HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
Polaris isn’t exactly giving RZRs
away. In fact, it’s the most expensive
non-turbo liter-class UTV with electronic
power steering. The 2016 RZR XP
1000 EPS is $20,299. Yamaha’s
YXZ1000R starts at $19,799. The Can-Am Maverick DPS is $17,449. Arctic
Cat’s base Wildcat X costs $17,499.
A new, more comfortable seat back
angle that brings the driver closer to the
steering wheel and reduces arm fatigue,
adjustable seat belt sliders and new
colors—Titanium Matte Metallic and
Electric Blue Metallic.
WHAT POWERS IT?
A 110-horsepower, 999cc, eight-valve, double-overhead-cam, inline
twin. The Maverick 1000 puts out 101
horsepower. Arctic Cat’s Wildcat X
1000 has just over 90 horsepower.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
A belt-type, fully automatic
continuously variable transmission
(CVT). Polaris added a new ducted
cover, a better belt and other changes
in 2015 to extend belt life. The RZR
XP 1000’s transmission has no engine
braking feature, so it freewheels in
extended off-throttle situations.
WHAT’S THE 4WD SYSTEM LIKE?
It’s the same system other Polaris
machines use—selectable 2WD/4WD
with an automatic-locking front
differential. You select front differential-lock mode on most vehicles. The
Polaris does it for you when the speed-sensing front differential detects loss
of traction, and the RZR XP 1000 has
Polaris’ quickest version of the system.
It works very well.
HOW FAST IS IT?
It’s a beast. You need some room
to truly turn the RZR loose, and when
you do, it’s a beautiful thing. Once
you feel the way the 1000 accelerates,
you’ll wonder how people even hang
onto the RZR XP Turbo, which has 34
more horsepower! For most UTVers,
the XP 1000 is fast enough, and the
simpler non-turbo engine has fewer
components to fail. The Wildcat and the
non-turbo Maverick are no match for
the Polaris in a drag race.
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?
Responsive and strong without
being hard to control on challenging,
technical terrain. From racers to casual
riders, everyone seems to like the way
Polaris tuned the engine and clutching.
It feels fast, and the throttle response
is crisp and solid at any speed. The
CVT delivers a feel much like a manual
transmission that’s always in the right
the Polaris enjoyable
for aggressive drivers
and for those who
are content to cruise.
The 999cc, eight-valve, double-overhead-cam, inline twin revs freely
and makes 110 horsepower.
Up front, Walker Evans 2.0 piggyback needle shocks offer adjustable
spring preload and compression damping and 16 inches of travel.