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.

RZR Models[edit]

Polaris RZR XP Turbo
Polaris RZR XP 900 with aftermarket accessories
  • 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

Fire Hazards and Recalls[edit]

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.[1] Her right leg and left foot were later amputated.[1] A 15-year-old girl was killed when the RZR she was a passenger in caught fire in July 2015.[1] In September 2016, two Arizona women were killed when their Polaris tipped over and sparked a fire.[1]

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.[2] The CPSC alleges Polaris had received reports of 150 RZR fires, including the death of the above-mentioned 15 year old passenger[3], 11 reports of burn injuries and a fire that burned 10 acres of land, but failed to immediately notify them. [2] Over the years, Polaris has recalled more than half a million RZR's for manufacturing defects that could lead to fires, burns or death.[4] However, owners of RZRs are continuing to report fires on vehicles that been previously repaired, including total-loss fires.[4] [5]

Specifications[edit]

RZR 570 RZR 800 RZR S 800 RZR XP 900 RZR XP 1000 RZR XP Turbo
Model Year Debut 2012 2008 2009 2011 2014 2016
Horsepower 45 52 55 88 107 144
Displacement (cc) 567 760 760 875 999 925
Width 50 50 60 64 64 64
Wheelbase 77 77 77 81.4 90 90
Length 107.5 102 106 108 119 119
Ground Clearance 10 10 12.5 13 13.5 13.5
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
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
Front Wheel Travel 9 12 13.5 16 16
Rear Wheel Travel 9.5 12 14 18 18
Dry Weight (lbs.) 970 945 1000 1190 1379 1495

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

Marine RZR[edit]

Polaris MRZR-4 after an airdrop by the 82nd Airborne Division during a military exercise

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 U.S. 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.[6][7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d - fairwarning.org 20 Feb 2018
  2. ^ a b [1] - startribune.com, 2 April 2018
  3. ^ - motleyfool.com 28 Dec 2017
  4. ^ a b [2] - motleyfool.com 13 Apr 2017
  5. ^ - cpsc.gov 19 Dec 2017
  6. ^ Marine Corps to Equip Infantry Units with Polaris ATVs - DoDBuzz.com, 27 September 2016
  7. ^ Marine grunts to get new all-terrain vehicles for missions - MarineCorpstimes.com, 22 November 2016
  8. ^ Marine Grunts Will Start Getting ATVs in January - Defensetech.org, 23 November 2016