Polaris Kicks Off 2011 With RZR XP 900

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Polaris RZR XP 900

Polaris Industries started the new year in powerful fashion today announcing its new RZR XP 900 in what it calls “a whole new class” of SXS vehicles. The 2011 RZR XP 900 has a new 875cc,  88 hp, ProStar 900 Twin EFI engine with dual overhead cams (DOHC) and a new 3-link trailing arm independent rear suspension with 13 inches of ground clearance. You can read a complete information package on the Polaris website by clicking here.

“When we set out to design the RANGER RZR XP 900,” said Matt Homan, vice president and general manager of Polaris’ Off-Road Vehicles Division, “we wanted to create a ground-breaking, high performance vehicle to complement our current, best-selling RANGER RZR line. The result is simply incredible.”

How will the RZR 900 be received? Interesting question. Here’s one comment from a discussion last month speculating on the new Polaris release: “I sure hope it is something worth while. If they make this big announcement for an 850 it will be a disappointment in my eyes as far as lot of others as well. Come on 951 CC or 1100 would be even better!”

Well, the 875cc power plant didn’t make that mark and it doesn’t match the top-of-the-line BRP Commander 1000 on several points, notably engine size (875cc vs. 976cc and price, $15,999 vs $14,999). It does win on horsepower (88 vs 85) and ground clearance (13 inches vs. 11 inches), however. If you’re interested in making more comparisons between the Polaris RZR 900 and the BRP Commander 1000, click here for RZR 900 specs and click here for BRP Commander 1000 specs.

The RZR 900 also includes several premium features, including the industry’s first factory LED headlights, performance brake calipers and large diameter, ventilated rotors on all four wheels, completely adjustable Fox Podium X 2.0 shocks on all four wheels and high performance  ITP 900 XCT tires. The RZR 900 also features a large grill opening and a front air dam for improved air flow. For safety, the RANGER RZR XP 900 has a certified roll-over protective structure (ROPS).

The RZR XP 900 carries an MSRP of $15,999 and will be available in Polaris dealerships this month. JD

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2 Responses to “Polaris Kicks Off 2011 With RZR XP 900”

  1. Jim Says:

    I got one of these 900 xp’s and love it. But last weekend we were out having a great time in here in Alaska when our left rear trie bead broke when we were going around a right turn, which caused the left rear wheel to hit the ground and the RZR to roll. I was wondering if anyone has experienced this? We weren’t hurt just bruised a little, but the RZR that’s a different story. It is in the shop getting an estimate. I think we will be investing in beadlock wheels because we don’t want to experience that again. I was wondering if maybe this is something Polaris should be
    Looking into. Thanks Jim

  2. Chris Says:

    Wow Jim that sounds like a rough tumble, at least you are alright.

    The RZR XP has been out for a year and a half now. That being said I don’t think any of the other manufacturers can compete with the sportiness of the RZR XP. While Can-Am and Arctic Cat are trying to compete, I still feel that the xp is superior. I would love to see more manufacturers step it up and come up with their version of a sport UTV, *Cough *Cough *Yamaha/Honda

    Until then the RZR XP 900 is in my opinion at the top of the food chain when it comes to sport SXS’s.

    Chris

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