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Here’s what polaris says; Polaris is redesigning, renewing and reintroducing its flagship lineup of big bore Sportsman® ATVs to offer a perfect blend of features and performance for an all-new Sport/Utility experience. The vehicles have a new rider-active design for the most sport-like experience ever on a Sportsman, in addition to delivering even more utility. In addition to the standard models, the Sportsman XP 1000 is available in an ultra- premium Hunter Edition package and Matte Copper Limited Edition. You can also get this 1000cc engine in the 2-seat touring model, the High Lifter edition and in the Scrambler sport 4X4.
Built for performance-minded Sport/Utility consumers who want an ATV predominately for recreation and no compromise for working, the new Sportsman XP 1000 is the most-powerful and fastest-accelerating (0-30 mph/0-48.3 kph in 2.14 seconds) Sportsman ever. Its 91- horsepower, electronic fuel injected (EFI) ProStar® 952cc engine delivers smooth, precise power, thanks to its drive-by-wire technology. Coupled with the engine is the most versatile transmission for pure sport and utility. The transmission offers a fast high gear along with the most versatile low gear, ideal for high-torque recreation and utility situations, such as technical riding in rocks and mud, and utilitarian needs such as towing and hauling.
It's fast. In performance mode it gets to 70MPH quick and want to keep going. We ran out of room to get a top speed number but 80MPH is not too far fetched. It's not going to wheelie over backwards on you, but you can get the front end light to clear obstacles with ease.
The all-new and exclusive Three-Mode Throttle Control, standard on the Sportsman XP 1000, gives the rider ultimate control of the power delivery for the best riding experience in any situation. The operator can choose from three modes: Performance for faster acceleration and aggressive trail and sport riding; Standard for a traditional blend of torque and performance; and Work for smooth power delivery ideal for work tasks, hunting and cruising. The tri Mode set up is only available on the standard XP1000's not the touring or HighLifter Edition.
The Standard and Performance settings are very similar. Work tops out at around 45MPH and is great for chores and slow riding. Performance puts you into warp speed. Use with caution.
To complement the power, the new Sportsman XP 1000 suspension and chassis is designed for true sport/utility performance. The proven XP chassis has the highest front- and rear-approach angles to maximize ground clearance in extreme terrain. The vehicle’s industry-leading, dual a- arm front suspension with anti-kickback steering provides 9 in. (22.86 cm) of travel; while the exclusive rolled Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) and tuned torsion bar provide 10.25 in. (26.04 cm) of rear travel for the smoothest ride. New, constant-radius, arched lower control arms allow for significantly more useable ground clearance to tackle tough trail conditions. The sport-tuned, variable assist Electronic Power Steering (EPS) automatically adjusts based on riding conditions for effortless low-speed technical maneuvers, and excellent rider feel and control at high speeds. For the ultimate handling in all conditions, the high-performance All- Wheel Drive (AWD) system with the Engine Braking System (EBS) and Active Descent Control (ADC) ensure enhanced traction in a wide variety of off-road terrain in all seasons.
The shocks are good enough to handle anything you can through at it in work mode. Beyond that we found their limits. However, we know this is not a sport quad lie the Scrambler. So as long as the trails you are on have no more than small rollers, you can go fast. Other than that keep the speeds under 50 and the machine soaks up everything in its path.
The Sportsman XP 1000 features a new, rider-active design for the most sport-like experience ever on a Sportsman. The vehicle is the most responsive and confidence-inspiring due to an intuitive design that puts focus on the ride experience. For the driver, high-visibility sight lines allow for faster and more aggressive riding, while a motocross-inspired, dual-zone, sculpted seat maximizes rider input and comfort. To keep the driver planted, the vehicles have deep, foot wells to avoid foot slippage. New, large side panels and factory-installed fender flares provide extra protection from trail elements for a better experience in muddy trail conditions. A stainless steel, performance exhaust system provides a throaty rumble and powerful, triple hi-beam forward lighting and LED tail lights allow for additional visibility. To further enhance the ATV rider experience, the vehicle has full digital instrumentation and Bluetooth connectivity for missed calls and text messages.
The cockpit is roomy and we like the rack layout with various options including a huge storage box under the rear rack. That box is not only almost big enough to put a helmet in, the exhaust is shield enough as to not heat up your cargo.
To complement the new, rider-active design that creates the new sport-like experience, the vehicle delivers even more utility. An all-new rack and storage system with new, hard-working accessories ensures the vehicle can tackle any task. The new, multi-textured racks offer 360 lbs. (163 kg) of capacity, maximum grip and easy cleaning with 44 tie-down points and integrated 5-gal. (18.95-L) bucket mounts to secure all loads. The factory-installed, modular rack-extension system has six rack extenders that can be configured to handle any load; while the new, integrated front and rear storage keeps essentials secure inside the boxes. Riders also will enjoy the new, easily accessible beverage holder, more than 4 gal. (15.14 L) of front, dry storage, and 3 gal. (11.36 L) of rear dry storage. The vehicle’s integrated winch and plow mount makes adding these popular accessories quick and easy. Polaris Engineered AccessoriesTM will have more than 100 accessories available, including new Lock & Ride® bumpers, storage and customizable wind deflection.
We like the racks and all their added features.
The seat foam has two densities. It is a little too soft on the front section.
This is called a beverage holder / cell phone pocket. Its a first for the ATV industry.
The exhaust is on the side of the storage box and has good heat shielding so hot cargo shouldn't be an issue.
Cool LED tail lights.
Nice, easy access to the air filter is found. No tools required here.
The new Sportsman XP 1000 is available with aggressive 26-in. (66.04-cm) CST tires on 14-in. (35.6-cm) cast aluminum wheels with automotive-style paint in Stealth Black. For hunters, a Hunter Edition in Polaris Pursuit® Camo is offered and has a new rear-centered LED work light, new Kolpin® Stronghold XL Gun Scabbard, new ratcheting Kolpin Claws, cut-and-sew camo seat, 26-in. (66-cm) PXT tires, 2,500-lb. (1133-kg) Polaris winch, hand and thumb warmers, and front and rear brushguards. A Matte Copper Limited Edition model has all-new features including the industry’s largest trail tires; 27-in. (68.6-cm) Maxxis VIPRs; triple-strip LED taillights; rawhide cut-and-sew seat and Matte Copper paint.
The coolest non ride related feature is the bluetooth connectivity with your phone. If you get a call or test out on the trail, you can see who it's coming from without stopping or taking your pone out of your pocket. We don't know how many time a ride has been interrupted by someone trying to sell us solar panels.
The touring model has the new digital gauge but not bhp holder. It has mirrors though.
|SPECIFICATIONS:||2017 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 High Lifter Edition|
|Engine Type:||Liquid-cooled, 952cc 4-Stroke Twin Cylinder DOHC|
|Transmission/Final Drive:||Automatic PVT H/L/N/R/P; Shaft|
|Drive System Type:||High Performance Close Ratio On-Demand True AWD/2WD|
|Fuel System:||Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Electronic Power Steering (EPS):||Standard|
|Front Suspension:||Hi-Clearance Arched Dual A-Arm 9” Travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Hi-Clearance Arched Dual A-Arm, Rolled 10.25” Travel|
|Front/Rear Brakes:||Single Lever 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Hydraulic Rear Foot Brakes|
|Parking Brake:||Park In-Transmission, lockable hand lever|
|Front Tires:||26 x 8-14; CST|
|Rear Tires:||26 x 10-14; CST|
|Wheels:||14" cast aluminum|
|Front Rack Capacity:||120lbs|
|Rear Rack Capacity:||240lbs|
|Fuel Capacity:||5.25 gal (19.9 L)|
|Overall Vehicle Size:||83.25” x 47.6” x 50.75”|
|Seat Height:||37” (94 cm)|
|Wheelbase:||53" (134.6 cm)|
|Estimated Dry Weight:||805 lb|
|Cargo System:||Lock & Ride|
|Hitch Towing Rating:||1,500 lb (680 kg)|
|Hitch Type:||Standard/1.25" Receiver|
|Instrumentation:||Speedometer, Digital Odometer, Tachometer, Two Tripmeters, Hour Meter, Volt Meter, Coolant Temp, Clock, Service Time, Diagnostic Indicator, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp/Low-Batt Lights, Bluetooth Connectivity, Missed Call, Missed Text, Cell Signal Strength, Cell Battery Strength, DC Outlet|
|Lighting:||Dual 50w Low Beam Headlights; Dual Brakelights/Taillights|