The XP 1000 isn’t the only new and exciting Polaris SxS. A new RZR 800 XC is a
serious new trail SxS. The width is 55 inches, so it isn’t super narrow, but it has a
lot of great features for the serious woods rider.
There is a lot showing in this view: 16 inches of
front-wheel travel, adjustable Walker Evans nee-
dle shocks, and 14-inch rims with 29-inch-tall
Maxxis Bighorn tires. It all comes standard on
the XP 1000. The rear travel is up to 18 inches!
Although the parallel-twin engine architecture is Polaris-familiar, the XP 1000
engine is a new animal. Actually, with
107 horses on tap, it could rightly be
called a whole herd of animals.
The XP 1000 isn’t all about performance. In this view you see the convenient bowed quarter doors, but there is
also an inch more room in the passenger cabin. The approved rollover protection system cage has the remote
rear-shock reservoirs mounted.
Even though many UTV fans felt that
Polaris RZR was already king of the SxS
mountain, the company dropped the
RZR XP 1000 on the competition, and if
the numbers don’t lie, the experience
will be tough on the other brands.
in the travel. The rear suspension uses
an upgraded three-link trailing arm
with added clearance. The front dual
A-arms have a new geometry for
lighter steering, but electric power
steering is standard. Aiding clearance, traction and toughness is a
wheel-and-tire upgrade, from 12-inch
rims to 14-inch cast-aluminum rims
with 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn tires.
Not all the changes were aimed at
gear heads. There is an inch more
cabin legroom, and the bolstered driver’s seat has 4 inches of fore/aft
adjustment and 2 inches of vertical
adjustment. There are standard
bowed quarter doors for security. All
of the upgrades come with a weight
penalty. The XP 1000 weighs close to
the same as the XP 900 four-seater,