By Steve Janes
The next evolution in trail adventure starts with the 2021 RZR Trail and Trail S lineup. Offering all-new styling, leading trail capability, improved rider comfort and unmatched off-road technology in both the 50-inch-wide RZR Trail and 60-inch-wide RZR Trail S models, Polaris has made the industry’s undisputed leader in trail riding even better.
Polaris started a recreation sport side-by-side market with the launch of the Polaris Ranger RZR 800 in 2007. Since then, Polaris has led the way in trail performance and remained the market leader of the trail segment. With the all-new RZR Trail lineup, Polaris demonstrates that its commitment to innovation and meeting the needs of riders is stronger than ever.
“The RZR Trail was already an incredible, purpose-built machine,” Steve Menneto, president of Polaris Off-Road, explained. “However, with the feedback of our owners we’ve refined and elevated the experience, with an emphasis on comfort and ergonomics. The RZR Trail and Trail S lineup offer an unmatched combination of trail agility and advanced technology to give customers more value for a better ride experience.”
These two models are designed to provide all day comfort and performance. Often when RZR riders head out for a ride, they plan to take the better part of the day. They want to be able to sit in comfort and enjoy a smooth ride.
Polaris has designed smaller diameter steering wheel for more clearance from door, giving you plenty of arm and elbow room. The steering wheel is also moved down and back to allow a better fit for the rider. Not only do you get great interior ergonomics, but the new dash design delivers better storage and easier access.
A new wrap-around roll cage offers more head room while providing some coverage for your rear storage area.
The RZR Trail and Trail S models feature all-new styling and have a narrow stance and the shortest wheelbase, making it easier for riders to maneuver on twisting trails and windy routes. Combine that with class-leading power-to-weight, turning radius and fast engaging all-wheel drive, riders will be able to quickly accelerate between corners and choose their line around obstacles for the most agile trail ride ever.
On top of designing one of the most capable trail vehicles, Polaris Off-Road has further refined rider comfort with a new adjustable steering wheel position that repositions rider posture to have shoulders comfortably back against the seat. Keep trail debris out of the cab with new, sturdy full doors and receive more rear coverage from the factory with the new wrap-around roll cage. Add best-in-class suspension travel and ground clearance to soak up the bumps for a plush ride, and RZR Trail and Trail S make the last mile feel as comfortable as the first.
To further elevate the ride experience, both the RZR Trail and Trail S comes with three trims to accommodate the respective needs, desires and budgets of Polaris customers. One both of the respective models, the Sport trim comes with a White Lightning color scheme. The Premium trim features Polaris Blue color scheme. The Ultimate trim has the Stealth Grey color scheme.
In the top trims, Polaris is now offering the most advanced off-road technology to the trail segment. Ride Command is an integrated, seven-inch glove-touch display that offers access to features like maps to help discover new trails, GPS to support navigation and Group Ride so your crew can stay connected and out of each other’s dust. RZR Trail and Trail S also offer the first-ever factory audio from Rockford Fosgate for this segment, allowing riders to easily share and enjoy music on the trail. To keep the ride going, the new LED headlights and accent lights will light up the trail even after the sun sets.
To ensure riders have everything needed to customize their vehicles, a lineup of 29 new accessories are also being launched for the RZR Trail and Trail S models. This brings the total accessories available for the Trail line to more than 60. New accessories were developed with updated style, customizable comfort and premium technology in mind, spanning windshields, roofs, doors, bumpers and more.
The 50-inch-wide RZR Trail lineup is powered by the 75 horsepower ProStar 900 4-Stroke, DOHC, Twin Cylinder EFI engine equipped with EBS (Engine Braking System). The chassis of the RZR Trail lineup shares a 79-inch wheelbase, 50-inch width, with up to 11 inches of ground clearance with suspension adjustment achieved by the 26-inch tires and 10 inches of suspension travel front and rear.
The RZR Trail is also equipped with a 1.25-inch hitch receiver with a 1,500 lbs rating. The three different trims are: RZR Trail Sport, RZR Trail Premium and RZR Trail Ultimate.
The RZR Trail Sport features full doors, steel rims, Halogen headlights, ZF Twin Tube shocks, Dual-Analog display and 3-position Polaris Pulse Bar. The RZR Trail Premium offers additional features such as Electronic Power Steering, LED headlights and accent lights, aluminum rims, Faster Steering, high performance True On-Demand AWD and color matched seats. The RZR Trail Ultimate combines all the previously mentioned features with Ride Command, Rockford Fosgate Audio, Poly Roof, VersaTrac Turf Mode and FOX 2.0 Podium X Shocks.
RZR Trail S
The 60-inch-wide RZR Trail S has two power options: the Trail S 900 Sport is powered by a 75 horsepower ProStar 900 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder EFI engine, while the RZR Trail S 1000 Premium and Ultimate trims are powered by the 100 horsepower ProStar 1000 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder EFI engine. All three models are also equipped with EBS (Engine Braking System).
The chassis of the RZR Trail S shares a 79-inch wheelbase, 60-inch width, with 12.5 inches of ground clearance achieved by the 27-inch tires and 12.25-inch front and 13.2-inch rear suspension travel. It is also equipped with a 1.25-inch hitch receiver with a 1,500 lbs rating. It also features the three different trims: RZR Trail S 900 Sport, RZR Trail S 1000 Premium and RZR Trail S 1000 Ultimate.
The RZR Trail S 900 Sport comes with full doors, aluminum rims, Halogen headlights, FOX 2.0 Podium Shocks, Dual-Analog display and a 3-Position Polaris Pulse Bar. The RZR Trail S 1000 Premium adds to the list of features Electronic Power Steering, LED headlights and accent lights, 2-inch Walker Evans Needle Shocks, Faster Steering, high performance True On-Demand AWD and color matched seats. The RZR Trail S 1000 Ultimate completes the top-end trim with Ride Command, Rockford Fosgate Audio and Poly Roof.
The 2021 RZR Trail and Trail S lineup will begin arriving in dealerships early February 2021. Pricing: RZR Trail Sport–$13,399; RZR Trail Premium–$15,499; RZR Trail Ultimate–$16,999; RZR Trail S 900 Sport–$15,299; RZR Trail S 1000 Premium–$17,299; and RZR Trail S 1000 Ultimate–$18,999.
Since it’s 2007 introduction, the Polaris RZR has pioneered the performance side-by-side category, turning what was a working-class vehicle into one of the most popular forms of motorized recreation in the world. Known for its unmatched performance and rider-centric vehicle design, RZR has established itself as the top choice of outdoor enthusiasts for more than a decade.
It continues to lead the sport it created by delivering category-defining innovation and technology, such as its Dynamix active suspension that adjusts on the fly, and its industry-exclusive Ride Command technology.
This past fall, Polaris launched new and improved features on the RZR Pro XP, RZR XP Turbo and RZR Turbo S models, giving outdoor enthusiasts even more confidence to conquer challenging terrain.
“RZR is designed, engineered and built for enthusiasts that love to ride,” said Steve Kemp, vice president of RZR, Polaris. “We put the consumer at the center of everything we do to ensure we’re continually improving the riding experience, and that is reflected in the improvements we’re bringing for 2021.”
The model year 2021 RZR lineup adds rider-inspired features including enhanced technology and new vehicle trim features to the RZR Pro XP models. The 2021 RZR XP Turbo and RZR Turbo S lineup leverages the benefits of the Pro XP’s clutch design, providing an optimized geometry that pulls in more airflow to keep the belt cooler. Coupled with improved clutch alignment, the result is less wear and tear of the belt, which extends belt life.
New to the lineup, the 2021 RZR Turbo S Lifted Lime Limited Edition was added to deliver fresh style for riders looking to stand out and is packed with technology features to deliver an elevated ride experience. It has a premium paint scheme, Dynamix Active Suspension, Ride Command 7-inch display, factory audio, LED accent lights and LED headlights, lower doors and an aluminum roof.
Beyond this limited edition, 2021 RZR models get new, unique colors and graphics to help riders stand out on the trails. Upgrades to the 2021 RZR Pro XP and RZR Pro XP 4 lineup include enhanced audio and Ride Command.
Other notable changes include:
- Engine Air Intake—Material used for the engine intake is now blow molded, resulting in improved durability at higher temperatures, ultimately unlocking the ability to go full throttle longer.
- Rear Shock Guards—Improved rear shock guards now feature sides that index to the shock to help avoid rotation.
- Lightweight Wheels—New wheels that are 18 percent lighter allow for increased agility to conquer the world’s most challenging trails.
- Design—Improved clutch alignment and resulting shift effort, along with door latch bumper updates, result in less rattle while driving.
- Tender Springs—Updated rear tender springs were built to last longer and improve suspension performance, creating a smoother riding experience. This upgrade is exclusive to the RZR Pro XP.
- New Accessories—Customize Pro XP further with 20 additional accessories, including the RIGID Chase Light with eleven selectable modes and new doors and windshields for more cab options to boost rider comfort.
In addition to the above upgrades, all model year 2021 RZR models—except for the RZR 570—come standard with a new in-dash trickle charge port adapter. This allows a trickle charger to be connected to the vehicle, creating an easier, safer and more reliable way to maintain each battery while in storage, during the off-season or during long periods of inactivity.
Pricing: RZR XP Turbo starting at $19,999; RZR XP 4 Turbo starting at $22,699; RZR Pro XP starting at $22,999; RZR Pro XP 4 starting at $25,699; RZR Turbo S starting at $22,499; RZR Turbo S 4 starting at $25,199; RZR Turbo S Lifted Lime LE starting at $28,399; and RZR Turbo S 4 Lifted Lime LE starting at $31,299.
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