the Scrambler 1000, it’s easy
to grab way more power than you
need for nearly any trail situation or
obstacle, but if you use some restraint
and recalibrate your brain and your
throttle thumb to the power available,
the Scrambler is simple to control. Of
course, the huge reserves of power
present endless options for how you
make your way down the trail. You can
wheelie up hills you can barely climb on
some machines and slide around turns
With an engine as large and powerful as some of the fastest UTVs and only half the weight,
the Scrambler 1000 is like a supercar for dirt. Its acceleration is hard to believe.
HOW SUPER IS THE PRICE?
Top performance machines in any
class are never cheap, which adds to
their mystique. The Scrambler 1000’s
price has yet to be announced, but we
expect it to be close to $13,549, the
price of Can-Am’s Renegade 1000 X
xc. Can-Am also has a Renegade 1000
without piggyback reservoir shocks,
trick wheels and power steering for
$11,049. There’s only one version of
the Scrambler 1000, and it comes with
adjustable piggyback reservoir Fox
shocks and power steering, like the
Renegade 1000 X xc.
WHAT POWERS IT?
An enlarged version of the
single-overhead-cam, inline twin from
the Scrambler 850. Polaris hadn’t
released performance figures or full
specs at press time, but we expect
that the extra displacement and dual-
exhaust system will pump up the power
from the 850’s 77 horsepower to more
than 82, the figure Can-Am claims for
the Renegade 1000.
The longitudinal design, with the
crank and transmission in line with
the frame, makes the Scrambler
comfortably slim. It also makes for more
efficient power transfer than transverse
engine mounting, because the crank is
in line with the driveshafts rather than at
a right angle to them.
ALL RIGHT ALREADY, HOW FAST IS IT?
It’s ridiculously fast, which makes it
ridiculously fun. We’re sure there will be
some media sources that will lecture
you about how utterly impractical such
a powerful machine is and how the
Scrambler 850 is insane enough, but
like a supercar, the Scrambler 1000
isn’t made to be practical. This thing
Fully adjustable, piggyback-reservoir Fox Podium shocks produce a smooth, fluid ride with
plenty of bottoming resistance for big impacts.
Polaris turned the Scrambler 850’s eight-valve, inline twin into a liter-class engine
to create the Scrambler 1000. Even with
the insane power, the engine is one of the
smoothest, most refined big bores.