PLAYFUL WORK POWER
As nice as new features are, there
was much about the General that was
laudable. The 100-horsepower, 999cc,
parallel-twin engine is back, and it has
plenty of play and work ability. That
engine makes the General 4 the most
powerful recreational utility in production with a claimed class-best 0–40-
mph time. But, power isn’t just about
acceleration. The power is partially
responsible for the 1,280-pound total
payload, in addition to the 1500-pound
towing capacity. It delivers broad
torque throughout its rpm range with
65 foot-pounds of torque to haul, pull
It doesn’t matter whether you are
doing work, carrying gear to camp or
hunt, or just having fun on the trail,
there is ample performance here.
Throttle response is smooth, so the
General remains easy to drive and
control in all cases. At the same time,
when you put your foot in it and keep
it there, the acceleration is brisk and
the speed builds in a hurry. In spite of
the lively performance, fuel economy
is good and very good compared to
Polaris Turbo models.
When it is hot outside, powerful
CVT-driven machines put a lot of load
on the CVT belt. Despite that, our
2016 General is on the original belt,
ROOM FOR FOUR
and we have had no belt issues with
the General 4. It is a heavier machine,
which should put more load on the
belt, but so far no issues.
DRIVETRAIN AND SUSPENSION
Most UTV owners stay in AWD at
all times in trail situations. In AWD
the General automatically reverts
to 2WD when AWD isn’t needed.
As soon as the rear tires slip, all
four wheels engage. While AWD is
great for most work and play, a new
Versa Trac Turf Mode switch unlocks
the rear differential for easier, tighter
turns that won’t tear up grass or
leave black marks on your driveway.
We found ourselves using the Turf
Mode quite often. In addition to the
robust AWD system, the General has
a generous amount of wheel travel for
a recreational utility machine at just
over 12 inches in the front and just
over 13 inches in the rear. Damping
is handled ably by Walker Evans 2.0
shocks without external reservoirs.
The shocks are preload adjustable.
Simply adding to the wheelbase
makes the ride smoother in the rough,
but the new Walker Evans shocks are
extra plush for a machine with this
amount of travel. The ride is smooth,
it handles G-outs nicely and the
ride feels safely level without much
body roll in turns.
One change that was vital for a
crew cab was a 32-inch increase in
wheelbase. All of those inches were
added to the all-new cockpit designed
to balance work and play. Redesigned
cut-and-sew premium bucket seats,
customizable instrumentation and easy
cab access aid the all-day comfort.
The General 4 doesn’t make the rear-row riders an afterthought. The rear is
claimed to offer the most elbow- and
knee-room available for rear passengers. The driver’s seat is adjustable.
There are convenience items like
storage compartments and cup
and rear. We
2016 General is on the original belt, body roll in turns.