Polaris debuts 2011 snowmobile lineup

Publish Date: 
Mar 10, 2010
By Arlo Redwine

POLARIS today unveiled its 2011 model lineup. The company introduced 11 new snowmobiles during its dealer meeting in Las Vegas.

The PRO-RIDE chassis introduced last year is used in three new Rush models: the 800 Rush PRO-R, 600 Rush PRO-R and 600 Rush LX. It’s also used for deep-snow adaption in the new 800 PRO-RMK 163 and 800 PRO-RMK 155.

The 11 new units span four segments: Performance, Deep Snow, Crossover and Trail Luxury. There are also updated versions of previous models.

"Polaris continues to be an industry leader because our dedication to practical innovations makes our products more useful, more fun and more affordable for consumers," Bennett Morgan, president and COO, said in a press release. "As a company, we've always prided ourselves on developing exemplary products that set new industry standards, something we've continued in 2011. We fully expect the quality of these new products to further our growth and gains across all market categories."

2011 models by segment:

Performance. As mentioned, the Performance segment features four new RUSH models built on the PRO-RIDE Chassis. Riders benefit, Polaris says, from outstanding shocks, the industry's only true progressive rate rear suspension, and the 600 or 800 Cleanfire engine.

Deep Snow The line-up carrying the RMK name includes four new models. The lightweight 800 PRO-RMK 163/155 models feature the RMK Coil-Over rear suspension, stronger and stiffer chassis and Over-Engine Steering, which allows the engine to be mounted lower for a better center of gravity. The RMK line also includes the 800 RMK Assault 155, which Polaris says is the sport's first sled specifically designed for backcountry and freestyle riders.

Crossover: Polaris says the new 800 Switchback Assault 144 “borrows smooth-handling technology from the RUSH models and has the powerful 800 Cleanfire engine to satisfy diverse riding needs.” The new 550 Shift 136 provides riders with the 550 engine and an extended footprint for a great ride. The 600 Switchback 136 and 600 Shift 136 both feature the 600 Cleanfire engine.

Trail Luxury: Highlighted by the new 600 RUSH LX (built on the PRO-RIDE Chassis) and new 550 IQ LXT (IQ Chassis), the 2011 Trail Luxury sleds feature premium suspensions and several two-up options. The Rider Select steering system features adjustable handlebars.

Utility: All three models provide a wide ski stance, a powerful engine and a heavy-duty cargo rack. The IQ models feature a heated, in-dash glove box and IQ Front Suspension. All three models have heated handgrips.

Youth: The 120 Assault has orange Assault graphics and enhanced safety features. This sled is equipped with a safety tether that stops the engine immediately when removed from the sled, a 120 four-stroke engine, independent front suspension and underseat storage. (continued)