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2014 Polaris 800 Rush Pro-R Preview


by Guillaume Rivard ,

Are you a performance-minded snowmobile enthusiast looking for a missile to scorch some bumpy trails? There's great selection out there this year. Returning with no major changes except a sleek new white package, the 2014 Polaris 800 Rush Pro-R takes sharp handling and quick acceleration to new levels. It also promises precise cornering and class-leading comfort over big bumps.

Only two Rush models remain, but they're Pro-R versions
The 800cc and 600cc base models are gone, effectively replaced by new 800 and 600 Indy models. Just like the 800 Indy SP we recently previewed, the 2014 Polaris 800 Rush Pro-R is powered by the liquid-cooled 800 Cleanfire engine with semi-direct injection. It carries a little more weight (464 lb vs. 449 lb), but still packs 160 hp.

The 795-cc, 2-stroke, twin-cylinder engine starts easily and reliably, then calibrates automatically as the temperature and elevation change. Polaris says it's also efficient for long-range operation (especially with a 41.6-litre tank), not to mention quiet (the muffler has been designed to keep noise levels and overall weight in check).

In case you're wondering, this engine is the only thing that separates the 2014 Polaris 800 Rush Pro-R from the lower-tier 600 Rush Pro-R. Both models transfer power to the ground via a 15''x121''x1.25'' RipSaw track. Interestingly, the tunnel is designed in a way that allows you to stud up to a 1.75" track for extra grip.

The Pro-Ride revolution continues

The 2014 Polaris 800 Rush Pro-R obviously relies on the revolutionary Pro-Ride platform -- the ideal choice for a nimble-handling sled that’s perfect for tight or rough trails. In this application, you'll find exclusive Walker Evans shocks with 16-position compression adjusters and remote reservoirs that offer the most tuning possibilities. The Pro-Ride progressive-rate rear suspension (the single biggest difference between the Rush Pro-R and Indy SP) offers 14'' of travel, resists bottoming through the use of a unique needle shock design, and virtually eliminates undesirable vibrations.

Meanwhile, the race-proven independent front suspension features a patented variable caster design that neutralizes bump steer and improves overall handling. Developed in conjunction with the Polaris Racing program, its performance and durability were proven in extensive on- and off-trail testing. Moreover, this new suspension combines with Pro-Steer skis featuring a reshaped keel to reduce steering effort by 20%.

Other 2014 Polaris 800 Rush Pro-R highlights

The one-piece handlebar comes with heater elements that extend to the ends of the bar for greater hand comfort. The wide Pro-Ride Adventure seat is said to enhance comfort during long days on the snow, while its tapered front end allows easy transitions between seated and standing positions.

Available accessories and options include, among others, an electric starter, 12V outlet, rear cargo rack, tow hitch, and security system.

Pricing for the 2014 Polaris 800 Rush Pro-R remains at $13,499.