2018 Polaris Sportsman 1000 Review
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2018 Polaris Sportsman 1000 Review The Polaris Sportsman Line is probably one of the best-selling ATV lines in history, partly due to the many years of improvement in the capabilities of their sports utility quads. With focus on suspension, power, all-wheel drive and new technology, they continue to improve with time.
Polaris bundled all of their big heads together to their flagship sport utility Sportsman XP 1000! In the last ten years of reviewing Polaris 4 × 4 ATV, we have come to expect machines that are for many drivers, often unsurpassed in their class. With probably the best single machine on the market, Polaris has improved the 2017 Athlete XP 1000 by looking for performance, versatility, durability, comfort and, most importantly, design.
The 2017 XP 1000 version with its aggressive matt black appearance has been dug out by us. However, the sophisticated appearance of the metal flakes, the copper lacquered plastic of the matt copper model Le, combined with its mainly updated body styling, quickly developed in us.
The new Sportsman XP 1000 is packed full of new features for 2017. A true close ratio, on-demand, all-wheel-drive system with active descent control helps in engine braking to slow down this 800 pound machine in a downhill situation. For you techies out there, Polaris introduced a new digital display that has Bluetooth connectivity, and it’s pretty cool! It pops up a message on the meter when you receive a missed call, missed text, cell signal strength and battery power.
Along with that there are standard gauge instrumentation: speedometer, tachometer, two-meter, hour-meter, gear display, fuel gauge, four-wheel display, volt meter, coolant temp, high-temp light, clock and a DC outlet to load accessories.
The Athlete XP 1000 also has a new lock & ride integrated 6-gallon front and rear storage rack system that offers steel-reinforced racks and a total of 360 pounds of load capacity. There is also a new integrated cup holder for a frosty drink or a warm coffee mug, new dual-zone shaped seat, redesigned front lighting and rear LED tail lights.
All Sportsman XP 1000 models are equipped with 14″ black cast wheels made of aluminium and polar casting. However, the black CST has 26-inch tyres, the Matte Copper Limited Edition has 26-inch Maxxis VIPR tyres and the Hunter has 26-inch PXT tyres.
The XP is driven by a two cylinder parallel rectifier engine, injected with a capacity of 952 cm3 , with four valves and one head per cylinder. In 2017, the engine received a redesigned exhaust system, which increased its performance from 88 to 90 hp; once again, it allowed Polaris to win the highest honours during the war on horses.
An electronic drive-through-wire choke has eliminated the throttle cable for 2017. A new, unique 3-mode throttle control features three different throttle card work, Standard and power, which are selected by reversing a switch next to the instrument display. In working mode, the system reduces the amount of total throttle available. It feels like the engine reaches only half throttle spread over the entire throw of the throttle lever. This makes the throttle control for working at slow speed much easier. It also allows novices to take the 1000 for a spin with less risk. Sport mode offers full throttle and is designed to achieve it in a hurry, which is the highest level of throttling response for aggressive riding.
The standard mode also allows you to reach full throttle, but softens the throttle reaction a little. Standard is, perhaps, the best setting for long destination trips. We turned forward and backward, but finally we’ll leave the sports mode, taking full advantage of the beast for our entertainment and for yours.
The 2017 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 is completely new, including the suspension. See that Polaris has already found some of the best suspension on a utility ATV, how could you do it better? Well, they did. The front dual-A-arm setup creates a very plush ride and has 9 centimeters of travel. The new gull-wing style lower A-arms offer an immense amount of ground clearance that can easily conquer obstacles. The Scrambler XP 1000 rear suspension features a double-arm, rolled IRS system for a 10.25-inch stroke. It also has angled front and rear lower frame rails, which are angled for maximum clearance. Thanks to its eccentric cam, double-cylinder, 952cc, the fuel-injected Prostar electronic engine produces 90 hp of power.
This makes it one of the most powerful factory-fitted ATVs ever! It is paired with Polaris ‘ Automatic PVT (Polaris variable Transmission), which is park, reverse, neutral, low and high. It also has a motor braking system for downhill downhill. Polaris also introduced a new stainless steel exhaust system that rings out a nice throat tone from the twin-cylinder engine.
2018 Polaris Sportsman 1000 Review
- Engine Type: DOHC, twin cylinder, 4-stroke
- Displacement 952cc
- Fuel Delivery: EFI
- Transmission: Automatic CVT
- Suspension Front: Dual A-arms w/9”
- Suspension Rear: Dual A-arms w/10.25”
- Brakes: Single lever, 4-wheel hydraulic disc
- Tires Front: 26×8-14
- Tires Rear: 26×10-14
- Overall length width height: 86.5x48x48
- Maximum Ground Clearance: 11”
- Wheelbase: 57”
- Fuel Capacity: 5.25gal
- Claimed Dry Weight: 886lb
- Colors Turbo Silver
- Price: $12,999