Polaris introduced the GENERAL last Fall, and I was very impressed with the vehicle after driving it at the press intro in New Mexico (see Polaris GENERAL Review). The rec-utility category is new for Polaris, and the GENERAL slots in between utility-rec (RANGER) and Sport (RZR).
The GENERAL is a blend of RZR S 1000 and Ranger XP 900. Don’t let the dump bed fool you, the suspension and drive train are almost pure RZR S. With a 100 horsepower ProStar engine, the Polaris GENERAL has best-in-class power. And the suspension boasts 12-inches of ground clearance, plus 12.25-inches of front wheel travel and 13.2-inches of rear wheel travel from an a-arm suspension that is nearly identical to the RZR S 1000. Engine and clutch are almost all RZR S as well with minor tweaks to the calibration and tuning so the GENERAL can have the low-end grunt necessary to do work.
After our first test at the Polaris Press Event, we knew that we had to have one!
Mowed 4 acres with our Kunz Rough Cut Mower behind our Polaris GENERAL. We used a set of 30x10R15 STI Chicane RX Tires mounted on STI Beadlock wheels
Short Course Test
Rock Crawling Tests
Rock Crawling – River Bed
Short Course – Hard Corner
Climbing the backside of Sand Mountain, NV
The GENERAL is just plain fun to drive
Rugged Radios – Radio and Intercom
Factory UTV – UHMW Skid Plate and Rock Sliders
Factor 55 – ProLink Shackle Mount
Custom Splice – Synthetic Winch Rope
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