WHICH 1000 IS FASTER?
The RZR S 1000. Not only is there
a 309-pound difference between the
RC LE General and S 1000, but the
General has a much longer intake tract
that’s ducted to under the hood, and
it has a different throttle map for the
EFI. The RZR S hits harder and sooner
and has serious yank. The General
is fast and hits hard enough to make
the transmission whine, but the RZR
S hits harder and accelerates to top
speed faster. Also, the General has a
lower low ratio, and the CVT is tuned
for more low-to-mid grunt than all-out
speed. We topped out the RZR S at 71
mph high and 40 mph low, while the
General tops out at 70 mph in high and
36 mph in low.
WHAT ABOUT THE CVT/AWD DELIVERY?
While almost identical in part
numbers, they couldn’t be anymore
different. The RZR S has a snappy
CVT engagement to match the EFI
throttle map and agile handling. It’s
a bit twitchy in delicate rock-crawling
situations and is more prone to pedal-
flutter in chop, but it’s preferable when
it’s hammer-dropping time. By contrast,
the General engages more slowly and
smoothly, and it has a slightly lower
low range. The General gives up a
half length out of the hole and more
on top in drag races, but, overall, it’s
more predictable in most conditions.
The AWD system is identical on both,
including an Engine Braking System
helix, which helps set up drifts in turns,
but it only slows the rear wheels on
WHICH HANDLES BETTER?
The RZR S is way more agile. We
couldn’t believe the difference that 309
pounds and 2 inches of wheelbase
make. On tight, root- and rock-infested
trails, the RZR flicks from turn to turn
and changes lines quicker and easier.
That agility turns into skittishness on
faster, deep-sand trails. We backed off
of shock compression four clicks (from
7 out to 11) to smooth out the ride at
higher speeds. The General is much
more stable at speed, yet it still turns
well on tight, twisty trails. It has a much
more solid feel at all times, especially
at high trail speeds on loose soil. It
also drifts well, with the EBS slowing
the rear Coronados in AWD or 2WD,
whereas the RZR S wanted AWD all the
time in deep sand. Otherwise, it wanted
to turn when we wanted to go straight.
HOW ABOUT THE 2.0 SUSPENSION?
We prefer the RZR S 1000. While
both share identical dual-A-arm front
and rear suspension and overall travel
( 12.25-inch front and 13.2-inch rear),
Polaris went with easier-to-adjust
Fox Podium 2.0 QS3 shocks on the
General and Walker Evans Racing 2.0
needle shocks on the RZR S 1000 with
Although they share suspension and front-brake components, the cross-over General has more
substantial bodywork with more fender protection and half doors, so its width is 62. 5 inches
to the RZR’s 60-inch width. The General has front 27x9-14 Maxxis Coronado tires, while the
RZR S sports 27x9-12 GBC Dirt Commanders.
Even the two-into-one exhaust systems are identical, but the General has a 2-inch receiver for
towing up to 1500 pounds, while the RZR S has a 1.25-inch receiver but no claimed towing
limit. The General’s tilt bed with single-latch tailgate holds twice as much camping cargo or
game as the RZR’s fixed bed.
Front and rear cameras aid backing up off
of the trailer or on the trail, and the front
camera aids in picking lines in rocks or over
logs. The front camera cuts off above 12 mph
for safety, and many screens have a mute
icon on the touchscreen for the audio system.