Grab your wide-screen goggles and prepare for the ultimate 3-D thrill ride because Polaris just released the all-new 2020 RZR Pro XP 4 side-by-side. That’s right, the biggest super-sport UTV that Polaris has ever built will feature a 180-hp turbocharged 999cc engine with a 125-inch wheelbase, and the best suspension the company has ever deployed on a four-seater. If you are looking for a way to melt your friends’ minds, then click play on the video below and prepare to spend another 30 grand because you have little or no self-control when it comes to buying new toys.
As if the regular XP 4 wasn’t good enough, the new Pro XP 4 features a passenger compartment with 4 inches more shoulder room, 3 inches more legroom, and an elevated rear passenger viewing area that is intended to make the ride experience even better for the folks in back. But, wait, there’s more…
For the first time ever seen in a side-by-side, the rear seats fold down to create a huge additional 16 cubic feet of cargo area behind the front seats. This is huge for anyone who has embraced the sport-UTV lifestyle. Sure, you can drive your General to your favorite hunting or camping spot, but you can also drive your Pro XP 4 and have a thrilling back-up plan in case you get skunked or your partner gets bored of playing Parcheesi. The storage area looks big enough for a week’s worth of camping gear, maybe a couple of trophy bucks, even a bear, if that’s your thing. No matter what gets your motor running, the Pro XP 4 is going to supply the high-horsepower energy to make your time in the wild a memorable one.
“Industry standards were shattered with the introduction of the RZR Pro XP platform, and to continue that trend, we’re excited to introduce an all-new standard for four-seat performance side-by-sides,” explains Chris Musso, president of Off Road for Polaris. “Of course the driver is at the heart of all the action, but we saw an opportunity to revolutionize the four-seat category with thoughtful design aimed toward passengers. The Pro XP 4 delivers on this without sacrificing any of the industry-leading performance or durability riders expect from the RZR Pro class.”
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When it comes to driver and passenger comfort the Pro XP delivers the goods. It starts with the proven dual A-arm front suspension and trailing arm rear suspension. Both the base-model Pro XP 4 and Pro XP 4 Premium versions are equipped with Walker Evans adjustable shocks while the Pro XP 4 Ultimate is equipped with electronically controlled Dynamix 2.0 and Fox Podium 2.5 Live Valve shocks; they all have 22 inches of travel. The Dynamix system controls are now located on the steering wheel for the ultimate on-the-fly suspension adjustability too.
Beyond the suspension, some additional comfort comes courtesy of the trick bucket seats, retractable four-point belts, and a revised interior that, like we mentioned earlier, has more room for three passengers and offers an amazing view of the road ahead. From the driver’s point of view the Pro XP 4 provides a driving experience that is simply amazing. The base and Premium models come with a slick dual analog instrument cluster while the Ultimate package in particular includes the 7-inch Ride Command infotainment system as well as the 400-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system. Every RZR that has been produced to date has set the bar a little higher and we have no reason to expect anything less from Polaris this time.
If you have any doubt, remember that the awesome acceleration and outright performance come courtesy of the proven 999cc parallel-twin engine that is now equipped with a larger turbo and tuning that improves the Pro XP 4 midrange and throttle response in the 20–50 mph range. Harnessing all of those 180 ponies is an upgraded transmission, CVT, and drive axle platform that is supposed to be better and more durable than ever. Polaris claims the transmission is “39 percent more durable” and the front drive unit is “three times stronger” than anything it has previously designed.
We have been a fan of the four-seat UTV for more than a decade now and it is impressive how Polaris continues to expand on the concept. What better way to share the OHV experience than to have three of your friends or family members along with you. Between the balls-out horsepower, vastly improved suspension, and no-compromise passenger accommodations the new Pro XP 4 is destined to be a success in the eyes of both consumers and Polaris bean counters alike.
2020 Polaris RZR Pro XP 4 Specifications
|PRICE||$25,699; $27,999 Pro XP Premium; $32,299 Pro XP Ultimate|
|ENGINE||Turbocharged 925cc, DOHC, 4-stroke twin-cylinder|
|BORE x STROKE||80.0 x 49.7mm|
|FUEL DELIVERY||Dual-stage electronic fuel injection|
|TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE||Automatic PVT|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||High-clearance dual A-arms w/ stabilizer bar and 20-in. usable travel, 17-in. wheel travel w/ 2-in. Walker Evans Needle w/ 16-position adjustable|
|REAR SUSPENSION||Trailing arm and high-clearance radius rods w/ stabilizer bar and 22-in. usable travel, 20-in. wheel travel w/ 2.5-in. Walker Evans Needle w/ 16-position adjustable|
|BRAKES||4-wheel hydraulic disc w/ dual-bore XL front and dual-bore rear calipers|
|WHEELS||Cast aluminum; 14 x 6 in. front / 14 x 7 in. rear|
|TIRES||30 x 10-14 Maxxis Carnivore II; 8-ply rated|
|SEAT HEIGHT||32.4 in.|
|FUEL CAPACITY||13.0 gal.|
|CLAIMED DRY WEIGHT||1,998 lb.; 2,026 lb. Premium; 2,044 lb. Ultimate|