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2013 Polaris Scrambler XP 850 H.O. Preview


by Guillaume Rivard ,

Polaris steps up to the plate with an all-new, sportier Scrambler that promises to handle work and racing like few other machines. So, if you're looking for a high-performance ATV with all-wheel drive and plenty of capability, your search might just be over.

Based on the Sportsman, the 2013 Polaris Scrambler XP 850 H.O. has been completely redesigned with aggressive sport styling. Moreover, the new factory-tuned stainless steel exhaust system is paired with a sport designed mount, enhancing performance and belting out an “awesome” sound, the company says.

For sure, the new design provides an eye-catching look that will beautifully complement the new power.

Power to the ground
The liquid-cooled, 850cc, high-output engine with electronic fuel injection now delivers more power (77 hp) from its two cylinders and single overhead camshaft. Expect quick takeoffs and outstanding corner-to-corner acceleration with the 2013 Polaris Scrambler XP 850 H.O.

The automatic transmission features a new straight-line shifter with High, Low, Neutral, Reverse, and Park. Meanwhile, the on-demand AWD system engages all four wheels when the rear ones start to slip and you need more forward traction; it reverts back to 2WD when you don’t.

The 2013 Polaris Scrambler XP 850 H.O. now has 12” of ground clearance to allow riders to crawl over larger obstacles and venture deeper into the woods. Of course, it helps to have 10.25” of travel in the back thanks to a proven independent rear suspension which, by the way, is angled rearward to keep the ride smooth and reduce squat while accelerating. It's all backed by specially designed 14” 489 II tires that will maximize traction in the mud and on loose terrain.

Comfort and convenience
Rotating the engine 90 degrees made it possible to widen the full floorboards by 33% and taper the vehicle at the knees and ankles. The narrower seat also reduces leg strain and boosts comfort.

Other highlights of the 2013 Polaris Scrambler XP 850 H.O include a full instrumentation, a single-lever braking system with 4-wheel discs, as well as front and rear cargo racks with a 75-lb total capacity. Incidentally, riders will benefit from a maximum towing capacity of up to 1,914 lb (868.2 kg).

Want to up the ante? The Scrambler XP 850 H.O. Limited Edition stands out from the base Bright White model with Gloss Black automotive-style paint and Matte Black aluminum wheels, not to mention colour-matched painted front bumper, suspension A-arms and springs, as well as LED headlights, a custom seat, and a pair of hand guards.

More importantly, it adds compression-adjustable Fox Podium X shocks, and electric power steering with variable assist (Polaris claims it offers 30% more assist than competitors). The latter improves manoeuvrability at lower speeds and reduces rider fatigue at the end of the day.

The 2013 Polaris Scrambler XP 850 H.O. starts at $10,799.

2013 Polaris Scramble XP850 H.O. side view
Photo: Polaris