Polaris debuts 2011 units and accessories

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Polaris Industries Inc. today unveiled its full product offerings for 2011, including new Ranger side-by-sides, many new accessories, new transmissions for all Victory motorcycles, and updated styling and features on almost all Polaris vehicles, including the Sportsman line of ATVs. (Click here for an earlier Victory report, some of which is repeated below; click here for 2011 pricing tables.)

"Our 2011 model year is defined by three words — performance, innovation and value," Bennett Morgan, president and chief operating officer of Polaris, stated in a press release. "The team advanced our leading technologies to further customer satisfaction, accelerating into the new year with the goal of furthering our lead across the powersports industry. The collection of off-road and on-road products Polaris brings to market strengthens our position as the powersports leader, while providing better value and better performance to our customers."

Polaris revealed the 2011 lineup to dealers at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., as part of a two-day summer sales meeting. The unveil featured fireworks — both literally and figuratively — as the Polaris dealers were walked through the specifics of each model. Highlighting the show were several standing ovations for retired Army Colonel Dick Fox, who was awarded the first Victory commemorative military appreciation pin as part of a new initiative within the company's Full Throttle Salute program by Polaris CEO Scott Wine.

2011 Models
Polaris claims to be No. 1 in the off-road industry and says it continues to gain share. Model year 2011 offers new models along with significant upgrades to existing models.

The Ranger line enters new segments in 2011 with three new models: the Ranger 500 EFI (shown), Ranger Crew 500 and Ranger Diesel. Enhancements to current models include increased power for the Ranger XP 800 and XP 800 EPS, and power steering on the Polaris Pursuit Camo Ranger Crew 800. All 2011 Ranger models, with the exception of the Ranger EV, will be outfitted with easy-buckle driver and passenger safety nets.

The Ranger RZR line has a new look that Polaris says increases cooling airflow by 29 percent, provides a 30 percent improvement in range, and delivers increased performance as a result. The RZR 800 will receive 6 percent more power with the addition of the 800 H.O. engine, and will be more trail-friendly with new rear rack extenders. The RZR S 800 will feature new big-bore shocks, be the first stock vehicle to feature ITP 900 XCT tires, and will be available in two premium painted editions along with a standard edition, which will receive a new lower price. Polaris will offer the RZR 4 800 in two Robby Gordon packages, a painted black and red limited edition and a power steering version that includes Robby Gordon-inspired graphics.

Polaris continues to refine its Sportsman ATV line. For model year 2011, Polaris is updating the styling and performance of the Sportsman 800 EFI, Sportsman Big Boss 6x6 800, Sportsman 500 H.O. and Sportsman Touring 500 H.O. The new look raises the front radiator. As part of the redesign, the Sportsman 400 H.O. will move to the restyled chassis. The Sportsman XP 850 and 550 will have several improvements, including better engine braking, improved splash protection and a new vinyl seat. The Sportsman Touring and Sportsman X2 models will feature a new rear suspension with increased rear travel (10.25 inches/26 centimeters) and new features for better passenger comfort.

Along with the new and enhanced products, Polaris also will offer a variety of Limited Edition Ranger, Ranger RZR and Sportsman vehicles.

Polaris is introducing its first civilian on-road vehicle, the Polaris EV LSV. Launched earlier this year for government use, the Polaris EV LSV is based off the Polaris midsize side-by-side platform and includes the necessary features to classify the vehicle as a LSV per NHTSA and may qualify for low-speed vehicle tax credits available to vehicles in the FMVSS Standard No. 500, Low-Speed Vehicles.

For model year 2011, Victory has enhanced its lineup by placing a new Victory Freedom 106/6 V-Twin engine and a totally redesigned six-speed transmission in every model.

The 2011 lineup features the Victory Cross Country, Victory Cross Roads, Victory Vision, Hammer/Hammer S, Kingpin, Vegas/Vegas Jackpot and four 8-Ball models — Vegas, Kingpin, Hammer and Victory Vision. In addition, Victory's relationship with the Ness family continues with three Ness Signature Series models, each representing a generation of the Ness family. These include the Arlen Ness Signature Series Victory Vision, the Cory Ness Signature Series Victory Cross Country (shown) and the new Zach Ness Signature Series Vegas 8-Ball, each featuring limited-edition Ness model features and special customization.

This year, Victory is unveiling the Victory CORE Custom Program, which allows buyers to select the bike’s color, saddlebag size and highway bar style, and add a windshield. In all, there are 48 different possible combinations, which will be illustrated by displays in dealership showrooms around the country. After riders pick their accessories, dealerships will install on-site, allowing consumers to ride their custom bike home, starting at $14,999.

Victory's 2011 models also feature accessories and mechanical upgrades to make owning a motorcycle easier and cheaper. This includes the new "Neutral Assist" on all models, an addition to the transmission which makes it easier for a rider to shift into neutral when stopped, a standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) on the Victory Vision Tour and Arlen Ness Signature Series Victory Vision and the 2011 model recommended oil change interval of every 5,000 miles, a less-frequent interval than past years.

Accessories
For 2011, Pure Polaris offers more than 200 new accessories and 100 new pieces of apparel.

Pure ATV offers four times as many wheel-tire combinations as before, 28 in all. For Sportsman ATVs, the new Glacier III Plow is an addition to the Pure Polaris plow lineup. It features a stout frame with mid-mount attachment using Lock & Ride technology for easy mounting and removal. The system offers five angle positions, has improved ground clearance for easier plowing, and fits the restyled Sportsman, Sportsman XP 850 and 550, and the Touring models.

Components of the RangerWare Cab by Polaris, which was introduced last year for the Ranger XP 800 EFI, are now available for the Ranger 500 EFI, Ranger Crew 500 EFI and Ranger EV. The RangerWare Cab by Polaris roofs and rear panels that are now available for these models work with the Pure Polaris steel doors and midsize windshield.

Pure Victory offers new Deluxe Soft Saddlebags that fit on the Victory Cross Country and Victory Cross Roads. These new saddlebags feature strong, formed interiors and are covered by a grained vinyl and leather. Also available for these models is the new Lock & Ride Trunk. This accessory can be installed in seconds and removed as quickly without tools, offering riders a lockable trunk with more than enough storage space for two full-face helmets. The trunk also offers a comfortable, padded passenger backrest, dual audio speakers, an accessory power port and additional rear lighting. Two new exhaust styles, the Tri-Pro and X-Bow exhaust, allow the Freedom engine to breathe more freely.

Posted by Arlo Redwine. Source: Polaris Industries Inc.