❏ As part of Polaris’ planet domination, they do not only want to have
machines better than their competition, they want to offer a machine
for everyone. The Polaris RZR lineup is so stacked, we can’t think of
anything that is missing. Along with
July’s announcement of the XP Turbo,
Polaris also revealed the Ace 900 and
the RZR S 1000. The S is aimed at the
woods or tight trail rider who wants
the fastest thing out there, along with
great handling and a strong chassis
for the tight stuff. GNCC racers are
going to love the offering as much as
trail riders will.
The S 1000 sits in a 60-inch-wide
chassis with dual A-arm suspension
on all four corners. The rear A-arm
system will take abuse much better
than a trailing-arm setup like what’s
found on the XP models. What you
do sacrifice slightly is wheel travel.
However, stability is increased, as
well as the machine’s ability to turn in
tight spaces. Two color options of the
S 1000 are available, which are white
or black, and both choices come with
electronic power steering.
IT’S ALL IN THE SUSPENSION
Since day one of the first S model,
the RZR has been known for its sus-
pension, then the XP upped the ante
even more. However, the S models
have also been known for superb
handling too. The $17,999 1000 is no
different. The four A-arm-equipped
corners are outfitted with 2-inch Fox
Podium shocks. Up front travel is lim-
ited to 12. 25 inches, while the rear
offers a full inch more movement. One
rear sway bar is used to control body
roll, and it’s nowhere as bad as it is on
the XP 1000. With the dials set towards
the stiffer side, we were able to pound
rocks and roots hard while skipping
over water bars with ease. At the
20–40-mph speeds we were doing, we
could not get the machine to bottom
out. When we weren’t racing through
the woods we backed the compres-
sion clickers to full soft and got a plush
ride. The Fox shocks really respond to
The S shares the same cockpit as the XP models. However, it comes without the
closeable center pockets and so far is not available with a GPS display unit.
the input of the clickers well.
Other differences for the S model
are, it’s equipped with smaller
12-inch wheels and smaller spindles.
Ground clearance is a little less at
12. 5 inches, and that could be the
result of the 2-inch-smaller 27-inch
tires. In this case the tires are GBC
Dirt Commanders instead of the
Maxxis Big Horns like what are found
on the XP. The S 900 also uses Dirt
The smaller footprint not only allows
the S to fit in the tight woods better, but
it also allows you to load the RZR into
the back of some full-sized pickups.
The rear of the S model has a lower
A-arm paired with a single upper control arm. This setup can take a side
impact, like sliding into a tree, better
than the trailing-arm setup of an XP.
GNCC racers will love not bending radius rods and breaking shocks.
The S chassis has very little body
roll and is more predictable than the
XP. The slightly less wheel travel will
also allow you to confidently jump off
and over things the XP would not like.
Drivers will have more confidence in the
new RZR S 1000.