The Polaris RZR XP Turbo Fox Edition Is The Best Vehicle I've Ever Driven
"If you hit about 30 miles per hour off this cliff you'll catch some air", my group leader explained over my helmet mic. Needless to say, I floored my Polaris RZR and as the rear end squatted under the torque of the turbo 925cc engine I rocket towards a cliff.
This week I was at IMPA Tests an event where journalists take turns testing out a parking lot full of cars at the incredible Monticello Motor Club in upstate New York. Monticello Motor Club is a car enthusiast's utopia offering an incredible race track, miles or off-road trails, and a friendly staff helping you go fast and have a good time.
Part of the charm of IMPA Test Days is the sheer variety of test cars. At one point I stepped off a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and into a Chevy Bolt. Besides track time and back road testing Monticello is gracious enough to invite journalists to test their metal on the off-road trails that surround the track.
I always wanted to spend time off-roading and as I approached the course entrance I noticed a small fleet of six Polaris RZR Turbos. These muddy machines looked ready to ferry you through the apocalypse and the big turbo decal on the side peaked my interest.
After meeting with the experienced Polaris reps who would guide me through the technical trials around Monticello I strapped into my Polaris RZR Turbo and fired up the inline-2-cylinder turbocharged engine. This engine is mated to a CVT transmission to ensure the engine is always in its powerband.
The RZR XP Turbo Fox Edition is an impressive vehicle. It produces 168 horsepower from its 925cc 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder Turbocharged engine and has an impressive 13.5 inches of ground clearance. This the RZR only weighs 1,479lbs and features 16 inches of suspension travel in the front and 18 inches of travel in the rear leading to a comfortable offroad driving experience. Thanks to sophisticated Fox racing shocks there's nothing within reason this $22,000 machine can't handle.
We set off towards the off-road trail and already I was sure this would be a simple dirt road that we would take at a low speed and chat about the car in a typical marketing pitch fashion. I was wrong very wrong. The group leader called over the comm, " Try and stay close and remember to have fun."
He was off barreling through a tight and muddy course through the wilderness. Boulders, tree stumps, and streams flashed by as we ripped through the woods. This capable little machine took abuse and enjoyed it. To be honest we probably could have gone even faster and run out of talent before the RZR would meet any formidable foe.
At one point in the course, we drove through a flowing stream at least 15 feet wide and went straight up an incline that felt like it was 90 degrees up. As a skier, it was like climbing a double black diamond made an of mud. Once we reach the crest we immediately descended down a bolder ridden trail with ease.
The RZR escaped from the woods into acres of cleared out rocky terrain and an articulation course built by Land Rover to demonstrate the ability of their SUVs. We hit them at speed since the RZR is an insane machine that doesn't follow physics.
We approaching a deep bowl and a cliff that disappeared into the abyss. My group leader radioed in, "If you hit about 30 miles per hour off this cliff you'll catch some air."