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UTV TEST: Polaris RZR 900 EPS Fox Edition

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April 21, 2017
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Polaris replaced the original RZR 800 with 875cc, 75-horsepower ProStar RZR 900s for 2015, and the change boosted power by 40 percent, increased top speeds from 62 (RZR 900) to 65 mph (S 900), and greatly improved cabin comfort. For 2016 Polaris introduced the 60-inch S 1000 and General 1000, and trail riders wanting a 50-inch wide or narrower machine can choose the RZR 900, RZR 570, the Ace 900, 570 or 325 or any ATV. The 900 comes in a base version with steel wheels, variable-assist EPS versions with four color choices and black aluminum rims, and the fully loaded Fox Edition with upgraded shocks, EPS, EBS and VersaTrac Turf-Saver rear diff. We secured the Fox Edition for long-term testing. Now, let’s hit the wooded trails!

WHAT’S A FOX EDITION RZR 900 EPS?
The RZR 900 enjoys a class-leading 6.5 horsepower per 100 pounds of weight for fast acceleration, ZF Sachs shocks producing 10 inches of travel with front and rear torsion bars, an optimized track width of 43 inches, and the same cockpit as the RZR XP 1000 and S 1000. Also, the ProStar powerplant is hitched to a new transmission with revised 40-plus-mph low range and new CVT calibration. The EPS Fox Edition upgrades to Fox Podium X 2.0 shocks with adjustable compression damping, a RZR-exclusive Engine Braking System (EBS) and TurfSaver unlocking rear differential. The RZR 900 EPS XC Edition adds offset wheels for a 55-inch width aimed at woods racers.

HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The White Lightning RZR 900 without EPS is $12,799, while EPS 900s are $14,799 to $14,999 (camo), and the Fox Edition Matte White Lightning is $15,799. Arctic Cat’s Wildcat 700 Trail is $11,999, the XT package jumps to $12,999, and the Special Edition is $13,599. The 2016 60-inch Can-Am Maverick 1000X xc DPS is $18,449, while the 55-inch RZR 900 XC Edition is $17,299. CFMoto’s ZForce 800 Trail is $9999, and their EPS Trail is $10,799.

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WHAT KIND OF POWER DOES IT HAVE?
Impressive. The 75-horsepower, 875cc inline twin propels the RZR from 0 to 40 mph in 3.8 seconds, but it doesn’t have the overpowering “yank” of the 100-horsepower S 1000, so it’s easier to drive in mud-slick conditions. The RZR 900 has enough power for fun drifts into turns and powerslides out of them. Power is matched well with the CVT and dual-range transmission, with a 62-mph top speed in high and 41 mph in low.

Up front the RZR 900 has 10 inches of travel, LED headlights, a front torsion bar, dual-bore front brake calipers squeezing perforated rotors, and CV boot guards on the tubular front A-arms. The 26x8-12 PXT tires ride on cast-aluminum rims.
Up front the RZR 900 has 10 inches of travel, LED headlights, a front torsion bar, dual-bore front brake calipers squeezing perforated rotors, and CV boot guards on the tubular front A-arms. The 26×8-12 PXT tires ride on cast-aluminum rims.

WHAT ABOUT THE 4WD DELIVERY?
It’s also impressive. The CVT clutch engages quickly yet smoothly and propels the car seamlessly to speed. The on-demand 4WD system engages the front diff when it senses the rear tires spinning, so the 900 doesn’t push into turns like full-time 4WD systems, and the engaged front end helps pull it out of turns. The Fox Edition raises the performance bar even more with a great EBS system for technical downhills and an unlocking rear diff for bending through tight woods and switchbacks. Only the 55-inch $17,299 RZR 900 EPS XC Edition has matching performance, and Coastal Racing uses this unlocking rear diff in its GNCC XC1 UTV Pro racers.

Front and rear torsion bars and Fox Podium 2.0 piggyback shocks keep the Fox Edition RZR 900 flat in corners, but the increased power can lead to bicycling if you over-cook corners. For another $1500, the XC edition adds 5 inches of track width via offset rims and larger 27-inch GBC Dirt Commander tires. PXT rubber comes on 50-inch 900s.
Front and rear torsion bars and Fox Podium 2.0 piggyback shocks keep the Fox Edition RZR 900 flat in corners, but the increased power can lead to bicycling if you over-cook corners. For another $1500, the XC edition adds 5 inches of track width via offset rims and larger 27-inch GBC Dirt Commander tires. PXT rubber comes on 50-inch 900s.

HOW DOES THE 50-INCH RZR HANDLE?
It’s nimble! The new RZR 900 chassis has 2 inches more wheelbase than the original RZR, but the 40-percent increase in power gives it a much better power-to-weight ratio. The wheelbase adds stability, while the power and CVT calibration let the driver steer by drifting out the rear end. Dual torsion bars fight body roll in turns, and better throttle response helps lighten the front end for water bars and other obstacles.

The Fox and XC Edition 900s have Fox Performance Series 2.0 Podium shocks with 24-position compression-damping clickers. Ring-type adjusters dial preload for heavy bed loads (up to 300 pounds), while the dual-rate springs have an almost coil-bound initial spring
The Fox and XC Edition 900s have Fox Performance Series 2.0 Podium shocks with 24-position compression-damping clickers. Ring-type adjusters dial preload for heavy bed loads (up to 300 pounds), while the dual-rate springs have an almost coil-bound initial spring

WHAT ABOUT THE SUSPENSION?
It’s well tuned and effective. The Fox Podium X 2.0 shocks come with the compression clickers set at 15 out front and 11 out rear (of 24 positions), and these settings deliver a good combination of bottoming resistance and ride quality over trail junk. Going in three clicks in front helps it get over water bars without bottoming and decreases front-end dive under hard braking. Twin torsion bars keep the chassis more level in turns but allow decent articulation in rocks.

Rear 26x9-12 PXT tires ride on wider rims, and dual-A-arm IRS delivers 10 inches of travel with a 43-inch rear track width. Unlike the cab-sharing RZR XPs, the RZR 900 has a 1.25-inch receiver and a 1500-pound tow rating. Check out the massive rear torsion bar.
Rear 26×9-12 PXT tires ride on wider rims, and dual-A-arm IRS delivers 10 inches of travel with a 43-inch rear track width. Unlike the cab-sharing RZR XPs, the RZR 900 has a 1.25-inch receiver and a 1500-pound tow rating. Check out the massive rear torsion bar.

WHERE IS THE RZR 900 EPS HAPPIEST?
The tighter the trail, the more the 50-inch Fox Edition likes it. The threeposition drive switch unlocks the rear end for tight pivots around trees and switchbacks, locks the rear diff for 2WD drifts and power slides, and goes to on-demand 4WD for maximum traction when needed. EBS helps set up drifts and slows speeds on downhills, but it slows only the rear wheels.

HOW ABOUT THE BRAKES?
They’re strong. Front hydraulic calipers have twin pistons, and both rear wheels have single-piston calipers. The brake lines are braided steel, and the system has great feel at the pedal. The Fox Edition’s brakes are backed up by the effective EBS system, and Park mode in the transmission is an upgrade over the original RZR 800.

Creature comforts abound in the wider cabin, and we especially like the tilt steering wheel, EPS assist levels, adjustable passenger panic bar, and large glovebox and cubby hole. There are blanks for accessory switches opposite of the 1WD/2WD/4WD and LED light toggles and analog speedometer.
Creature comforts abound in the wider cabin, and we especially like the tilt steering wheel, EPS assist levels, adjustable passenger panic bar, and large glovebox and cubby hole. There are blanks for accessory switches opposite of the 1WD/2WD/4WD and LED light toggles and analog speedometer.

WHAT ABOUT TRAIL COMFORT?
Greatly improved. Sharing the cabin with the RZR XP 1000 and Turbo, the 900 has much better seats than the old 800 and more elbow room, and the driver’s seat is adjustable. The tilt steering wheel is also comfortable on the trail, and noise and vibration levels are low in the cab. Cup holders, quarter doors with great latches, a new dash with large glove box and the adjustable passenger T-bar are all top-notch, but the RZR 900 doesn’t have adjustable upper seat-belt mounts like the RZR XP.

Polaris greatly improves upon the original RZR with the ProStar-powered RZR 900, with the Fox Edition EPS being the top trim package in the 50-inch sport UTV segment. Only Fox and XC Edition RZRs get a true Engine Braking System and unlocking rear differential.
Polaris greatly improves upon the original RZR with the ProStar-powered RZR 900, with the Fox Edition EPS being the top trim package in the 50-inch sport UTV segment. Only Fox and XC Edition RZRs get a true Engine Braking System and unlocking rear differential.

WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
Polaris hits the bull’s-eye with the 50-inch RZR 900, and the EPSequipped Fox Edition delivers nextlevel performance with adjustable shocks, engine braking and VersaTrac rear differential. It does everything well and is a tight package with great acceleration, brakes, handling, suspension and creature comforts. And, the Fox Edition is $1500 less than the RZR 900 EPS XC edition, with offset wheels widening the stance to 55 inches. Of the four RZR 900 choices, we like the EPS Fox Edition best.

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SPECS
2016 POLARIS RZR 900 EPS FOX EDITION
ENGINE/TRANSMISSION
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC 4-stroke twin
Displacement ……………………………………….. 875cc
Bore x stroke …………………… 93mm x 64.4mm (x2)
Compression ratio ………………………………….10.6:1
Lubrication system …………………………….Wet sump
Additional cooling ………………………………….Auto fan
Induction ………………………. 46mm EFI throttle body
Starting/back-up ……………………………. Electric/none
Starting procedure ………………….Turn ignition switch
Air filter:
Type …………………………………………… Paper pleat
Access Tool-less, remove engine panel & undo 2 straps
Transmission ………….. Dual-range CVT w/ rev. & EBS
Reverse procedure………..Move range selector to “R”
Drive system .. Selectable 2WD/4WD w/ auto diff-lock
Final drives ……………………………………………Shafts
DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES/WEIGHTS
Fuel capacity ………………………………………. 9.5 gal.
Wheelbase ……………………………………………..79.0”
Overall length/width/height ……………. 105”/50”/69.5”
Ground clearance ………………………………………..11”
Claimed dry weight …………………………….. 1,182 lb.
Bed weight limit……………………………………. 300 lb.
Hitch ………………………………………… 1.25” receiver
Towing limit……………………………………….. 1500 lb.
ROLLING CHASSIS
Frame ……………………………………. Steel round tube
Suspension/wheel travel:
Front Dual A-arm w/ prel.& comp.-adj. Fox shocks/10”
Rear Dual A-arm w/ prel. & comp.-adj. Fox shocks/10”
Brakes/actuation:
Front …………………… Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Rear …………………… Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Parking ……………………………………Lever on console
Tires:
Front …………………………………… AT 26×8-12 PXT
Rear ……………………………………. AT 26×9-12 PXT
ELECTRICAL
DC outlet …………………………………………… Console
Lighting:
Front ………………….2 LED 55/60W hi/lo headlights
Rear …………………………. Dual LED brake/tail lights
DETAILS
Instrumentation ….Speed/odo/trip/hour/rpm/fuel/gear/
clock/2WD-4WD
Colors …….. White Lightning; EPS: Havasu Red Pearl,
Stealth Black, Matte Turbo Silver;
PPC: Fox Matte White Lightning
Minimum recommended operator age ……………….16
Suggested retail price ………………………….$12,799;
EPS: $14,799–$14,999; Fox EPS: $15,799
Contact ………………………….Polaris, (800) POLARIS

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