This might be the most expensive production UTV on the market. The RZR
1000 EPS Desert Edition will sell for
Another new ATV this year: the fuel-injected Sportsman ETX.
It replaces the old carbureted 400 and has a more modern
The RZR 800 two-seater is gone, but
now there’s a 50-inch-wide 900 with a
price in the $12,000 range. The cheap-est 900 last year was $16,000.
The departure of the 800 left a gap,
which Polaris is filling with a full-size
570. This version gets dual-A-arm suspension in front and chassis dimensions similar to those of the 800. The
base price will be $11,299, plus $1000
for EPS. The original MacPherson
strut 570 is back too. Now, this is called
a “mid-size” UTV, starting at $9799.
It’s got a new little brother too. The
newest addition to the Ranger line is
the fuel-injected ETX, which replaces
the carbureted 400. The motor is a
31-horsepower ProStar powerplant,
similar to the 327cc motor in the Ace
single-seater that debuted last year.
The price will be a stunning $8699,
making it one of the most affordable
UTVs ever made.
ATV CORE BUSINESS
ATV business is what made Polaris
what it is today. For 2015, the company has six new models, although
some are constructed of familiar parts.
The big news starts with the new ACE
570. If you’re a little confused by the
Ace, you’re not alone. Polaris calls it
a Sportsman ATV, not a Ranger and
not a RZR. It can’t be a side-by-side if
it has only one seat, right? Let’s call it
a very good time and move on. The
original 327cc Ace now has a big
brother with the 570cc ProStar motor,
which produces 45 horsepower in this
configuration. You’ll pay $1000 for the
upgrade; the original Ace is $7499
and the 570 is $8499.
At the other end of the line, Polaris
is pushing the upper limit. Remember
the Scrambler 1000 4x4 sport model?
Now there’s a Sportsman with the
same motor. The Sportsman XP 1000
has the 88-horsepower ProStar motor,
which is based on the SOHC 850
motor. The price will start at $11,999
and have power steering as standard
equipment. The 850 is still in the line
(at $9999), but say goodbye to the
550. It was basically made obsolete
by the 570 motor. This year, Polaris
put the 570 into the 550’s double-A-arm chassis in order to create a new
model called the 570 SP. It will carry a
base price of $8499 with power steering standard, whereas the original,
somewhat smaller 570 will start at
$6499. And yes, there’s a new quad