2022 POLARIS RZR PRO R AND RZR TURBO R

More power and suspension

2022 POLARIS RZR PRO R AND RZR TURBO R

As it turns out, the worst-kept secret in the UTV game was actually two secret new cars. Recently unveiled, the all-new 2022 Polaris RZR Pro R and RZR Turbo R in two- and four-seat versions available in a variety of trims. The big news within the announcement was that the Pro R has an all-new, four-cylinder, 225-horsepower powerplant. While this is exciting, we are more interested in the new front and rear suspension on both offerings.

2022 POLARIS RZR PRO R AND RZR TURBO R
RZR PRO R PREMIUM POLARIS BLUE, $34,999
2022 POLARIS RZR PRO R AND RZR TURBO R
RZR PRO R LE ONYX BLACK, $40,999
2022 POLARIS RZR PRO R AND RZR TURBO R
RZR PRO R LE LIFTED LIME, $40,999
2022 POLARIS RZR PRO R AND RZR TURBO R
RZR PRO R ULTIMATE STEALTH BLACK, $37,999
RZR PRO R ULTIMATE AZURE CRYSTAL, $37,999
RZR PRO R SPORT STEALTH GRAY, $31,999

 

MORE MOTOR

The motor in the Pro R is a very large object placed in the rear of the car. In fact, the chassis had to be stretched 8.5 inches to fit the two extra cylinders and a CVT system that is now positioned behind the seats and firewall. This is a similar powerplant to what’s found in a Polaris Slingshot and what powers most compact cars made by Chevrolet. You see, when Polaris first brought the Slingshot roadster to market, it was powered by a four-cylinder Chevrolet Ecotech engine. A couple years into production, Polaris built its own version of this engine to power the Slingshot and now the 2022 Polaris RZR Pro R. The RZR version has a few modifications, such as a lighter crankshaft. Its 1997cc, 16-valve top end produces 225 horsepower and just over 150 pound-feet of torque. Polaris claims the powerful new mill will push this RZR to a top speed of 90 mph. Three separate throttle modes can be chosen, depending on what kind of driving you are doing. A mild setting is available for the rocks all the way up to a Race or Baja setting for higher speeds. That power is transferred out to the wheels through a transverse-mounted CVT system that is now found behind the seats. To access or change the belt, you will have to remove the seats, a plastic firewall, then the CVT cover.

While this may be a great sunset shot, what we are witnessing is a new day in the UTV game where manufacturers will be adding more and more power. Or, perhaps it’s a swan song for the end of internal combustion engines before electric takes over. Let’s hope not.

 

To go along with the stronger drivetrain, Polaris has also equipped the Pro R with a new rack-mounted power-steering system and true locking front differential. We hope this technology trickles down to other models in the future.

For power inside the other new RZR, the Turbo R, Polaris is using the same 181-horsepower, twin-cylinder turbo engine that is found in the Pro XP. This has all of the latest Polaris durability, such as a self-burping coolant system and improved air flow for the CVT. This engine has been wildly popular in the Polaris XPT and Turbo S models for years.

RZR PRO R4 SPORT STEALTH GRAY, $35,999
RZR PRO R4 ULTIMATE STEALTH BLACK, $41,999
RZR PRO R4 ULTIMATE AZURE CRYSTAL, $44,999

 

SUPER NEW SUSPENSION

While the body lines of the new cars look like a Pro XP, the suspension arms are entirely new and much wider than before. Overall, the new width of these cars will be 74 inches. Up front, the A-arms have an airfoil look to them, or you could call them clamshell. Polaris calls them boxed, but they are not squared off like an HCR or Super ATV A-arm. Sport (base) and Premium models will get 2.5-inch Walker Evans shocks with 22.25 inches of wheel travel. These front shocks will now be mounted down on the lower A-arm with a unique lower clevis that surrounds the front axle. It’s a very strange set up but will allow for the additional travel, and this stronger A-arm shouldn’t bend like the older XPT lower A-arms were known to do.

Both new cars will be excellent dune and desert machines. We expect the guys in the south to build monster rigs with them as well.

 

Out back, the shocks have 3-inch canisters and 24.5 inches of travel. Ultimate trims for both models will get Fox Dynamix DV shocks with electronically controlled compression and rebound technology. Front and rear shocks will have 3-inch canisters. Also out back, a new toe link will keep the rear toe change to under 1 degree throughout its travel, translating into a more stable ride. All of this will result in great high-speed bump absorption and a super-plush ride at slow speeds.

The 32-inch Maxxis Rampage Fury tires are new and will add to the comfort and control. Another new item to note is that the 15-inch cast wheels will now use five lugs instead of four. This hub is called Unitized and is a hub and bearing assembly. The same assembly is used on all four corners and can still keep the car as a roller, even if the axle is broken and removed from the car.

RZR TURBO R SPORT CRUISER BLACK, $25,999
RZR TURBO R PREMIUM BLUE SLATE, $29,999
RZR TURBO R ULTIMATE GHOST GRAY, $32,999
RZR TURBO R ULTIMATE ONYX BLACK, $32,999

 

MORE PACKAGE DETAILS

By the time you read this, the Pro Rs should be in dealerships if they are not sold out. The Turbo R will be showing up in spring. We calculated the Turbo R will have nearly the same power-to-weight ratio (10 pounds per horsepower) as the Pro R, so power-wise, they could be similar; however, based on preliminary reports from guys who have been in the new Pro R, the torque is amazing and the ride is much different from the turbo car. The back end of the heavier Pro R tends to stay planted and powering forward even better than the Turbo S cars did beforehand. The new Maxxis Rampage Fury tires look to have as much grip and traction as the ITP Coyotes found on the older Turbo S; however, these tires have a rounded shoulder that should help them slide and drift much better. We get behind the wheel of this machine mid-January and will tell you for sure. Until then, here’s a lowdown on the prices of each of the different versions of this new class of RZR. Keep in mind, these prices do not include freight, destination and setup fees, which could add another grand to these prices. See detailed RZR Turbo R specs here: 2022 POLARIS RZR TURBO R SPORT/PREMIUM/ULTIMATE – UTV Action Magazine

RZR TURBO R4 SPORT CRUISER BLACK, $29,999
RZR TURBO R4 PREMIUM BLUE SLATE, $33,999
RZR TURBO R ULTIMATE GHOST GRAY, $36,999
RZR TURBO R ULTIMATE ONYX BLACK, $36,999

 

Turbo R Sport: $25,999

Turbo R Premium: $29,999

Turbo R Ultimate: $32,99

Turbo R4 Sport: $29,999

Turbo R4 Premium $ 33,999

Turbo R4: $36,999

Pro R Sport: $31,999

Pro R Premium: $34,999

Pro R Ultimate: $37,999

Pro R Ultimate Launch Edition: $40,999

Pro R4 Sport: $35,999

Pro R4 Premium: $38,999

Pro R4 Ultimate: $41,999

Pro R4 Ultimate Launch Edition: $44,999

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