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New Polaris Sportsman 6×6 BIG BOSS 570 EPS

Polaris Industries Inc. introduced the all-new 2017 Sportsman® 6×6 BIG BOSS 570 EPS all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to the company’s powerful off-road lineup. The new six-wheel drive BIG BOSS offers more traction, range, capacity and versatility to take on the most demanding off-road conditions, and was built for customers desiring to reach the most remote destinations.

“The all new BIG BOSS offers ultimate utility for our customers who use ATVs for epic hunting trips or need to work in the harshest of conditions,” said Steve Smith, director of Product Planning, Polaris Off-Road Vehicles. “Unlike any other ATV, it is designed specifically for customers who demand ultimate traction, massive payload and carrying versatility. This vehicle takes on the biggest jobs, anywhere.”

The BIG BOSS is the industry’s first 6×6 ATV built for two people and it has the ability to haul incredible amounts of gear with the industry’s largest payload, a highly configurable Lock & Ride® cargo system, and integrated front storage.

The Sportsman 6×6 BIG BOSS 570 EPS has a longer chassis to accommodate more cargo and a second person. The exclusive, fully integrated passenger system includes a raised second seat for more visibility, as well as hand grips and foot rests. Behind the passenger, an 800-lb. (362 kg) capacity gas-assist dump box with steel Lock & Ride bed rails; dual rear racks with integrated 5-gallon bucket mounts; and six high-mounted, tie-down points ensure the biggest loads are secure. Integrated box dividers allow the dump box to be configured into two different sections while the stake pockets add height to the box to carry more gear. Up front, the vehicle provides even more carrying capacity with the industry’s only integrated, 6.5-gal (24.61 L) front storage and factory-installed rack extender that can carry 90 lbs. (40 kg). The vehicle also is equipped with a standard 2-in (5.08 cm) receiver, and has a 1,500-lb. (680 kg) towing capacity to haul out big game or work harder on the job site.

For additional versatility, the BIG BOSS can be customized for the biggest hunts and most remote jobs all year round with more than 30 Polaris Engineered Accessories™. The vehicle offers the ultimate in fast and easy accessory integration with the industry’s only integrated winch and plow mounts. Accessories such as the new Yukon Adventure Rack add height, additional tie-down points and more security to the rear box; and the convertible, dry storage accessory box, which can be used in either the one-up or two-up riding position, allows the BIG BOSS to be even more versatile.

To travel to the most remote places, a vehicle must be fuel efficient and have the ability to conquer the most-demanding terrain while keeping the operator comfortable. The BIG BOSS does all three.

For ultimate range and proven performance, the BIG BOSS features the highly efficient, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder Pro-Star® 570 engine, delivering 44 horsepower and plenty of torque for working, hunting and traversing tough terrain. The engine features dual overhead cams and four valves, along with an automotive-style Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system for flawless starts and smooth operation in varied temperature and altitude. The vehicle boasts the industry’s largest fuel capacity at 6.75 gal (25.6 L), about 50-percent more than most ATVs, and an industry-leading range of up to 130 miles (209 km) ensuring the operator can focus on the hunt or getting the job done.

To tackle the toughest terrain, the BIG BOSS relies on Polaris’ proven and legendary All-Wheel Independent Suspension with the most rear suspension travel of any 6×6 (8.2 in [20.83 cm] front, 9.5 in [24.93 cm] rear) and 11.5 in. (29.21 cm) of ground clearance. The vehicle features 4WD and 6WD options with the flip of a switch, and the industry’s fastest-engaging High Performance On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system to give the operator instant engagement when more traction is needed. To complement the drive system, the BIG BOSS is equipped with aggressive 26-in. (66.04 cm) PXT tires that are Polaris-proven and reliable in all types of terrain. For traversing mountainous areas, the vehicle also features Polaris’ exclusive Engine Braking System (EBS) with Active Descent Control (ADC) that work together to provide six-wheel braking for optimum control and smooth deceleration during descents.

To make the biggest hunts and most-remote jobs easier and more comfortable, the BIG BOSS has features that ensure the vehicle does the brunt of the work. The new, variable-assist Electronic Power Steering (EPS) is the easiest to use in the industry. Designed to deliver all-day comfort and control in every application, it automatically adjusts to the riding conditions for effortless low-speed technical maneuvers, and excellent feel and control at high speeds. The EPS ensures the vehicle is a delight to drive, easily maneuvering tight trails or rugged job sites. For rider comfort, the narrow seat and wide, flat floorboards provide a more natural sitting position and easier operator maneuverability. The vehicle also has the highest visibility of any 6×6, due to the rider position and its steerable three-beam, 150W forward lighting, which ensures a lighted path even when turning, making it a reliable work partner regardless of the time of day.

The Sportsman 6×6 BIG BOSS 570 EPS will be available in Sage Green, retails for $10,999 U.S. and $13,599 CAN..

Read more at: http://www.polaris.com/en-us/company/article/polaris-introduces-new-sportsman-6×6-big-boss-570-eps

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Willys Wheeler a highlight at the Texas Truck Rodeo

Having two days to sample 75 different trucks, SUVs and crossovers sounds like being handed the keys to the candy store. But the old admonition about being careful what you wish for is is very appropriate: it’s a lot of candy, you get only a little taste of each kind and you have to eat very fast.

The reality is that you get about 12-13 hours of total driving time to sample as many of those vehicles as possible; you have to share those vehicles with 60 other people that have the same requirement and you have to be able to compare those vehicles in a large number of categories.

In spite of all of that, it’s a great opportunity to test a variety of vehicles side-by-side as well as drive some trucks that don’t routinely appear in media review fleets.

One of the most memorable vehicles at the event was a Hydro Blue 2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler which, along with a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock Edition, nailed down the Off-Road Utility of Texas title for the second year running.

Like almost all the vehicles at the Rodeo, the Willys was very well-equipped with options like automatic transmission, air-conditioning and hard top. They took the price from around $27,000, including destination charges, to about $32,000.

At most media events like this, the automakers send a team of managers, engineers and marketing people. These folks ride with you, filling you in on all the nifty stuff about the truck you’re driving and making sure you don’t do anything too weird, like taking off to Guadalajara for an extended test drive or testing the rock-climbing capabilities of vehicles that were never intended to climb rocks bigger than gravel.

However, on the afternoon of the second driving day, a lot of those company folks had to leave in order to make flights back to Detroit or wherever they called home.

While a desire to see events like this continue prevented anything too outlandish, the journalists had an opportunity to drive by themselves. This is a time to be cherished as you can focus on the vehicle instead carrying on a conversation.

The blue Willys Wheeler, which had been pretty busy since the driving began, was available so a drive was in order, especially since I had never driven a Wrangler with an automatic transmission.

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There are two courses at the Knibbe Ranch. One is a road course that includes a few miles of country roads and a short stretch of highway. The other is an off-road course. The off-road trail isn’t like traversing the Rubicon Trail or mastering Moab but it does offer the chance to try out real four-wheel drive, hill descent control and other features. There are rocks to climb, creeks to ford and what many would consider moderately rough terrain to conquer.

My first time on the course, there were other drivers. As each challenge was approached, our parade would stop as we engaged the four-wheel drive or switched on the hill descent system and then each in turn made the crossing.

The Willys Wheeler handled it all with aplomb and the automatic transmission made shifting in and out of 4 Low a breeze.

As we circled back to the staging area, I noticed that no one was on the course, so I opted for a second pass, this time in two-wheel mode, and left the transmission in drive.

With no other vehicles ahead of me, I was able to open it up a bit. The ride was bouncy in places and the Willys and I may have been momentarily airborne a time or two, but it was a hoot: I grinned the whole time.

The Jeep never missed a beat, whether it was descending a rocky stair-step track or climbing a muddy incline. It was in its element.

All too quickly it was over and time to return and let another writer have a chance to enjoy the Willys Wheeler.

But it sure was fun while it lasted.

Read more at:http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2014/10/willys-wheeler-a-highlight-at-the-texas-truck-rodeo