Polaris Expands Side-By-Side Lineup With Two New RZR Models For 2019
The Velocity models substitute Walker Evans 3.0 Velocity Series Shocks in place of Fox 3.0 Internal Bypass Live Valve Shocks found in the XP Turbo S models. The new shocks are aluminum, and features both high- and low-speed compression adjustment. This capability should result in a better ride over small bumps, and increased stability over larger ones. Velocity models get 25 percent more power steering assist, along with recalibrated throttle mapping and a redesigned clutch box with better air flow and decreased belt temperatures. Velocity models also have simplified cosmetics over the louder Turbo S models, and will wear a Titanium Metallic paint scheme.
“We designed the Velocity models in response to drivers seeking the ultimate combination of performance and value,” said Kyle Duea, Vice President of ORV Marketing for Polaris Industries. “Along with this new offering, we’re excited to add an additional paint scheme to the current XP Turbo S and XP 4 Turbo S lineup for a wider range of styles and designs.”
Other than the changes above, the Velocity models share most of their specifications with the hard-core XP Turbo S models. Powered by a 168-hp ProStar Turbo 925-cc twin-cylinder four-stroke engine with electronic fuel injection and an automatic passively variable transmission (PVT). On-Demand AWD/2WD is standard. Ground clearance is 16 inches, and usable suspension travel is 25 inches, and the vehicle uses 15-inch cast aluminum wheels shod with 23-inch eight-ply ITP Coyote tires. The Velocity uses four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. RZR XP Turbo S Velocity seat two side-by-side and has a 90-inch wheelbase and 122-inch overall length; RZR XP 4 Turbo S Velocity seats four in two side-by-side rows, and has a 117-inch wheelbase and a 149-inch overall length. The two-seater is 238 lbs lighter than the four-seater Velocity.
The RZR lineup includes 16 models beyond the new Velocity examples, in five categories: Trail; Xtreme Performance; 4-Seat; Special Editions; and Youth. Prices start at $5,299 and go up to $30,399. In addition to RZR side-by-sides, Polaris builds Ranger utility side-by-sides and General recreation and utility side-by-sides. Polaris also builds Sportsman ATVs and ACE single-seaters, along with Indian motorcycles, Slingshot three-wheel on-road vehicles, Polaris snowmobiles, Timbersled snow bikes, commercial vehicles, parts, accessories, services and more.
Jason Fogelson writes about luxury automotive, motorcycles and lifestyles. His first book, 100 Things for Every Gearhead to Do Before They Die, was published by Reedy Press in 2016.
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