— THE $20,000 COMPARISON —
Polaris has special edition models of their RZR Turbo that go well above $20,000, but they make a point of to offer one right at $20,000. This is important, because for many people, $20,000 is the self-imposed limit on what they’re willing to spend for a high-performance UTV. Textron had a target price in that range for their new Wildcat XX, although it went over a bit at $20,499. This is close to the RZR XP Turbo’s price of $19,999, so it’s likely that people will be trying to decide between these two machines for their next UTV purchase. To help out, we’ll do a basic comparison here of the new Wildcat XX against the RZR XP Turbo.
RZR — Twin cylinder, 925cc, 8-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke with fuel-injection and a turbocharger, rated at 168 hp.
XX — Three-cylinder, 998cc, 12-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke with fuel-injection, but no turbocharger, rated at 125 hp.
The basic difference is the Wildcat XX has a three-cylinder engine and the RZR has a two-cylinder engine. More cylinders generally means more horsepower and fewer cylinders generally means more low RPM torque. However, Polaris made sure its twin provides plenty of horsepower by adding a turbocharger. Its 168 hp rating is considerably more than the 125 hp rating of the XX’s naturally aspirated engine. So, if the most horsepower is your main concern, the RZR XP Turbo will be the machine that jumps out front in your decision making process. However, you will have to deal with more complexity in the engine and the potential of more things to go wrong.
RZR — Dual A-arms in the front and trailing arms in the rear. Adjustable Walker Evans shocks with 16″ travel front and 18″ travel rear.
XX — Dual A-arms front and trailing arms rear. Adjustable Fox 2.5 Podium shocks 18″ travel front and rear.
Both machines have a similar set up in this category. When you move up above the RZR XP though, the suspension package gets more sophisticated and better. In the case of the Wildcat XX it has the best suspension that Textron offers. It has received great reviews from guys who like to go fast. This is probably due to Robbie Gordon’s input, who helped in the testing and development of the XX. He may also be the reason why the XX has extra beefy A-arms, trailing arms and links. Baja racers like to install stronger suspension pieces on their UTVs, but it may not be as necessary with the XX.
WHEELS & TIRES:
RZR — 14″ cast aluminum wheels with 29″ tires.
XX — 15″ cast aluminum wheels with 30″ tires.
The Wildcat is an inch taller in this category, which is a slight edge in rolling over bumps. It does cause more weight to be moving up and down, though.
RZR — 64″ width, 90″ wheelbase, 1,475 pound weight.
XX — 64″ width, 95″ wheelbase, 1,816 pound weight.
They’re both the same width, so one won’t be able to fit through two trees that the other can’t. The XX has a 5″ longer wheelbase which is better for going fast across whoops, but it doesn’t carve tight turns as well. The RZR is nearly 350 pounds lighter than the XX. No doubt the Wildcat’s extra weight is the result of it’s beefier suspension components. That’s great for durability at the expense of being less nimble and slower acceleration.
RZR — Electric power steering, CVT automatic transmission, 4×4 locking front diff, 3-piston front disc brakes & 2-piston read disc brakes, half doors.
XX — Electric power steering, CVT automatic transmission, 4×4 locking front diff, 2-piston front disc brakes & one-piston rear disc brakes, full doors.
So, there you have it. Both machines are quite similar in some ways and different in others. The horsepower and weight are the key distinctions. Also, their overall visual appearance plays a role in one’s preference as well. Which machine would you choose? Send us an E-mail to let us know at [email protected] And, keep checking back with us for when we actually test the RZR XP Turbo and Wildcat XX side by side.