New Polaris RZR RS1—A RZR 1000 Single Seater

Polaris RS1

Polaris just unveiled their new RZR RS1 with a short video showing some impressive specs and fancy driving. Check out the full video.

It's essentially a RZR 1000 crammed into a smaller frame making it faster and more agile. But how does it compare really to a standard XP 1000 of the 2 seat variety?

First off the horsepower is matched at 110 HP. No surprise there. And it sports the same on-demand AWD that you know and love from the RZR line.

It would make sense that the RS1 would run on the same ProStar 1000 engine as the RZR 1000 but their spec sheet is showing a Tomahawk engine. What difference that will make is unclear, but considering the model in the video has a ProStar sticker on there, I would assume a difference in name only. [Update: Polaris' spec sheet has been updated to show a ProStar 1000 H.O. 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder engine. No surprise there. Maybe "Tomahawk" was their code name.]

Another surprising spec is that the RS1's dry weight comes in at 1340 lbs compared to the RZR 1000's 1369 lbs. I would have expected a weight difference of much more than 29 pounds—that's not all that far off from my own weight loss goal after all. Maybe that extra weight comes from the Tomahawk engine? So where's all the RS1's touted agility coming from?

Part of it comes from the extra half-inch ground clearance—the RS1 comes in with 13.5" of ground clearance. The rest comes from the 7" shorter wheelbase while maintaining the wide 64" stance. We'll really have to get our hands on it before we know for sure.

The last thing to note is that if you take a close look at the drive train they highlight in the video, it looks an awful lot like the RZR Turbo drivetrain. It looks like they've designed it so they can drop a turbo in down the line, though we're not exactly sure where it'll fit.

Polaris RS1 Transmission

You can see the the flange on the prop shaft typical of a Turbo, and the little half shaft with the U joint just behind the bearing.

What do you guys think? Do you want one of these? Who do you think it's for? Would you rather just pay the extra $4,000 dollars to get that passenger seat?

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