other three machines have very good
handholds that make passengers feel
secure as well.
Our next task was to descend a
steep, slippery, rutted trail. Here
we noted braking, plus we got a
good feel of tire traction and engine
braking. The Wolverine had tons of
hold-back in high or low range. You
could crawl down the steep hills at
5 mph without touching the brakes.
The Kawi was almost as good, but
only in low gear. The sportier RZR S
and Arctic Cat 700 didn’t really have
any engine braking that would be
useful in a big descent. However, the
standard brakes worked very well on
all the machines, with the Yamaha
doing the best job coming to a stop.
Once out of the mountains we
found a long, wide trail that we could
do a little drag racing and check top
speeds. The 875cc RZR S 900 reached
the highest mark at an even 70 mph.
The Arctic Cat was a bit slower at
62 mph on this test day. Even further
back was the Wolverine at 53 mph,
and the Teryx brought up the rear at
an even 50 mph. Those results were
mirrored in the drag race. The clos-
est fight was between the Teryx and
the Wolverine. The Wolverine would
get a slight jump off the line, then
the Teryx would start to overpower it
until its speed limiter hit 50 mph, and
only then would the Wolverine inch
by. Going up long, gradual hills, the
Teryx showed it had more torque and
could carry a 5–10-mph advantage
over the Wolverine. The Arctic Cat
and RZR were even faster.
CVT belts are the weak point on any UTV. Being able to
change one without hassle and keeping a spare with you is a
great move. Arctic Cat made the job very easy for us.
You can access the top of the RZR easily by rooming the car-go-area floor. Here you can check electrical connections, add
oil and change the air filter.
These two huge storage boxes are situated behind the Teryx
seats and has a dump bed. They are big enough to store helmets or a week’s worth of trail necessities.
Yamaha is the first to design a cargo bed with a removable
tailgate instead of a hinging one. It has a place at the front of
the cargo box to be stored when not needed.
In a drag race, the RZR had an easy 5–10-mph advantage on the field at the end. The closer race was between the Wolverine
and the Teryx. If Kawasaki just raised the Teryx’s rev limiter slightly, it could beat the Wolverine.