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2012 Polaris RZR 570 SxS / UTV

2012 Polaris RZR 570 SxS / UTV Test Ride Review

2012 Polaris RZR 570 SxS / UTV
The Polaris ProStar 570 engine
The new Polaris ProStar 570 engine is based on the ProStar 900 that is featured in the full sized RZR XP 900. The wet sump, single cylinder, ProStar 570 Engine features 4 valves and a dual overhead cam that provides quick acceleration and goes from 0-35 mph in 4.5 seconds. While high performance machines are not necessarily known for their fuel efficiency, the Polaris RZR 570 averages 150 miles per tank of gas, which is the same capacity as a full sized RZR. We were able to reach a top speed of about 60 mph. “The power was surprisingly good and felt comparable to the 800. “It’s a little less on the bottom when you are starting out, but once you get going, it is good. I was pretty surprised with how much power it puts out,” stated Beau Baron.

The light weight transmission provides plenty of torque and gets the power to the ground while providing less driveline noise. “It was a pretty quiet ride, which is something I really liked,” stated Baron.

From the seats forward, the Polaris RZR 570 is basically the same as the RZR 800, but with a few differences with a single beam headlight that is now operated by the turning the ignition key. Also, the glove box is absence from the RZR 570, which is available on the RZR 800, and this is one feature that we wish they would have kept on the RZR 570 because the glove box really comes in handy to store items like a spare belt and tools. On the bright side, the glove box is available for purchase from the RZR 800 model, so it could still easily be installed in the RZR570.

2012 Polaris RZR 570 SxS / UTV
2012 Polaris RZR 570 SxS / UTV
The RZR 570 only features one beam headlights, which is operated on the ignition key instead of a toggle switch
Another item missing on the RZR 570 is the glove box, which we hope is added in the future releases

From the seats back, the Polaris RZR 570 is a totally different animal. The rear end geometry and frame is different from the RZR 800, with an entire new suspension setup, but we felt that it handled really well. “It was very agile and cornered well. It has a lower center of gravity so it also felt really stable,” stated Beau Baron.

2012 Polaris RZR 570 SxS / UTV
Polaris RZR 800
Polaris RZR 570

The new RZR 570 has an entirely new rear end compared to the RZR 800 & we felt the RZR 570 to handled better than the RZR 800 with the new suspension setup, but even though according to Polaris it has the same ground clearance as the RZR 800, the RZR 570 is much more likely to bottom out on obstacles while driving, so we highly suggest adding preload to the shock for riding on rocky trails because it will help with maintaining the ground clearance to clear obstacles on the trail

The RZR 570 offers 9 inches of travel in the front and 9.5 inches in the rear with pre-load, adjustable ZF Sachs Shocks. The IRS works well and helped to make the machine feel incredibly stable. One thing we did notice was that the center of the RZR 570 sat a little low with two guys in it and we ended up getting high centered a few times out on the trail, but a little pre-load adjusting should take care of that. We saw some riders adjust their pre-load all the way up, which raised the rear end by about two inches and that seemed to take care of the issue.

2012 Polaris RZR 570 SxS / UTV
2012 Polaris RZR 570 SxS / UTV
We found a few small jumps out on ride to test out the RZR 570 suspension & it performed extremely well with 9.5" of travel in the rear & 9" up front
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