When your idea of fun involves zipping through dunes, flying off sand hills and, pretty much, obliterating everything in the way, we know you’re a sport UTV kind of guy. And when it comes to that category of exciting recreational vehicles, it’s going to be hard to top the new Polaris RZX XP 1000.
While last year’s RZR was no slouch pumping out 88 horsepower, this new beast takes the madness a whole other level, arming itself with a best-in-class 107 ponies on tap. This, of course, comes courtesy of the new 999cc ProStar 1000 engine, which has been developed with dual 48 mm throttle bodies.
Designed to give you Mad Max levels of precision control in the bumpiest of terrain, the Polaris RZR XP 1000 delivers 16 inches of front suspension and 18 inches in the rear, with custom-made Walker Evan anti-bottoming needle shocks on all corners for even greater buffer against the rugged ground. They also revamped the on-demand All-Wheel-Drive to handle the new load of the increased horsepower, apart from updating the 3-link trailing arm rear suspension’s geometry to create more vertical space underneath. Notable features include 13.5 inches of ground clearance, all-new tubular chassis, optimized transmission (that makes 80 percent of peak engine torque available from 3500 to redline), dual piston calipers and larger 248mm ventilated discs on all four corners, a 90-inch wide wheelbase, 29-inch Maxxis Big Horn tires, and 14-inch cast rims.
Inside, it boasts newly-designed seats with sliders, a stiffer steering wheel, LED floor lighting, sealed smartphone storage, and sealed floor seams to keep all that dirt outside. It’s also insanely customizable, so it can get as badass as your wallet will allow.
The Polaris RZR XP 1000 is available now, starting at $20,000.