Polaris launches 2012 RZR XP 4 900

2012 Polaris RZR XP 4 900.
This past January, Polaris introduced a whole new class of side-by-side with the RZR XP 900. In 2012 the American brand will introduce another extreme performance side-byside to the family, the RZR XP 4 900. This launch will bring Xtreme performance for four while delivering the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility found in the entire RZR family.

The RZR XP 4 900 is the most-capable, highest-powered, multi-passenger side-by-side with the longest wheelbase making it the ultimate performance vehicle in the market place. The vehicle has many of the same attributes as the RZR XP 900; the proven 88 horsepower/66kW, ProStar™ 900 Twin engine, 3-Link Trailing Arm Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) with 12.5 in/31.8 cm of ground clearance and 14 in/35.6 cm of travel, On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive and low center of gravity for unmatched cornering; with a class-leading 107 in/271.8 cm of wheelbase to not only accommodate two more passengers, but also provide the smoothest ride available on a highperformance side-by-side.

“Polaris continues to innovate the RANGER RZR line by developing highly sought-after vehicles that offer the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility,” said Peter Harvey, Country Manager – Polaris Australia and NZ. “With the instant success of the RZR XP 900 and the popularity of multi-passenger vehicles throughout the industry, it was a natural progression to develop an extreme-performing vehicle that four can enjoy.” Production starts soon in the USA and Australian customers can place orders now for delivery early 2012.

2012 Polaris RZR XP 4 900.

The ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility starts with power. At the heart of the RZR XP 4 900 is the 88 horsepower ProStar™ 900 Twin EFI engine that was built specifi cally for an extreme-performance side-by-side and fi rst found in the RZR XP 900. The engine features Dual OverHead Cams (DOHC), four big valves per cylinder and dual throttle bodies located close to the intake valves for fast throttle response and groundbreaking acceleration.

In order to handle the massive power of the engine and keep the ride smooth, the RZR XP 4 900 features a 3-Link Trailing Arm IRS. The 3-link design consists of two extralong radius rods and a far forward-connecting trailing arm resulting in a strong, yet lightweight system. And, for the fi rst time on a Side-by-Side, the RZR XP 4 900 will offer premium, 2.5 in/6.4 cm body, Walker Evans rear shocks, the largest stock shocks on the market. The massive 2.5-inch/6.4 cm body shocks are designed to deliver higher damping forces and avoid shock fade compared to a 2-inch body shock thanks to a 35 percent larger piston area that reduces internal pressure and heat generation.

The shock also contains 35 percent more oil volume to slow the rate of heat buildup when pounding through the roughest terrain.

2012 Polaris RZR XP 4 900.

Coupling the Walker Evans shocks with RZR XP 4 900’s long wheel base makes for the smoothest ride from a high-performance side-by-side. Its 14 in/35.6 cm of terrain-absorbing rear travel and 13.5 in/34.3 cm of front travel soak up the rough stuff and deliver a smooth, precise ride, while 12.5 in/31.8 cm of ground clearance gives the machine the ability to tackle any obstacle in its way.

For razor-sharp agility, RZR XP 4 900 features a low center of gravity for the ultimate ride over rough terrain. The engine-behind-the-seat design and strategically-placed key components optimize vehicle weight distribution delivering extreme, razor-sharp agility and performance, while the race-inspired rear suspension maximizes traction and power in the corners. To provide precise cornering, the suspension’s radius rods extend deep into the wheel hubs and feature an uneven link geometry that optimizes camber. This allows the tyres to lean into the corner through the suspension travel, and plant more tyre surface on the ground for maximum control. The XP 4 features premium ITP XCT tyres and sports alloy wheels.

In creating the fi rst high-performance, four-seat side-byside, Polaris paid close attention to ergonomics. Similar to its family members, the RZR XP 4 900 has class-leading tilt steering offering 10 in/25.4 cm of range and a heel pocket for unmatched throttle control. The front passenger will enjoy an adjustable front passenger handrail, while the rear passengers have ample amount of head-room and a rear passenger handrail. Similar to the front passengers, rear passengers also have a 12-volt plug in and two cup holders. All four bucket seats are interchangeable and offer 4 in/10.2 cm of front-to-rear adjustability making it easy to switch drivers. For safety, RZR XP 4 900 has four side protective nets and a certifi ed roll-over protective structure (ROPS*).

“The Polaris RZR 4 will appeal to Aussies that want the best of everything, so we will only import the Limited Edition version of the RZR XP 4 900”. The Limited Edition (LE) model has a host of additional features, such as electronic power steering for added control and less rider fatigue in the rough stuff. “The LE is also pimped with all the custom features, such as automotive-quality Vogue Silver metallic paint, new graphics, colour matched seats, springs and cab.” For those wanting even more customization, available at launch will be dozens of genuine Polaris accessories, such as screens, roof, harnesses, storage, stereo systems and more.

The excitement is mounting ahead of the inaugural season of the Australian Rally Championship Side By Side Challenge. RZR XP 900 (2-seat) owners are welcome to enter, regulations will be available via the ARC. Round One kicks off on March 2nd at Melbourne’s Calder Park, followed by rounds in WA, QLD and NSW. This new racing option is the result of passionate involvement of Polaris RZR owners in other motorsport classes, such as the Australian Off Road Championship, Karnacross, Navrun and Cross Country Drivers Association events.

KEY DETAILS
• Taking deposits now
• Limited numbers arriving early 2012
• 88hp 875cc twin EFI engine
• On-Demand True AWD
• Continuously Variable Transmission
• Power Steering » Four sports seats
• 341cm length / 163cm width / 32 cm of ground clearance
• Walker-Evans 2″ body front suspension (34cm travel)
• Walker-Evans 2.5″ body rear suspension (36cm travel)
• Limited Edition Vogue Silver metallic paint
• Limited Edition graphics, colour matched seat, cab, springs and arms
*OSHA ROPS 29CFR1928.53
Polaris reserves the right to change specifi cations at any time without incurring obligations.
2012 POLARIS RZR LINEUP

RZR170 – The world’s first youth Side by Side A$5995
RZR 570 – Razor Sharp Performance for Tight Terrain $TBA
RZR S 800 – Razor Sharp Performance A$18,995
RZR S 800 LE – Limited Edition ‘S’ A$19,995
RZR XP 900 – Razor Sharp Xtreme Performance A$23,495
RZR XP 900 LE – Limited Edition ‘XP’ A$24,995
RZR XP 4 900 LE – Razor Sharp Xtreme Performance for 4 (Limited edition) $TBA

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