HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
Red or green Ranger 570s retail for
$9499, while Polaris Pursuit Camo is
$9999, and the Limited Edition with
EPS and automotive Gold Mist paint
is $11,199. The Ranger 400 is $8299,
while the mid-sized 800 is $10,499.
The new Arctic Cat Prowler HDX500 is
$10,999 to $12,399, and the Prowler
XT550 is $10,999. Kymco’s EFI UXV
500I starts at $8999 and goes up to
$10,499, but doesn’t have an EPS
HOW IS THE PROSTAR 570 POWER?
Compared to the old 500, it’s
awesome. The 567cc single has a
99mm piston riding on a 73.6mm
stroke, and compression is a light
9.2:1. The DOHC, four-valve engine
puts out a claimed 40 horsepower and
has automotive-style EFI for super-smooth operation. It reacts to the
throttle quicker and pulls harder than
the old 500 motor, and top speed is a
good 22–23 mph faster. We got 54–55
mph out of it at Rock Run Recreation.
WHAT ABOUT DELIVERY?
The CVT and 4x4 driveline are also
top-shelf. Polaris has the same high-end CVT on the Ranger as the RZR
570, and the new transmission does
shift easier than past efforts. High
and low ranges increase versatility, as
does the Turf-mode rear differential.
It unlocks for better turning with less
WHAT’S A RANGER 570?
Take the mid-sized frame from the
400 and old 500 and rubber-mount
the 567cc ProStar DOHC engine
under the tilting dump bed to get the
Ranger 570. While this engine produces
45 horsepower in the RZR and 44
horsepower in the Sportsman 570
(tested January ’ 14), the Ranger version
produces 40 horsepower via a 40mm
EFI throttle body. The new transmission
offers easier shifting, and it also has an
upgraded alternator with 29 percent
more output to power tools and
accessories. Placing the engine behind
the cab reduces noise in the cabin and
helps lighten steering, although the
Gold Mist LE has EPS.
Suspension is McPherson strut up
front with Sachs dampers providing
8 inches of wheel travel, while rolled
IRS rear suspension yields 9 inches of
travel via preload-adjustable shocks
and a rear torsion bar fights body roll.
The mid-sized cabin has a full ROPS
(roll-over protection system) that uses
square tubing at the rear of the cab as
part of the CVT ducts, so it breathes
at hip level in deep water. Bench seats
have room for two large adults or three
smaller people, and storage bins are
underneath (where the batteries sit
in the EV). A central dash houses the
analog speedometer and instruments,
range selector, 12-volt power port
and 1WD/2WD/4WD toggle. Yes, the
Ranger 570 has Versa Trac Turf mode,
To fulfill the “hardest-working”
pledge, the Ranger 570 has a gas-
assist tilt bed with a 500-pound
capacity and will tow 1250 pounds.
The extra power and torque from the new 40-horsepower engine help it churn through the
deep stuff, as long as the water doesn’t get above the bottom of the tilt bed. The bed has a
500-pound capacity and a tailgate with a single-release handle, like a pickup.
The 567cc, DOHC, EFI single puts out 45
horsepower in the RZR, 44 horsepower in
the Sportsman 570 and Touring, and 40
horsepower in the Ranger 570. A 99mm
piston and 40mm EFI throttle body feed
the four-valve head, and a huge radiator
highlights the cooling system.
Width is 58 inches. Sachs struts and single
arms produce 8 inches of front-wheel travel,
and dual 50-watt headlights add to the
aggressive styling. Carlisle 489 tires provide
traction, and the Gold Mist LE sports EPS
with a nice assist curve.