POLARIS 4-STROKE PREDICTIONS
There's been a flood of chatter about the prospects of Polaris bringing a new 4-stroke to the market for 2021.
Yeah, we know, a lot of it has been propagated by us - but we're kinda good at sorting out the hints and figuring out what's coming down the pipe from the OEMs – even when their corporate jaws are clamped shut and no official word is forthcoming.
Here's a couple of our thoughts on where Polaris will go when a new 4-stroke finally hits the showrooms.
1. We have doubts Polaris will come with a full-blown, turbocharged 4-stroke right out of the gate. Polaris has not offered a 4-stroke snowmobile for several years and the largest part of the 4-stroke market is trail-based sleds. This is the segment they should attack first.
2. Thus, we think the new Polaris will be a naturally aspirated 4-stroke triple. The question is: How much power?
3. We think the power range Polaris should address is somewhere between 110 and 125. Why this range?
4. There's a huge gap in the marketplace right now for a 4-stroke to replace Ski-Doo's 130-hp 1200 4-TEC triple. Right now Ski-Doo 4-stroke customers have to choose between a 95-hp ACE 900 or a 150-hp Turbo.
The 1170cc 4-TEC was a very fast sled and is much missed by the Ski-Doo faithful, some who bought multiple copies over its tenure. Its price was extremely attractive to the masses compared to the faster but much more expensive 900 ACE turbo.
5. A big consideration: By offering a 4-stroke in a more subdued power range, Polaris gets to consumer test its new sled in a category where there are first, a lot more customers, and second, riders who are going to use the sled for more than just blasting lakes at full throttle.
6. Right now Polaris has a unique advantage with the lightness, performance and handling of the Indy/Axys platform. It's entirely believable a heavier 4 stroke engine would perform better in the Polaris chassis than the competition.
7. We'll go out on a limb and say the new 4-stroke will make about 110 horsepower - actually lower on the scale than the old 4TEC and less than the 2020 130 horsepower Viper.
However, a 110HP Polaris 4-stroke would have about 15 more ponies than a 900 ACE - enough to be truly noticeable - and maybe grab the attention of shoppers in the 900's price range.
8. We're guessing a turbocharged Polaris 4-stroke is inevitable. When will it arrive? Hard to even speculate on this topic when we haven't seen a non-turbo mill.
Let's say this - whenever a turbo 4-stroke engine arrives it will have enough power to grab the attention of Cat and Yamaha turbo owners.
More Like This
LATEST VIDEOS View All
2021 Ski-Doo Renegade X-RS 850 Walk Around Overview
April 6, 2020
We just had a brand new 2021 Renegade X-RS dropped off at our front door featuring the new ...
2020 SNOWTRAX Revolutionary Advanced Design Award Winner
April 3, 2020
AJ presents the 2020 SNOWTRAX Revolutionary Advanced Design award to the manufacturer that ...
2020 SNOWTRAX TV Real World Sled of The Year Award
April 2, 2020
It's time for Luke to reveal the 4 sleds we think stood out as the best-of-the-best from each ...
2021 Ski-Doo Summit Xpert 165 850 E-TEC Turbo Review
March 31, 2020
AJ's high up in the mountains delivering his full review of Ski-Doo's 2021 850 E-TEC Turbo ...
Top Gear View All
March 23, 2020
FXR RIDE PACK 20
This 5-star reviewed backpack has been a favorite gear item amongst the Supertrax/SnowTrax staff this winter.
Ask Motorhead View All
April 3, 2019
NOT HAPPY WITH SHOOTOUT RESULTS
Luke responds to a viewer's disappointment about the results of our 600-class, 129-inch shootout.
Press Releases View All
June 16, 2020
BRP WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST ARCTIC CAT IN CANADA
The Federal Court of Canada handed BRP an important victory against its competitor Arctic Cat regarding BRP's frame patent, which ...
Tourism View All
February 15, 2020
PLAN YOUR QUÉBEC TRIP NOW!
Have you been yearning to visit Québec but haven't figured out where to stay when you get there?