Polaris Sportsman ACE Review
Polaris Sportsman ACE is a new category of off-road vehicle
By Jon Crowley, UTVGuide.net
After some serious market research, Polaris determined that there was a hole in
the off-road market that was not currently filled by any manufacturer of ATVs or
UTVs. The new machine would have to be a trail capable machine that a beginner
could drive, was fun, comfortable and competitively priced with utility ATVs.
The result of this research and development is the all-new Polaris
“The introduction of the Sportsman ACE is part of our strategy to remain the
leader in the powersports marketplace by introducing innovative products that
define their categories,” said David Longren, vice president of Polaris’
Off-Road Division. “In creating the Sportsman ACE, we wanted to not only appeal
to current off-road enthusiasts, but develop a vehicle that brings new customers
to off-road recreation. We accomplished this by coupling an easy-to-use, nimble
platform with a confident and secure ride that, together, provides drivers of
all experience levels a new way to experience the outdoors.”
Now there are many enthusiasts out there that have been dreaming of a
single-seat UTV that had the powerful Polaris ProStar™ 1000 and incredible
suspension found in the RZR
XP 1000. Well, that dream machine could still be in the works at Polaris
Research & Development, but the Sportsman ACE is geared towards the novice rider
that may be intimidated by the riding position of a utility ATV, or just wants
the comfort of a normal seating position, steering wheel and familiar brake/gas
The Sportsman ACE is powered by an all-new ProStar 32 engine that produces 32
horsepower. The new engine is small and compact, but Polaris engineers would
not spill the beans on the engine size. Instead they wanted us to focus on the
power it produced. While the ACE did not set me back in my seat, it wasn't a
slouch either. We were able to obtain speeds of about 50 mph and the throttle
response in tight, technical conditions was good. Once again, the ACE is
intended for more of a beginner so keep that in mind.
The rear suspension is straight off of a RZR
570, including a-arms, axles, brakes and uprights. The rear features 9.5
in/24.1 cm of wheel travel. The front features a MacPherson strut suspension
that allowed engineers to move foot wells forward and keep the price point
The Sportsman ACE may come in a very small package with a 90" x 48" footprint,
but the cab is incredibly roomy for the size. The centralized seating has a very
low center of gravity that makes for a sporty and confidence-inspiring ride.
Tilting steering wheel and adjustable seat allow the ACE to be comfortable for a
variety of people.
RZR 570 vs. Sportsman ACE
Comparing a few key specifications of the Sportsman ACE against the RZR 570 and
the Sportsman 570 ATV really tells the story of the ACE being a hybrid - RZR 570
+ Sportsman 570 = ACE.
||Sportsman 570 ATV
The ACE, RZR and Sportsman are all about the same width, but the ACE is closer
to the Sportsman ATV when it comes to weight, wheelbase and length. The ACE is
even small enough to fit in the back of a Ford F150 pickup truck!
The small size of the Sportsman ACE makes it easy to transport
The cockpit’s flow-through design also makes ingress and egress easy, and new
side nets feature a metal rod to easily secure them both for clipping and
positioning the nets to the back of the vehicle while exiting. Doors that are
similar in design to the RZR XP 1000 are available as a Polaris accessory, and
would be the first thing I changed on the ACE.
The ACE has a good amount of semi-dry storage up front, and a decent size bed
that could fit a cooler or even camping gear. The bed features tie-down rails,
that also accepts Lock & Ride accessories. Plus the ACE comes with a 1.25"
receiver and a 1,500 lb towing capacity.
Ample storage for a small machine
Lastly, the ACE was designed with price in mind. With a MSRP of $7,499, the ACE
is priced much closer to a base level utility ATV than the RZR.
Polaris really did their homework when they designed the Sportsman ACE. While
it isn't the 999cc dune shredding single seater many hard core enthusiasts were
looking for, it fills a big hole in the off-road market place, and I believe
Polaris will sell a bunch of them.
Sportsman ACE is equipped with the same legendary On-Demand True
All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system found on all Polaris Off-Road Vehicles
The revolutionary, new design combines the size and nimble handling of the
Vehicle (ATV), and the confidence and comfort of the RANGER and RZR
The ACE crawls well in the rocks, but you have to watch the short wheelbase
for steep climbs and decents.
Sportsman ACE Specifications:
||4-Stroke DOHC Single Cylinder
||Electronic Fuel Injection
||Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft
||On-Demand True AWD/2WD
|Engine Braking System
|Active Descent Control
||MacPherson Strut With 8.2" (20.8 cm) Travel
||Dual A-Arm, Anti-Sway Bar 9.5" (24 cm) Travel
||4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front Calipers
||Park in Transmission
|Tires / Wheels
||25 x 8-12; 489
||25 x 10-12; 489
|Dimensions / Capacities
|Overall Vehicle Size (L x W x H)
||90" x 48" x 68"
|Front/Rear Rack or Box Capacity
||120 lb (55 kg)/240 lb (110 kg)
||575 lbs (261 kg)
|Hitch Towing Rating
|Unbraked Trailer Towing Capacity
||Lock & Ride
||Halogen, 55W low/ 60W high
|Electronic Power Steering
||Digital Gauge, Analog Speedometer, Odometer,
Tachometer, Tripmeter, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, AWD Indicator,
Hi-Temp/Low-Batt Lights, DC Outlet
Polaris is a recognized leader in the
powersports industry with annual 2012 sales of $3.2 billion. Polaris designs,
engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles,
including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR®
side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and small vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales
leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a
presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the
Victory and Indian motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest
in the global on-road small vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars
(GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed
vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris
and KLIM branded apparel and Polaris accessories and parts.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the
New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in
the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line
of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from
authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com