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2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900 First Look

Monday, January 3, 2011
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Polaris has released a new model of recreational side-by-side every year since 2008, and the trend continues with a brand new machine that brings sport UTVs to new heights. The 2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900 is dream vehicle for RZR fanatics and sport UTV enthusiasts, and if the XP’s real-world performance is even close to what it looks on paper, the rest of the side-by-side manufacturers are going to have a coronary.

“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 in a release. “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.”

2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900
The new RZR XP uses an all-new 875cc engine to put out a claimed 88 horsepower.
2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900
Until this past year, Polaris has been the undisputed king of sport two-seaters. But, with Can-Am releasing the brutish Commander 800 and 1000, Polaris had to rely on its quick chassis and wicked suspension to compensate for a measly 55 claimed horsepower. It simply wasn’t enough. Weight , powertrain, suspension, handling aside, a whopping 85 claimed ponies from the BRP machine was like a Canadian missile strike, and now the horsepower war is officially on.

Polaris’ high-output 800 Twin wasn’t going to do the trick, so an all-new engine design culminated in the ProStar 900 EFI Twin. This 875cc DOHC engine is located behind the seats and uses four-valves per cylinder to crank out a claimed 88 horsepower (take that, Canucks). The fuel-injected mill uses dual throttle bodies with integrated oil cooler to keep peak performance. A new transmission eliminates all right-angle drives to the rear axle. Polaris says the new tranny is quieter and contributes to 29% better acceleration than the “next closest competitive side-by-side on the market.” The Parallel Twin also makes use of a 750 Watt charging system to illuminate white LED headlights with high/low beams (first OEM to offer standard LED) and power over 10 specific XP accessories that complement more than 60 existing components.

Three-link trailing arm independent rear suspension looks like something you’d find on a burly desert buggy or trophy truck. It was, in fact, modeled after high-performance race machines and the design allows for a massive 14 inches of suspension travel. Controlling all that wheel movement falls to a set of two-inch Fox Podium X 2.0 piggyback shocks. Front suspension is similar to the dual A-arms of the RZR S, but has been extended for 13.5 inches of travel. The forward shocks are the same Fox units as the rear which gives the RZR XP compression, rebound and preload adjustability on all four corners.
2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 9002011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 9002011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900
The XP is wider and longer than the RZR S and features three-link trailing arm suspension in the rear with Fox Podium X 2.0 shocks.

Physically the XP is between the RZR S and RZR 4. Wheelbase is 81.4 inches compared to 77 on the S model, and all told the XP weighs 190 pounds more than the RZR S (1190 claimed total). Rolling on cast aluminum wheels with 27-inch ITP 900 XCT tires, the XP boasts 13 inches of ground clearance. Max payload is 740 pounds with 300 in the bed. This is a sport vehicle so Polaris doesn’t bother to include a towing hitch.

Available in Indy Red for the standard MSRP of $15,999, the XP is also available in the White Lightning limited edition model which comes with black Bruiser aluminum rims and two-color sewn seats as well as a graphics package and white bodywork for an extra $600. Power steering is not an option.
2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900
2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900
Polaris makes over 70 accessories for the XP, many of which are affixed in the top photo. It also offers a limited edition White Lightning.

2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900 Specs:
Engine: 875cc DOHC Twin Cylinder four-stroke
Fueling: Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission: Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft drive; On-Demand True AWD/2WD
Front Suspension: Dual A-arm Fox Podium X 2.0 (comp/rebound/preload adjust) 13.5 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Trailing arm Fox Podium X 2.0 (comp/rebound/preload adjust) 14 in. travel
Front/Rear Brakes 4-Wheel hydraulic disc with dual-piston front calipers
Front Wheel: 27 x 9-12; ITP 900 XCT tires
Rear Wheel: 27 x 11-12; ITP 900 XCT tires
Wheelbase: 81.4 in.
Dry Weight: 1190 lbs. (claimed)
LxWxH: 108.4 x 64 x 73 in.
Ground Clearance: 13 in.
Fuel Capacity: 7.25 gal
Bed Dimensions: 23 x 38 x 10 in.
Box Capacity: 300 lbs.
Payload Capacity: 740 lbs.
Available Colors: Indy Red, White Lightning Limited Edition
MSRP: $15,999; $16,599 (Limited)
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Cory -travel  January 28, 2011 05:58 AM
our rzr is great but the engine break is redicouls and when i go over big hills it high centers on almost everything so me and my dad traded our rzr xp in on a can am commander and its the greatest decision we have ever made inbuying and trading
JJ -Polaris screws over their clients  January 25, 2011 01:53 PM
Why did they screw over people that just purchase new 2011 RZR 4 or RZR S when those same classes want the same HP as an XP. Polaris only cares about themselves and not their customer base. Try contacting them on their website you only get scripted e-mail's. JUst send an email and type Mexico and see the response you get how its a good thing they moved to mexico.

Polaris learn from HD they don't screw over their new customers with a whole new better engine mid year. Screw you Polaris your support sucks and the way you treat customers sucks. Never buying any of your garbage again! Thanks for letting me think I had the best RZR S LE on the market only to screw me over January 1st with your tight lip Bull $#!^!

Other companys let us know early what is coming out so us the customer can purchase what we really want. But Polaris lets customers buy new RZR 4's and New RZR S LE thinking they have the best just to be D!ck slapped with something better in Mid year.

What company does that? A company that was in the USA and then closes a factory in the States and opens a new one in MEXICO!!

Screw you Polaris you might have the fastest SxS but your srewing over your current customer base in the process. I'll never purchase anything from Polaris again!!
Kevin -Never Fit  January 18, 2011 03:48 PM
It looks great and all that power..shame it will not fit the trails.Better come equipped with a chain saw..lol
TG -RZR Owners  January 13, 2011 01:12 PM
Denial isn't just a river in Egypt. I don't believe at all that the 900 is 88hp. Polaris has a history of bogging down competitive models in shootouts for their own website (less than a lb of air in the tires, garbage bag over the air clear, etc). Let's see an unbiased comparo with the RZR XP and a Commander 1000 X - I'm guessing Polaris won't want it.
Ryan -Power Steering???  January 13, 2011 10:31 AM
This thing is almost perfect...If they could just make it available with power steering it would be. Thinking this will be offered down the road and I will wait till it is to buy.
Greg -RZR Die Hard  January 11, 2011 02:26 PM
Polaris absolutely needs to place the 900cc motor in the RZR S model! I have owned a gen 1 RZR since 2007. 50+ HP is not enough for a machine that weighs over 1,000 lbs wet. The 64 inches of the XP model is too wide for trail riding. Please Polaris, put the 900cc on the RZR S! I will order one the day its available.
BIG DADDY LONG STROKE -POLARIS XP 900  January 9, 2011 05:20 PM
Len -RZR XP VS RZR-S  January 7, 2011 10:37 AM
Weekend Warrior -Awesome  January 6, 2011 04:55 PM
I think they really hit the nail on the head with this winner!
The other side by side makers will have to scramble to keep up.
casey -rzr  January 4, 2011 07:51 PM
I, being a RZR owner, think this is the best machine polaris has come out with! Great Job Polaris!!
John -DOA  January 4, 2011 12:29 PM
+1 Frank, I am assuming the idea of a single person dune buggy with a 250 to 400cc single is not going to happen. Why would I want something about the size of a normal 4 wheeler that I can roll over without it killing me? The 1200 pound mini-jeep can be parked next to the 900 pound 2,300cc cruiser--across from the 1,400cc 200 HP crotch rocket and butted up next to the 650 pound "adventure" 1,200cc "dirt bike". Maybe when the boomers quit buying motorcycles/dirt equipment, reality will settle in. Oh yeah, I think that is happening now! Now if they put a 1,400cc 4 banger, AC, air bags and....
Frank -Really?  January 4, 2011 08:09 AM
A 1200 pound machine, dry, that costs 16K is what we've evolved to?