Polaris Sportsman WV850 H.O. has military design features

Publish Date: 
Nov 20, 2013
By Beth Dolgner

MEDINA, Minn. – Polaris Industries is bringing its military designs to consumers with the Sportsman WV850 H.O.

The ATV boasts a high fuel capacity, increased hauling capabilities and, most notably, the radical new TerrainArmor tires.

The 2014 Sportsman WV850 H.O. ($14,999) rolls on TerrainArmor tires, non-pneumatic tires first developed for military use. Polaris says this is the first time consumers have been able to get this technology in the ATV market, and they say the tires have a better center of gravity and improved cornering.

The honeycomb design means that the tires still flex and move with changes in terrain, but will not go flat. In fact, Polaris says the TerrainArmor tires can withstand damage from railroad spikes, M4s and AK47s. While the average consumer may not be worried about M4s during a ride, the technology does mean that riders will not need to carry a spare tire.

The 77hp engine gets some military technology as well, with a military-grade transmission. The radiator has been enlarged for better cooling, and the Sportsman WV850 H.O. comes with AWD, active descent control and electronic power steering.

That big engine is fed by a bigger fuel tank, which can hold 11.75 gallons.

Powdercoated steel racks with D-rings allow for 200 lbs. of cargo on the front and 400 lbs. on the rear. Meanwhile, the standard towing package includes a two-inch receiver with 1500 lbs. of towing capacity. An upgrade to the premium Wam winch offers 3,000 lbs. of towing potential.

With an upgraded shock package added to the mix, the Sportsman WV850 H.O. is ready for the most rugged of terrain (or war zone). It comes only in the Avalanche Gray color scheme.

Media images courtesy of Polaris Industries.