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2008 Polaris Recreation & Utility ATV Line Up


Polaris Sportsman™ 500 EFI ATV

Polaris Sportsman™ 500 EFI ATV

Minneapolis, MN (7/23/2007) - For 2008, Polaris has simplified its Sportsman line along with adding new complementary models that will appeal to a wider variety of customers.

For 1-Up ATVs, Polaris has added more power to the Sportsman 800 EFI, brought back the carbureted Sportsman 500 H.O. and is introducing the Sportsman 400 H.O. in a mid-size chassis.

Polaris’ offering of 2-Up vehicles has new options with the addition of the Touring line. These all-the-time 2-Up machines, available in 800cc and 500cc models, offer more value than competitive 2-Up models and are the most comfortable ATVs ever with more features for passenger comfort than any other 2-Up ATV. Touring passengers will enjoy more room than found on competitive 2-Up models; a larger, taller backrest; soft, vibration-absorbing hand holds; adjustable, vibration-absorbing foot rests and dual cup holders. Polaris also will offer the versatile Sportsman X2 in 700cc and 500cc. Customers will find the Sportsman 700 X2 as the, “World’s Best Value Big Bore 2-Up ATV,” with its highly competitive price tag that offers a 2-Up configuration at the same price as some of the competitors 1-Up machines.

Sportsman 800 Touring Utility ATV   Sportsman X2 Utility ATV

Sportsman 800 Touring Utility ATV


Sportsman X2 Utility ATV

All Polaris 2-Up ATVs also feature an exclusive VERSATRAC system and rolled Independent Rear Suspension (IRS). The Polaris VERSATRAC system enables the rider to choose Turf mode, 2-wheel drive or On Demand All-Wheel Drive (AWD) by a thumb switch on the handlebar. When in Turf mode, the Sportsman X2 provides 20 percent tighter turns and minimizes damage to soft terrain. To optimize the ride when carrying a passenger or loads, the rolled IRS angles the A-arms and 2-stage springs creating wheel travel that moves up and back.

All fuel injected Sportsman models come standard with the Polaris Engine Braking System (EBS) and intelligent Active Descent Control (ADC). Engine braking assists in braking on steep inclines, while ADC provides four-wheel braking when the vehicle is in AWD, is operating at speeds below 15 mph and there is no throttle being applied.

Polaris Sportsman™ 500 800 EFI Twin Utility ATV Action   Polaris Sportsman™ 500 800 EFI Twin Utility ATV Roost

2008 Polaris Sportsman™ 500 800 EFI Twin Utility ATV

To make the “World’s Toughest ATVs” even tougher, most Sportsman models also are being offered in a variety of new painted colors that are nine times more durable than standard plastic. Along with being more durable, the process has a repairable finish so scratches can be fixed.

Customers will continue to find standard features such as independent rear suspension, true On Demand All-Wheel Drive, the industry’s best-selling automatic Polaris Variable Transmission and tough bodywork with more on-board storage than the competition.

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