2021 POLARIS GENERAL XP 1000 PURSUIT EDITION
Many hunters say utility and recreational utility UTVs are the best thing to happen to hunting since camo came along. Some hunters are in a hurry, and they found the faster, better-suspended Polaris General sport utility machine hit the target for the kind of driving they do. The new 2021 Polaris General XP 1000 Pursuit Edition combines the General’s impressive performance and practicality with special features for hunters.
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The 2021 Polaris General XP 1000 Pursuit Edition is $23,999. The General XP 1000 Deluxe is $22,999. The General 1000 starts at $15,999. Yamaha’s new RMAX2 1000 starts at $19,799. Arctic Cat discontinued its Havoc sport utility UTV for 2021, but the mechanically identical Tracker SVX1000 is $14,499. The four-seat General XP 4 1000 Pursuit Edition is $25,999.
WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT THE GENERAL XP 1000 PURSUIT EDITION?
All General XP 1000s are 64 inches wide, have a dumping cargo bed and the same 100-horsepower engine. All models also have suspension with 14 inches of travel front and rear, 30-inch tires on 15-inch wheels, a roof, doors, rear-view mirror, 4,500-pound winch and a Rockford Fosgate audio system. The Pursuit Edition adds a Lock & Ride rear bed storage rack with two levels of storage. It will fit a Polaris Northstar cooler in the cargo box, while the upper rack carries up to 50 pounds of gear. A Kolpin Stronghold gun boot makes it easy to pack away a firearm. There’s also an 11-inch Pro Armor light bar mounted to the color-matched front bumper. The Pursuit Edition features a blend of Polaris Pursuit Camo on Stealth Black, Stealth Green and Military Tan graphics with custom seats. All 2021 General models have upgraded, semi-perforated seating surfaces.
WHAT POWERS IT?
A naturally aspirated, 999cc, eight-valve, double-overhead-cam parallel twin with 100 horsepower.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT HAVE?
A dashboard switch lets you select 2WD or 4WD with an automatic-locking front differential. The rear differential can be unlocked for tight turns or delicate turf.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT HAVE?
A belt-type, dual-range, fully automatic continuously variable transmission like most UTVs have.
HOW FAST IS IT?
They don’t call it the Pursuit Edition for nothing. The XP 1000 Pursuit Edition is a touch less quick than a 60-inch-wide General because it’s almost 200 pounds heavier, but it’s still seriously fast.
This machine’s acceleration is in a whole different area code from recreational and utility UTVs.
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?
Crisp but controllable. The Pursuit Edition is fully capable of supplying sporty throttle response and solid acceleration when you want it. It’s just as willing to let you apply power gently if you face slick conditions or technical obstacles on the trail.
HOW IS THE SUSPENSION?
It’s a match for some sport machines’ suspension at speed, and it’s also comfortable at a relaxed pace. The General XP 1000 uses double A-arms front and rear, not trailing-arm rear suspension like many sport machines, but its ride quality and bottoming resistance are very impressive. General XP 1000s have 14 inches of travel front and rear, a sizable step up from the General 1000’s 12.25 inches in front and 13.25 inches in the rear. The extra stroke lets you carry more speed in choppy or whooped-out terrain, and it takes big bumps in stride. Knob-type compression adjusters on the Walker Evans Velocity shocks make firming or softening the suspension simple.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
Like all General XP 1000s, the Pursuit Edition offers a great combination of agility and stability. At 64 inches wide with the same 83-inch wheelbase as the 60-inch-wide General 1000, the General XP 1000 retains the compact size that works so well in tight trails but offers extra stability for hard cornering and off-camber terrain.
HOW IS IT IN DIFFICULT TERRAIN?
The extra width that allows the General XP 1000 to corner so calmly gives it a relaxed, planted feel on deeply rutted trails and steep, sketchy hills. This machine’s power also allows it to handle hills and deep mud confidently. The 30-inch tires and 13.5 inches of ground clearance get the General through rocky areas and ruts without snags.
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
The General gives you almost all the comforts of home on the trail. The cab has plenty of shoulder and leg room for large adults, and the vehicle is easy to get in and out of. Seating is more upright than in sport UTVs, and forward visibility is very good. The seats are very comfortable. There’s a great sound system, a roof over your head, two cup holders, a center console with a big closeable storage compartment and a power port, plus another power port and more storage on the dash. The full doors and bodywork provide very good splash protection. The exhaust is quieter than a RZR’s but throatier than some recreational machine’s mufflers. The General Pursuit’s gun boot, two-level cargo rack, light bar and special colors are sure to appeal to hunters and any drivers who want a well-equipped machine for adventures.
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
The General XP 1000 gives hunters and adventurers a great blend of comfort, performance and utility capability. The new Pursuit Edition is $1,000 more and offers far more than $1,000 worth of extra factory-installed features. For some drivers, it’s the best General yet.
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POLARIS GENERAL XP 1000 PURSUIT EDITION
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC
Bore x stroke 93mm x 73.5mm (x2)
Compression ratio 11:1
Lubrication system Wet sump
Additional cooling Auto fan
Induction 48mm EFI (x2)
Starting procedure Turn ignition switch
Type Paper pleat
Access Tool-less; lift bed, undo two straps
Transmission Dual-range CVT w/ rev. & EBS
Reverse procedure Move range selector to “R”
Drive system Selectable Turf mode/2WD/4WD
w/ auto diff-lock
Final drives Shafts
Fuel capacity 9.5 gal.
Overall length/width/height 118.2”/64”/75”
Ground clearance 13.5”
Claimed dry weight 1,712 lb.
Bed weight limit 600 lb.
Hitch 2” receiver
Towing limit 1,500 lb.
Frame Steel round/square tube
Front Dual A-arm w/ Walker Evans compression/
preload adj. shocks/14”
Rear IRS Dual A-arms w/ Walker Evans compression/
preload adj. shocks/14”
Front Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Rear Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Parking Mode in transmission
Front 30×10-15 Pro Armor Crawler
Rear 30×10-15 Pro Armor Crawler
DC outlet Console & dash
Front 2 LED hi/lo headlights
Rear Dual LED brake/taillights
Color Stealth Black/camo
Minimum recommended operator age 16
Suggested retail price $23,999