With so many different settings now on modern side-by-sides, what is the best way to launch one of these machines?
That’s exactly what we set out to figure out with the new 2019 Polaris RZR 4 Turbo S at IMI Motorsports in Dacono, Colorado. And that location is significant, because it sits at just a little over 5,000 feet above sea level, meaning that the oxygen is thinner which will rob the engine of some of its power.
Remember, this machine makes 168 horsepower, and the fact that it is turbocharged should help it with the elevation, because it is able to shovel tons of air into the cylinders.
We started off in the softest suspension setting “comfort,” and in rear-wheel drive, and not too surprisingly, this was the slowest time of them all. Allowing the suspension to squat, plus having only the rear wheels clawing for traction does not equal the best 0 to 60 time.
So we switched over to four-wheel drive, and the time was shaved by a full second, going from over eight seconds down to just under eight seconds.
Then the suspension was cranked up into “sport” mode, and the time just kept on coming down. In sport mode with the four-wheel drive on, the Turbo S laid down a time 7.53 seconds, the best time we would get out of it all day.
After the 0 to 60 runs, it was time to release the RZR S on the race course, and what a blast this machine is when you’re tackling dirt corners and big jumps. Handling the corners by steering with the throttle is simple, and even with such a long wheelbase you can rotate this machine’s back end through corners before allowing it to hook up again and shoot you out down the straight.
Check out the video above to see all of our 0 to 60 runs.