NEW MODELS NEW MODELS
The RZR 1000 EPS High Lifter
Edition is made to go deep
and keep your feet dry. The
horsepower rating is 110 and
the price is $23,999.
The Sportsman 570 gets a bigger chassis this year, in addition to the original version. That means that it has elbowed the Sportsman 550 right out of the line-up.
❏ What the Himalayas are to mountain ranges, Polaris is to off-road
vehicles. Honda, Yamaha and other
dirt-treading companies typically
offer a dozen or so ATV and UTV models apiece. The Polaris line for 2015
has 56 different off-road machines,
not including different option packages offered for almost everyone.
In 2013, the company reported $3.8
billion in sales, mostly from dirt-going
vehicles. Polaris has built an empire
of mud, dust and sand.
The dirt line is divided into
Rangers, RZRs and ATVs. And now
there’s a new category under the
Polaris umbrella. The Slingshot is a
three-wheel street-going motorcycle
with two wheels in front and one in
back. It’s aimed directly at the Can-Am Spyder, but has a much more
automotive layout, with side-by-side
bucket seats. It’s a car by virtually everyone’s definition, except the
Department of Transportation, which
sees it as a motorcycle and therefore
does not require automotive safety
measures, such as airbags, collapsible steering columns and crash testing. Street machines aren’t new to
Polaris; the company owns Victory
and Indian. But, the Slingshot will
actually carry the Polaris name.
The mother lode of off-road vehicles
By the staff of Dirt Wheels