WHO IS THE ACE AIMED AT?
The Ace is an entry-level vehicle
designed to attract riders who are
considering ATVs and UTVs. The
machine’s 48-inch width is intended
to let it use ATV and UTV trails, which
means you can ride it in even more
places than 50-inch-wide UTVs.
IS IT ALL NEW?
Yes. The Ace looks a lot like a Polaris
Sportsman 570 4x4 ATV with a UTV
seat, steering wheel and safety cage,
but it’s an all-new vehicle. The Ace’s
wheelbase is longer— 61. 5 inches
compared to 50. 5 inches—the engine
is smaller, and the Ace is heavier at 825
pounds dry versus 702 pounds.
HOW DOES THE PRICE COMPARE?
There aren’t any other single-seat
UTVs yet, but at $7499, the Ace is
less expensive than other small two-seat UTVs. The base Polaris RZR 570
is $10,299. Kymco’s sport utility UXV
500 is $7999. CFMoto’s ZForce 600 is
WHAT POWERS IT?
A fuel-injected, 325cc, double-overhead-cam, four-valve, single-cylinder engine. Polaris claims the
engine puts out 32 horsepower, and
it actually feels like more. The new
engine is mated to the rugged, proven
RZR 570’s fully automatic, dual-range
continuously variable transmission. The
transmission isn’t equipped with an
engine braking system or a centrifugal
clutch before the primary clutch.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
Selectable 2WD/4WD. With the
Polaris system, even when 4WD is
selected, a speed-sensitive, automatic-locking front differential keeps the Ace
in two-wheel drive until the rear wheels
lose traction. The instant the speed-sensitive front differential detects rear-wheel slip, the front differential locks
and all four wheels are driving.
HOW DOES IT RUN?
It’s quick! Well, way quicker than
you’d ever expect from an engine this
size. A number of things contribute
to the Ace’s impressive acceleration.
To start with, the motor is seriously
powerful for 325cc. ATVs with 300–
325cc engines are normally more
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE
mildly tuned, so they put out 20 to 22
horsepower, not 32 horsepower. The
clutching is also very well tuned to the
engine, so the Ace pulls well any time
you step on the gas. The final factor
is the Ace’s light weight. It’s only 825
pounds dry, rather than 1400 pounds
like a big UTV, so it doesn’t need
nearly as much power to feel
fast. The Ace has 25. 8 pounds
per horsepower, close to the
RZR 570’s 23. 5 pounds per
It’s strong enough for nearly
any trail situation. The Ace pulls
hard enough to maintain a good
trail pace on packed trails, and
it has enough power to wheelie
at the tops of rises or slide the
rear end around slippery turns.
Deep sand will slow it down
some, but it will take you where
you want to go. There’s plenty of
power for climbing. We crawled
up some rocky hills that really
impressed us. If the going gets
slow and really ugly, low range
lets the Ace chug through and
over almost anything the big
machines go through.
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES
The suspension is more
The MacPherson strut front suspension isn’t
adjustable, but the settings are right on target for trail
Spring preload-adjustable shocks give the double-A-arm rear suspension 9. 5 inches of travel. A rear sway
bar reduces body roll.