Riding 2013 Polaris UTVs in Montana
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The 2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900 (top) and Scrambler XP 850 (above) are two of the exciting new models.
Polaris is a major player in the UTV market, perhaps THE major player. We’re posted up in Great Falls, Montana for our first sample of the 2013 lineup of ATV and UTV machines. At the top of the list is the 2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900. This machine uses a ProStar engine similar to the one found in the potent RZR sport side-by-side. The powerplant is tuned for a better working torque curve and still cranks out a respectable 60 horsepower. We watched it tow a dump truck across flat ground and up a slight grade, so this thing definitely looks to have the goods.
We get to drive the new XP tomorrow but just glancing around the 900 reveals an amazing attention to detail. With seating for three, the Ranger can haul a boatload of personnel and even more gear and equipment. It has ridiculous amounts of in-dash storage along with easily accessible underseat compartments, plus a glovebox. The driver seat and steering wheel are adjustable, the box holds 1000 pounds and has integrated divider slots, tie-down points and it can pull 2000 pounds from the two-inch hitch. Polaris made a big effort to give consumers a machine that is easy to work on, and that’s something I’m impressed with already. Access to critical components like the engine, oil fill, CVT belt, airbox, exhaust and suspension is all easily reached by tilting the rear cargo box. The battery is only a few seconds away as are the fuses. Oh, and the Lock & Ride Pro-Fit cab system is ridiculous. I haven’t even driven this thing yet and already I’m pretty impressed. Stay tuned for a first ride report coming soon.
We’ve also got the new 2013 Polaris Scrambler XP 850 ATV. The Scrambler has been due for a redesign for some time now, but Polaris went whole-hog on the sport/utility quad and now it looks badass and comes with 77 horsepower. We’ll be putting in time on that bad boy as well.
Aside from the new models, we got blasted by insane winds during out outdoor dinner reception. It was so bad that tablecloths and chairs were flying everywhere. All the journalists and Polaris reps dove for cover and had to wait it out from behind barn walls as tree branches, debris and dirt pelted everything in sight, but no rain. Tomorrow is supposed to bring thunderstorms. Good stuff!
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