HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The Scrambler 850 is $9499—
that’s a thousand more than the
base Sportsman 850 but $700 less
than Can-Am’s 850cc sport 4x4, the
Renegade 850. If you want even more
power than the Scrambler 850 has,
Polaris also has the Scrambler XP 1000
for $13,299. Can-Am’s Renegade 1000
WHAT POWERS IT?
An 850cc inline twin with 78
horsepower—the same as a regular
Sportsman 850—but a performance
exhaust system helps the power build
more quickly, and the Scrambler
sounds meaner. It’s a single-overhead-cam engine with eight valves. To
make the Scrambler slim in the
middle, the engine is mounted with the
crankshaft in line with the frame and
the transmission behind the engine,
HOW FAST IS IT?
Crazy fast. As long as there’s some
kind of traction to be found when
you punch the throttle, the Scrambler
accelerates so hard you barely have a
chance to feel it pick up speed before
you’re moving much faster. Before
you serve yourself a big helping of
Scrambler throttle, it’s best to plan
ahead. Have the machine pointed
in a safe direction and hang on. The
stepped seat will hold you in place
pretty well, but why take chances?
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY ON THE
Fortunately, the Scrambler only acts
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
like a nitro-burning dragster on the
trail when you want it to—though in
delicate, very low-speed situations the
transmission’s rough engagement just
off idle doesn’t help. As long as you
have some sense of throttle control,
Am’s Renegade 850 makes the same
outrageous 78 horsepower. The
Scrambler 1000 and Renegade 1000
make 89 horsepower!
A dual-range, fully automatic, belt-type continuously variable transmission
(CVT). The transmission doesn’t have
automatic engine braking to help slow
the machine on downhills.
WHAT IS THE 4WD SYSTEM LIKE?
Like other Polaris 4x4s it has
selectable 2WD/4WD with an
automatic-locking front differential.
When you select 4WD the system
stays in 2WD until the speed-sensing
front differential detects the rear wheels
turning faster than the fronts, at which
point it locks the front differential.