— TESTING THE HOTTEST UTV FROM POLARIS —
The new 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo S is much more than a 72-inch-wide, long-travel RZR with 32-inch tires. Polaris made the suspension pick-up points on the frame stronger and added two more downtubes at the back of the roll cage. The steering rack, A-arms and trailing arms are all thicker and stronger, while a new dash, roof and grill finish off the list of major improvements.
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
Price-wise, it’s only $1500 more than the standard Dynamix RZR XP Turbo. It weighs over 200 pounds more and has a seat height that is 2–3 inches taller than a standard RZR.
HOW FAST IS THE ENGINE?
As fast as they get. Polaris did an excellent job tuning the CVT clutch and throttle mapping. This much-heavier car feels just as quick as the narrow version. In fact, Polaris raised the speed limiter to 85 miles per hour, so it has the highest stock top speed of any UTV.
HOW ABOUT THE DELIVERY & DRIVETRAIN?
It’s smoother. Polaris balanced the wheels, phased the drive shaft and added a stronger rubber-mounted front differential.
HOW DOES THE RZR XP TURBO S HANDLE?
It takes the big G-outs the best. It’s a little loose exiting corners if you’re hard on the throttle. We are not sure why Polaris didn’t add an inch or two of wheelbase when they built this car. It has an all-new frame, so it’s puzzling. This RZR works very well now, but would be a home run if it were a little longer.
WHAT ABOUT THE SUSPENSION & SHOCKS?
This model uses the Dynamix electronically adjustable shocks from Fox. From the driver’s seat, you can choose three modes of adjustability: comfort, sport and firm. In the two lower modes, the machine will self-adjust as speeds increase and the terrain demands it. We like the setup very much. Now we are waiting for someone to develop an electronically adjustable preload setting that has the front-end separated from the back. That would not only be impressive, it’s needed.
HOW STRONG ARE THE BRAKES?
The brakes are the same as on the standard models, and they work well. The taller 32-inch ITP tires do not hurt braking performance. This car has 15-inch wheels as stock equipment. Since the brakes didn’t increase in size, 14-inch wheels will still fit.
WHAT ABOUT TRAIL COMFORT?
It’s good. The rougher the trail, the better this RZR works. If we had a gripe about anything, it would be slow-speed comfort. The comfort or “Soft” setting on the Dynamix shocks could be made a little softer. It’s probably the front and rear sway bars that contribute to that not-quite-plush feeling. A set of Walker Links would cure that.
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
The RZR Turbo S is amazing in rough terrain. It handles bumps, ditches, jumps and twisty trails like a rocket. It’s the fastest production UTV you can buy. It still has RZR simplicity, and most aftermarket parts from older RZRs will fit this model—from the wheels to the chassis and engine parts. We only wish Polaris would have added 6 inches of wheelbase so it would be a little more stable coming out of corners. That being said, we can’t wait to drive the four-seat version.
2018 POLARIS RZR XP TURBO S
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC, 4-stroke twin
Bore & Stroke 93mm x 68mm (x2)
Lubrication system Wet sump
Additional cooling Auto fan
Induction EFI (x2)
Starting procedure Turn ignition switch w/brake on
Type Paper pleat
Transmission Dual-range CVT w/ reverse
Reverse procedure Move range selector to “R”
Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD w/ auto diff-lock
Final drives Shafts
Fuel capacity 9.5 gal.
Overall length/width/height 122”/72”/75”
Ground clearance 16”
Claimed dry weight 1718lb.
Bed weight limit 300 lb.
Towing limit N/A
Frame Steel round tube
Front Dual A-arm w/ prel./comp.-adj. shocks/19”
Rear IRS Trailing-arms w/ prel./comp.-adj. shocks/21”
Front Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Rear Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Parking Park in gear
Front 32X10-15” ITP Coyote
Rear 32X10-15” ITP Coyote
DC outlet Console/USB
Front 2 LED hi/lo headlights w/ accents
Rear Triple LED brake/taillights
Instrumentation Digital or analog Speed/odo/trip/hour/
rpm/fuel/gear/clock/2WD-4WD and GPS
Colors Red or blue
Minimum recommended operator age 16
Suggested retail price $27,499
Contact Polaris, (800) POLARIS