The Polaris Ace has something the
old Honda Odysseys and Pilots never
had—4WD. It can claw over roots, rocks
and logs at any speed.
Most of the rest of the numbers
again mirror that of the Sportsman
ATV, such as 10.25-inch ground
clearance, 25-inch tires and a 5-gal-
lon gas tank. The Ace does weigh
nearly 200 pounds more than its
handlebar-equipped cousin, tipping
the scales at 854 pounds. Incredibly,
however, Polaris claims it can handle
a 575-pound payload, and the tow
hitch is rated at 1500 pounds, which
can make it a handy little workhorse.
❏ The whole Ace concept caught us a
little off guard when Polaris released
the first 320cc version earlier this year.
Basically, the machine is a Polaris
Sportsman transformed into a steer-ing-wheel-equipped sit-in machine,
so it’s not necessarily a single-seat
RZR. But, we think that concept could
be coming in the near future. Until
then, Polaris is expanding its Ace
lineup with a new model equipped
with the same engine found in the
really cool RZR 570, the Ranger 570
and the Sportsman 570.
The chassis is borrowed from the
320 version and shares all the same
dimensions. Overall, the Ace is 90
inches long and 48 inches wide, so it
can easily fit in the back of a pick-up
truck and, more important, on any
50-inch-wide trail. Up front it is using
McPherson strut shocks with 8. 2 inch-
es of travel. The rear has dual A-arms
moving 9. 5 inches. What gives it a
plusher ride than sitting down on an
ATV is its long 61.5-inch wheelbase.
For comparison, the Sportsman 570
handlebar-equipped ATV has a 50.5-
inch wheelbase. Another big differ-
ence is that it has a much lower seat
height than a typical ATV by more
than half a foot.