RANGER RZR Introduces a Whole New Class of Side x Side

RANGER RZR XP 900 Offers Razor Sharp Xtreme Performance

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – December 31, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) to ring in the New Year, the RANGER RZR family welcomes a whole new class of Side x Side, introducing the RANGER RZR XP 900!

The RANGER RZR has the only family of Sport Side x Sides with Razor Sharp Performance for all types of recreation. It all started in 2008 when Polaris introduced the only trail-capable Side x Side, the RANGER RZR 800. In 2009, came the only true-sport Side x Side, the RANGER RZR S 800. With the introduction of the RANGER RZR 4 800 in 2010, Polaris introduced the world’s only four-seat sport Side-by-Side. For 2011, the family adds the RANGER RZR XP 900, a whole new class of Side x Side that continues to offer the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility and takes it to the extreme.

Built for razor-sharp, Xtreme performance, the RANGER RZR XP 900 has a new 88 horsepower, 900 Twin, Electronic Fuel Injected (EFI) engine, a new 3-Link Trailing Arm Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) with 13-inches of ground clearance and 14-inches of travel, and is light weight with a low center of gravity for unmatched cornering. These features make the RANGER RZR XP 900 the only extreme performance Side x Side on the market.

“The RANGER RZR family delivers the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility,” said Matt Homan, vice president and general manager of Polaris’ Off-Road Vehicles Division. “When we set out to design the RANGER RZR XP 900, we wanted to create a ground-breaking, high performance vehicle to complement our current, best-selling RANGER RZR line. The result is simply incredible.”

The ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility starts with power. At the heart of the RANGER RZR XP 900 is the all-new, 88 horsepower ProStar™ 900 Twin EFI engine that was built specifically for an extreme-performance Side x Side.  The engine features Dual OverHead Cams (DOHC), four big valves per cylinder and a 180-degree crankshaft for balanced performance and fast throttle response for groundbreaking acceleration. The combination of 88 horsepower with the vehicle’s light weight provides acceleration that is 29-percent quicker than the next quickest Side x Side on the market.

To complement the potent power plant, the RANGER RZR XP 900 features an all-new, lightweight, compact and durable transmission, also designed specifically for extreme Side x Side performance. Efficiency has been maximized by eliminating all right angle drives to the rear axle resulting in less friction and more power delivered directly to the rear wheels. And, the simple and efficient design also provides a very quiet transmission.

In order to handle the massive power of the new engine and keep the ride smooth, Polaris designed the all-new, 3-Link Trailing Arm IRS. The 3-link design consists of two extra-long radius rods and a far forward-connecting trailing arm resulting in a strong, yet lightweight system. The RANGER RZR XP 900 also is outfitted with adjustable, premium 2-inch body Fox Podium X 2.0 shocks. Its monstrous 14-inches of terrain-absorbing rear travel and 13.5-inches of front travel soak up the rough stuff and deliver a smooth, precise ride, while its astounding 13-inches of ground clearance gives the machine the ability to tackle any obstacle in its way.

For razor-sharp agility, RANGER RZR XP 900 has no equal. Even with its incredible ground clearance, the unit still features a low center of gravity for the ultimate ride over rough terrain. The patented, engine-behind-the-seat design and rear weight bias deliver extreme, razor-sharp agility and performance, while the race-inspired rear suspension maximizes traction and power in the corners. To provide precise cornering, the suspension’s radius rods extend deep into the wheel hubs and feature an uneven link geometry that optimizes camber. Tires lean into the corner through the suspension travel, and plant more tire surface on the ground for maximum control. The trailing arms also minimize wheel scrub for superior straight-away power to help the driver stay true to line.

A premium vehicle needs premium features, and the RANGER RZR XP 900 has many. The machine features the industry’s first factory LED headlights that shine a high-intensity beam to turn night into day and throw light forward beyond conventional halogens. For ultimate stopping power, the RANGER RZR XP 900 has performance brake calipers and large diameter, ventilated rotors on all four wheels. To complement the new suspension, the RANGER RZR XP 900 is outfitted with completely adjustable Fox Podium X 2.0 shocks on all four wheels. The Fox Podium X 2.0 shocks have a 2-inch body with piggyback reservoirs that provide adjustable pre-load and compression dampening. For high performance riding, ITP 900 XCT tires provide a unique, directional lug pattern for exceptional cornering and straight-line traction capabilities. To maximize cooling capacity, the unit features a massive grill opening and a front air dam for improved air flow. For safety, the RANGER RZR XP 900 has a certified roll-over protective structure (ROPS).

The RANGER RZR XP 900 is offered in Indy Red and a White Lightening limited edition model, and will be available at Polaris dealerships in January. More than 70 PURE Polaris accessories, including cargo boxes, winches and protection also will be available at launch.

About Polaris
With annual 2009 sales of $1.6 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER®, snowmobiles and Victory Motorcycles® for recreational and utility use. Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry, and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world. Victory Motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris® apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships. Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories, is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.

SOURCE: Polaris Industries Inc.

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1 Comment

  1. This is the jump ive been waiting for, as part owner of one of the biggest and baddest off-road parks in the world, and being a tour guide for motorcycles and jeeps for 10 years, and a german trained master mechanic, someone finally went to where it needs to be, gas will be 5 bucks soon and the jeeps to buggie morphing has gotton outta hand and too extreme for allot of people.
    The new xp is the best of them all in the right sized package I love it.
    But than i saw the $16,000.00 this will just insure a very small group of people as owners and like me just a bunch of people that have the poster on the wall!
    Good Luck

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