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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Latest Polaris Sportsman ATV brings a new level of power

DEVELOPMENT: The addition of electronic fuel injection takes the Sportsman to a new level with 20pc more power
DEVELOPMENT: The addition of electronic fuel injection takes the Sportsman to a new level with 20pc more power
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

The well-known Polaris Sportsman 500 has been the line's flagship since 1996. Now Polaris claims to have taken what is the best-selling 4x4 ATV of all time by making it better with the launch of the Sportsman 570.

The addition of electronic fuel injection takes the Sportsman to a new level with an additional 20pc power. There is also enhanced comfort and a number of new features, but the new Sportsman is still keenly priced in its class.

Polaris will offer two models, the Sportsman 570 Forest, which comes with a winch, mirrors and lights, and the 570 EPS with power steering.

At the heart of the Sportsman 570 models are the new liquid-cooled engines delivering smooth, efficient power for work and recreation. The engine features dual overhead cams and four valves, together with the automotive style electronic fuel injection.

The engine also lives up to the Sportsman's well-earned reputation as a workhorse by offering 555kg of towing capacity.

With the new engine now transversely mounted, Polaris claims ATV ergonomics have also been greatly improved for added comfort.

The front of the seat and side panels have been narrowed by over three inches and the floorboards have deeper heel pockets to allow riders to move their feet back an additional two inches.

The width between the rider's feet has been reduced by one inch, with the result that mounting and dismounting the ATV is much easier, with improved mobility while riding.

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The body style of the Sportsman 570 unit has an updated front rack and industry-exclusive rear rack, the latter featuring durable exposed tube steel construction.

At the front, the rack offers a 24.6 litre capacity storage. A new alternator provides increased electrical output, with 40pc more power for driving accessories such as winches and lights.

For added efficiency, the Sportsman 570's range has increased by 11pc due to the larger fuel tank.

The convenience features mentioned include an ISO-mounted engine for reduced engine vibration and a smooth start-up. The wet sump configuration also makes oil changes and overall maintenance much simpler.

The Sportsman's reputation as a comfortable machine is largely due to independent rear suspension with 9.5 inches of travel to minimise body roll and keep the ride smooth.

There's a full 11.25 inches of ground clearance and on-demand, true all-wheel drive that keeps you moving, automatically engaging all four wheels when you need more forward traction and reverting back to 2WD when you don't.

The Sportsman 570 joins the ranks of the other best-selling models in the Sportsman range, bringing a new level of power and sophistication to ATV riding.

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