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2010 Polaris RZR 4 First Ride Photo Gallery

We take the all-new Polaris RZR 4 side-by-side to the dunes for an introduction to the four-passenger UTV. Read the full story in our 2010 Polaris RZR 4 First Ride.

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The rear seats are slightly elevated, giving the passengers a good view ahead.
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It's a little annoying having to fasten two buckles to get in and out. At times we would prefer a solid door.
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We used all 12 inches of suspension travel, but the big jump landings were always surprisingly soft.
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Shock fade contributes to body roll, helping the inside tires to lift off on hard cornering. Be wary.
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Exploding berm shots are great, but remember that the RZR 4 isn't invincible.
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. A 760cc High-Output Parallel Twin puts out a claimed 55 horsepower. We’d like more (about 80 hp sounds good), but the current arrangement is capable of pushing four grown men through the sand.
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We couldn't get enough of jumping the RZR 4. Every time we'd expect a rough landing but touch down softly instead.
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The plastic body panels with automotive-style paint, graphics and fender flares are all very durable. The same goes for the underbody paint.
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The side net fasteners and the web straps they are attached to are wimpy. They need to be beefed up considerably.
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All four seats are simple to remove by lifting a latch in the rear of each, a handy feature for cleaning or if you want to sit around a campfire once the riding is finished.
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The digital tach showed a peak of around 6150 rpm and we almost never dropped below about 5600 unless stopping or riding through the parking lot.
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The roll cage is a multi-piece unit that bolts together. It served us well.
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This is a factory four-seater without compromises, and that means the UTV market just found a new niche.
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Fox Podium X 2.0 Shocks handle the suspension duties. Preload
adjustment is crucial when carrying extra passengers or cargo.
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The RZR 4 is available only in the Robby Gordon Edition graphics and comes with four-spoke cast aluminum wheels. The 12-inch Black Bruiser wheels are wrapped in 26-inch Maxxis Bighorn tires.
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Top speed in the dunes was about 45 mph using the Maxxis tires, and we hit everything at that speed – jumps, whoops, berms and dune grass.
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Our First Ride on the 2010 Polaris RZR 4 took us to the sandy terrain of the Oregon Coast. We packed two photographers and all their equipment along for the ride... because we could!
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We reached the top of all but the steepest dunes, and we never got stuck with the 11.5 inches of ground clearance.
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We splashed through a few puddles and found that the protection from the fender flares is fairly minimal.
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Mostly what kept the RZR 4 from getting on top of more whoops is the wheelbase, which is longer than most of the machines that created the moguls, so it tends to catch the backsides
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We smashed our way down whoop roads, splashed through holes and jumped as far as possible and the shocks handled everything in comfort, never making us feel out of control.
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The only thing higher than the performance threshold is the fun factor.
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Steering with the rear end is very effective with such a long wheelbase, but it requires carrying quite a bit of speed.
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We barreled into the dune, losing speed all the way up before cranking the wheel and coming back down, which made for some great front-wheel roost and photos.
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The three-point seat belts did a great job of holding us in. They're much tighter than an automobile.