I recently spent more time with a side-by UTV than I had in ten years out in the Nevada desert blasting around in a Polaris RZR 1000 EPS. I loved the little thing…it had enough power for all four wheels to break loose and stay loose on a gravel road, climbed up hills, and screamed down sections of the Mint 400 race course like a little rally car. My only complaint, and I wouldn’t even bother calling it a complaint, was that all the dust was coming inside whether I agreed to it or not. Such is the price of an open UTV. It was as fast as you would ever need to go anywhere, sat two comfortably, and handled abuse by the truckload. Nothing wrong with that one at all. But here’s the deal: UTV owners aren’t just leaving them alone. They are modifying the hell out of them, building them up to be as capable, if not more so, than a custom-built truck. And Polaris has been paying attention. We saw these monsters in the paddock of Zero1 Desert Adventures on our ride and drive, but I was informed that they were just being staged and weren’t officially unveiled. Since I wanted to remain in good graces, I stayed away.
The RZR Turbo S is meant to be a monster. You notice the 32″ tires and wider track (72 inches) immediately. Compared to the RZRs we would be driving, this thing towered. But the suspension is the stunning point: twenty-five inches of useable travel, from droop to full compression. By comparison, the EPS that I bombed the trails with might have had seven inches of useable travel. That’s unreal. Another unreal point is that the suspension is active. Polaris’s DYNAMIX Active Suspension, paired off with FOX shocks, means that you can dial in or out just how much comfort you want. The powerplant is still the 168 horsepower ProStar Turbo mill, which is more than enough for what you could possibly want in a UTV, and the transmission is still a CVT.
Prices for the new RZR Turbo S start at $27,499. That’s a hit in the pocketbook, for sure, but that’s a lot of performance. Think about the cost it would take to make your average pickup dance like this UTV can and see if you can still say “it’s too much.” Meanwhile, check out Busted Knuckle Film’s first impressions of the new Polaris below: