The Polaris RZR platform is an ever growing and evolving beast. It came into this world as a tiny 50-inch wide machine that made it the first UTV able to ride narrow ATV trails, That fact and the aftermarkets (Mainly HCR and Pro Armor) quick reaction to modify it, made it an instant hit. In just over a decade, Polaris has pumped out over a dozen versions of the RZR that still cater to everyone from that narrow trail rider to the wide open desert racer with the 72” wide Turbo S models. We list all the important changes HERE.
For 2020, Polaris is dropping a totally new from the ground up 64” model that will lead the brand into the next decade. Called the 2020 Polaris RZR Pro XP (starting at $22,999), the new platform is available only in a two seat turbo model for now. It still uses a belt driven automatic CVT transmission bringing an impressive 181 horsepower to the ground through a set of aggressive 30×10-14 Maxxis Carnivore tires. Standard A-arm front (19” travel) and trailing arm (20” travel) rear suspension sit 6” inches further apart than before making the total wheelbase measurement 96-inches. The frame is made from beefy 2” tubing where it counts surrounding the passengers and 1.75” cross tubing.
You sit much lower in the cockpit when compared to any other RZR. It’s a lot more Can-Am X3 feeling than RZR. In fact, the new seats are very reminiscent of what comes stock in the X3. Furthermore the seats slide forward on rollers and have a three position front mount (tools required), so you can get your seating position exactly the way you like it. The floorboard has been changed giving more room for both driver and passenger. The passenger doesn’t get an adjustable seat but they do get a cool adjustable grab handle that offers multiple vertical or horizontal hand placements. It’s very comfortable.
Back on the driver’s side, the steering is a massive upgrade. It’s a D shaped, tilt and telescoping wheel that reminds us of a top of the line Sparco product. The Ultimate models of the Pro XP get volume adjust buttons on the wheel as well a couple other controls. Very Automotive looking. The ability to adjust the Fox Dynamic shocks has been moved to the wheel as well. The shock adjustments are dramatically different on this model. The softest setting is actually comfortable now, medium works good and firm is great for aggressive driving but not too stiff. New is a full firm button, which brings the shocks instantly up to the older firm setting or “10”. For this you can momentarily hit a button on the wheel and it activates for you and releases a few seconds later. It’s great for those unexpected obstacles that will surely show up much quicker now.
Up front, a brand new dash is very versatile and user friendly, it’s not only our favorite part of the Pro XP it’s our favorite UTV dash period. It has multiple storage boxes on top, one cubby hole straight forward of the shifter and a side shelf down by the passengers left foot. Between the driver’s and behind the cupholders is another storage console that is very car like.
Polaris gave us a quick lap around a 15 mile brutal desert loop for a quick impression. They weren’t afraid to let us open it up or find out how it does over big rocks and bumps. The 181 horsepower gets to the ground quickly and the new Maxxis claw forward like nothing before. The 8 ply tires are heavier but the engine doesn’t care and the complete drive train has been upgraded to handle it. The Pro XP accelerates forward as quick as any other RZR made. The driver’s compartment is comfortable and you can see over the new front hood only slightly better than before due to the lower seating position we were in. There is defiantly room for big and tall drivers or riders in the new RZR.
In the softer suspension setting, the car felt low yet very plush. For our test drive, this setting was too low and the rear end drug a lot unexpectedly. It needs an inch of preload and two more inches of ground clearance. We found firm to be the sweet setting for this terrain. The longer wheelbase really helped stabilized the car on high speed narrow trails. The extra wheelbase was very forgiving over all bumps from little chop to whoops and big G outs. The aggressive Maxxis tire have a lot more bite on the sidewall so they tended to pull you up high on berms but a slight driving adjustment cured that. They are not the tire we would choose but, the sizing and strength is a huge improvement. In 15 short miles behind the wheel we were hooked. We like the lower seating position for sure. The longer wheelbase helped it in the bumps yet didn’t hurt it in the corners too much. The looks will have to grow on us like the Can-Am X3 did. It has many features you can’t find with any other brand. If you are already a Polaris fan, it’s a home run.
SPECS: 2020 POLARIS RZR PRO XP
Engine type…Liquid-cooled, twin cylinder, DOHC, turbo charged, 4 stroke
Lubrication system…Wet sump
Additional cooling…Auto fan
Starting procedure…Turn ignition switch w/shifter in park
Access…Behind driver and firewall
Reverse procedure…Brake on, move range selector “R”…
Drive system…Selectable 2WD/4WD w/ EPS
Fuel capacity…12 gals
Claimed dry weight…1736lb
Bed weight limit… 299lbs
Bed Box Deminsions…26×17.7×11.5”
Frame…2” Steel round tube
Front…Dual A-arm w/prel./comp.-adj. shocks/ 17”
Rear…IRS 3-link Trailing-arms w/prel./comp -adj. shocks/20”
Front…Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Rear… Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Parking…Lever on console
Front…30×10-14, 8-Ply Maxxis Carnivore
Rear…30×10-14, 8-Ply Maxxis Carnivore
Rear..LED brake/tail lights
Colors…Black, Red, White
Minimum recommended operator age…16…16
Suggested retail price…$22,999 (Base) $24,999 ( Premium) $28,499 (Ultimate)