2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 First Look

July 29, 2013
Byron Wilson
Byron Wilson
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For the 2013 model year Polaris upped the ante with its powerhouse RZR XP 900 HO Jagged X Edition side-by-side, giving adventure-seekers the chance to rip dunes, explore trails and conquer rock faces with a high-powered, premium-spec machine that was, in the words of MotoUSA Editor Justin Dawes, “the best RZR to date.” For 2014, Polaris is looking to go a step better with its new RZR XP 1000.

The 2013 XP 900 HO Jagged X Edition produced a commendable 94 horsepower, but the 2014 XP 1000 is claimed to top that, with 107 ponies on tap thanks to the new ProStar 1000 engine, which Polaris says will produce more than 80% of peak torque available from 3500 rpm to redline. A retuned, high-performance PVT driveline and updated gearing will also help make the most of the beefy ProStar power-plant.

The Minnesota-based brand gave the RZR XP 1000’s suspension system plenty of love as well, utilizing an updated 3-Link trailing arm rear suspension design to deliver 13.5 inches of ground clearance. Walker Evans Position Sensitive Anti-Bottoming Needle Shocks featuring preload and compression adjustability soak up the bumps on all four corners: 2.5 inch diameter units on the rear and 2 inchers out front. Piggyback reservoirs are mounted on the front and 16-position compression adjustable remote reservoirs are on the back. The shocks source dual rate springs with 18 inches of rear travel and 16 inches of front travel. Along with larger Maxxis Bighorn tires (29 inches), a 90-inch wheelbase and 14-inch cast rims, Polaris asserts that the XP 1000 will be one of the smoothest, most easily maneuverable RZRs ever.

Adding to the RZR XP 1000’s off-road capability is the High Performance On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive system that has been updated to provide 80% more strength than its predecessor. The system is paired to an Electronic Power Steering system. Braking is handled by dual piston calipers gripping 248mm vented discs on all four corners and a 9.5 gallon fuel tank (which takes 87 octane fuel) improves the machine’s range for those all-day rides. The chassis was redesigned as well, and Polaris states the new all-tubular steel frame will provide improved stiffness and durability.

New seats are said to deliver a more comfortable and secure ride. A new thin-film technology under the seat covers promise a drier ride in soggy conditions. The seats are mounted on tool-less sliders for easy adjustment and factory-installed quarter doors have been designed to provide additional elbow room. Tongued seat-belts allow for easy adjustability and the glove box has been enlarged by 50%.

The amenities continue with sealed floor seams and dual removable floor drains. There’s a larger cargo box and more tie-down points, further increasing the XP 1000’s carrying capacity while a new charging system with integrated accessory mounting locations is compatible with over 75 accessories. To power all the electronic aftermarket goodies for the machine, the XP 1000’s battery has 575 cold cranking amps, 44 amp-hours of capacity and a keyed power-only feature has been included to help prevent draining the battery. Just for fun, a Polaris premium MTX sound system is available featuring two 60-watt overhead speaker enclosures and a 300-watt subwoofer.

There will be a swath of other accessories available for the RZR XP 1000, including overhead and side bags, cargo bags, windshields, roofs, doors and rear panels, just to name a few. The 2014 RZR XP 1000 will come in White Lightening and Titanium Matte Metallic color schemes. It is slated for dealerships by August, with a $19,999 MSRP.

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