Polaris RZR XP 1000 First Ride Review
Polaris RZR XP 1000s on display at DuneFest 2013
By Jon Crowley,
The new XP 1000 is the RZR many enthusiasts have been waiting for Polaris to
produce. With a 107 horsepower from
a 999cc engine, 18 inches of wheel travel in the rear, 16 inches in the
front, 13.5 inches of ground clearance, longer wheelbase, more cab room and
beefy rear axles, this RZR delivers on the spec sheet.
One day after Polaris unveiled
the new RZR XP 1000 to Polaris dealers in Washington D.C., enthusiasts attending
DuneFest 2013 in the
Dunes were able to catch
a glimpse of the biggest and baddest Side-by-Side of the RZR family.
I was lucky enough to have
DuneFest on my calendar and was eager to catch my first glimpse of the XP 1000
after the semi rolled onto the sand on Tuesday. Unfortunately for me, the
Polaris crew had a lot to do in order to have a dozen new RZR's prepped and
booth area setup before DuneFest officially started on Thursday.
Once Wednesday rolled around,
they had the vehicles ready to go and by the afternoon they were starting to
break a few units in. I hooked up with Nolan once they were ready to
select a course for their demo rides and eagerly jumped into the passenger seat
of the XP 1000.
First thing I noticed were the
factory doors. These units had the optional bottom panel so the area was
closed in up to about chest height once you were seated. The latch for the
door is on the inside. Not completely obvious at first, but you get used
to it real quick and it lends itself to a cleaner exterior.
The seats in the XP 1000 are all
new as well. They feature improved bolstering that definitely make you
feel more contained in the seat. But the best news for taller riders is the
increased legroom in the cab. This was probably my biggest complaint with the
RZR XP 900, and the extra room, while not suitable for a 6' 8" basketball
player, is much more comfortable for my 6' 1" frame.
Although the cab is all-new, it
still has that RZR feel to it. And once the engine started, I heard the familiar
rumble of the ProStar engine. I would have to say that the exhaust note
seemed a little more hushed than the XP 900, but there is no science to back
Now these demo units were all set
up with 29" Maxxis Bighorn tires on 14" wheels, and I was a little concerned
about how the XP 1000 would handle the dunes with large tires and a lot
more rotating mass. My concerns were unfounded when Nolan jumped into the
throttle and blasted through a narrow, curvy trail filled with whoops. Wow! This
thing was fast and the suspension was working well.
bit farther south, we ran into some really cool rollers. These were like huge
whoops that were spaced out. The were created by the wind instead of
vehicles, and they were big fun. Nolan hammered through them at nearly top
speed and I held tight onto the grab bar for all that it was worth. The
suspension was set on the soft side for two guys and this type of terrain, but I
was amazed at what we were able to do. Other than a few bottom-outs that could
be easily fixed with a few more clicks of compression, we never got out of
shape, and never slowed down. Very impressive for a two-seat UTV.
We continued on through the dunes
for a while before heading back to the main vendor area at DuneFest. Big thanks
to Nolan for giving me a chance to ride shotgun. I am not a great passenger, but
I knew that he had plenty of seat-time in the new XP 1000 and just had to trust
his experience with the machine.
The next day, I was able to get
behind the wheel of the XP 1000 for the first time. I had Lisa from
Polaris in the right seat and we hooked up with two other XP 1000s for a tour of
the Winchester Bay dunes. As a driver with a lot of seat-time in the RZR XP 900,
the XP 1000 felt real comfortable.
We toured the dunes and I got a good feel of what the XP 1000 could do from a
new perspective. The power was smooth through the power band, and we were able
to roll up to some steep hill climbs and easily get over the top without much of a
running start. Doing this with 29" Bighorns in the sand is pretty impressive.
Like the XP 900, the suspension felt better the harder I pushed the car. But
the XP 1000 can go even further and faster through the rough stuff.
The next day, I caught up with RJ Anderson as he rode his XP 1000 for a video
shoot with Mad Media. Fullerton Sand Sports had mounted up a set of paddle tires
on STI wheels and the car looked really good in sand trim. RJ has a ton of seat
time in the new XP 1000, especially with the video work on
XP1K. It was big fun to watch RJ
haul through the dunes, launch of jumps and huck it into the corners. The
kid can drive and the XP 1000 looked even more impressive with a professional
driver behind the wheel.
I am eagerly awaiting the chance to get behind the wheel of the
XP 1000 and next week that will happen. I will be attending the Polaris
press event and then we may just head to the dunes for a little night ride after
The 2014 RZR XP 1000 starts at $19,999 USD, and there a a ton of
PURE Polaris accessories that can easily push you up to $25,000 in a heartbeat,
so this isn't a cheap UTV by any means. But, in my opinion, enthusiasts are
going to eat them up. Thanks for pushing the bar higher once again
Check out other "First Reactions" of the XP 1000 at DuneFest in this video:
- 107 Horsepower on 87 octane.
- Big rear axles and CVs
- 2.5" shocks in the rear with remote reservoirs up where they can get
- Suspension - 18" rear & 16" front soaks up big hits
- EPS - Power steering
- More legroom
- 29" tires and clutch tuned for the big tires
- Big brakes
- Doors are lightweight, but work well and feel solid
- Full tubular chassis
- Quiet engine and exhaust
- Lower radius arm looks weak and exposed for rock crawling
- Almost 200 lbs. heavier than the RZR XP
- Glove box - Door will not stay shut.
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