HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The 2016 RZR XP Turbo EPS is
$24,999. The standard XP1K EPS is
$20,299, while the High Lifter Edition
is $23,499. Can-Am’s 2016 Maverick
1000 starts at $16,399, and Turbo
Mavericks are $20,399–$23,999.
Arctic Cat’s 2015 Wildcat 1000 EPS is
$16,499. The 1000X EPS is $18,799,
and the 1000X LTD is $20,699.
HOW FAST IS THE TURBO PROSTAR 925?
Crazy fast! Reaction to the throttle
is instantaneous, and the CVT spools
up quickly as well. There’s no turbo
lag, and the extra torque pins you to
the more upright seats. This thing hits
harder than Floyd Mayweather, pulls
hard and will light up the rear tires in
2WD. We didn’t have enough room at
Winchester Bay dunes to top out the
RZR XP Turbo, but it’s a rocket from 0
to 60 mph.
WHAT ABOUT THE CVT/AWD DELIVERY?
It’s awesome. This is the first Polaris
CVT clutch designed solely for a UTV;
it’s not a re-tasked ATV system. It
responds rapidly like a Wildcat 1000,
so it takes a little getting used to, but
it hooks up and hauls, and so does
the new close-ratio front on-demand-
4WD differential. Stronger driveline
components deal with the extra torque,
and the 2016 Turbo is quieter than the
normally aspirated XP 1000.
HOW AGILE IS THE TURBO’S HANDLING?
Very agile yet controllable. All that
power and torque plants the machine,
and the front and rear torsion bars add
to the solid feel. New tuning for the Fox
IBP shocks allows the XP Turbo to float
over hideous Oregon Dunes whoops at
55–60 mph, and the torsion bars and
90-inch wheelbase keep it tracking like
it’s on rails. It’s also predictable in turns
and has the power to shower lesser
machines in dune roost.
HOW ABOUT THE HIGH-END IBP
It’s much improved. The Fox
Racing 2. 5 front piggyback and 3.0
rear remote-reservoir IBP shocks
were re-tuned with five compression
zones and three rebound zones, and
they sport 24-position compression-damping clickers for dialing the ride
to conditions. Front/rear balance is
excellent, and 16 inches of front and
18 inches of rear travel soak up dune
launches well. The RZR XP Turbo flies
well in the dunes; however, the Fox
IBPs don’t have crossover rings for
the dual-rate shock springs, so the
aftermarket can make the Turbo better
HOW STRONG ARE THE BRAKES?
Super strong. Whereas the XP1K
has twin-piston calipers all around,
the XP Turbo has new steel 248mm
rotors, three-piston front calipers and
twin-puck rear calipers. With a machine
that accelerates so hard, you want it
to decelerate as quickly. The Turbo
has serious pucker power, and it hauls
down from speed hard, despite a 116-
pound weight gain over the XP 1000.
The brakes feel great in Oregon’s heavy
dune sand, but in harder conditions we
would want a bona fide Engine Braking
WHERE IS THE XP TURBO HAPPIEST?
Ripping up dunes! Let those long
legs loose and carve some arcs. It’s
also at home at much higher trail
speeds in the desert, thanks to the Fox
IBP shocks and dual torsion bars, and
it definitely has the power to spin taller
tires than the OEM 29-inch Bighorns.
While the normally aspirated RZR XPs sport the CVT cover with the
third cooling duct introduced for 2015, the XP Turbo has a forced-air cooling system that directs air directly at the new, larger clutch
components with upgraded shafts.
Not only are the front calipers now a three-piston design, there are
thicker, 248mm stainless steel ventilated rotors on all four corners.
Driveline components are upgraded for the extra power, and the front
diff outdrives are larger as well.
There’s also a
setup with a
air cooler and
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