WHAT’S NEW FOR 2014?
Mostly the engine. Compared to the
carburetor-fed 500 engine, the ProStar
570 has a modern, DOHC, four-valve
head and 42mm EFI throttle body, and
it makes 22 percent more horsepower
at 44. More compact castings and a
CVT cover make the 570 Touring a full
3. 25 inches narrower than the 500,
and the wheelbase is 3 inches longer
than the high-end Sportsman 550’s.
The new 570 Touring even weighs
less than the Sportsman 550 EPS, but
it comes with 25-inch Carlisle 489s
instead of the 550’s 26s. Besides the
narrower midsection and new engine,
the Sportsman Touring is much like
the old 500 Touring with MacPherson
strut front and IRS dual-A-arm rear
Despite the longer wheelbase of the two-up Touring model, the newfound power makes it fun to
pitch into corners and powerslide out, whether you have a passenger in the back or not. A rear
torsion bar helps fight body roll, but it still allows articulation for uneven terrain or rock crawling.
suspension. It has a new one-piece
seat with a backrest and grab handles
for the passenger, plus the engine
not only gives the 570 Touring a new
personality, it has extra electrical power
for running accessories like a winch.
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
MSRP for the Sportsman 570
Touring is $7699 (the same as the 2012
XP 550). The Sportsman 550 Touring
with EPS is $9299, while the Can-Am
Outlander 500 Max starts at $8799 and
jumps to $10,299 for the Max XT-EPS.
Arctic Cat’s TRV500 is $7999, while
the TRV550 XT EPS is $10,199 and the
TRV550 Limited EPS is $11,199. The
570 Touring is even less than the base
Grizzly 550, which is $7999.
While the old Sportsman 500 had a 92mm
bore, 75mm stroke and 40mm Mikuni
carburetor, the new ProStar 570 engine has
a 99mm piston and shorter 73.6mm stroke,
plus a 42mm EFI throttle body. Not only
does it produce 44 horsepower, the engine is
tilted and more compact for a lower center
of gravity and slimmer midsection on the
Sportsman 570 and 570 Touring. And, it
never needs rejetting, either.
Plastic and tubes make up the rear rack, which accepts Polaris Lock
& Ride accessories, and passenger handholds are incorporated in the
rack. The rear pad is mounted to a metal plate that provides give for
a comfortable ride, and the stepped rear seat is very comfortable. The
seat is secured by grommets and comes off for tool-less filter access.
Whereas Sportsman XP 850s and 550s have the air filter under the
tank cover, the 570 and 570 Touring have a sealed airbox in the
normal position, and a long snorkel draws air from under the tank
cover. The pleated-paper filter is protected by a pre-filter. The other
duct is for the CVT and draws air even higher.
HOW FAST IS THE 570?
Faster than the 500, and maybe
the 550. The 567cc engine is potent
with its four-valve head, DOHC engine
and 42mm EFI throttle body. The
ProStar engine has a 99mm piston,
but compression is a sedate 9.2:1
and stroke is 73.6mm. It launches
with authority and pulls hard, and we
could get 50 mph in deep sand with
a full load. It’ll do closer to 60 on hard
ground and loft the front wheels over
water bars and up hills, but power is