HOW FAST IS THE TURBO PROSTAR 925?
Extremely fast. The new XP Turbo
rips up Oldsmobile Hill without airing
down the Bighorn 2.0s, and it’s a blast
to rail big bowls. It’s much stronger in
the lower revs, where the new Maverick
X3s are superior to the 2016 XP Turbo.
The new XP Turbo pulls extremely hard
from turn to turn, but it’s still governed
on top to 80 mph. Power is impressive,
to say the least.
WHAT ABOUT THE CVT/AWD DELIVERY?
It’s mated well to the engine. The
new CVT clutch engages and spools up
quickly, and the close-ratio On-Demand
AWD front diff pulls hard out of turns
while free-wheeling into corners to
prevent the dreaded 4x4 push. Polaris
has three AWD front diffs—non-
EPS with 20-percent slip, EPS with
7-percent slip, and XP Turbo/ XP 1000
LE with 1-percent slip. Also, the range
selector feels slicker for 2017.
HOW AGILE IS THE TURBO’S HANDLING?
Very agile. Dual torsion bars fight
body roll in corners, and the new
steering ratio lets you go from straight
to full lock in 3/4 turn, so you don’t
have to move your hands during normal
turning. The 90-inch wheelbase gives
the RZR quicker turning than the new
Maverick X3 Turbos, which also have
the 1.5 steering setup, but wheelbase
is 102 inches. Wildcat wheelbase is 95
inches, so the Polaris turns quicker and
tighter. Straight-line stability is good but
not X3 good.
HOW ABOUT THE HIGH-END IBP
Next to the power increase, it’s
the XP Turbo’s strongest point. The
re-tuned Fox IBP shocks offer a smooth
ride on dune chop and trail garbage,
yet firm up to prevent bottoming on big
hits. With 16 inches of front travel and
18 inches of rear travel, the XP Turbo
rips sand whoops well. Our unit came
with front and rear compression clickers
set at 12 out, which is the midpoint
of adjustment. We went to 5 out front
and 8 out rear for fast guys like Jason
Luburgh (two-time Terracross UTV
champ) and UTV Action contributor
Nick Nelson. This made the XP much
better in whoops, although the rear still
wanders a bit at speed and on G-out
dune transitions and jumps.
HOW STRONG ARE THE BRAKES?
Super strong. With three-piston
front hydraulic calipers squeezing new
stainless steel rotors and dual-piston
rear calipers pinching 248mm rotors,
the XP Turbo stops on a grain of sand.
It also has stainless steel brake lines
but no EBS or parking brake, only Park
mode in the transmission.
Polaris’ second-generation 2017 RZR XP Turbo goes big with a power increase to 168
horsepower and 114 foot-pounds of torque to go with many updates to cooling, durability,
suspension and steering.
A new digital instrument panel is easier to read, the keyed ignition
switch has a new accessory-power position, and there are four blanks
in the new dash for accessory switches.
New, taller, two-sided, “frog-skin” intakes provide more cooling
airflow to the engine and CVT, and the large remote reservoirs have
24-position compression adjusters. We went from the standard 12
out to 8 out for more bottoming resistance in the IBP shocks.