2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900 Review

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Polaris Ranger RZR XP900

2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900

The Heart of the Beast

You might be that the RZR S is also a pure side-by-side and you’d be right. everything about the RZR XP takes a step or two further. The first and obvious example of this is the

While we were initially to either see the 850cc mill the Sportsman XP family or perhaps a heavyweight to answer the challenge the competition, Polaris went in an new direction.

Powering the RZR XP is the ProStar a purpose-built 875cc, 4-…, injected, DOHC Twin engine. It may not seem like a upgrade from the 760cc powering the rest of the RZR family, but the is enormous.

When we first at the staging site for our test Polaris had the engines humming in a of the new RZR XPs. The sound emanating the powerplant sent shivers our spines. It’s higher than anything we’ve heard from a side-by-side and partly due to its higher revs.

The 900 revs 2000 rpms than the other RZR engines. It exactly compare with a motorcycle, but it’s certainly in that direction.

A more robust engine mean much if it can’t so Polaris outfitted the RZR XP with a bigger air filter – 90 percent surface area than the RZR. Helping to cool all air is a new larger radiator.

The power produced by the ProStar 900 are staggering. At the the engine produces 88 horsepower. down on the throttle and you’re to neck-snapping acceleration and a top speed of 73

To better deal with stresses of the powerful new engine, engineers also had to redesign the Polaris eliminated all right drives to the rear axle, results in less friction and power delivery to the rear We also noticed that of the new transmission, which is lighter on the original RZR, is much

Finally, to help keep the RZR XP smoothly for years to come, it outfitted with the strongest belt Polaris makes.


As we covered in our preview perhaps the most unique of the RZR XP is the new 3-Link Trailing Arm rear Those trailing arms way up in the chassis – bolted to the frame the seats. The rear shocks are placed further up in the chassis, to the trailing arm at the front of the rear

It’s a setup that from off-road racing trucks and Polaris says the Trailing Arm system was added to handle the extra power of the new

As expected, Polaris didn’t on shocks. Two-inch Fox Podium X 2.0 reservoir shocks with and rebound adjustability are found at all corners and help provide a 14 inches of travel in the rear and inches of travel in the front, they are mated to the tried-and-true A-arm design found on the of the RZR family.

In addition to offering travel, Polaris set up the suspension of the RZR XP in to optimize the camber. The camber in the corners so the meat of the tire in contact with the ground one side of the suspension is compressed. is designed to aid in high speed and handling in off-camber terrain.

is further benefited by a wider and longer wheelbase. The RZR XP sits 3.5 wider than the RZR S and RZR 4 at 64 inches. may not be ideal for tight woods but in the desert and more open it can feel like you’re on rails.

The wheelbase has been to 81.4 inches and that you to … trail chop and more aggressively.

Other Touches

You may not think about lighting, but Polaris The RZR XP comes outfitted with LED Polaris says these mimic the light from the

We didn’t get a chance to run in the dark so we attest to how they perform the sun goes down, but when turned them on in the middle of the day we had to our eyes – we actually got sun spots. that means you’ll be to see what’s coming if you like to at night.

Easy maintenance was top of mind for Polaris when the RZR XP. You can access the spark plugs and under a panel in the cargo Another positive is that you can now the oil without removing the seats.

be remiss if we didn’t talk a about accessories since told us that the average RZR spends $1,200 on Pure accessories. In fact 75% of RZR customers out of the dealership with a roof and while 50% add a bumper or brushguard. than 70 Pure Polaris are already available for the RZR XP so it seems to assume that trend continue.

Polaris Ranger RZR XP900
Polaris Ranger RZR XP900

Acceleration is off the charts. your right foot to the floor and you are treated to a burst of never before felt in a side-by-side. It’s a good we were sitting down it really did make us feel in the knees.

This machine may be best for high-speed desert riding, but is so good we suspect it would be a in short-course racing where out of the corners is paramount.

While we playing around in the Arizona all day, the circuit we were was mostly made up of deep and tight corners. We did encounter open areas, but we never did the engine up entirely. The speedometer well over 60 mph multiple but we never had the opportunity to fully the RZR XP’s legs and reach the top speed of 73 mph.

That said, we’ve got no doubt it get there.

All of Polaris’ suspension made a massive impression in the We were part of the second of media testing out the RZR XP so the route mapped out was seriously whooped out by the we got to it. After somewhat tentatively through the whoops in the early we got more and more aggressive as the day By the end of the day we were in all-out …

No matter how hard we came the whoops, we did not once bottom out and on course all day. On the rare where it felt like we be in trouble and out of control, the RZR XP was able to itself and eat up everything we could to throw at it. It was a feeling unlike any ever experienced in a side-by-side.

was also a little different anything we’d previously While the original RZR and RZR S are adept at around corners, we found the end of the RZR XP grabbed on a little more. not exactly sure what to of that. On one hand we can hold our more easily, but on the other it doesn’t feel quite as

We’ll need more time to develop a more opinion.

Though we didn’t much time playing on the big rocks, the RZR XP did prove an adept We spent some time crawling and were impressed at how it handled everything. We really had to point in the right direction and the throttle to power up and over in our path.

One minor criticism, if you can it that, is with the steering. we first stepped into the we found the steering to be quite That was no doubt exaggerated we were riding the power-steering RZR 4 directly beforehand, but it certainly heavier than the rest of the RZR Though it doesn’t negatively the ride quality, it will out your arms a little than you’d expect.

However, that heavy also lends itself to a of control as it seems almost you could feel the trail.

five minutes behind the and you won’t be able to wipe the off your face. You’ll pay for the ($15,999), but if you’re looking for a side-by-side unlike anything available from a major we can’t imagine you’d be

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