WHAT’S A WV850?
Take the standard Sportsman XP
850, with its 77-horsepower inline twin
engine, and add a single-range, military-grade transmission; a steel exoskeleton
over the Avalanche Gray XP bodywork
with wider footwells; steel racks with
D-ring tie-down points and a 600-pound
capacity; a 3000-pound Warn winch;
auxiliary fuel tank ( 11. 75 gallons total);
and a larger radiator for extra cooling
capacity. Also, the TerrainArmor Non-Pneumatic Tires (NPT) require an entirely
different shock package since they’re
much lighter than traditional rubber tires.
The plastic honeycomb tires have a
tread pattern like a Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
and are bonded to eight-spoke, 14-inch
wheels. The WV850 was inspired by
the military Sportsman MV850 and is
an extreme performer for hardcore ATV
Soldiers returning home from the war can now buy the civilian TerrainArmor Sportsman
WV850 to replace the MV850s they rode in Iraq or Afghanistan. Polaris introduces the
WV850 H.O. EPS to the puncture-prone public, so we can kiss flat tires goodbye forever.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM AN MV850?
The TerrainArmor WV850 has an
upright loop in front of the steering
stem and headlight pod so that it can
be airlifted by military helicopters and
fixed-wing aircraft to operations zones.
The WV850 also has all tan bodywork,
rims and a seat cover for desert
operations, and it doesn’t need a key
to start since several soldiers would be
using it. It also has complete black-out
capabilities for night use with NVGs
(Night Vision Goggles), and there’s an
optional rear winch for stringing several
MV850s together. Oh, you have to be
in the military to ride an MV850, but
anyone with the money can style on the
Avalanche Gray WV850.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Toughness has a price, and it’s
$14,999. The Sportsman XP 850
Browning EPS LE is $10,999, and the
Pearl White XP 850 EPS LE is $11,999.
The Arctic Cat Mud Pro 1000 LTD EPS is
$14,399, while Can-Am’s Outlander 1000
XT-P is $14,099 and the X mr 1000 is
$14,399 to $14,899.
HOW FAST IS THE WV850?
It’s rapid-response fast. The WV850
H.O. engine produces 77 horsepower, the
same as the XP 850, but it uses a military-grade, single-forward-range transmission.
We couldn’t find trails wide-open enough
to top it out at Hidden Falls OHV Park,
where we tested last month’s Sportsman
Ace, but we easily got 55 miles per hour—
and it had more legs. Twin 40mm EFI
throttle bodies feed four-valve heads, and
the ProStar 850cc twin has 87mm pistons
and a 71.6mm stroke, so it’s like two
Outlaw 450s tied together. And, with the
NPTs, the WV850 slides like a sprint car.
Check out how well the TerrainArmor NPTs
scoop water (this is in reverse), which is
good for cleaning out any trapped mud,
but the honeycombs make it dig deeper
when traction and momentum are lost. Our
WV850 was also equipped with two PURE
Polaris fender bags.
Here’s the inline 850cc EFI twin in (2009) Sportsman XP 850 livery,
and the WV850 CVT only has one forward range, plus neutral,
reverse and park. Both the XP 850 and WV850 have a different
airbox with tool-less filter access.
The left handlebar pod controls everything but the throttle, drive and
range selectors, and the yellow button overrides the ignition cut-out so
you can achieve more speed in reverse or diff-lock/ADC. We like the
half-waffle grips with molded-in safety-wire grooves, and the gray switch
turns on the two 50-watt headlights (Low) or all three lights (High).