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2010 Polaris RZR 4 First Ride Photo Gallery
Carrying your buddies or family off-road has never been easier.
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
The rear seats are slightly elevated, giving the passengers a good view ahead.
It's a little annoying having to fasten two buckles to get in and out. At times we would prefer a solid door.
We used all 12 inches of suspension travel, but the big jump landings were always surprisingly soft.
Shock fade contributes to body roll, helping the inside tires to lift off on hard cornering. Be wary.
Exploding berm shots are great, but remember that the RZR 4 isn't invincible.
. 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.
We couldn't get enough of jumping the RZR 4. Every time we'd expect a rough landing but touch down softly instead.
The plastic body panels with automotive-style paint, graphics and fender flares are all very durable. The same goes for the underbody paint.
The side net fasteners and the web straps they are attached to are wimpy. They need to be beefed up considerably.
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.
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.
The roll cage is a multi-piece unit that bolts together. It served us well.
This is a factory four-seater without compromises, and that means the UTV market just found a new niche.
Fox Podium X 2.0 Shocks handle the suspension duties. Preload
adjustment is crucial when carrying extra passengers or cargo.
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.
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.
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!
We reached the top of all but the steepest dunes, and we never got stuck with the 11.5 inches of ground clearance.
We splashed through a few puddles and found that the protection from the fender flares is fairly minimal.
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
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.
The only thing higher than the performance threshold is the fun factor.
Steering with the rear end is very effective with such a long wheelbase, but it requires carrying quite a bit of speed.
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.
The three-point seat belts did a great job of holding us in. They're much tighter than an automobile.
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