Polaris Introduces 2015 Snowmobiles (video) (updated)
Published on March 3, 2014 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Polaris introduces nine new 2015 RUSH and Switchback models built on the AXYS snowmobile platform. (see updates at bottom)

ALL-NEW AXYS CHASSIS

The foundation for the AXYS platform is an all-new chassis. This all-new chassis is built from the ground up with 93% new parts, including a carbon-fiber overstructure. The new chassis structure and design make it possible to change the rider positioning, centralize vehicle mass, redesign the rear suspension, add more power, remove weight, and evolve the rider’s riding experience. In short, it is the key to delivering rider-balanced control, unrivaled acceleration, and rider-centric comfort.

2015 Polaris AXYS snowmobile

Their Rider Balanced Control intends to deliver flatter cornering, more precise handling and better control in big bumps and chatter bumps by centralized the vehicle mass and optimized the suspension geometry to better control pitch.

Vehicle mass is more centralized on the new chassis, the rider is moved forward 4.5″ forward, the feet are 2″ forward, the knees are 4.5″ farther forward, and the seat is 4.5″ forward.

The completely redesigned geometry of the PRO-XC progressive-rate rear suspension is both lighter and stronger, featuring a lightweight, forged aluminum rear crank. The front torque arm was moved rearward to better control pitch, increase travel, and improve the rail profile.

Active Pitch Control is controlled by the suspension geometry and not by a high spring rate. This makes the sled less sensitive to adjustment while allowing optimal weight transfer.

Inside ski lift is sais to be significantly reduced, control through chatter bumps is significantly increased and the front end of the sled stays planted even when accelerating through a corner. There is also more-controlled Weight Transfer: A rider can enjoy strong, high-acceleration launches without any compromise in cornering precision.

Polaris claims a 15% improvement in the power-to-weight ratio on AXYS. Selected models are up to 38 pounds lighter than they were on the previous chassis.


New 800 H.O. Engine

Developed in conjunction with the AXYS platform, the new 800 H.O. engine boasts electronically-controlled exhaust valve that delivers improved running quality and quieter ride as well as improvements in fuel economy.

Engine weight was reduced by 3.5 lb. A lightweight crankshaft saves 2.5-pound, and a reduction in rotating mass.

The electronic oil pump eliminates power-robbing gear drive and provides precise oil delivery.

Storage was designed and developed right along with the AXYS platform, so it installs securely and easily.

The hood and windshield designs produce significantly enhanced wind protection for a rider, and the foil on the side panels further enhances protection.

New left-hand controls feature improved ergonomics and enhanced hand and thumb warmer control.

The new seat design is narrower in front to provide greater maneuverability. It is easily interchangeable with an accessory 2-up seat for true 2-up seating.

Wider running boards on the RUSH have 15% more space, Switchback running board space is increased by 11%.

The AXYS platform delivers the industry’s first LED headlights as standard equipment, 30% brighter and nearly 1 lb. lighter.

AXYS 60th Anniversary models feature Color LCD Digital Gauge

Polaris is introducing the AXYS platform in two distinct, equally premium trim levels for both RUSH and Switchback models: PRO-S and PRO-X. Polaris dealers will stock PRO-S models, and PRO-X models are available exclusively through SnowCheck Select.

2015 Polaris Pro-X

Compared to the PRO-S setup, PRO-X models have:

  • 2.5″ higher ride height
  • IFS Shocks that are 1.5″ longer, resulting in more IFS travel
  • Higher-rate springs on all shocks
  • Taller 5″ handlebar riser

All models have Walker Evans Clicker Shocks, though PRO-S and PRO-X models have different ride heights and spring rates for optimized performance.

PRO-S

  • PRO-S models deliver:
  • Most precise handling
  • Flattest cornering on groomed and bumpy trails
  • Erases the stutter bumps

The PRO-S features:

  • Walker Evans Clicker shocks
  • RUSH: 120″ x 15″ x 1.25″ Ripsaw II track
  • Switchback: 137″ x 15″ x 1.25″ Ripsaw II track

PRO-X models deliver:

  • Big bump control
  • Stand-up riding bias

The PRO-X features:

  • Walker Evans Clicker shocks
  • RUSH: 120″ x 15″ x 1.75″ Backcountry X track
  • Switchback: 137″ x 15″ x 1.75″ Backcountry X track

PRO-X models are available exclusively through MY15 SnowCheck Select

2015 RUSH PRO-S MODELS:

800 RUSH PRO-S

600 RUSH PRO-S

2015 SWITCHBACK PRO-S MODELS:

800 Switchback PRO-S and 600 Switchback PRO-S

600 Switchback Adventure, with Adventure Cargo System

60TH ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS

Available exclusively through SnowCheck Select, specially equipped 60th Anniversary Edition RUSH and 60th Anniversary Edition Switchback models feature AXYS storage, a painted tunnel and rails, and the interactive color LCD gauge.

Five 60th Anniversary Models built on the AXYS platform are available through MY15 SnowCheck:

  • 600 and 800 RUSH SnowCheck Limited Edition, 60th Anniversary Model
  • 600 and 800 Switchback SnowCheck Limited Edition, 60th Anniversary Model
  • 600 Switchback Adventure SnowCheck Limited Edition, 60th Anniversary Model

UPDATE 3/16/14

Black is the New Black: A New Black Color Scheme Model for 2015 Rush & Switchback Pro-S Models

2015 Polaris Rush Pro-s, Switchback Pro-s black

In response to overwhelmingly positive feedback for the black color scheme on the 2015 Pro-X models, and to provide our riders with even more choices on the all-new AXYS platform, today we are adding new all-black color scheme models to the 2015 Rush & Switchback Pro-S line-ups. These new choices will come as a 60th Anniversary Edition models, and will feature black side panels, a black painted tunnel, and red painted rails.

And just like the other 60th Anniversary sleds on the AXYS platform, these new models come standard with an LCD full color gauge and integrated storage. We heard your positive feedback on the black Pro-X, and wanted to provide additional choice and excitement for Pro-S riders. But don’t delay… like the rest of our 60th Anniversary Editions, these new models will only be available during SnowCheck.

Q: So what models will feature this new color scheme?
A: This new 60th Anniversary color scheme will be available for:
2015 Rush Pro-S – either 600 or 800
2015 Switchback Pro-S – either 600 or 800

Q: Does this color scheme replace any models in the current line-up?
A: No. These new color schemes are in addition to the rest of the line up; all of the colors and models that have already been released are still available.

Q: What if I already submitted my SnowCheck; can I change it to this new model?
A: Yes. Work with your Polaris dealer to make that change.

www.polaris.com.


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