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2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 Preview


by Guillaume Rivard ,

Polaris recently made a lot of people very excited with the launch of the all-new 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 sport side-by-side vehicle. Some of the first consumers who had the chance to try it out during DuneFest 2013 in Oregon raved about its amazing handling and phenomenal performance. Based on the various comments, it is already set to kick-butt, namely the Can-Am Maverick 1000R's.

The latter created a shockwave through the industry last year as BRP's first sport side-by-side model, but Polaris wasn't going to take a backseat very long, so they've upped the ante by making the popular RZR XP even faster and more athletic -- a real beast.

The 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 promises class-leading acceleration -- 0-50 km/h in 2.2 seconds, 0-80 km/h in 5.3 seconds -- thanks to an all-new 999 cc, DOHC, twin-cylinder Prostar engine with dual 48 mm throttle bodies (for immediate response). The 107 hp are unmatched, and 80% of the peak torque is delivered from 3,500-9,000 rpm. Meanwhile, the new high-performance, on-demand AWD system engages more quickly.

Whether you attack technical terrain or hit a number of big jumps, you'll be extremely grateful for the 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000's more advanced, adjustable suspension that ensures the ultimate control and ride quality. Dual-rate springs and exclusive Walker Evans anti-bottoming needle shocks combine to provide up to 16” of travel up front and 18” in the rear -- seriously. The RZR XP 1000 also rides on 29” Maxxis Bighorns (the industry's largest tires) contributing to 13.5” of clearance and a ground-hugging 90” wheelbase.

Other highlights of the 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 include standard electric power steering, new factory-installed doors, new bolstered seats wrapped in moisture-repellant fabric and offering more legroom than before, a tilt-adjustable sport steering wheel, as well as blue LED interior lightning. Drainage holes are included for easy cleanout, and the rear cargo bed can haul up to 300 lbs.

Available in Lightning White or Titanium Matte Metallic, the 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 starts at $22,699. Beyond the aforementioned Maverick, competition will mainly come from the Arctic Cat Wildcat.