Polaris Reintroduces RZR Turbo With New Engine, Can-Am–Killing PowerPosted in News on September 19, 2016
Returning for the 2017 model year and joining the company's family of competent side-by-sides is an upgraded version of the high-performance Polaris RZR XP Turbo EPS and XP Turbo 4 EPS. We've enjoyed the RZR XP Turbo for a few years, but until now, we weren't sure if it would return for 2017. As you can see, it most definitely is, and it's sporting one big improvement.
New this year is a ProStar turbocharged engine that produces an amazing 168 hp, making the Polars RZR XP Turbo the most powerful side-by-side ever built. The power increase represents a 15-percent jump over last year’s turbocharged RZR, plus a 9-percent edge over anything else on the market right now.
The new engine gets a few extra ancillaries to cope with the added power. High-capacity cooling headlines those changes, including a more powerful variable speed fan, a higher-flow front grille, and a 20 percent larger radiator. A stouter driveline comes along for the ride, helping cope with the new RZR’s impressive output.
Backing up those mechanicals will be Polaris’ proprietary PVT transmission, a continuously variable gearbox that should provide a simple driving experience for its owners. All-wheel drive is likewise standard. In fact, the only real options will be body style (the XP Turbo EPS is a two-seater, while the XP Turbo 4 EPS seats four) and color (Titanium Matte Metallic or Cruiser Black).
The suspension bits wouldn’t look out of place on an expensive, off-road–ready pickup, including 2.5-inch front and 3-inch rear Fox Podium internal bypass shock absorbers with remote fluid reservoirs and progressive damping. Five compression and three rebound zones help provide what Polaris calls the plushest ride and best handling of any side-by-side, while front and rear stabilizer bars help stem body roll. A quick steering rack goes 1.5 turns from lock to lock, and electronic power steering comes standard on all RZR XP Turbos.
With high technology comes a high-ish price. The base RZR XP Turbo EPS costs $24,999, while the four-seater costs $27,499. Those prices are similar to the other turbocharged side-by-side available for 2017, the Can-Am Maverick X3, but they’re a bit higher than the less powerful Yamaha YXZ1000R. Still, the legendary RZR Turbo should be a fine choice for the side-by-side enthusiast who wants the most of everything.