Polaris Introduces Military-Grade Consumer Work Vehicle

New Sportsman WV850 H.O. all-terrain vehicle features terrain armor non-pneumatic tires

November 2013 Powersport News

Minneapolis - Polaris Industries, the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, today announced the company is launching a new military-grade all-terrain vehicle (ATV) featuring Terrain Armor Non-Pneumatic Tires (NPT). The new Sportsman WV850 H.O. with Terrain Armor will be available to consumers looking for a true work vehicle, in December 2013, in very limited quantities.

"In early, 2013, Polaris announced we'd launch the NPT technology on an off-road vehicle built for consumers," David Longren, vice president of Polaris' Off-Road Division. said. "We have seen great success with NPTs in military and disaster relief scenarios and are excited to bring this technology to the consumer market for extreme work applications."

Earlier this year, Polaris Defense started offering NPT tires as an option for its military vehicles. The technology is beneficial for military work due to the fact the tires never go flat. Polaris has tested NPTs under several extreme situations, including logging more than 350 miles/563 kilometers after receiving fire from a 50-cal round and driving 1,000 miles/1609 kilometers with a 3 in/7.6 cm railroad spike in the tread and webbing. These tests lead to a confidence-building consumer vehicle, both in terms of durability and reliability, and ensure a highly-capable work and hunting partner. Beyond having no flats, consumers will appreciate the other benefits Terrain Armor tires offer including a better center-of-gravity, improved cornering due to less pushing and the capability for the tires to be designed for a diverse range of applications.

To complement the NPTs and ensure the Sportsman WV850 H.O. is a highly-capable work partner that performs under the most demanding environments, the vehicle will include:

 A military-grade fully automatic single-speed transmission including forward and reverse gears

 An upgraded shock package that offers superior handling under heavy load or while traversing rugged landscape

 An increased cooling capacity for long days and high temperatures

 Steel racks capable of carrying 600 lbs/272 kgs of cargo

 A 2 in/5.1 cm receiver hitch that can tow 1,500 lbs/680kgs

 A standard 3,500 lb winch for confidence in extreme settings

To enable long days at work while enhancing the operator's effectiveness and comfort, the Sportsman WV850 H.O. features:

 An unmatched 11.75 gal/44.48 liter fuel capacity to work longer between fills

 Wider foot wells to accommodate larger work footwear

 Standard Electronic Power Steering (EPS) to reduce fatigue and terrain feedback

The Sportsman WV850 H.O. with Terrain Armor was built to meet the rugged demands of the hunt or endless hours on the work site, and shares the same Avalanche Gray color as its hard-working utility counterpart the Polaris BRUTUS.

More information about the WV850 H.O. can be found at www.terrainarmor.com



Engine Type

4-Stroke SOHC Twin Cylinder



Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injected





Transmission/Final Drive

Automatic PVT P/R/N/H
Single Forward Gear; Shaft

Engine Braking System


Active Descent Control




Front Suspension

Dual A-Arm 9" (22.9 cm) Travel; heavy duty shocks

Rear Suspension

Dual A-Arm, Rolled 10.25" (26 cm) Travel; heavy duty shocks



Front/Rear Brakes

Single Lever 4-Wheel Hydraulic Discs with Hydraulic Rear Foot Brake

Parking Brake

Park in Transmission/Lockable Hand Lever



Front Tires

26 x 8-14 NPT

Rear Tires

26 x 8-14 NPT


NPT 8-spoke Cast Aluminum




57" (144.8 CM)

Dry Weight

1114 lbs (505.2 kg)

Overall Vehicle Size (L x W x H)

94.5 x 47.3 x 52 in (242.3 x 120.1 x 132.1 cm)

Ground Clearance

11.25 in / 28.5 cm

Fuel Capacity

5.25 gal (19.9 L) + 6.5 gal (24.6 L) reserve


Higher Capacity Cooling System

Front/Rear Rack

200 lbs (91 kg)/400 lbs (181 kg)

Payload Capacity

850 lbs. (385.5 kg)

Towing Capacity

1,500 lb (680.4 kg)

Unbraked Trailer Towing Capacity



Standard 2 in / 5 cm Receiver



Cargo System

Polaris powder coated black steel w/D-rings


Triple 50w High Beam, Dual 50w Low Beam Headlights; Single Brakelight/Taillight

Electronic Power Steering


Fixed Front Winch


Shift Lever Lock

Standard - Military Based

Full Underbody Skidplate


Push Bumper

Standard - Military Based

Wider Foot Wells

Standard - Military Based

Enhanced Chassis

Standard - Military Based

Full Body Steel Exoskeleton

Standard - Military Based


Avalanche Gray


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