Sportsman than RZR.
The Sportsman Ace has
a MacPherson strut front
suspension, just like many Polaris
ATVs have used for years. It’s
a bit less sophisticated than the
dual-A-arm suspension most
UTVs use, but it works fine. The
struts are non-adjustable and
offer 8. 2 inches of travel. That’s
average for a UTV, but it’s enough
to get the job done, and it keeps
the Ace low enough to be stable,
even with its slim 48-inch width.
Rear suspension on the Ace
is double A-arms with spring
preload-adjustable shocks and
a sway bar to limit body roll. It’s
a good, simple system, and the
9. 5 inches of travel is enough to
handle rough trails and aggressive
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION
Just like the engine, it performs
better than we expected. Don’t
let the massive travel numbers
you see on some UTVs lead you
to believe you can’t have fun with
less than a foot of suspension.
The Ace can’t devour big desert
whoops at interstate speeds, but
its suspension is very capable
for typical trail-riding speeds and
bumps. The non-gas shocks are
less plush than the refined feel
you get from nitrogen-charged
race shocks, but the Ace is
comfortable even on rocky, rutted
Wet, muddy sections are
some of the most fun parts
of the trail, thanks to the
effective 4WD system.
The Ace is powered by an all-new, four-valve,
double-overhead-cam engine. The 325cc
four-stroke single puts out an impressive 32
Polaris already has everything you’ll want to add to the Ace, including a roof, windshields,
winches, wheel and tire kits and more.
The Sportsman Ace is designed to be simple to
maintain. An access panel in the bed makes the air
filter easy to get to.
The Ace may look small, but the seating area is
large enough for big, tall adults, and it’s easier to
get in and out of than a RZR. The seat offers 4
inches of adjustment, and the steering wheel is tilt-adjustable.