2013 Polaris Snowmobiles: Terrain Domination in Every Segment, the Most Impressive Deep Snow Sled Ever, and the Return of the Legendary Indy® Name
Polaris provides Terrain Domination® for every type of snowmobiler with its new 2013 lineup, which includes deep snow models that weigh just 417 pounds, the market’s leading trail performance sleds, and the return of the most legendary model name in snowmobile history – Indy®.
The 2013 Polaris snowmobile lineup includes the 600 Indy SP and the 600 Indy, which are built on the innovative PRO-RIDE
™Chassis and deliver the exceptional ride and handling that has made Polaris the undisputed leader in snowmobile Terrain Domination.
The 2013 lineup also features the 800 Pro-RMK 155, which weighs only 417 pounds. This was achieved through the use of strong, lightweight materials and components such as the QuickDrive
™ Low Inertia Drive System, the first belt drive system in production snowmobiles. The system includes a lightweight brake and extruded drive shaft and a maintenance-free belt drive in place of a chaincase. The complete system provides a 21%reduction in rotational inertia for enhanced efficiency and performance, which means 5 pounds less carving effort.
This innovative drive system, along with features such as carbon fiber overstructure and PowderTrac™ running boards, make the 2013 Polaris Pro-RMK models the most flickable deep snow sleds on the slopes. All the 2013 RMK® models are strong, lightweight and powerful
–exactly what mountain and deep snow riders demand.
The 2013 Switchback® models are versatile sleds that are at home on- and off-trail. Like the RUSH® models, which deliver the ultimate in trail performance, the Switchback models are build on the PRO-RIDE
™ Chassis, the world’s most advanced snowmobile chassis – light, rigid and perfectly balanced for precise handling even in the nastiest terrain. The PRO-RIDE Chassis is 300%stiffer than a conventional chassis, which creates strong sleds that deliver consistently precise and easy handling in all conditions.
The PRO-RIDE progressive rear suspension eliminates “spine tinglers” with the industry
’s only uncoupled, progressive-rate suspension. This Polaris-exclusive design provides a bottomless ride with incredible acceleration and an unmatched fun factor. A typical coupled suspension starts soft, shares the load from the front arm and then crashes through. The PRO-RIDE suspension with its progressive rate delivers a bottomless ride.
™ IFS featured on most 2013 Polaris models was developed in conjunction with the highly successful Polaris snocross racing program. Polaris IFS provides riders with precise handling and flatter cornering with 25%less steering effort. The unbeatable combination of PRO-RIDE steering and the patented variable caster design eliminates bump steer. This is the most precise, capable and confidence-inspiring front end on any trail.
The 2013 600 Switchback® Adventure
™features outstanding comfort, protection and Polaris-exclusive cargo-carrying versatility. It has a tall windshield with integrated hand protection to block wind and snow, as well as innovative wind deflectors mounted on the side panels. The Adventure Cargo System is built around a sturdy, versatile rear cargo rack on which Lock & Ride® Saddlebags can be installed or removed in seconds without tools.
The Assault® models
– the 800 RMK Assault 155 and 800 Switchback Assault 144 –are the choice of aggressive backcountry freeriders and top hillclimbers like Keith Curtis, King of the Hill at the Jackson Hole World Championships in 2011. They are lightweight, strong, powerful and have IFS with adjustable ski stance.
The IQ® LXT models provide 2-up riders and solo touring riders with outstanding comfort and convenience, while the Shift models represent the best values in snowmobiling. The Widetrak models are versatile workhorses that can tackle big jobs in unforgiving terrain and deliver spirited trail performance when the work is done.
For young riders, the 120 Pro-R is the ideal way to learn safe riding skills and develop a passion for snowmobiling. It has a 120cc engine and several safety features that provide supervising adults with peace of mind.
The Return of the Indy®
In the mid- to late-1970s, the early days of Independent Front Suspension (IFS), Polaris snowmobile engineers led the way in developing the most effective IFS. Polaris racers first used it to dominate the racing scene, then it became available to recreational riders, who experienced responsive handling and a smooth ride that exceeded their wildest dreams.
The first Polaris production model with IFS was the 1980 TX-L Indy, and soon the name “Indy” came to represent Polaris Terrain Domination. Polaris led the industry in IFS development, and the 1991 Polaris lineup was the first in snowmobile history to consist entirely of IFS models
–the leaf spring front end era was over for Polaris riders.
The new Indy models showcase Polaris suspension development as they ride on the PRO-RIDE Chassis and have PRO-RIDE IFS and an Indy Coupled Rear Suspension. The Indy models are powered by the class-leading 600 Cleanfire® engine and provide a rich snowmobiling experience deserving of the hallowed Indy name.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2011 sales of $2.7 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) and Goupil Industrie SA, and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris® apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.