Polaris Industries recently unveiled its product offerings for 2012, a lineup that delivers several new vehicles and accessories. Among the new products are Side-by-Sides, including the second trail-capable Side-by-Side in the Ranger RZR family, the Ranger RZR 570, and the Ranger Crew Diesel, a heavy-duty, diesel-powered option. For those
who prefer to keep the action on the road, Victory introduces the Cross
Country Tour for the touring motorcycle segment.
Polaris unveiled its 2012 product lineup to dealers at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. during the company’s annual summer sales meeting. Polaris also used the occasion to celebrate the company’s outstanding success during the past year, welcome dealers of two recently acquired brands, Indian Motorcycle and (GEM) Global Electric Motorcars, and focus on growth in the coming year.
Off-Road Vehicle Division
For model year 2012, Polaris will continue introducing new models and making significant upgrades to existing products. For the ATV line, Polaris will have more powerful, big bore ATVs with
the introduction of the new 850 Twin, EFI, High Output engine available
in the Sportsman XP 850 H.O. and Sportsman Touring 850 H.O.
Since 2008, Polaris has introduced a new Ranger RZR model every year and model year 2012 will be no different, introducing the new Ranger RZR 570. At 50 inches wide, the Ranger RZR 570 is the second trail-capable model in the RANGER RZR family and gives riders the opportunity to own the trail.
At 50 inches wide, the Ranger RZR 570 takes on trails other Side-by-Sides cannot. At the heart of the Ranger RZR 570 is an all-new ProStar 570 single cylinder, DOHC, electronic fuel injected engine. The engine is the second in the ProStar family, made specifically for Side-by-Side vehicles, complementing the Polaris-designed and assembled powertrain. Built with the engine behind the seat, the Ranger RZR 570 has a low center of gravity delivering agile, sharp handling on the trail.
For 2012, the multi-passenger lineup gets a new member with the Ranger Crew Diesel. The new Ranger will have all the attributes of the Crew 800 but with a Yanmar diesel powerplant. New in the full-size segment for 2012, the Ranger HD 800 will be equipped with the Polaris Engine Braking System (EBS) for optimum downhill control and smooth, even deceleration during descents. Polaris also will offer several limited edition models across each segment, including Ranger XP 800, Ranger 500 EFI and Ranger Crew 800 models.
Additionally, this past January, Polaris introduced a whole new class of Side-by-Side, the highly-anticipated Ranger RZR XP 900. The extreme performing XP 900 will feature a redesigned front suspension for increased maneuverability at slow speeds, adjustable Fox 2.0 shocks and a rubber isolated prop shaft for less noise. Features found on the XP 900 that will be added to the RZR 800, RZR S 800 and RZR 4 800 include a more durable, zinc front drive cage, a durable dual clutch inlet, improved fit and finish in the cockpit and a 33-percent thicker skid plate. Several RZR XP 900, RZR 800, RZR S 800 and RZR 4 800 limited edition models also will be available.
For 2012, Polaris will have more powerful, big bore ATVs with the introduction of the new 850 Twin, EFI, High Output engine. The engine delivers 20 percent more power off the line and will be available in the Sportsman XP 850 H.O. and Sportsman Touring 850 H.O. To make the hardest working value models work even harder, the Sportsman 800 EFI, Sportsman Big Boss 6×6 800, Sportsman 500 H.O. and Sportsman 400 H.O. will receive integrated front storage for 2012. Changes in the 2-Up Segment include the Sportsman Touring 500 H.O. also receiving integrated front storage. To complement these vehicles, Polaris will offer several limited edition models across the premium, value and 2-Up lines including the Sportsman XP 850 EPS, Sportsman Touring 850 H.O., Sportsman 550 EPS and Sportsman 500 H.O. models.
On-Road Vehicle Division
For 2012, Polaris is not only offering a new corps of Victory motorcycles but also is continuing to grow its product offerings on-road, with the addition of both (GEM) Global Electric Motorcars, a leader in the low-emission, small vehicle market, and Indian Motorcycle, the original American motorcycle company. Though Polaris isn’t offering any new products from these brands in model year 2012, they will be valuable additions to the On-Road Vehicle Division in the future.
New for 2012, the Victory Cross Country Tour joins the growing family of forward-looking Victory Touring models – including the Vision, Cross Country, Cross Roads and the new for 2012 Cross Roads Classic Limited Edition. When it comes to the Touring segment, the new Cross Country Tour breaks boundaries in all the components of The Victory Edge. It comes standard with the brand-new Victory Comfort Control System, which gives adjustable control of the airflow reaching the riders area, providing the edge to find comfort in all riding conditions.
Delivering what the touring rider wants, the Cross County Tour also provides the most cargo capacity of any production motorcycle in the world, with more than 41 gallons of storage available. The Cross County Tour also performs on the road, with a sophisticated, cast aluminum chassis and the power, reliability and performance of Victory’s Freedom 106/6 V-Twin engine and non-linked anti-lock brakes.
Of particular note this year is the inclusion of anti-lock brakes as standard equipment on all Victory Touring models, providing high-resolution and sophisticated braking performance in all riding situations.
The Victory High-Ball headlines a class of high-performance Victory Cruisers that includes the Vegas, Vegas Jackpot, Kingpin and Hammer S. A seamless blend of classic bobber styling and premium Victory performance, the High-Ball offers riders the best value of any bobber style bike from a major motorcycle manufacturer.
Victory is again offering the strong, blacked-out look of the Vegas 8-Ball and Hammer 8-Ball, as well as the already tricked-out Arlen Ness Signature Series Vision Tour, the Cory Ness Signature Series Cross Country and the Zach Ness Signature Series Vegas.
More information about Polaris products is available at www.polaris.com.