MASSIMO WARRIOR 1000X

— Testing the rugged, all-metal UTV —

Massimo goes big with the new Warrior 1000X five-seat UTV, and Warriors are the Humvees of UTVs. We were impressed with the Warrior 800 tested in April 2019, and the new 1000X is even more impressive with its 80-horsepower V-twin powerplant. The Warrior even has optional tracks for operation in deep snow. Massimo says its Warriors are the toughest UTVs on the market.

Massimo’s new Warrior 1000X has military styling and toughness, and it can comfortably carry five people and gear to the hunting camp or job site. It’s also street-legal in many states.

HOW DOES COST COMPARE?

The Warrior 1000X five-seat UTV is $15,995. The new Warrior 1000 MXU HVAC is $22,985, while the Warrior 800 is $12,995 and the 700 is $10,799. All Warriors also have the option of a heater for winter riding.

The steel dash houses 10 rocker switches, and the tilt steering has a very stiff adjustment cylinder. The instruments are a combination of analog speedo and tach with LCD digital readouts, and the locking glove box is huge. The Warrior has 12-volt DC power and USB ports.

WHAT EXTRAS ARE STANDARD EQUIPMENT?

Massimo offers a long list of standard features for the Warrior 1000X, including a 4,500-pound winch, stout bumpers with a rear step platform, A-arm guards, side mirrors, a roof, three-position split windscreen, bucket seats, turn signals, emergency flashers, horn, front and rear locking diffs, LED headlights, 14-inch aluminum rims, 2-inch receiver hitch, hydraulic-dumping bed, removable bed sides, a front storage bed with tie-down points and rails, and removable rear seats.

LED headlights with halos are new, and the Warrior comes standard with turn signals, emergency flashers, a horn, locking front diff and a 4500-pound winch. Width is 70 inches for aggressive turning, and the Marsway 27×9-14 front tires are much like Bighorn 2.0s.

HOW FAST IS THE WARRIOR?

It has got yank! The 80-horsepower V-twin pulls hard, provides good acceleration and will slide the rear end out for tighter turning in 2WD. It’s noticeably faster than the 800 and has a mean-sounding growl. It tops out around 65 miles per hour in high. This engine will also power a new sport UTV from Massimo in 2020.

WHAT ABOUT THE DELIVERY?

It’s military grade. EFI and CVT tuning are well matched, and the Warrior has ample compression braking. Low range is really effective, and both diffs can be locked for traction or unlocked for tighter turning or turf protection. The dash-mounted range selector is gated for positive shift, but the throw is long.

The 1000X has a quick-release module with two rear-facing seats. Four latches release the seat frame for hauling up to 500 pounds of cargo, and the bed has hydraulic-powered tilt for dumping. A rear torsion bar fights body roll.

HOW GOOD IS THE SUSPENSION?

It’s set up firm for taut handling. Dual-A-arm suspension at all four corners, and firm preload-adjustable shocks deliver just under 10 inches of travel, and a rear torsion bar helps the shocks fight body roll in turns.

HOW DOES IT HANDLE?

Great! For a machine that weighs almost a ton, it’s very agile and planted in turns. It even turns better than the new T-Boss 750, yet it is very stable. The 70-inch width and stiff settings let you really throw it into turns. Compression braking helps it set up for faster turns, and it powers out with authority.

The 976cc V-twin pumps out 80 horsepower and has strong acceleration. Two 91mm pistons ride on a 75mm stroke with 11.0:1 compression, and the dual-range CVT is ducted high for deep water. Check out the fifth brake caliper on the rear differential, which locks and unlocks for more traction or turning prowess.

HOW ARE THE BRAKES?

They could be stronger. Dual-piston front and single-puck rear hydraulic calipers squeeze large, perforated rotors, and brake lines are braided stainless steel, but it takes a lot of pedal pressure to haul the 1000X down from speed. There is a fifth caliper for parking on inclines, and compression braking backs up the disc brakes.

Remove the center seat to gain access to the air box and dual-stage air filter. All three seats are also adjustable.

HOW ARE THE DETAILS AND COMFORT?

Mostly good. The bucket seats are comfortable, supportive and adjustable. The steering wheel is sturdy and well-shaped with thumb nubs, and the tilt steering has a lot of adjustment. Footing is excellent for bracing in the cab, but the passenger hand-holds are high on the cage, like motorcycle ape-hanger handlebars. Side hand-holds make entrance and egress easier, but there are no cup holders in the cabin. Noise and vibration are low in the cabin, and the windshield is adjustable for airflow. The side mirrors are nice and large, and the large glove box locks.

Twin hydraulic lifts tilt the bed via a toggle on the dash, and the large steel muffler emits a pleasing V-twin rumble.

WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?

We’re even more impressed with the Massimo Warrior 1000X than the Warrior 800. It has great power and handling, and the suspension is well-tuned. This is one of the best-equipped UTVs we’ve tested, and it’s built to be tough. The 1000X has plenty of elbow room in the cabin for three and two more in back. We can’t wait to check out the 2020 Warrior 1000 MXU HVAC!

SPECS:

MASSIMO WARRIOR 1000X

ENGINE/TRANSMISSION

Engine type V-twin, liquid cooled, 8-valve, OHC,

4-stroke

Displacement 976cc

Bore x stroke 91.0mm x 75.0mm

Compression ratio 11:1

Lubrication system Wet sump

Additional cooling Auto fan

Induction EFI

Starting/back-up Electric/none

Starting procedure Turn ignition key

Choke location N/A

Air filter:

  Type Foam pre-filter and pleated paper filter

  Access Tool-less, remove center seat and undo 2 clips

Transmission Dual-range CVT w/reverse

Reverse procedure Move range selector to “R”

Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD w/front and rear

diff-lock

Final drives Shafts

DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES/WEIGHTS

Fuel capacity 12.7 gal.

Wheelbase 91.5”

Overall length/width/height 131”/70”/77”

Ground clearance 12.5”

Dry weight 1830 lb

Bed weight limit 500 lb

Hitch 2” receiver

Towing limit 1,500 lb

ROLLING CHASSIS

Frame Steel round tube

Suspension/wheel travel:

  Front Dual A-arms w/preload adjustable shocks/10”

  Rear Dual A-arms w/preload adjustable shocks/10”

Brakes/actuation:

  Front Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal

  Rear Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal

Parking Lever on console

Tires:

  Front 27×9-14

  Rear 27×11-14

ELECTRICAL

DC outlet Console

Lighting:

  Front 2 35W LED headlights

  Rear LED brake/tail light

DETAILS

Instrumentation Analog & LCD digital multimeter

Colors Black, Sand

Minimum recommended operator age 16

Suggested retail price $15,995

Contact Massimo (877) 881-6376;

www.massimomotor.com

 

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