Polaris UTV Military Specs
July 4th is only a few weeks away, and in the spirit of patriotism, we thought that an examination of Polaris’ wicked line of RZR military vehicles was in order. With the M RZR 2, M RZR 4 and RZR SW tactical vehicles at their disposal, the Marines, Army, and National Guard have all utilized variations of these exciting vehicles for hundreds of missions.All three are not just modified versions of their civilian counterparts, but completely designed, engineered and customized from the ground up. Polaris also offers a military spec Sportsman MV850 ATV option.
The M RZR 2 is the cargo workhorse of this trio, appearing almost as a hybrid of the RZR and Ranger at first glance. Upon greater inspection, it becomes clear that this brute is anything but a tweaked civilian RZR. While the M RZR 2 does feature the same Pro Star 900 engine and CVT transmission as the 900XP, it features a standard winch and 2” standard rear hitch, optional rear facing seats and removable tailgate, and a nearly 8 gallon fuel tank. The rear modular cargo bed is approximately the size of the stock ranger, but features rugged multiple tube railings and optional modular steering. The Polaris MRZR body plastics are the same as the civilian RZR and there are no doors or even nets for soldiers to get hung up on, and no roof. We suspect Polaris offers a few enclosure options that are slightly modified from the Ranger versions.
There are two very trick features on the M RZR that deserve serious aftermarket consideration. The first is the collapsible roll cage that unlatches without the need for any tools, reducing the vehicle height to 60” for easy transport in military cargo trucks. The second is maybe the coolest system ever installed on any UTV anywhere: In true Special Forces fashion, these vehicles include Infrared Capability that eliminates all white light with the flip of a switch for flawless night vision! A full poly underbody skid plate and body color matching Polaris RZR front and rear bumpers are solid enough to be used to push other vehicles in a pinch. Fans of the new RZR 4 EPS will appreciate the inclusion of the same Electronic Power Steering system on the MRZR 2 to reduce driver fatigue and ease steering effort when loaded down.
The M RZR 4 includes all of the same features of the M RZR 2 plus the addition of another row of seats. They can be removed and the floor of the cabin can be used in conjunction with the cargo bed to accommodate up to two full size stretchers for wounded soldiers in the field. The 60” cage is extended over the cabin and can be collapsed without tools just like the M RZR 2.
While the RZR SW looks more like its civilian counterpart than either of the M RZR models, it is actually just as heavily modified as these models. Utilizing the twin cylinder 760cc High output powerplant made popular by the RZR 800, the SW makes 55 HP and tops out at 68 MPH. It features on-demand true AWD, two speed PVT transmission, and lock and ride cargo system with a 500 lb payload. Identical 26” tires on reinforced steel rims on all four corners allow drivers to carry only one spare, and the lockable rear differential adapts well to different traction situations. The front winch can be controlled using dash controls or a remote. The long travel suspension includes heavy duty springs, with 2” Sachs Shocks and 12 inches of suspension travel front and rear. Keyless ignition is absolutely essential in battlefield situations, allowing any driver to operate the vehicle without a key. Blackout lighting is just a switch away for use with night vision goggles for stealth operation. Door nets are included in this model, and total payload weighs in at 1000 lbs. Over half of these vehicles are delivered with a half windshield, A-Arm guards, light bars, or a sport roof for protection from the elements.
While this is a UTV blog, we would be remiss to leave out the tough Sportsman MV 850 military UTV. With an 850CC twin cylinder engine delivering an impressive 77 horsepower, 11.75 gallon fuel tank, black out and Infrared capability, and a 1500 lbs towing capacity, this trusty one seater offers our men in uniform a lot of versatility. It includes Polaris front and rear metal racks and both active descent control and engine braking system for steep inclines. Electronic power steering is included, as well as an optional litter rack mount for steadying weapons in battle. All of these features have been packed into an ATV weighing in at just under 1000 lbs and capable of 52 MPH.
While you won’t find these on a showroom floor of a Polaris dealer anywhere, you can contact Polaris and they’ll be happy to provide you with a free quote. They’re available in any color as long as its Desert Beige. A military spec UTV is certainly one way to stand out at the dunes. This 4th of July, take the time to thank a soldier for the service to our country that allows us the freedom that we all so often take for granted.
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