|Polaris RZR 900 Review
Polaris RZR®is the No. 1 brand of sport side-by-sides, outselling its nearest competitor by leaps and bounds. Thats becauseRZR relentlessly innovates, offering the very best lineup for every type of off-road sport riding. Owning a RZR has become more than enjoying the dunes, desert or trail, it is a community of owners who share the RZR lifestyle due to their passion for not only off-roading but the ultimate experiences RZR provides. Model year 2015 brings the launch of RZRs biggest line-up ever with all-new products and significant innovations to every single segment, for every type of riding to continue to fuel the RZR lifestyle.
For trail riders, RZR goes back to its roots and redefines the first two RZR products ever introduced with the new 2015 RZR 900 and RZR S 900. These vehicles feature unequalled power, highly-capable suspensions, unmatched agility and revolutionary ergonomics and styling.
At the heart of the RZR 900 and RZR S 900 is a 75 horsepower ProStar® 900 engine offering improved power-to-weight ratio and faster acceleration. The new ProStar power plants offer more than 40 percent more horsepower and15 percent more torque than the previous RZR 800 models. Polaris ProStar engines have become the pinnacle of performance engines for RZR due to their efficiency, acceleration and durability. For more power to the ground, the vehicles also feature the extremely durable RZR XP transmission which is specifically geared to optimize the power of the engine.
For trails that are width-restricted to 50 in/127 cm, theRZR 900 features a highly-capable, Dual A-Arm Rear Front and Rear Suspension with 11 in/27.94 cm of ground clearance*, and 10 in/25.4 cm front and rear travel to overtake any obstacles thrown in its way. The 26 in/66 cm PXT tires are Polaris-proven and provide all the traction needed even for the toughest trail. The vehicles are more razor sharp through the corners thanks to the optimized track width. Optimization comes from maximizing the track width while maintaining the overall width. For all other trails, the RZR S 900 has an unrivaled suspension featuring a Dual A-Arm Front and Rear Suspension with 12.25 in/31.11 cm front, 13.2 in/33.5 cm rear suspension travel and 12.5 in/31.75 cm of ground clearance. Outfitted with new, eight-ply, 27 in/68.58 cm GBC Dirt Commander Tires that offer better side bite, stiffer sidewalls, better tracking through corners and increased durability, the RZR S 900 wont let anything stand in its way.
For unmatched agility, Polaris utilized a few features found on the RZR XP 1000 to ensure the RZR 900 and RZR S 900 perform at their finest whether they are dodging trees on the trail or navigating through gnarly switchbacks. While allRZR vehicles are equipped with On-Demand True All Wheel Drive (AWD), Polaris utilizes its High-Performance AWD on the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and 900 Trail models to keep the front wheels pulling stronger and longer maximizing power delivery to the ground in every condition for a more responsive ride. Both units also feature a narrow turning radius to navigate curvy trails and a 20 percent faster steering response. With an improved two-turn, lock-to-lock steering ratio, its easy to keep your hands on the steering wheel while navigating around any obstacle or hairpin turn encountered on the trail. The units ultra-rigid, tubular chassis also provides substantial improvements in stiffness and durability, and complement the all new suspensions. The trail capable 50 in/127 cm width and 79 in/200.7 cm wheelbase is the perfect combination to ensure theRZR 900 is responsive and agile on the trail, and the standard Engine Braking System (EBS), EPS and Turf mode available on theRZR 900 Trail Editions provide the most agile, controlled ride whether traversing mountain sides or running down your favorite forest trail. TheRZR S 900s 60 in/152.4 cm width and 79 in/200.7 cm wheelbase provides an incredibly stable footprint for riding in wide-open spaces while the EPS-equipped units make sure the vehicle takes the brunt of what that space has to offer.
For 2014, the RZR XP 1000 was launched with revolutionary ergonomics and styling and for 2015, the new RZR900 and RZR S 900 also feature many of the same, unique features. The newly-designed seats offer improved bolstering and 100 percent more hip cushioning for a more secure feel, and feature a new thin-film technology under the cover for a drier ride in wet conditions. The driver-side seat slider on the Limited Edition models allow for tool-less, on-the-ready seat adjustment along with additional leg room, and space-optimized dead pedals for both the driver and passenger make for a more secure ride. The driver also will appreciate a new, stiffer steering wheel designed for comfort and a more responsive feel. The vehicles also feature factory-installed quarter doors for extra protection from debris, and easier ingress and egress. For improved adjustability, the units feature the innovative, flow-through tongue seat belt design that is easier to adjust and retract. The sealed belt retractor housing ensures the belts will endure through the nastiest conditions. To stay on the trail longer, the vehicles sport a larger 9.5 gal/36 L fuel tank.
Inside the cockpit, the units feature LED floor lighting and a slick blue back-lighted instrument cluster, readable both in direct sunlight and at night. To take more stuff along, a large center storage area and a bigger glove box with new latch provide ample space for any items needed during the ride while the deeper rear box provides ample space for additional cargo.
Sealed floor seams and equipment pass-throughs keep the occupants cleaner; while dual removable floor drains allow for easier clean out of the cabin.
The RZR 900 and RZR S 900 are even easier to service due to the ease of access of the major components. The air filter, spark plugs and oil fill are now located under the removable box panel in the cargo box of the vehicle while a panel between the seats houses the dipstick and oil filter, and is accessible without removing the seats. The vehicles feature an integrated transmission with only one check/fill point and grease zerks for both the inboard and outboard bushings of the A-arms. To add electric accessories easier, the vehicles feature a terminal block for wiring under the hood and a bigger battery with 44 Amp-hours of capacity and 575 cold-cranking amps.
RZR enthusiasts love to accessorize their vehicles and the RZR 900 andRZR S 900 feature integrated accessory mounting locations, hidden wire routing areas within the cab frame and more than 130 accessories for more customization.
The purpose-built vehicle chassis is exclusively engineered for Polaris accessories. With integrated mounting points situated along the vehicle frame and pass-through areas for routing wires, accessories can be attached with minimal installation time.
Additions, such as rock sliders and bumpers, easily attach and fit securely to the vehicles frame due to Polaris innovative Lock & Ride® Expanding Anchor; a revolutionary piece of hardware that expands as it is inserted into a mounting point. Lock & Ride® windshields, rear panels, roofs and doors work seamlessly with each other and install directly onto designated mounting points, making installation simple, and providing superior fit and finish.
The RZR 900 will be offered in White Lightning and Polaris Pursuit® Camo. The RZR 900 Trail Edition featuring EPS, EBS and Turf Mode will be available in Black Pearl and Sunset Red. The 55 in/139.7 cm RZR 900 XC Edition with EPS, EBS, Turf Mode, 27 in/68.58 GBC Dirt Commanders on 14 in/35.56 cm Vader Rims, wide fender flares, FOX Performance Series 2.0 Podium X shocks, 12.5 in/31.75 cm of ground clearance, LED Headlights, Interactive Digital Display and bowed doors will feature Stealth Black. The RZR S 900 will be offered in White Lightning with the EPS models including Havasu Red Pearl, Black Pearl and Titanium Matte Metallic.
UP TO 11″ OF GROUND CLEARANCE
Up to 11″ of ground clearance allows you to navigate rocky trails and everything they throw at you with confidence.
2″ LONGER WHEELBASE FOR A SMOOTH RIDE
RZR 900 features a 79″ long wheelbase paired with front and rear Dual A-Arm suspension for the ultimate in trail performance.
TRAIL CAPABLE 50″ SIDE x SIDE
With a 50 width, just 2 wider than many ATVs, the RZR 900 goes where other Side x Sides cant. It’s the best trail-capable Side x Side on the market.
OPTIMIZED TRACK WIDTH
RZR 900 is more responsive in the corners thanks to new wheel offsets that give it a wider track profile but still maintains a 50″ width.
NARROW TURNING RADIUS AND IMPROVED STEERING
The RZR 900 features a narrow 15.9 ft. turning radius to navigate those curvy trails and 20% faster steering response with an improved 2 turn lock to lock steering ratio.
STANDARD ELECTRONIC POWER STEERING
The smoothest, most responsive electronic power steering available, with Variable Assist for easier steering at lower speeds. Our EPS lets you ride all day with less fatigue
NEW BOLSTERED BUCKET SEATS
Bolstered buckets seats with Dryseat technology keep you dry and comfortable for those long days behind the wheel.
The new body style on the RZR 900 gives you plenty of room to get in and get out and an additional 1″ of leg room for all day comfort when piloting it down the trail.
FACTORY INSTALLED DOORS
Factory installed doors offer loads of comfort and add a custom look to your RZR.
2015 Polaris RZR 900 Specifications:
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