The 2020 Polaris RZR lineup has arrived, and new to the scene is the 2020 Polaris RZR Pro XP edition. We’ll talk about this new machine in more detail, but let’s not gloss over the upgrades Polaris made to the other machine’s in their lineup. Look at the Turbo S Velocity edition, the Highlifter edition, or even the RZR 170 EFI and you can see that 2020 is going to be a good year for RZR owners. Now don’t get us wrong, this is by no means a consensus. Everybody and their grandma has their own opinion on the new Polaris RZR 2020 lineup, so we’ll get down to it with the facts, giving you an unbiased look at the future of Polaris RZRs.
2020 Polaris RZR XP Pro Edition
The first thing many RZR XP Pro Edition test drivers notice is the look of the exterior -- which we’ll touch on in a bit. The second thing people notice is the interior of the machine. The center console design and the steering wheels have gotten tremendous feedback, and the new seating style has far more features and greater adjustability than the previous RZR models. The seat brackets and base mounts are totally redesigned, and instead of the old 3-point mounting design that gave the seat unwanted side to side movement, the RZR XP Pro seats now use a rock solid 4-corner mounting mechanism. They can be adjusted forwards and backwards and have an adjustable tilt built into the seat base. You can sit up or lay back, whatever style you prefer. Sure you can’t put older seat styles in, but with greater comfort and an all-around superior seating / mounting design, why would you want to?
Aside from the upgraded seating in the RZR XP Pro 2020, pretty much all the other parts are upgraded, and the front differential is particularly beefy. Yes, these upgrades do make it almost 2000 lbs heavier, but a lot of this comes from the roll cage. Any good cage is going to add weight, especially compared to the old-style RZR cages that were particularly lightweight.
The look of the RZR XP Pro is one of its biggest points of contention. Some riders have said the front end looks like a shark nose, while others have compared it to a Ford Fiesta with a roll cage. We’ve gotten feedback that it looks like Chevy (with the Camaro) and Polaris (with the RZR XP Pro) got into some kind of bet to see who could design the ugliest front end. And others have said that it looks like the unholy offspring of a threeway between a Honda Talon, a Can-Am, and a Yamaha.
Granted, a lot of these same people have changed their minds after seeing the XP Pro up close and in person. And the more you dig into the tech and upgrades of this machine, the more you’ll fall in love. Sure, if you’re buying an off-road buggy to simply sit and stare at it, get one that looks the way you want it to. But this machine performs much better than other UTVs with a ton of awesome features, and that’s what we here at Everything Polaris RZR really care about.
Despite the contentious look of the RZR Pro’s exterior, pretty much everyone can agree that its interior is on point. We recently sat in the RZR Pro Ultimate at UTV Invasion, and the cockpit is set up really well and the seats are surprisingly comfortable. The pictures make the rig look small, but when you actually sit inside, it is very roomy. The trailing arms, radius rods, tie rods, and A-arms are all beefed up, which is a win, since this is an all-terrain rig. Sure the red plastic looks cheap and cheesy like a Honda Talon, but the bones of the ride are definitely high quality and the cockpit area as well as the new features are great.
2020 Polaris RZR Turbo
We’ve been hearing a few people say that Can-Am has Polaris beat because of the 2020 release. There’s no doubt about it, the Can-Am is a pretty bad ass car. But, the RZR Turbo S is by far superior on the track -- whether it has less Hp or not. For those who say otherwise, you haven’t driven a Turbo S. We’re still waiting for a Can-Am to win a KOH -- or to even finish top 8 in the 2019 KOH.
I know what you might be thinking, “Well Look at the 2019 UTV Championship Racing results”. Sure Can-Am took more top 5 positions, but if you look at the top 15, Polaris had 9 machines on the podium. At that point it comes down to the drivers and who's machine’s held up on that particular day. If you look at the 91 mile event known as the super bowl of UTV racing, the most grueling 91 mile race, with Polaris dominating by taking the first 7 positions, the 8-lap event known as UTV Championship Racing is hardly a comparison.
You also hear people whining and complaining about the price of the RZR Turbo S. Sure it’s a bit pricey for most people, but unlike a lot of people, true powersports lovers would rather have a piece of junk truck and a bad ass RZR, because no memory ever starts with "well we were hanging out in my new truck…”. Besides, people always quote the Ultimate Trim Package when talking about price, neglecting the fact that with the Turbo S you get more travel, a wider stance, more ground clearance, and bigger tires, all stock.
Here’s the thing, If 20 hp is the only thing separating your machine from your buddies X3, then sorry to say it, but it comes down to the driver. Now we’re not talking about a 300-meter drag race, Because that’s meaningless. If your buddy is kicking your butt with his x3 because he has 20 extra hp, you can’t drive or he has bigger balls than you. We’ve seen RZR 800’s kick the crap out of turbo RZRs. We’ve also seen AC Wildcat 700’s whoop up on 1000 RZRs and Mavericks. We’ve even seen 4-seat RZRs run with tuned yxzs. It’s 98% driver skill, and unless you’reDale Earnheart, the machine you race with probably won’t make that much of a difference. Drivers win UTV races, not the machines.
Of course we think that the RZR is a better and more capable machine, we also think that the Pro XP is probably the biggest home run in the last five years. The X3 is going to be the fastest in a straight line drag race, no doubt about it. The Turbo S and and the new RZR Pro XP are going to be way more durable and offroad capable. A lot of people say they would take durability over performance and they didn’t mind paying for it, but it seems they’d prefer cheap Chinese garbage that will make some super fast runs then break almost immediately.
When the dust settles and the excitement subsides, all you’ll be left with is the machine you purchased. Sure you might have wished that Polaris upped the Turbo S power to match the XP Pro, but take the cheaper price tag, throw your savings into a tuner, and you’ll easily surpass that 181 hp mark. With new Turbo features -- like liquid cooling -- a brand new XP Pro machine, and updates to other machines in their RZR lineup, Polaris will continue to be a leader in the market.