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The Polaris RZR Pro R is Here and it Means Business

Twenty Years ago, when Race-Dezert was first founded, side-by-sides weren’t even a blip on the radar in the world of desert racing and Powersports; fast forward to the present day, they are the largest segment in off-road racing. Polaris has been at the forefront of innovation in the SXS segment ever since they released the Polaris RZR XP in 2007. Their performance and value are hard to beat with models such as the RZR XP Turbo S and the Pro XP. Now they have just announced the Polaris Wide Open lineup featuring two new machines that are the most powerful, strongest, and advanced side-by-sides ever developed by Polaris known as the RZR Pro R and the RZR Turbo R.

Just a few weeks ago Hoonigan and Rj Anderson teased us in the new RZR Pro R shredding the streets of Long Beach, California, and even jumping a freeway. In propper Hoonigan fashion it was the ultimate way to tease the all-new machine. It had us intrigued but left us wanting to know more. Well, now it is here.

Before we talk about the Turbo R let’s talk about the long-awaited Polaris RZR Pro R. It is equiped with the industry’s first naturally aspirated 4 cylinder 2.0L engine producing 225 horsepower making it the most powerful stock SXS on the market. Still remaining a belt-driven car the ProStar Fury 2.0L, is coupled with a larger clutch and belt to handle the power. The RZR Pro R  features user-selectable throttle control modes—Sport, Rock, Race—adjust throttle sensitivity and ensure the power is there when and how it’s needed.

The Pro R looks like a modified Pro XP but it is actually an all-new ground-up build that is drastically different and built to be one of the most capable SXS yet. The suspension has completely been redesigned with a track width of 74″ and a one-piece chassis coupled with a fully-welded roll cage, strengthened unitized hubs, and massive boxed steel A-arms. The most noticeable difference is that the lower shock now goes through the upper control arm and attaches on the lower control arm.

The front A-arms with three-piece stabilizer bars and FOX 3.0 Live Valve X2 Internal Bypass shocks provide 27 inches of usable travel upfront. Outback there is fully boxed trailing arms with patented rear toe link and radius rod three-piece stabilizer bar and another set of FOX 3.0 Live Valve X2 Internal Bypass shocks give it an overall 29 inches of usable travel in the rear. These are just some absolutely staggering numbers from a stock vehicle. The all-new DYNAMIX DV suspension system features independent compression and rebound suspension system, allowing those who want to get more out of their suspension.

So what does this all mean for desert racing? Class 10 might be in RZRs dust more often than they already are, this might be the ultimate grudge match. It hasn’t been too uncommon for an SXS to beat out all of the Class 10 cars during a longer SCORE race. Of course, there was the King of Hammers grudge match where the 10 cars were consistently faster than then them but with the all-new Pro R, I will be very interested in seeing how it stacks up against it. Is this the Class 10 killer?

RZR PRO R, starting at $31,999 U.S. MSRP
RZR PRO R 4, starting at $35,999 U.S. MSRP

“The unparalleled engine, chassis and suspension package on the RZR Pro R is arguably that of a Baja race title contender, straight from the factory. There’s nothing even close to it on the market today,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President of Polaris RZR. “To replicate its strength and dynamic suspension on any other factory machine would cost thousands of dollars in
aftermarket parts and service.”

Recently Polaris announced that they will be discontinuing their flagship performance car – the RZR XP Turbo S, while some may seem disappointed by this news it was for a good reason. Introducing the RZR Turbo R, the Pro R baby brother. The Turbo R shares the same similar suspension system of fully boxed control arms and FOX 3.0 Shocks with the DYNAMIX DV System. The major difference between the two models of the Wide Open is that the Turbo R retains the same DOHC Engine making 181 Horsepower used in the Pro XP previously. Other than that the Turbo R remains as a very similar SXS retaining the 74″ stance and crazy numbers of suspension travel.

RZR TURBO R, starting at $25,999 U.S. MSRP
RZR TURBO R 4, starting at $29,999 U.S. MSRP

With the announcement of these two new cars, we are very excited to see them in person and to see how the innovation from Polaris has translated into a machine designed for the off-road enthusiast. But we are also excited to see them racing, maybe we will see one racing at the upcoming 1200 mile Mexican racecourse SCORE International Baja 1000?

So, what do you think of it?

 

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There are some nice features on the new Pro series. Absolutely love the telescoping steering wheel they releases with the original Pro. I like the new tilt seating ( don’t like the seats though) the fold down rear seating is cool. That will help with CVT access. I like some of the new GPS tech, but it only works with other new Polaris’s that have that same unit. So not much use in a group like mine where we have several brands and years of UTV’s. Looks like the took some play book from the Speed UTV with a slipper clutch to protect the driveline. Bigger wheel bearings. It’s said the front lower shock mount is “Patent Pending”, so time will tell how that plays out. Would be interesting to know what tubing wall thickness they have used? Hopefully more then the .053 & .065 they have used on all previous models. Overall looks really good in both Pro R & Turbo R trims.

But how do the plan to race the 1000 when the Pro R is not going to release until early 22 and the Pro Trubo not until early Spring?
 

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27" front, 29" rear wheel travel seems like too much for only 74" track width. With boxed arms, 3.0 computer controlled shocks, and fully welded 1-piece cage, it is looking more like direct competion to the Speed UTV at a lower price.

Nikal, "But how do the plan to race the 1000 when the Pro R is not going to release until early 22 and the Pro Trubo not until early Spring?" Probably the same way RG is racing his cars. Does Polaris have a factory team?
 

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they can race in a different class alltogether ?, maybe score will invent a class for them, JJ wants to know what i think of it, drop one off at Plaster City for me and ill try to break it, then ill know what to think of it.i Am gladd they put the front shox in the right spot FINNALLY, ( other spot was bugging me
 

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27" front, 29" rear wheel travel seems like too much for only 74" track width. With boxed arms, 3.0 computer controlled shocks, and fully welded 1-piece cage, it is looking more like direct competion to the Speed UTV at a lower price.

Nikal, "But how do the plan to race the 1000 when the Pro R is not going to release until early 22 and the Pro Trubo not until early Spring?" Probably the same way RG is racing his cars. Does Polaris have a factory team?
Suspension numbers include 4" of tires squish. Polaris gimmick sales pitch.

This Polaris was in development before RG every announced the Speed UTV. Once Speed gets through all the cars with locked in pricing the price difference are going to be close.

My guess is the Pro R will be racing in the unlimited class, which is what Wayne Matlock has been racing all season in SCORE.
 

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Overall I think Polaris has done a good job in releasing these two models. The Turbo R is the gem of the releases as you the Pro suspension, the better frame of the XP Pro and now you have a 74" wide turbo model. It is a good replacement for the Turbo S.

Lots of neat tech stuff.
 

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tire squish, learn something new Everyday, good way to sell your pre runner, with 35 inch tires, you can add tire squish to your existing travel numbers👍what about ' razor burn 'elimination, i found some last time riding at PC , it sssssUx
 

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tire squish, learn something new Everyday, good way to sell your pre runner, with 35 inch tires, you can add tire squish to your existing travel numbers👍what about ' razor burn 'elimination, i found some last time riding at PC , it sssssUx
Polaris come up with that when they released the Turbo S to try and match the suspension numbers of the Can Am X3. That is why they call it "usable" travel numbers. Too bad on the Can Am you run out of tire squish and get about an 1" of subterranean travel with the skid plate. LOL!
 

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tire squish, learn something new Everyday, good way to sell your pre runner, with 35 inch tires, you can add tire squish to your existing travel numbers👍what about ' razor burn 'elimination, i found some last time riding at PC , it sssssUx
Drop the air...more travel.
 

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So let me git dis straight...
The Speed car may be out before the Rzr "Pro" ?
And if I buy one, will I be instantly " Pro" ?
I thought I could go down to the local Bodega and take a look at one tomorrow.
 

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Polaris come up with that when they released the Turbo S to try and match the suspension numbers of the Can Am X3. That is why they call it "usable" travel numbers. Too bad on the Can Am you run out of tire squish and get about an 1" of subterranean travel with the skid plate. LOL!
Lol...face full of sand?
 

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Is there a production car that exists?
Same could be asked about the new Pro R or Pro Turbo? Neither of these cars will be available until 2022. The Pro R early 2022 and the Turbo in the Spring.
 

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So let me git dis straight...
The Speed car may be out before the Rzr "Pro" ?
And if I buy one, will I be instantly " Pro" ?
I thought I could go down to the local Bodega and take a look at one tomorrow.
Could be, but I doubt it. It might be close though. Id rather have them race on the track and for dealer floor space vs who can release first. Polaris does not have a good history with pushing to release a vehicle. Recalls typically follow right after. And Speed UTV needs to get it as right as possible right out of the gate. I think most customers would rather wait then get it wrong. Guessing most Speed buyers have had other UTV brands and dealt with recalls or issues.

But it is interesting Polaris is announcing the new Pro’s now and not have them available until next year. That’s a different business plan then how Polaris has ever done a new product release before. Maybe they are feeling the pressure to get it out after a year delay and with the Speed UTV expected in the next few months. Plus the SXSguys were saying the Can Am typically releases new models mid year, but without breaching any NDA’s they said you might see Can Am announce their new car early, if they can get production back up to speed. Right now they are saying Can Am is 3-4 months behind on getting their new 22 models out.
 

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27" front, 29" rear wheel travel seems like too much for only 74" track width. With boxed arms, 3.0 computer controlled shocks, and fully welded 1-piece cage, it is looking more like direct competion to the Speed UTV at a lower price.

Nikal, "But how do the plan to race the 1000 when the Pro R is not going to release until early 22 and the Pro Trubo not until early Spring?" Probably the same way RG is racing his cars. Does Polaris have a factory team?
Of course, Polaris has a team and they probably already have over 1000 cars built. I know a few people who already have these.