HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
Polaris has two trail-width sport
UTVs, the base RZR 900, which goes
for $12,799, and the RZR 900 EPS Trail
for $14,799. Electric power steering
isn’t the only difference between the
two; the EPS Trail also comes with
engine braking, cast-aluminum wheels,
and Black Pearl or Sunset Red paint.
For now, the only other 50-inch-wide
sport UTVs are Arctic Cat’s $11,899
base Wildcat Trail 700, the $12,899
Wildcat Trail 700 XT, and the Wildcat
Trail 700 Limited EPS for $13,799.
WHAT POWERS IT?
A fuel-injected, 875cc, double-overhead-cam, eight-valve inline twin.
The engine is based on the ProStar
powerplant that powered the original
RZR XP 900, but it’s slightly detuned to
be more manageable in tight trail riding.
In the trail-tuned configuration, the RZR
900 Trail’s engine has 40 percent more
power than the 760cc, two-valve-per-cylinder, pushrod twin that powered the
original RZR 800.
WHAT ELSE IS NEW?
The RZR 900 Trail’s new chassis
is as great a step forward as the new
engine. A longer wheelbase improves
stability, and more suspension travel
and ground clearance make rugged
terrain easier to handle, and a new
cabin with improved ergonomics makes
the new RZR easier to enter and exit
and more comfortable behind the
Quick, agile handling and a tight-turning radius let the 50-inch-wide 900 own tight trails. The easy maneuverability is just as handy in tight
spots in open country.
Ten inches of rear travel and 11 inches of
ground clearance let the compact 900 Trail
tackle rough terrain with ease. Front and rear
sway bars keep the narrow vehicle flat and
stable in the corners.
The RZR 900 Trail has the same roomy
cabin and comfortable seats as the RZR XP
110, but this machine is more than
200 pounds lighter than an XP 1000.
With 75 horses, the Polaris 900 has
considerably more power than Arctic
Cat’s Wildcat Trail 700, which has just
over 60 hp. The Polaris 900 Trail is the
most powerful trail-width UTV yet, but
the Arctic Cat Trail 700 is more than
150 pounds lighter than the RZR 900
Trail, so their power-to-weight ratios are
nearly the same.
wheel. Nice finishing touches like doors
instead of nets and updated styling
complete the package.
HOW FAST IS IT?
It’s seriously quick. The acceleration
is somewhere between a race-tuned
RZR 800 and the original XP 900. The
900 Trail’s 75 horsepower may not
sound huge compared to the original
XP 900’s 88 horses or the XP 1000’s