2021 will be a massive year for Polaris. Here is a summary of new technologies, new models, and more.
New MATRYX platform
THE great novelty in 2021 for Polaris is certainly the brand-new MATRYX platform. Polaris wanted to take the driver's experience higher by reducing weight and increasing rigidity. All these thanks to the use of new materials and alloys. To develop this new generation chassis, Polaris was much inspired by snocross racers who always need to move quickly and easily. The new MATRYX platform offers a better ergonomics with a 4.5'' narrower fuel tank between the legs (compared to the AXYS chassis), which allows you to move easier. You have more comfort, and less effort is required. Also, this new ergonomics provides a sharper ride and will enable you to turn fast. The MATRYX platform brings more rigidity, remarkable balance, and excellent ergonomics for the rider.
The new MATRYX platform will be available in spring order (SnowCheck) on 2 models: the Switchback Assault 146 and the Indy VR1. Also, a minimal quantity of this new platform will be available for next season with the Indy Launch Edition.
The Indy VR1 model (Read…) is Polaris flagship model for 2021, which comes with the new MATRYX platform, a new engine, new technologies, and features that will eventually be available on the full range in the next years.
The name VR1 comes from "Velocity Rider First" since the manufacturer has developed it with the rider in mind. Everything has been done to offer the user the ultimate experience with ferocious accelerations, incredible handling, impressive comfort, and intelligent technologies.
The Indy VR1 is equipped with Walker Evans Velocity suspensions calibrated for the trail. Comfort is surprisingly good, and it can be quickly adjusted to be stiffer for perfect handling.
Patriot 650cc engine
With the new platform, a new engine makes its debut at Polaris, the Patriot 650cc 2-stroke. This engine was developed in conjunction with the Patriot 850cc we already know. The performance announced is impressive: 10% more horsepower over the entire power range, 14% more torque, and, most importantly, fuel consumption reduced by up to 60% compared to the Liberty 600cc engine. After testing it, you'll notice constant linear power, powerful corner exits, and, above all, a fantastic sound for the rider.
7S LCD display
A new 7'' LCD touch screen makes its debut at Polaris this year. It integrates a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, compatibility with the Ride Command application, and many features while being very intuitive for the driver.
The gauge is fully configurable according to your preferences and what you want to display on the screen during your escapades.
It is now possible to add members to your tour group and see them directly on the navigation screen. This way, you can follow them efficiently.
Thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, you can see if someone is trying to reach you, but you can also see the music you are listening to and change songs with the touch screen.
With the new handlebar controls, it's easy to navigate through the system without taking your hand off the handle.
Another nice new feature is the SmartWarmers, which are "smart" heated handles. You could call them revolutionary and efficient. This technology makes it possible to precisely control the temperature with the help of sensors integrated into the handles. This way, we obtain constant comfort, regardless of the ambient temperature or the speed at which we drive. The warmth felt is always stable.
With the SmartWarmers heated handles, the 3 temperature levels of the handles and throttle are configurable on the new 7S screen.
New projector-type LED lights with bright accents are available on the MATRYX platform.
The Lock & Ride system has been upgraded this year to the FLEX version, which is even faster and easier to install/uninstall on the snowmobile. A complete line of accessories will be available with the new MATRYX platform.
For the RMK…
As for the mountains, Polaris has been busy too. A brand-new QuickDrive2 will be available exclusively in spring order (SnowCheck) for the RMK family. This new QuickDrive2 offers better inertia with a redesigned design and especially a reduced ratio of 10%, which provides even faster response, immediate snow exit, and the rider benefits with less effort required.
In combination with the QuickDrive2, a brand-new Series 8 track with 3.5'' pitch and 2.75'' studs is now available in spring order (SnowCheck). It offers you the perfect combo to get out of the snow even faster, with more power at low rpm, improved traction, and optimal flotation whatever the type of terrain.
This year, the Khaos RMK family is expanding with a new track length of 163".
With all these new features for 2021, we can say that Polaris is not losing speed and will continue to amaze us for the next few years.