The engine is another huge asset
on the 1000 X. It’s a strong, bulletproof
Rotax V-twin, with its highest displacement number at 975cc. It’s fuel
injected, using a single, 54mm, electronically controlled throttle body,
and is fed by a huge 10-gallon gas
tank. As with the other two machines,
the Commander is four-wheel drive.
The XT-package Commander we tested comes with a winch and sells for
the least amount at $14,699.
Polaris RZR XP 900s are every-
where. We see them getting dirty in
the South, flying through the dunes
and racing across the Western
deserts, knifing through the Eastern
woods and winning big races every-
where. The XP 900 is basically the
third generation of the RZR brand.
There is no dump bed, only a small
cargo platform to carry gear; it does-
n’t have doors, only nets to seal up
What it does have is a super-quick, parallel, twin-cylinder engine
displacing 875cc of power. Dual
44mm EFI throttle bodies deliver the
fuel from a 7.25-gallon fuel tank. To
put that power in its place, Polaris is
using big Fox shocks on all four corners. Up front, they are connected to
double A-arms traveling 13. 5 inches.
Out back, a full 14 inches of travel
happens through a three-link trailing arm setup.
We thought the second-generation
RZR S was good, but the XP 900 blows
it away. It’s basic but built for speed.
The craze Yamaha started with the
Rhino in 2004, Polaris has put it on
steroids with the RZR XP 900. The
Polaris RZR XP 900 sells for $15,999.
The four-seat version of this machine
sells for $17,999.
Arctic Cat’s Wildcat 1000i is the
newest machine on the scene. It sits
low, is wide and we couldn’t wait to
see if it could outpower the Can-Am
Commander 1000 X or outdrive the
Polaris RZR XP 900. From the looks of
it, this thing will fly. You sit lower than
in any other UTV, and doors lock you
into the cockpit.
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