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Polaris Sportsman 800 EFI Wins ATV of the Year

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It’s official – the Polaris Sportsman 800 EFI has been voted the best ATV on the market.

Field & Stream Magazine has already told us it’s the “Best of the Best”, and now the Sportsman 800 EFI can add another feather to its already burgeoning cap after being named ATV of the Year by ATV Rider Magazine.

After dominating the sports market with its multi-award winning Predator and Predator Troy Lee Edition, the latest award is further confirmation of Polaris ’ dominance of the bigbore market after the 2004 ATP and 2002 Sportsman 700 Twin took out the same award with rival publication ATV Magazine.

“As the biggest of the big boys, Polaris’ Sportsman 800 Twin EFI came, saw and conquered all in our Big-Bore Open 4x4 comparison,” said ATV Rider’s Todd Canavan. While noting that bigger does not always mean better, Canavan said in the case of the Sportsman 800, it did.

“Polaris hit the mark with the Sportsman 800 Twin EFI,” he said. “The fuel-injected powerplant and revised suspension for 2005 allow the Sportsman to carry its heft well –well enough to earn it the title of ATV Rider magazine’s ATV of the Year.”

The Sportsman 800 EFI arrived on the scene this year with Field & Stream’s “Best of the Best” award, prompting the magazine to heap similar praise on the most powerful ATVs on the market.

“This is the first ATV to hit the 800cc class and it possesses enough torque to pull your garage down,” stated Field & Stream.

“It will also attack a trail, clear deep snow off a driveway, till a food plot effortlessly and get your deer out of any thick and nasty bottom.”

Also impressed with the power and durability of the Sportsman 800, ATV Rider was generous in its praise of the 800’s huge engine.

“Ostensibly the most-obvious feature of the Sportsman 800, the gargantuan twin-cylinder engine is massively proportioned by today’s standards yet maintains one of the most civil demeanours,” Canavan said.“

Fitted with a responsive fuel-injection system, the Sportsman offers turnkey starting and no-hassle operation.”

“The powerplant that drives through it is much closer to the pinnacle of ATV performance.”

With the industry’s best-selling automatic transmission, engine braking, on-demand all wheel drive and independent rear suspension with long-travel front, these new ATVs provide more horsepower, more torque and more fun than any other recreation/utility model. And to match the new engine, comes a Sportsman chassis platform that is totally new from the ground up.

“One of the most commonly appreciated features of the big Sportsman, is the spacious layout of the large chassis… the chassis is shared throughout the model range and offers heavy payload towing and carrying capacities,” said ATV Rider“.

This enables the 800 Twin EFI to be equally at home at work or at play.”

The new Sportsman platform has increased suspension travel by 22 percent plus an all new, wider front track.

This may not sound radical, but riding the machine, you immediately feel a major leap forward in handling technology“.

The 800 EFI has a well-damped suspension that offers more front travel thanks to as light redesign.

“Shod with Polaris’ excellent PXT tyres, the chassis, suspension and rubber make a potent combination that fare well in a broad variety of terrain.”

Independent rear suspension creates the smoothest ride along with redesigned floorboards for better drainage and splash protection; the grille and racks are made of a virtually unbreakable new composite material; the front and rear storage compartments are dust and water tight; and the 800 features Polaris’ new Lock n’ Ride accessory system with quick attach storage boxes, windshields and gun scabbards to name a few.

Sound good? We’ll let ATV Rider have the final word: “Finally, the 800 offers fit and finish that one-ups nearly every other model in its class, highlighting the attention to detail that went into Polaris’ flagship model and pushing it to the top in our book, earning the title 2005 ATV of the Year.”

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