4 December 1998

Polaris ATV burns oil

POLARIS concedes that its earlier attempt at introducing diesel-powered ATVs was not an overwhelming success. But the company recognises that diesel power, with its electric-free ignition, easily stored and cheaper fuel supply still has major attractions for UK farmers.

So now there is a new version, in the form of the Polaris Shaft Drive Diesel, which claims to have overcome all the problems of the past – principally, sluggish response and high noise levels.

Employing the same running gear as the Polaris 500 petrol-powered model complete with independent suspension, selectable four-wheel-drive and, of course, shaft drives, major interest will be with the engine.

A Fuji build, it comprises a single cylinder, 455cc liquid cooled, direct injection block complete with dry sump – lubrication is through a forced oil feed. Performance is claimed to be lively and comparable to that of the companys Sportsman 335.

The new ATV also features automatic variable transmission.

Imported into the UK by Bicester-based EP Barrus, list price is £5795. &#42