I just received this exciting press release from Polaris. The side by side market just got more interesting. Yamaha has put together a great sport unit with their Rhino 660. Polaris has now countered that and even taken it a step further in the performance side with their new Ranger RZR 800 EFI. Here is their official press release.
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Introducing a RANGER Like No Other
RANGER RZR Offers Razor Sharp Side-by-Side Performance
Starting today, the game has changed. Introducing RANGER RZR, the first trail capable, side-by-side vehicle that screams down the trails as the fastest accelerating and lightest side-by-side; navigates through tight, twisty terrain with ease; and tackles mud, rocks and anything else nature throws its way for the ultimate off-road experience.
“RANGER RZR was designed to appeal to a wide variety of riders,” said Matt Homan, general manager of RANGER. “Avid trail riders will appreciate RANGER RZR’s ability to go anywhere an ATV can go; hunters will enjoy the ability to navigate to the most remote and extreme hunting spots while hauling enough gear for two; and side-by-side sport enthusiasts will find RANGER RZR’s light weight, cornering ability, acceleration and top speed appealing.”
At 50 inches wide, RANGER RZR is the only trail capable side-by-side in its class. At 945 lbs, it is the lightest side-by-side with the lowest cage height, compared to its competitors, which ensures true trail accessibility. RANGER RZR also boasts a true all-wheel drive (AWD) system that automatically engages when the rider needs more forward traction and reverts back to 2WD automatically when AWD is no longer needed.
Built with a patented design that places the engine behind the seat, RANGER RZR has the lowest center of gravity of all the sport side-by-sides for unmatched off-road responsiveness. Riders will find themselves sitting at least seven inches lower than they would in competitive side-by-side vehicles for unparalleled handling and ground hugging performance. For optimal handling on any terrain, RANGER RZR has nine inches of travel in the front, 9.5 inches in the rear and 10 inches of ground clearance due to its double A-arm front suspension with an exclusive, front anti-sway bar and a rolled independent rear suspension (IRS). For comfort, RANGER RZR also sports the best ergonomics in its class, including tilt steering, and adjustable hand rails and seats.
Powered by a liquid-cooled, even-firing Polaris Big Bore 800 Twin EFI engine, RANGER RZR is the fastest accelerating side-by-side with the highest horsepower in its class; accelerating to 35 MPH in four seconds, and topping out at 55 MPH. This power coupled with RANGER RZR’s unique design and smaller stature creates a vehicle that delivers razor sharp side-by-side performance.
RANGER RZR is no slouch when it comes handling the tough tasks. With a cargo bed rated for 300 lbs with 12 tie-down points, 1500 lb. towing capacity, under-hood storage and a myriad of PURE Polaris accessories including Lock & Ride, cabs and cargo systems, you have all the utility you need.
Offered in green and red, RANGER RZR will be available at Polaris dealerships in early summer, with a MSRP of $9,999 (US) and $13,999 (CAN).
With annual 2005 sales of $1.9 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), Victory motorcycles and the Polaris RANGER for recreational and utility use.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ATVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the motorcycle cruiser marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Pacific Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.
Here is a list of specifications:
* Engine: 4-stroke twin-cylinder
* Displacement: 760 cc
* Cooling: Liquid-cooled
* Carburetion: Electronic Fuel Injection
* Alternator: 500 watts
* Starting: Electric/12V-18 AH
* Transmission: Automatic PVT (Polaris Variable Transmission)
* Gear range: dual range (high / low) forward, neutral, reverse, park
* Suspension front: Double A-Arm w/Anti-Sway Bar
* Wheel Travel front: 9 inches
* Suspension rear: Rolled Independent w/Anti-Sway Bar
* Wheel Travel rear: 9.5 inches
* Front tire: 25 x 8 – 12 Maxxis
* Rear tire: 25 x 10 – 12 Maxxis
* Front brakes: Hydraulic Disc, Dual Piston Calipers
* Rear brakes: Hydraulic Disc, Single Piston Calipers
* Overall length: 102 inches
* Overall width: 50 inches
* Overall height: 69 inches
* Wheelbase: 77 inches
* Ground clearance: 10 inches
* Bed capacity: 42 inches x 22 inches. 300 Pounds
* Towing capacity: 1500 pounds
* Fuel capacity: 7.25 gallons (US)
* Dry weight: 945 pounds
* Multi-function Speedometer: Fuel, Speed, Hour Meter, Odometer, Trip, AWD Engagement Indicator, EFI Diagnostic Codes, Gear selection, Clock
* Color choices: Red, Green
* MSRP: $9,999 (US), $13,999 (Canadian)