Celebrating 60 years as a respected leader in powersports, Polaris Industries Inc. (PII) unveiled its 2015 product offerings from its on-road and off-road vehicle divisions this week during its annual summer sales meeting. The new lineup accelerates Polaris’ long-standing reputation for innovation by launching unprecedented new vehicles while enhancing existing products.
All-new vehicles include the RZR 900, RZR S 900, Full Size and Two-Passenger RANGER 570, Sportsman XP 1000, Sportsman ETX and Sportsman ACE 570 off-road vehicles, Victory Magnum and Indian Roadmaster motorcycles, and the all-new revolutionary 3-wheel motorcycle, Slingshot.
"Our founders established the Polaris brand 60 years ago on a culture of innovation. That culture continues today and is a driving force in Polaris’ ability to expand on our number one position in powersports,” said Bennett Morgan, President and Chief Operating Officer of Polaris. “Our model year 2015 lineup is evidence that we have never been stronger and have no intention of slowing down. We are once again introducing more new, innovative products and technologies to create opportunities for more growth in markets around the world.”
Polaris is making history with the launch of its highly anticipated 3-wheel motorcycle, Slingshot. This innovative vehicle offers a thrilling new on-road driving and riding experience.
“Slingshot was designed to deliver head turning exhilaration on two dimensions,” said Mike Jonikas, Vice President of Slingshot. “First is the exhilaration that you can see, hear and feel while riding in Slingshot. Second is the exhilaration you feel when people turn their heads to stare at Slingshot’s unique and exotic styling.”
The open air cockpit of Slingshot presents riders with a rush of sight, sound and smell. Its side by side seating gives both driver and passenger a front row shot of adrenaline. Its wide stance and sport-tuned suspension fuels a rider’s desire to charge every corner. Slingshot is lightweight and powerful, making for heart pounding acceleration.
This all-new vehicle is powered by a 2.4 liter dual-overhead cam engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. Slingshot has advanced motorcycle features including electronic stability and traction control, 3-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, LED taillights, forged aluminum roll hoops, and 3-point seat belts. Slingshot will retail at a starting U.S. MSRP of $19,999.
Off-Road Vehicle Division
Polaris has carved its spot as the leader in the off-road industry with its continuous commitment to innovation and evolving product offerings. Based on consumer insights, Model Year 2015 is another huge year of new products and further refinement of the current product lines. RZR® launches its largest line-up ever, bringing all-new products and significant innovations to every single segment, for every type of riding; Seventy-five percent of RANGER®’s line up receives performance upgrades and restyling based on the industry’s flagship vehicle, the RANGER XP 900; Sportsman® ATVs add six new members, and redefines its premium and value offerings; and the Sportsman ACE™ line will expand with the addition of the Sportsman ACE 570. “Polaris sets the bar for industry innovation and consumer satisfaction in off-road vehicles and introduces new products that drive industry leading customer satisfaction,” said David Longren, Vice President, Polaris Off-Road Division. “From first-time users, to recreationalists, to those who rely on their vehicles for work, Polaris offers the most-complete off-road vehicle lineups on the market.”
Polaris RZR® has defined the recreational side-by-side vehicles market by offering the broadest product line, including trail, high-performance and four-seat offerings, all of which feature the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility. Model Year 2015 marks RZR’s biggest year ever with the introduction of two new vehicles for the trail community, power enhancements to the RZR XP 1000 and RZR XP 4 1000 along with two new, purpose-built limited edition models for the ultimate experience in the mud and desert.
RZR is going back to its roots for the trail community by redefining the first two RZR products with the introduction of the new 50 in/127 cm RZR 900 and 60 in/152.4 cm RZR S 900. The vehicles feature unequalled power from their 75 horsepower ProStar® 900 engine offering improved power-to-weight ratio and faster acceleration, highly-capable dual a-arm rear suspensions, unmatched agility, revolutionary ergonomics and styling borrowed from the popular RZR XP 1000 as well as unmatched accessory integration.
For 2015, Polaris ups the ante again by giving the RZR XP 1000 and RZR XP 4 1000 a higher output 110 horsepower and performance with new direct flow intake covers, new belt and a new clutch cover with more ducting providing two times more airflow directly to the clutches.
Additionally, Polaris is building upon the flagship RZR XP 1000 in 2015 with the creation of the RZR XP 1000 High Lifter Edition and RZR XP 1000 Desert Edition designed specifically to provide the ultimate RZR experience in the mud and desert. The RZR XP 1000 Desert Edition also features the new Polaris Digital Interactive Display which is the most advanced instrumentation in ORVs. The display offers a full-color, 4.3 in/10.92 cm, LCD display providing riders with vehicle performance, operating conditions, riding conditions and Bluetooth™ capabilities. This cutting-edge technology also will be available on RZR 900 XC Edition and the RANGER XP 900 EPS Vogue Silver Deluxe.
RANGER® Side-by-Side Vehicles
For Model Year 2015, the hardest working, smoothest riding line of utility vehicles, Polaris RANGER, received performance upgrades and restyling across 75 percent of its lineup based upon the flagship vehicle, the RANGER XP® 900.
Originally introduced in MY13, RANGER XP® 900 became the most popular side-by-side for both work and recreation. In 2014, Polaris built upon those benefits and presented the multi-passenger RANGER CREW 900. In 2015, the RANGER XP platform will offer three power options: an upgraded 68 horsepower RANGER XP 900, new RANGER 570 Full-Size and the RANGER Diesel, now with a 3-cylinder, Tier 4 compliant KOHLER® Diesel Engine. The new 44 horsepower RANGER 570 Full-Size features the proven ProStar 570 engine with EFI and is a highly-capable, full-size RANGER for both recreation and work. Additionally, the two-passenger RANGER line got a significant boost in styling, ergonomics, versatility and accessory integration equal to the RANGER XP® 900 line. This includes the RANGER 570, RANGER EV and the new entry-level, 31 horsepower RANGER ETX with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI). These upgrades include Lock & Ride™ PRO-FIT™ cab accessory integration, increased horsepower by 10 percent to 44 horsepower, and 20 percent more towing capacity, increased fuel range, more storage, and an improved bench seat for added comfort on the RANGER 570. All updates will also be integrated to the four-passenger RANGER CREW 900.
The three power options are carried into the full-size, multi-passenger RANGER CREW platform. Also new for 2015, all full-size vehicles will receive new intake openings on the pillars behind the driver and passenger, allowing for improved airflow for the engine and clutch air intake systems.
Additionally, Polaris is introducing three new Deluxe Package RANGER XP 900 EPS models: the RANGER XP 900 EPS Vogue Silver Deluxe Edition for the trail, RANGER XP 900 EPS Hunter Deluxe Edition for hunting, and RANGER XP 900 EPS NorthStar Deluxe Edition for cold weather and work.
Since its launch in January 2014, the Sportsman ACE has surfaced an entirely-new type of off-road vehicle and experience. The ACE’s unique design features a revolutionary sit-in chassis that is nimble and comfortable to operate, providing a confidence-inspired ride, all while being trail-capable.
For 2015, Polaris is adding power to this popular new vehicle with the Sportsman ACE 570. The Sportsman ACE 570 has all the features of the original Sportsman ACE but is powered by a 45 horsepower, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder Pro-Star 570 engine delivering smooth, efficient power.
Polaris has added six key new members to the Sportsman All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) family for MY15 and has redefined its premium and value offerings.
New to the Premium Line for 2015 are the Sportsman XP 1000 and Sportsman Touring XP 1000. Based on the revolutionary XP chassis, these models offer the smoothest, most-refined ride in the industry, coupled with the highest performance in their classes. The units also feature Polaris’ Engine Braking System (EBS) with Active Descent Control (ADC) to control downhill braking for optimal control and smooth, even deceleration to all four wheels. To measure up to the work, the units feature the highest pulling and towing power at 1,500 lbs./680.4 kg and biggest rack capacity at 120 lbs./54.4 kg front and 240 lbs./108.9 kg. rear with a total of 100 built-in, tie-down points to ensure plenty of room to carry extra cargo.
Building on great success of the popular Sportsman 570, Polaris is expanding the 500 class for MY15 by adding two premium models, the Sportsman 570 SP and Sportsman Touring 570 SP featuring several upgrades found on premium model ATVs. The vehicles’ double a-arm front suspension has optimized geometry for the vehicles’ standard Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and feature 8.25 in/20.96 cm of travel to reduce rider fatigue even in the harshest trail conditions. Designed to dominate the toughest of terrain, the high-performance, close-ratio, on-demand, true all-wheel drive (AWD) system provides improved traction by engaging faster than ever when power to all four wheels is needed. The vehicles also feature a 660W high output electrical system to run more accessories, a new headlight pod with improved visibility to instrumentation, plus they also boast an unmatched level of winch and plow integration, now found throughout the Sportsman line, that makes adding the most-popular ATV accessories even easier.
The Value Line adds the new Sportsman X2 570 and Sportsman ETX in model year 2015. The Sportsman X2 570 features the same chassis as the Sportsman Touring 570 EPS only with a versatile, flip up second seat that doubles as a 400 lb/180 kg dump box. The vehicle features the high performance, close-ratio, on demand AWD and EBS with ADC to conquer any terrain. The Sportsman ETX also sports the Sportsman 570 chassis but with a smaller and lower profile for improved ease of mount and dismount, and improved ergonomics for additional comfort when riding. The Sportsman ETX is powered by a 30 horsepower, electronic fuel injected (EFI) ProStar engine featuring an internal counter-balance shaft for smooth, vibration-free power. The addition of EFI ensures easy starting, improved run quality and elevation compensation to ensure reliability.
Polaris’ Youth line up will include two 2015 ATV youth models, the Phoenix 200 and Outlaw 50, and two 2014 Youth ATV models, the Outlaw 90 and Sportsman 90, based upon the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America’s (SVIA) Youth ATV categories. Polaris also will offer the RZR 170 as a 2014 model which is compliant to the SVIA standard.
"In Model Year 2015, Polaris is continuing to aggressively grow two distinct motorcycle lineups – our Victory brand and the legendary Indian Motorcycle brand," said Steve Menneto, Vice President of Motorcycles for Polaris. "While the brands remain highly differentiated, they share high expectations to produce innovative, quality products. At Polaris, we’ve always been all about the product and we are confident we’ll exceed expectations with both our Victory and Indian Motorcycle lines this year."
For 2015, Victory is adding to its Bagger lineup with the new, Victory Magnum. Magnum boasts a new 21 inch front wheel – the largest of any Bagger – a bold look with a new LED headlight and all new 100W 6-speaker stereo with Bluetooth. Completing the package is a new, low-profile seat with super-low 25.7 inch seat height. Coupled with the new color matched saddlebag closeouts, Magnum is far from your average Bagger.
Launched in April, the Victory Gunner is already seeing success. Gunner features a 106 cubic inch engine, a four-valve per cylinder powertrain producing 110 ft-lbs of torque. Paired with the light weight of Victory’s cruiser chassis, Gunner offers an exhilarating experience for all riders.
The Victory Highball returns with an all new look, featuring blacked out two-tone and a return to wire wheels.
As the fastest growing brand in motorcycles, Indian Motorcycle® had an extremely exciting year in 2014. The momentum continues in 2015 with the launch of the all new Roadmaster. The Roadmaster was built to be the most luxurious American touring bike offering the ultimate in comfort. Unlike the 1947 model, the 2015 Roadmaster features a carpet lined quick release trunk with room for two full face helmets, LED lighting, and two additional speakers. Exclusive to the Roadmaster is the horizon windshield that is lower and wider to give riders better visibility when down and better weather protection when up. Living up to its high-standards in comfort, the Roadmaster has heated hand grips for its drives and individually adjustable heated seats for both driver and passenger.
The Model Year 2015 includes several product enhancements across the full lineup including the beautiful, two-tone paint offerings for the Chief Classic, Chief Vintage, Chieftain and Roadmaster.
GEM® Electric Vehicles
Having produced more than 50,000 vehicles in the brand’s 16-year history, Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) is a leading manufacturer of electric vehicles designed for transporting people, moving cargo and performing essential work tasks.
Polaris GEM is thrilled to introduce an eM1400 LSV to the 2015 lineup. This model is legal on most city streets with speed limits of 35 mph or less. Additionally, Polaris is launching the M1400 4x2 gas vehicle designed specifically for light-duty commercial utility applications. This vehicle leads its class in ride, handling, ground clearance and features a payload of 1,400 pounds.
Parts, Garments and Accessories
Across the board, Polaris is offering more than 350 new accessories for 2015, designed to fit with precision and enhance your ride by adding style, comfort or utility to all Polaris products including side-by-sides, ATVs, motorcycles, and electric vehicles. All new off-road accessories include the integrated winch and plow system for the Sportsman®, the expansion of the Polaris PRO-FIT™ cab system across the full-line of Polaris RANGER® vehicles, and the ability to further customize your RZR® with expanded lighting, color and audio accessories. Indian Motorcycle® has further expanded accessory offerings by adding storage and comfort options to personalize your Indian riding experience. Victory Motorcycles® is all about style and customization with a full line of color-match accessories and a new 6-speaker saddlebag audio system.
Polaris isn’t only staying on the gas with its new vehicle accessory offerings. Across seven distinct product lines, the company is debuting a wide-ranging collection of new and enhanced apparel and gear to help riders stay more comfortable, more stylish and safer in all riding conditions. This lineup includes KLIM® Technical Riding Gear, Victory Motorcycles and Indian Motorcycle branded gear, and a full line-up of apparel for the all-new Polaris Slingshot™.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts, Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin and Cycle Country brands.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.
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