First Ride: Polaris 50″ RZR 900 Trail EPS
Polaris released an unprecedented 29 new models for the 2015 model year. One of their offerings was the RZR 900 Trail EPS 50” edition. This machine was designed to tackle the trails where you have a 50” maximum width restriction. In a nutshell this means you can take this Side by Side on almost any trail you can fit your quad on. Furthermore, being 50 inches wide the ease of fitting into a pickup truck bed is outstanding. This unit is outfitted with the same Pro Star 900 power plant as the new RZR900S. You do the math, ten inches narrower, resulting in a lightened chassis with the same motor… equals rocket ship. The 50 inch model also has a lower center of gravity leaving you with a nimble trail eating UTV. One of the other best parts you ask? The width of a quad, with the ability to bring your friend along for the ride.
We had been hearing the rumors about this machine and we were eager to take Polaris’ new offering out for a trial by trail. For only being 50 inches wide the cockpit of the RZR was comfortable and similar to the 60 inch version. We had two people 6’ and 6’4” inside the cab with no problems. The first thing we noticed was the acceleration of the machine. This beast is a sports car. We headed out onto what we knew was a tight trail winding between trees and down narrow trails created by water runoff. The RZR ate the terrain alive. We instantly felt comfortable in the 50 inch version. Simply put, Polaris designed a UTV for tight trails and succeeded. This side by side is point and shoot. The steering is responsive with a great steering wheel turn ratio, and a tight turning radius. Add the Electric Power Steering to the equation and you do not get fatigued driving this RZR for long periods of time. We felt like we could add the required safety equipment to this unit and take it to a GNCC style event and be competitive right out of the box. At times, if you didn’t have a steering wheel in your hands you would think you were on an ATV.
The RZR 900 Trail EPS 50” is more than a viable option as a trail ready UTV. The width of the unit grants access to so many more trails than you can fit your average side by side on. This is a huge bonus especially with all the OHV area closures and restriction we are facing. Our concern that a narrow SxS would feel tippy and not turn tight enough were quilled by the end of our test. We really enjoyed the aggressive low stance and low center of gravity that came with this unit. The power was abundant and the delivery was smooth and controllable. The suspension provided us with a very plush and well handling ride on all the trails we threw at this machine. All and all, this trail machine is in a class of its own.
50″ RZR 900 Trail EPS Specifications
|Engine||4-Stroke, DOHC Twin Cylinder 875cc|
|Fuel/Cooling Systems||Electronic Fuel Injection / Liquid Cooled|
|Suspension Type / Travel||Front: Dual A-Arm 10″ Rear: Dual A-Arm 10″|
|Braking Front / Rear||4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc w/ Dual-Bore Front Calipers|
|Dry Weight||1,174 LBS|
|Overall Vehicle Size (L x W x H)||105″ x 50″ x 69.5″|
|Fuel Capacity||9.5 Gallons|
|Bed Box Dimensions||20.7″ x 37″ x 7.9″|
|Rear Rack / Box Capacity||300 Lbs|
|Payload Capacity||740 LBS|