We added a set of Pro Armor doors to the RZR XP 900 for the test. You feel so
much more secure with them installed versus the stock window nets. The Pro
Armor graphics kit was a nice addition to the overall look of the machine as well.
Polaris also sells a similar door through all dealerships.
Commander had a top speed of 67
mph. The Wildcat was the next to find
its top speed, with a reading of 73
mph. The fastest of the group was the
Polaris RZR XP 900, with a top speed of
74. 5 mph. Our speed runs were taken
on level ground at 3000 feet elevation
with zero headwind.
After the drag races were finished,
we took some lap times with our staff
hotshoe behind the wheel. The RZR
XP 900 had the lowest time of 9:00 flat
around our technical, six-mile test
track. The same driver could only
muster a 9:09 lap time in the Wildcat.
The lower-corner exit speeds were
keeping the Wildcat from clocking a
faster time. The Can-Am was even
Motion in this beast is provided by a
V-twin powerplant with 951cc. Like the
Can-Am engine, this one has a single
throttle body (50mm) sucking fuel from
a modest 8. 8 gallons. We explained in
the February 2012 issue that this
machine eats up knee-deep whoops
like nothing before.
After a quick warm-up ride, we got
right into the competition. On a dry
lake bed, we lined the three machines
up for some head-to head-to-head
drags. The race was very close
between the Commander and the XP
900 every time at the end of our 400-
foot run. The two traded wins on every
attempt, depending on the test driver’s
reaction time—they are that equal at
the end of a 200-yard run. The Wildcat
was about two car lengths behind at
the end of each run. The ’Cat has a
slight clutch slip and bog when you
mash the throttle. So it’s still quick, but
just leaves the starting line slightly
behind the others. The slip is caused
by Arctic Cat’s spike-load damper; it’s
Arctic Cat’s way of protecting the drive
belt, axles and other driveline components from abusive driving.
At full speed, the Commander was
the first machine to top out. According
to our Trail Tech Voyager GPS unit, the
The Fox suspension that comes stock on this RZR is almost
perfect. It dances over the rocks and whoops and rarely bottoms out. This machine has 13. 5 inches of travel in the front
and 14 in the back. It’s not as much as the Wildcat, but it
doesn’t need to be since it works that well.
Although it’s the smallest displacement engine out of the
three, it’s the fastest. Dual overhead cams, an efficient transmission and an overall lower vehicle weight all contribute to
how quick the RZR XP 900 is.