Polaris RZR XP 4 1000 Review
2014 Polaris RZR XP 4 1000
at Camp RZR in Glamis
By Jon Crowley, UTVGuide.net
Halloween is typically the kickoff to the Southwest desert season, and this year
Polaris rang it in big with another Camp RZR event in
Glamis is located in the
Imperial Sand Dunes
Recreation Area which is the largest sand dunes open to off-highway vehicle
use in the United States. The dunes begin 10 miles southeast of Niland and
stretch all the way into Mexico, over 40 miles away. The dunes vary in width
from about a quarter mile at the top end of the Mammoth Wash area, to about 5
miles in width below Highway 78. The Algodones Sand Dune system covers 1,000
square miles, making it one of the largest dune complexes in North America.
Glamis is affectionately known to enthusiasts as the Sand Dune Capital of the
World and Polaris came back here once again to thank RZR owners with a Camp RZR
that had a footprint that was twice as big as last year's event at New Years.
And it is no wonder why Polaris chose Glamis to celebrate. Glamis is the
ultimate playground for sport UTVs and it is dominated by RZRs.
It is hard for me to imagine that it was just three months ago that
Polaris introduced the RZR XP 1000. The 1000 was quickly welcomed with
open arms by enthusiasts and aftermarket alike at the
2013 Sand Sports Super Show, and
everyone was eager for the four-seat version to be announced. They didn't have
to wait long as Halloween at Camp RZR was also the location where Polaris
invited editors to not only try out the new RZR XP 4 1000, but also send us home
with our own demo units!
has defined the recreational side-by-side market, outselling the competition
five to one, and owning a RZR has become a lifestyle allowing for
social adventure,” said Craig Scanlon, general manager for the Off-Road
Vehicle Division at Polaris. “Our four-seat RZRs provide off-road
enthusiasts the ability to share that lifestyle with more of their family
and friends, and the new RZR XP 4 1000 is the ultimate in outdoor
adventure for four.”
The RZR XP 4 1000 is powered by the same 999cc ProStar Twin-cylinder engine as
the XP 1000 that puts out 107 horsepower. Built specifically for side-by-side
use, the powerplant features Dual Overhead Cams (DOHC), four valves per cylinder
and dual EFI throttle bodies. Polaris claims it is the fastest accelerating
four-seat UTV on the market, and from what I felt in Glamis, I don't doubt that.
The XP 4 1000 is 12 inches longer than the XP
4 900 and the wheelbase is 10 inches longer.
The XP 4 1000 is quite a bit longer than the RZR XP 4 900, but just a few inches
short of the Maverick MAX and
Wildcat 4 four seaters. Just like the XP
1000, the XP 4 1000 has adjustable seats up front with plenty of legroom. The
back seat has decent legroom as well.
The suspension on the XP 4 1000 is the same as the XP 1000; 3-Link Trailing Arm
Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) with exclusive Walker Evans
position-sensitive, anti-bottoming needle shocks. The shocks are sprung and
valved for the additional weight, but worked well with just one driver or loaded
with four. The extra 27-inches of wheelbase helps keep the XP 4 1000 even more
stable in the dunes. The rear end has a much harder time bucking up and
the extra length makes ridge transitions even more predictable and stable.
I slapped a set of GMZ Race Products
Sand Stripper tires on my XP 4 1000 and
it made carving bowls and transitions even more tight and predictable.
We found a big jump near Osborne Overlook and a few of the guys went big over a
jump. The Walker Evans Racing needle-valve shocks handled the huge air
with ease and everyone was impressed with how well the XP 4 1000 flew off the
The XP 4 1000 have industry-exclusive Walker Evans Position Sensitive
Anti-Bottoming Needle Shocks on all four corners
The XP 4 1000 factory-installed quarter doors worked great. Much better
than any sort of net configuration. The one-hand operation is easy to use and
the latch mechanism is solid with no rattles. The door opening is large so
getting in and out isn't awkward.
Front and rear seats are sculpted to help hold you in place during aggressive
riding and the front row has tool-less adjusting seat sliders. Cup holders and
12-volt outlets are available in the front and rear seats as well. And it might
seem like a trivial thing, but I really like the blue LED light in the front and
Like all Polaris UTVs, the XP 4 1000
was designed from the ground up with accessories in mind. The XP 4
1000 has integrated mounting points for adding Polaris bumpers, rock sliders
and nerf bars in minutes. And with a removable dash, adding switches for
electrical accessories is so much easier.
I had a blast tearing up the dunes in Glamis with the XP 4 1000 during Camp
RZR. The car is surprisingly nimble for its size, and still able to haul four
adults through the dunes in comfort. I continue to be amazed with Polaris'
ability to raise the bar year after year. These are exciting times in the
sport UTV market.
The RZR XP 4 1000 is available in White Lightning and Titanium
More information about Polaris’ whole line of Off-Road Vehicle offerings and
Polaris Engineered Accessories can be found online at
And at Camp RZR, you didn't have to be an editor to get a ride in the XP 4
1000. Polaris brought out RZR XP 1000
and RZR XP 4 1000 demo units and put
on one heck of a Polaris Experience where you could sign up for a 15 - 20
minute ride through the baby dunes out to Oldsmobile Hill and back.
Polaris RZR XP 4 1000 Specifications:
||4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder
||Electronic Fuel Injection
||Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft
||On-Demand True AWD/2WD
|Engine Braking System/
Active Decent Control
||Dual A-Arm Walker Evans 2" Needle Shocks (comp adjust/res.) 16"
(40.6 cm) Travel
||Trailing Arm Walker Evans 2.5" Needle Shocks (comp adjust/remote
res.) 18" (45.7 cm) Travel
||4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front and Rear Calipers
||Park in Transmission
||29 x 9-14; Maxxis Bighorn
||29 x 11-14; Maxxis Bighorn
||117.0" (297.2 cm)
|Estimated Dry Weight
||1,596 lbs (723.9 kg)
|Overall Vehicle Size
||146" x 64" x 73.75" (370.8 x 162.6 x 187.3 cm)
||13.5" (34.3 cm)
||9.5 gal (36 L)
|Bed Box Dimension
|28 x 41 x 2.8"(72.0 x 104.0 x 7.0 cm)
||900 lb (408.2 kg)
||Lock & Ride, 2 Weather Sealed Storage Boxes
||White LED, High/Low & Red LED Tail / Brake Lights
|Electronic Power Steering
||Digital Gauge: Speedometer, Odometer, Tripmeter, Tachometer, Coolant
Temperature, Volt Meter, Hour
Meter, Service Indicator, Clock, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp
Light, Seatbelt Reminder Light; DC Outlet
||Titanium Matte Metallic, White Lightning