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Thursday, April 17, 2014
2011 Polaris Ranger RZR 570
Since 2008, Polaris has introduced a new Ranger RZR model every year and Model Year 2012 will be no different, introducing the new Ranger RZR 570, the second trail-capable side-by-side in the Ranger RZR family. Priced at $9,999, the single-cylinder unit offers a value trail machine that stays true to the Ranger RZR family promise of being the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility.
“The launch of the Ranger RZR 800 introduced the industry to the first trail-capable Side-by-Side,” said Matt Homan, vice president and general manager of Polaris’ Off-Road Division. “With the success of the Ranger RZR 800, we saw the need for a single-cylinder model at a price point that will allow more customers to enter the trail-capable Side-by-Side segment.”
At the heart of the Ranger RZR 570 is an all-new ProStar 570 single cylinder, DOHC, electronic fuel injected engine. The engine is the second in the ProStar family, made specifically for Side-by-Side vehicles, which also includes the ProStar 900 introduced earlier this year in the Ranger RZR XP 900. The ProStar 570 has 650 watts of stator output and features a removable cargo bed floor and a wet sump for easy serviceability.
To complement the new engine, Polaris equipped the Ranger RZR 570 with a new transmission that was specifically built to optimize the power of the new ProStar engine. Its optimized gear geometry means more power to the ground, less driveline noise and lighter weight. The innovative design, first featured on the Ranger RZR XP 900, features a helical cut final drive with high torque capacity to maximize efficiency.
To tackle the rugged trail, the Ranger RZR 570 features an all-new, ultra smooth Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) with specifically-designed geometry that provides 9.5-inches of travel in the rear. The front suspension features Dual A-Arms with 9-inches of suspension travel.
Coupling the front and rear suspension with a 77-inch long wheelbase, pre-load adjustable ZF Sachs Shocks on all four corners and exclusive front and rear anti-sway bars that keep the chassis flat while cornering, gives the Ranger RZR 570 the ability to soak up anything the trail can throw in its way.
Since the launch of the Ranger RZR 800 in 2008, Polaris has been the only manufacturer to offer a trail-capable Side-by-Side. At 50 inches wide, the Ranger RZR 570 is the second trail-capable model in the family. Built with the patented design that places the engine behind the seat, the Ranger RZR 570 has a low center of gravity delivering agile, razor-sharp handling on the trail. When the trail gets rough, the vehicle’s True All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system puts the 50-inch width to work in and out of corners. It’s the easiest-to-use and fastest responding on-demand system that automatically engages all four wheels when forward traction is needed and it reverts back to two-wheel drive automatically when AWD is no longer needed. The system provides easier steering, less wear and tear on driveline components, and maximum power when you need it most.
For comfort, Ranger RZR 570 also sports comfortable ergonomics with tilt steering offering the widest range of motion, adjustable hand rails and seats. Safety features include a Certified Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) and side nets designed for easy in-and-out access. For gear, the unit features a new, rear 300 lb capacity, flat cargo box with Lock & Ride accessory technology and built-in rack extenders to maximize carrying capacity.
Review By: UTV Off-Road Magazine
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