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New active suspension makes Polaris RZR more responsive than ever

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In the dunes
In the dunes
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The Dynamix Active Suspension system monitors multiple inputs, including steering wheel and pedal position, and makes adjustments at each individual shock
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The Dynamix Active Suspension system monitors multiple inputs, including steering wheel and pedal position, and makes adjustments at each individual shock
During high-speed acceleration, the shocks firm up
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During high-speed acceleration, the shocks firm up
The new Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition has a 168-hp turbocharged engine
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The new Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition has a 168-hp turbocharged engine
The side-by-side market has been getting some of the same technologies that you'd expect from performance cars, and active suspension is the latest
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The side-by-side market has been getting some of the same technologies that you'd expect from performance cars, and active suspension is the latest
The new Dynamix Edition starts at $25,999
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The new Dynamix Edition starts at $25,999
Polaris introduced the Dynamix Edition as part of its 2018 off-road model lineup additions
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Polaris introduced the Dynamix Edition as part of its 2018 off-road model lineup additions
During cornering, the outer two shocks firm up to prevent body roll 
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During cornering, the outer two shocks firm up to prevent body roll 
The Dynamix system helps in cornering, acceleration, jumping and more
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The Dynamix system helps in cornering, acceleration, jumping and more
Catching some air with the Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
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Catching some air with the Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
The new Dynamix Edition becomes a natural flagship of the RZR XP Turbo line
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The new Dynamix Edition becomes a natural flagship of the RZR XP Turbo line
The RZR XP Turbo Dynamix can be driven by the rear wheels or all four wheels using the on-demand AWD
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The RZR XP Turbo Dynamix can be driven by the rear wheels or all four wheels using the on-demand AWD
2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
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2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
During braking, the Dynamix system adjusts the front shocks to prevent nose dive and increase travel
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During braking, the Dynamix system adjusts the front shocks to prevent nose dive and increase travel
2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
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2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
The 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition gets really dirty
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The 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition gets really dirty
It seems like Polaris had some fun putting that new suspension to work
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It seems like Polaris had some fun putting that new suspension to work
2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
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2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
The 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition carves its signature in the dunes
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The 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition carves its signature in the dunes
On big airs, the Dynamix system sets all four shocks at maximum resistance to prevent bottom-out and absorb the impact
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On big airs, the Dynamix system sets all four shocks at maximum resistance to prevent bottom-out and absorb the impact
In the dunes
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In the dunes
2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
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2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
The 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition makes a mess of some sand
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The 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition makes a mess of some sand
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2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
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2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
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2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
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2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
Preparing for landing ... 
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Preparing for landing ... 
The Glove-Touch Ride Command display serves as a center point of the cockpit
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The Glove-Touch Ride Command display serves as a center point of the cockpit
The Ride Command screen in the RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition includes a Dynamix suspension visualizer
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The Ride Command screen in the RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition includes a Dynamix suspension visualizer
2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
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2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
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2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition
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The side-by-side plot continues to thicken. In recent years, we've seen well-established performance car technologies like turbocharging and paddle shifting make their way over to the side-by-side market. Now Polaris imports another: active suspension. In what Polaris calls the first off-road suspension of its kind, the shocks on the all-new 2018 RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition adjust on the fly for the perfect blend of cushioning, speed and cornering.

The RZR XP Turbo Dynamix Edition features the all-new Dynamix Active Suspension, developed in conjunction with Fox. Other RZR XP suspensions have two or five specific compression zones, but the compression on the Dynamix system is infinitely adjustable.

Much like the active suspensions found on cars, the Dynamix system monitors driver and vehicular inputs - up to 200 times a second - adjusting each individual Fox 2.5 Podium Live Valve shock as necessary to optimize current performance. Drivers select what type of suspension program they want via three different modes - comfort, sport and firm, and the system takes over from there to adjust the shocks throughout the ride based on steering wheel position, speed, pedal position, vehicle orientation and more. The Dynamix visualizer setting lets the driver keep track of the system on the glove-friendly 7-in Ride Command touchscreen.

The Dynamix Active Suspension system monitors multiple inputs, including steering wheel and pedal position, and makes adjustments at each individual shock
The Dynamix Active Suspension system monitors multiple inputs, including steering wheel and pedal position, and makes adjustments at each individual shock

Polaris promises the Dynamix setup will result in more comfortable, confident cornering, acceleration, braking and big-air landings. During hard cornering, the outside shocks firm up, reducing body roll and enhancing grip. The system can also retune when the driver counter-steers. During fast, open acceleration, all four shocks stiffen for smooth, stable speed. When the driver sends it airborne, the system maximizes stiffness at all four wheels, preventing bottom out on the big landing. During sudden braking, Dynamix minimizes nose dive and maximizes travel.

Another aspect of the side-by-side's recent evolutionary uptick that mirrors the sports car world is the horsepower war. When Can-Am announced an industry-first turbocharged side-by-side back in 2014, its 121 hp was a big deal.

Just three years later, the most powerful turbo Can-Am Maverick is pushing out 172 hp, and the new Polaris XP Turbo models, including the Dynamix Edition, aren't at all far behind with 168 hp lurking inside their 925cc ProStar four-stroke twin-cylinder turbos. That engine is mated to a Polaris Variable Transmission and can power just the rear wheels or all four wheels, when the on-demand AWD system is engaged. Peak torque is 114 lb-ft.

On big airs, the Dynamix system sets all four shocks at maximum resistance to prevent bottom-out and absorb the impact
On big airs, the Dynamix system sets all four shocks at maximum resistance to prevent bottom-out and absorb the impact

Other Dynamix Edition equipment of note includes a four-wheel hydraulic disc braking system, rear-facing camera to help with maneuvering, adjustable seats and tilt steering, and a 900W onboard charger.

The 2018 RZR XP Turbo EPS Dynamix Edition retails for $25,999, and Polaris offers plenty of customization options and accessories.

The video below puts some of those dust-throwing stills into live action and provides a closer look at the Dynamix suspension.

2018 RZR XP TURBO EPS DYNAMIX | Polaris RZR®

Source: Polaris

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2 comments
VincentWolf
They would be a thousand times better if 100% electric.
Geoff Lemon
Or didn't look like a tractor.