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Off-Roading Polaris RZR Side-by-Sides Makes Me Want to Abandon My Rally Car

As I dashed between the trees and through the sandy ruts of Elk Ridge, Minnesota’s ERX Motor Park, I tried my best to locate my rally racer mindset: looking far ahead, trying to find a flow through an unfamiliar set of trails. The harder I pushed the Polaris RZR, the happier it seemed to be.

Over the course of two days at ERX I got behind the wheel of a few new 2022 off-road products from Polaris, everything from the entry-level Ranger utility side-by-sides to the top-level RZR performance models and even its absurd 1000-CC ATVs. As someone deeply passionate about high-speed off-roading who also adores throwing things sideways, I felt the most at home in the RZR.

Polaris has a wide range of models within the RZR family. By my count, there are more than 10 different RZR models, all with different seating, power, and body options. I won’t even get started on the Ranger and General families. From the outside, it’s a bit confusing.

I spent the most time hopping between the 181-horsepower RZR Pro XP and the XP1000. Both are wildly capable, but the Pro XP–with its turbocharged 925cc motor and optional active suspension–is the hottest of the two.

On the trails I did my best to imagine I was hustling through a tight rally stage, though things were a bit different. I didn’t have a co-driver, I was much closer than usual to the other, uh, rally cars, and, well, the Polaris RZR is worlds away from my hastily thrown-together 1995 BMW M3 coupe. Yet, somehow, the experience was just as enjoyable, if not more so. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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