Polaris RZR

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The Polaris RZR (pronounced "razor") is a sport side-by-side produced by Polaris Industries. When launched in 2007 as a 2008 model, it was officially known as the Ranger RZR, as it was marketed as a sub-model of the larger, work-oriented Ranger. As the RZR gained popularity, Polaris eventually dropped the Ranger designation and positioned the RZR as a stand-alone model.

Polaris RZR XP Turbo ProStar

RZR Models[edit]

LT-ATV variant of the MRZR-4 during Red Falcons familiarization
  • RZR 170
  • RZR 570
  • RZR 800
  • RZR S 800
  • RZR XP 900
  • RZR S 1000
  • RZR XP 1000
  • RZR XP Turbo
  • RZR XP Turbo S
  • RZR RS1
Military models:
  • MRZR-2
  • MRZR-4
  • MRZR-D2
  • MRZR-D4
  • 21st Special Tactics Squadron, loads a Polaris MRZR-4 with full rear cargo bed onto a C-130 Hercules

    Military / Marine RZR – MRZR[edit]

    U.S. Special Operations Command, (US)SOCOM, placed an order with Polaris Defense in September 2013 for up to 1,500 MRZR-2 (2-seat) and MRZR-4 (4-seat) machines.[1] A big drawback of these new small military vehicles, was that they retained their original petrol engines, which are incompatible with standard military JP-8 fuel. In terms of logistics, two different fuel types are clearly not ideal. As few such machines see combat use, and civilian users are uninterested in running them on diesel, an engine change was deemed unlikely.[1]

    US Army S.O.F. use RZR 800 out of CH-47

    In November 2016, the U.S. Marine Corps signed a $2.5 million contract with Polaris to deliver 144 MRZR-D ATVs. Called the Utility Task Vehicle (UTV), it is a version of the vehicle already in use by SOCOM Special Operations Command, but is designed to be diesel-powered and can run on JP-8 fuel. The Marines bought the unarmored ATVs because they can fit inside an MV-22 Osprey, enabling them to be deployed from long distances, to provide logistics support to ground combat units, assisting them to travel and transport supplies quicker and easier than previously on foot. The vehicles can carry four troops and have a small cargo bed capable of carrying 1,500 lb (680 kg) of payload. It is planned to field 18 MRZR-Ds per infantry regiment. The vehicles are to be delivered from late-January to April 2017.[2][3][4]

    Military use of COTS RZR units[edit]

    U.S. Army soldiers with Special Operations Task Force / South also used Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Polaris RZR 800 Light Tactical All-Terrain Vehicles (LT-ATV), internally transportable by CH-47 Chinook helicopter, and rapidly off-loadable, during operations in 2010 in the Maruf District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

    Fire Hazards and Recalls[edit]

    Polaris RZR XP 900 with aftermarket accessories

    In July 2014, an 11-year-old girl suffered 3rd and 4th degree burns on 60% of her body when the Polaris she was riding in tipped over and ignited.[5] Her right leg and left foot were later amputated.[5] A 15-year-old girl was killed when the RZR she was a passenger in caught fire in July 2015.[5] In September 2016, two Arizona women were killed when their Polaris tipped over and sparked a fire.[5]

    In April 2018, Polaris was fined a record $27.5 million by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for two 2016 late-reporting claims relating to a fire risk.[6] The CPSC alleges Polaris had received reports of 150 RZR fires, including the death of the above-mentioned 15 year old passenger[7], 11 reports of burn injuries and a fire that burned 10 acres of land, but failed to immediately notify them.[6] Over the years, Polaris has recalled more than half a million RZR's for manufacturing defects that could lead to fires, burns or death.[8] However, owners of RZRs are continuing to report fires on vehicles that been previously repaired, including total-loss fires.[8][9]


    RZR 570 RZR 800 RZR S 800 RZR XP 900 RZR XP 1000 RZR XP Turbo RZR XP Turbo S RZR PRO XP
    Model Year Debut 2012 2008 2009 2011 2014 2016 2018 2020
    Horsepower 45 52 55 88 107 144 168 181
    Displacement (cc) 567 760 760 875 999 925 925 925
    Width 50 50 60 64 64 64 72 64
    Wheelbase 77 77 77 81.4 90 90 90 96
    Length 107.5 102 106 108 119 119 122 126
    Ground Clearance 10 10 12.5 13 13.5 13.5 16 14.5
    Front Tire Size 25 x 8-12 25 x 8-12 26 x 9-12 27 x 9-12 29 x 9-14 29 x 9-14 32 x 10-15 30 x 10-14
    Rear Tire Size 25 x 10-12 25 x 10-12 26 x 12-12 27 x 11-12 29 x 11-14 29 x 11-14 32 x 10-15 30 x 10-14
    Front Wheel Travel 9 12 13.5 16 16 19 17
    Rear Wheel Travel 9.5 12 14 18 18 21 20
    Dry Weight (lbs.) 970 945 1000 1190 1379 1495 1751 1749

    Numbers above are for the first model year available. Units in inches unless otherwise noted. Numbers are manufacturer's where available.

    See also[edit]

    Polaris Ranger