Polaris Introduces Sportsman ACE
Polaris announced an entirely new type of off-road vehicle with the introduction of the Sportsman ACE. The vehicle’s architecture is new to the industry and features a revolutionary, sit-in chassis that is nimble and comfortable to operate. The design of the Sportsman ACE provides a confidence-inspired ride, all while being trail-capable, offering an all-new off-road experience.
“In creating the Sportsman ACE, we wanted to not only appeal to current off-road enthusiasts, but develop a vehicle that brings new customers to off-road recreation,” says David Longren, Polaris. “We accomplished this by coupling an easy-to-use, nimble platform with a confident and secure ride that, together, provides drivers of all experience levels a new way to experience the outdoors.”
The new design combines the size and nimble handling of the Sportsman All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), and the confidence and comfort of the RANGER and RZR side-by-sides, in a rider-centric design with a trail-capable and easily transportable 48-inch width. A comfortable, centralized seating position connects the driver directly with the machine. Polaris also positioned all the major components, including the driver, between the four wheels for a responsive ride. The Sportsman ACE boasts 10.25 inches of ground clearance and 9.5 inches of rear travel due to its fully independent rear suspension outfitted with performance, twin tube shocks featuring adjustable preload. Seasoned riders will appreciate the overall vehicle performance, handling and smooth riding suspension, while novice riders will enjoy the secure riding position and the right amount of power to get them down the trail.
Powering the Sportsman ACE is an all-new 32 hp. ProStar Electronic Fuel Injected Engine featuring an internal counter-balance shaft for smooth, vibration-free power. The dual overhead camshafts and a 4-valve cylinder head work with the advanced engine management system to deliver the fuel charge for power and instant, predictable throttle response; while the lightweight efficient transmission captures power to deliver it to the ground. The engine is designed to reduce internal friction, which reduces noise and increases efficiency making it the most fuel-efficient engine Polaris has offered. This coupled with the 5.25-gallon fuel tank provides the vehicle with excellent range for long trail rides.
For a secure and comfortable ride, the Sportsman ACE has a ROPS cab frame only previously found on side-by-sides. The secure, high-backed, adjustable bucket seat is paired with an adjustable steering wheel to give the driver flexibility when it comes to comfort in the machine. It’s also equipped with a 3-point seat belt, and has side bolsters to keep the operator properly positioned in the center of the machine. Prices start at $7,499.