Long-Term Review: Polaris RZR 570

Trail Machine That's Bursting With Value

Published in the September 2012 Issue September 2012 Feature Ryan Harris

Polaris RZR 570Polaris' Ranger RZR 570 may have a hard time getting noticed in the shadows of a rig like the 900 XP. But it's a vehicle that deserves your attention.

We've had our RZR 570 for a few months and have racked up hundreds of miles on it. We decided that instead of a new model release feature, we'd rather roll the wheels around for a while and see if the vehicle really lives up to our expectations as a Polaris RZR.


Polaris RZR 570The Polaris Ranger RZR 570 is powered by a four-valve, dual overhead cam single-cylinder ProStar engine with EFI. It's liquid-cooled and features a high-output stator that cranks out 40 percent more watts than the RZR 800.

A lightweight automatic PVT transmission is designed to be quiet as it delivers power to the ground through a helical-cut final drive. Drivers can select between the on-demand True AWD or 2WD. The transmission has park, reverse, neutral, low and high ranges.

What makes the RZR 570 a keeper is the 50-inch width. And that doesn't come at a sacrifice to suspension performance. The front dual A-arm suspension has 9 inches of travel with preload-adjustable ZF Sachs shock absorbers. The independent rear suspension (IRS) has its own geometry. Its preload-adjustable ZF Sachs shocks give the rear 9.5 inches of travel. Both suspensions run anti-sway bars.

The RZR 570 runs four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes with dual-bore front calipers.

Size-wise, the RZR 570 is nearly the same as the RZR 800. The 570 is 4.5 inches longer at 107.5 inches, but it and the 800 are both 50 inches wide, 69 inches tall and have a wheelbase of 77 inches. The 570 is slightly lighter at 970 lbs. dry.

Like the 800, the 570 sports a 7.25-gallon fuel tank.

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