The Polaris RZR Pro R has finally been revealed full-on with nothing held back. Polaris’ big reveal video cut right through the cloud of uncertainty to show us something real that we’ve never seen before.
If you saw our article covering all the Pro R teases Polaris has been giving us over the last couple weeks, you might think that there weren’t any surprises left. But Polaris came packing.
With the Pro R, Polaris has put their best foot forward with the biggest engine and most horsepower ever on a side-by-side. But it’s also boasting the highest price tag we’ve seen on a UTV. With the base model set at $31,999 MSRP, is the new, best UTV worth the price? Let’s take a look.
The 2.0-liter engine is huge. It breaks the boundaries of what should be technically possible on a side-by-side. But the bigger story is the way the all-new ProStar Fury engine pumps out 225 HP. That’s the most we’ve ever seen, and it’s from a naturally aspirated engine—no turbo here.
We’ll have to wait and see what that equates to on the trail and track, but at 9.27 pounds per horse, it just barely beats out the 2022 Can-Am X3’s 9.06 pounds per horse. These two top dogs are still neck and neck as far as we’re concerned.
It’s not just about a big engine—the Pro R has some new suspension tricks up its sleeve. DYNAMIX DV is their updated and improved version of DYNAMIX Active Suspension.
DYNAMIX DV brings automatic adjustment to compression and rebound—not just compression like the first iteration of DYNAMIX. This gives the system more refined control of your suspension’s behavior and performance, and it can do neat stuff like tilt the machine’s body forward on an incline.
It also comes with more specific modes you can select from. Gone are the basic comfort, sport, and firm settings. They’ve been replaced with comfort, track, baja, and rock. Switching between these modes adjusts the strength of your suspension and your steering assist. It’s pretty cool stuff.
This is one where you have to take Polaris’ word for it until the RZR Pro R is finally in the hands of riders. They’re saying that the frame is stronger and the 2” diameter cage is better too. But that’s just talk until we hit some jumps and roll it over a few times.
One thing you don’t have to take their word for is the upgraded suspension components. As Polaris’ Pat McArdle so succinctly put it: you can see the beef.
And he’s not lying. The A-arms are boxed and look more substantial than anything else they’ve put on a stock machine before. Same goes for the trailing arms. Their hub and axle setup is supposed to be beefed up to handle the Pro R’s increased power as well.
They let slip that the Polaris RZR Pro R will hit 90 MPH. That’s a stock machine going fast enough to get pulled over on any highway in America. But they’ve also introduced some interesting throttle options to help you get the kind of performance you want when you want it.
You can switch between rock, sport, and race to customize the throttle response for the riding you’re doing. Rock mode will give you the low-end throttle response you need to make minor adjustments when you tap the gas. Sport mode is your all-arounder that you’ll be using for most of your riding. Race mode is for flat-out speed that gives you competitive, high-end performance. No doubt that sport mode is where you hit the Polaris RZR Pro R’s top speed of 90 MPH.
The base model 2-seater Polaris RZR Pro R costs $31,999 MSRP. The Ultimate trim will run you $37,999, while the Launch Edition will set you back a wallet-weeping $40,999.
If you’re in for a 4-seater, you’re looking at $35,999 for the base all the way up to $44,999 for the the Ultimate Launch Edition.
Those are some real argument-starting prices for sure. But Polaris has high-end exclusive features you can’t get anywhere else.
Here are the RZR Pro R’s specs in all their glory. On paper, this beast certainly looks like a game changer.
|Drive System Type||Pro Performance True 2WD/4WD/4WD Lock|
|Engine Braking System (EBS)||Not Equipped|
|Engine Type||4-Stroke DOHC Inline Four Cylinder|
|Fuel System/Battery||Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Transmission/Final Drive||Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H|
|Bed Box Dimensions (L x W x H)||29.5 x 23.8 x 8.1 in (75 x 60.5 x 20.6 cm)|
|Box Capacity||300 lb (136 kg)|
|Estimated Dry Weight||2,187 lbs (992 kg)|
|Fuel Capacity||12 gal (45.4 L)|
|Ground Clearance||16 in (40.6 cm)|
|Hitch Towing Rating||N/A|
|Overall Vehicle Size (L x W x H)||136.5 x 74 x 72.8″ (347 x 188 x 185 cm)|
|Payload Capacity||740 lb (336 kg)|
|Wheelbase||104.5 in (265.4cm)|
|Front/Rear Brakes||4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Triple-Bore Front and Dual-Bore Rear Calipers; Aluminum Top Hat Rotor|
|Parking Brake||Park In-Transmission|
|Cargo System||Lock & Ride® Factory Equipped Cargo Liner|
|Electronic Power Steering||Rack Mounted High Assist Electronic Power Steering with Quick Turn Rack; Race Inspired Steering Wheel with Tilt and Telescoping Adjustment; Dynamix and Ride Command Push Button Controls|
|Hitch Type||Not Equipped|
|Instrumentation||RIDE COMMAND™ 7” Glove-Touch Display: Digital Instrumentation, Built-In GPS, Mapping, Vehicle-to-Vehicle with *Group Ride, Follow the Leader, & Messaging. Bluetooth & USB Smartphone Connectivity, AM/FM & Weather Radio, In-Vehicle Communications Capable With Optional Sena Headsets, Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio (Including 2 Tweeters, 2 Front, and External 400W Amp) Dual-sweep Analog Dials w/ 4 in LCD Rider Information Center: User Selectable Blue/Red Backlighting & Brightness, Programmable Service Intervals, Speedometer, Tachometer, Odometer, Tripmeter, Clock, Hour Meter, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Coolant Temperature, Voltmeter, Service Indicator and Codes, Seat Belt Reminder Light, Gear Indicator|
|Lighting||Signature White LED, Low/High & Red LED Tail / Brake Lights; Front, Rear, and Interior Accent Lighting|
|Other Standard Features||High Output 1700W Charging System, Polaris Pulse System, In-Dash Charge Port, 1 front DC Accy ports, Polaris P.A.S.S., Painted Aluminum Roof, Colored Toe Link, Colored front bumper, Hood Scoop, Mud and Rock Guards, User Selectable Drive Modes (Sport, Rock, & Race)|
|Seat Type||Color-Matched Bolstered Bucket Seats with 4-way adjustability (including 6″ front to back toolless seat slider with tilt adjustability) and Retractable Click-6 Harnesses|
|Front Tires||32 x 10-15 Maxxis Rampage Fury; 8-Ply Rated; Wheel Size 15×7|
|Rear Tires||32 x 10-15 Maxxis Rampage Fury; 8-Ply Rated; Wheel Size 15×7|
|Wheels||Painted Cast Aluminum Rim with 5-Lug Pattern|
|Electronic Suspension Control System||Dynamix DV with Selectable Ride Modes: Comfort, Rock, Track, Baja|
|Front Shocks||FOX 3.0 Live Valve X2 Internal Bypass (Electronically Controlled Compression and Rebound)|
|Front Suspension||Light Weight Boxed Dual A-Arm with 3 piece Stabilizer Bar and 27.0″ (69.0 cm) Usable Travel, 22.25″ (56.5 cm) Wheel Travel, Unitized Hubs|
|Rear Shocks||FOX 3.0 Live Valve X2 Internal Bypass (Electronically Controlled Compression and Rebound)|
|Rear Suspension||Boxed Trailing Arm with Toe Link, High-Clearance Radius Rods, and 3 piece Stabilizer Bar and 29.0″ (73.7cm) Usable Travel, 24.5″ (62.2 cm) Wheel Travel, Unitized Hubs|