1 December 1995

All-terrain trio joins Polaris line-up

THREE new models join the North American-built Polaris ATV range marketed by EP Barrus.

Heading the new range is the 500 4×4, which becomes the first Polaris machine to use shaft drives and independent rear suspension.

The company says that up to now shaft-driven ATVs required a fixed rear axle but the new suspension system now allows 24cm (9.5in) of travel. Combined with 28cm (11in) of ground clearance and softer springs, operators get a smoother ride, claims the manufacturer.

Power is from a 32hp, 500cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine driving through an automatic variable transmission with two speed ranges. Four-wheel-drive, when required, is engaged by pushing a button. Price of the 500 4×4 is £4995.

&#8226 For six-wheel-drive enthusiasts the 425 6×6 now benefits from a stronger chassis – a "scissor" supports system for the tipping bed and strengthened suspension. With a 28hp Magnum 425cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine and a carrying capacity of 363kg (800lb) price is £5695.

&#8226 Green livery and fresh-look body styling has also been provided for the 300 4×4. The 300cc, two-stroke machine now features high-strength plastic racks and a new design of switching gear on the handlebars.

Price is £3995. &#42

This 500cc Polaris ATV has shaft-drive and independent rear suspension.