Turbocharging is the rage in extreme-performance UTVs these days, with Polaris joining Can-Am in the turbo wars for 2016 and several racing organizations including Turbo classes in their series. WORCS
includes turbos in its Unlimited UTV class, while some desert-racing
organizers combine turbos with normally aspirated 1000s. The King of
the Hammers UTV race was the first 2016 test with several teams running
turbos, but the podium was dominated by XP 1000s. While most UTV
enthusiasts never enter an official race, they do compete with their buddies,
so we fitted our RZR XP Turbo and XP 1000 with identical Pro Armor
Sand paddle tires and headed for Glamis’ Oldsmobile Hill for some drag
races and duning. Then we swapped tires for desert testing around Parker,
Arizona, to find out if the RZR XP Turbo is worth the extra $4700 MSRP.
POLARIS RZR XP
XP 1000 EPS vs.
ARE TURBOCHARGING AND UPGRADES
WORTH THE EXTRA $4700?