Polaris Ranger RZR 800-S (2011) $12,699

Polaris Ranger RZR 800-S (2011)

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razor-sharp performance features off-road enthusiasts have come to love: long-travel suspension, the fastest acceleration with a 63 mph/101.4 kph top speed, superior ergonomics and On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive for ultimate traction. Along with the full-line improvements, the RANGER RZR S 800 also will receive new ITP 900 XCT tires, big bore shocks and will be available in two premium painted editions along with a standard edition, which will receive a new lower price. The RANGER RZR S 800 is the first vehicle to feature the ITP 900 XCT brand tires as standard equipment. ITP is the No. 1 aftermarket tire and wheel brand that is well-respected in the industry. The new tires were built for high-performance, cross country trail riding, and feature a knobby, aggressive tread pattern for even more impressive cornering ability. They’re perfect for rough, rocky desert terrain where the RANGER RZR S 800 thrives. Coupled with the new Sachs shocks that have a 2-inch bore providing greater cooling capacity and improved fade resistance for a smoother, more agile ride, the 2011 RANGER RZR S 800 will continue to be the choice of performance-minded, off-road enthusiasts.
2011 Polaris RZR 800 | Price: $14,999 | Displacement: 800cc | Horsepower: 53hp | Drivetrain: 4WD | Suspension: A-Arm 12″ |  Color: Red 
 The 2011 Polaris RANGER RZR® S dominates the desert, dunes and wide-open places with its handling and agility. New for 2011: 30% range improvement, new styling, glove box, and ITP Tires. Key features are:

  • The RZR S is the first vehicle to feature the ITP 900 XCT sport-performance tires as standard equipment. They feature an aggressive lug pattern for superior traction on varying terrain, plus better, faster mud clean-out.
  • New! Redesigned Body Style
  • The front end has new styling for an even more aggressive look when you’re riding on the trails. The redesign also increased the cooling airflow area by 29%
  • Wide Stance Plus Long Travel Suspension
  • Features a 60.5″ width and an obstacle-clearing 12.5″ of ground clearance. Dual Front A-Arms and Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) soak up deep ruts and deliver a smooth, precise ride every time. Plus it has the longest travel in the industry:12″ front and 12″ rear.
  • New! Front And Rear Shocks
  • The front and rear suspension feature ZF Sachs® shocks that have a big-bore 2″ body for better cooling and less fade, along with preload adjustability
  • On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • True AWD keeps you moving, automatically engaging all four wheels when you need more forward traction and reverting back to 2WD when you don’t.
  • Lowest Center Of Gravity
  • Thanks to its patented engine-behind-the-seat design, RZR S delivers razor-sharp handling and performance
  • New! 800 High-Output Twin EFI—Fastest Acceleration
  • 800 Twin-Cylinder High Output EFI Engine
  • 2 in. body ZF Sachs Performance Shocks
  • 27 in. ITP 900 XCT Sport-Performance Tires
  • New! Exclusive Itp® Tires Standard
  • NEW! High-Output engine cranks out 53 hp and delivers the fastest acceleration, from 0 to 35 mph in 3.8 seconds
  • Maxxis Bighorn tires on 12″ black Crusher aluminum rims
  • Sunset Red painted dash and rear panels with White Lightning painted hood
  • Color matched front and rear suspension springs
  • Custom three-color cut and sew Black, Sunset Red and White seats with Black RZR emblem
  • Custom “Rally” graphics package
  • Engine Type 4-Stroke Twin Cylinder
    Displacement 760cc High Output (H.O.)
    Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection
    Cooling Liquid
    Transmission/Final Drive Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft
    Drive System On-Demand True AWD/2WD
    Front Suspension Dual A-Arm 12″ (30.5 cm) Travel
    Rear Suspension Dual A-Arm, Rolled with Anti-Sway Bar 12″ (30.5 cm) Travel
    Front/Rear Brakes 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front Calipers
    Parking Brake Park in Transmission
    Front Tires / Model 27 x 9-12; ITP 900 XCT
    Rear Tires / Model 27 x 11-12; ITP 900 XCT
    Wheels Cast Aluminum
    Wheelbase 77″ (196 cm)
    Dry Weight 1,000 lb (454 kg)
    Overall Vehicle Size (LxWxH) 104 x 60.5 x 70.5″ (264.2 x 153.7 x 179 cm)
    Ground Clearance 12.5″ (32 cm)
    Fuel Capacity 7.25 gal (27.4 L)
    Bed Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22 x 42 x 6.5″ (56 x 107 x 16.5 cm)
    Box Capacity N.A./300 lb (136.1 kg)
    Payload Capacity 740 lb (335.6 kg)
    Hitch Towing Rating 1,500 lb (680.4 kg)
    Hitch/Type Standard/1.25″ Receiver
    Cargo System Lock & Ride
    Lighting 55W low/ 60W high
    Electronic Power Steering Not Equipped
    Instrumentation Digital Gauge, Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Tripmeter, Hour Meter, Clock, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp/Low-Batt Lights, DC Outlet
    Rally Red LE $15,599

  • Maxxis Bighorn tires on 12″ black Crusher aluminum rims
  • Sunset Red painted dash and rear panels with White Lightning painted hood
  • Color matched front and rear suspension springs
  • Custom three-color cut and sew Black, Sunset Red and White seats with Black RZR emblem
  • Custom “Rally” graphics package
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    Desert Tan LE $15,799

  • Maxxis Bighorn tires
  • Custom graphics package with Black Polaris star on hood
  • Desert Tan painted dash, rear panels and hood
  • Hi/Lo LED headlight package
  • Unique Desert Tan painted steel wheels
  • Headache net
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    Black Carbon Fber LE $17,499

  • Maxxis Bighorn tires on 12″ black Crusher aluminum rims
  • Gloss Black painted dash with Carbon Fiber hood and rear panel graphics
  • Indy Red painted front and rear suspension springs
  • Custom cut and sew black and carbon fiber seats with red RZR emblem
  • Premium Fox Podium X shocks
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    Black Orange Madness LE $17,499

  • Maxxis Bighorn tires on 12″ black Crusher aluminum rims
  • Custom three-color cut and sew black, orange and white seats with RZR emblem
  • Custom graphics package
  • Gloss Black painted dash with Orange Madness painted hood and rear panels
  • Color matching front and rear suspension springs
  • Premium Fox Podium X shocks
  • By Jerrod Kelley – ATV.com

    The Polaris Ranger RZR S 800 debuted in 2009 as a wide-stance SxS with a premium suspension system and proven aftermarket parts as standard equipment. Two short years later, Polaris decided it was time for a redesign and, more importantly, time for a price-point model or a base RZR S. For 2011, this model comes in a standard package that retails $1,500 less than the two Limited Edition models. We put the base RZR 800 S through the wringer at a private OHV area in Montana.

    New For 2011

    The entire RZR family went under the knife for 2011. The 800 S came away with new ergonomics, added convenience, more durability and a boost in performance. The new-look front end and cage configuration is the most recognizable change. A closer look reveals new front shocks and one drive unveils the new power and performance.

    Behind The Wheel

     As soon as we climbed in the cab we noticed one of the new changes. The new cab nets are much better than before as unhooking one connect means an easier entry. Also, the nets extend all the way across the door opening, not just the front 2/3 of the space. While stepping in the cab, you also notice the change to the side cab rails/bars. This bar has been changed from a backwards “B” to a single diagonal bar that does the job and is more appealing to the eye. You’ll also notice that the back cargo box bar that extends off the rear of the ROPS has been removed. This is also more attractive, but lets the users have easier access to rear box, which can tote up to 300 pounds.

    With a turn of the dash-mounted key, the RZR’s 760cc twin-cylinder four-stroke fires electronically and produces a nice rumble in its stock form. Polaris claims the EFI-fed liquid-cooled mill produces 53 horsepower and offers improved acceleration for the ’11. And, according to Polaris, the RZR S can go from 0 to 35 mph in less than 4 seconds. We didn’t put the 800 under the radar gun or on the dyno, so we can’t vouch for those numbers, but can say it’s quick to get up and go and doesn’t disappoint. The new EFI system is from Bosch and, with internal changes, creates a more efficient design, improved low-end throttle control/response and also better reduced fuel consumption, according to Polaris.

    The automatic transmission is simple to engage and you can select between high and low range and reverse with the easy-to-operate and centrally located shifter that looks like it came straight off a Sportsman 500 H.O. We rode the RZR in open, grassy fields, on fast-paced trails, through creeks, across ruts and rocks and literally pushed it! It performed flawlessly and we’d have to agree the more precise throttle control on the low end is a welcome change. Slow speed crawls through the slippery rocks and creeks were very pleasant.

    While the terrain wasn’t the most challenging we’ve ever ridden in, it was just gnarly enough to give us an impression of the new shocks. Keep in mind the new 2-inch big-bore Sachs shocks offer a foot travel for the fully independent machine, which also has 12.5 inches of ground clearance. We didn’t have too many concerns with the suspension in this terrain, as it was comfortable, plush and responsive when pushed. Polaris informed us the five-way preload adjustable Sachs shocks were selected for their cooling capacity, resistance to fading and smooth ride. They may not be the right fit for those who ride very aggressively and like to tackle gnarly rocks and big bumps (or jumps) — we’d imagine the Fox Podium X shocks (worn by the LE models) would be missed.

    We often include tires with the suspension because a tire provides traction and grip and is the first to hit obstacles. The new 900 XCT tires are above average, even in tight corners. Clearly, they’re not as aggressive as the Maxxis Bighorns that are on the LE models, but the 27-inch ITPs worked well during our testing session and have an inch taller diameter. The tread pattern (which extends to the shoulder and sidewall) and lugs seems to offer a well-balanced ride and nice bite in a variety of conditions. We also appreciate the cast aluminum wheels for their better fit and finish and strength. The RZR remains a stable machine. Of course its 60.5-inch width and long 77-inch wheelbase have a lot to do with that. Another key ingredient is the 800’s center of gravity, which Polaris proclaims as class leading.

    Comfort and Convenience

    From its selectable, dash-mounted AWD switch to the fully functional gauge package, the RZR S has a lot of features that made us feel at home behind the wheel. We also like the three-point seat belts and bucket seats, which made bouncing around the trails that much more enjoyable. The adjustable passenger handhold is still one of our favorites and now sits above a large, 3-gallon, water-resistant glove box — a big addition for OHV explorers. An adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat also accommodate different-sized drivers and preferences. The integrated heel pockets in the floor also help when wearing larger boots and for minor foot throttle manipulations. Heck, this thing even has a dash-mounted 12-volt outlet and twin cup holders! About the only things we think this model could have added for more convenience are a gripper floor (slippery when wet!), power steering and a 2-inch receiver hitch (as opposed to its 1.25-inch design).

    One Sharp Two-Up

    It’s pretty clear that Polaris needed a more affordable RZR S to better appeal to its customers and also to promote accessory sales for its dealers at the time of purchase. The base 800 seems to be more appealing to the average SxS buyer than the more pricey LE models (read below). With both the standard 800 S and the LE versions, Polaris lets the buyer decide which model to buy, something that wasn’t possible last year. After driving and riding in the 2011 Polaris RZR S 800, we can say Polaris did a good job of merging value with performance. This machine remains exciting to drive, no matter if you’re out for a Sunday stroll or a speed-infested Saturday. The cockpit of the RZR S is familiar and functional. In addition to 12.5 inches of ground clearance, the new Sachs 2.0 shocks offer a full foot of travel.

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