We all love numbers and data so we thought we would give folks a closer, even more detailed analysis of just a few quick stats from the New York Shootout. By this time of year we have already done both our New York Shootout (out of the box stock sleds) and our Real World Shootout (broken-in and accessorized real consumer condition sleds) so we have a good handle on what is really working and what really isn't. We wanted to focus on one sled in particular, actually one engine in particular, that is exceeding expectations. That sled and engine combo is the Polaris 800 Switchback. We had the 137-inch Rush-based version at our New York Shootout and the 144-inch Assault Switchback at our Real World Shootout.
Let's go behind the numbers a little bit, at the New York Shootout the Polaris 800 was the strongest 800 on the dyno at 156.9 hp, which was only 8 hp less than the new Ski-Doo 850. Also at our New York Shootout the Polaris 800 was the best performing 800 on the 1000-foot acceleration track, and was only bested by the big 4-stroke turbo sleds, the Yamaha Sidewinder and Arctic Cat Thundercat. We are not going to spoil the surprise for our upcoming Real World Shootout article reveal in our March issue, but needless to say, the Polaris 800s are also among the lightest big horsepower sleds on the market now too. On top of exceptional performance, our early fuel mileage testing is showing this 800 twin is one of the most efficient 2-strokes in the industry as well. You will have to make sure your subscription is up to date to get those figures in our upcoming March/Spring issue! Spoiler alert, they are good as well!
Now we've been called a Ski-Doo, Arctic Cat and Yamaha lovers before, but the fact is that we have to give credit when it is due... the new 800 Polaris trail and crossover sleds are proving performance.
Don't forget to check out all the info on the New York Shootout in our February issue and, of course, we will have our Real World Trail and Real World Powder Sled evals in the March issue... along with all the info on the new 2018 sleds from all 4 manufacturers! Subscribe here now!