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A few years ago, shortly after the Rhino came to market, UtilityOffRoad and another forum had a concept drawing of a smaller UTV (it was red, but I do not recall the styling being quite like the RZR, although I am getting old). At the time, the major consensus was that this was Honda's UTV entry, although no one was certain. I think they even did a survey about it. Now that the RZR has come to market, I wonder if this was actually Polaris' concept, since the one thing I do recall was that it was a smaller, narrower machine very much like the RZR. Does anyone still happen to have the pics of that machine on their computer, or know the link to it if the page is still active? I was wondering what others here thought of this possible connection.
PS- This was not the Honda "Hippo" that I think was an April Fools joke in Dirt Wheels, it was just a drawing.
 
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Who knows! A member of the staff at my local Polaris dealership week before last said a few years ago the Army was introduced to a new vehicle in the desert.

They said a transfer truck was driving through the desert when the back door flipped down and a UTV drove out the back end (at least they said it looked like a UTV) It could have been the 700mv with racks. Anyway it supposedly streaked across in front of them (at a distance), turned around and then streaked back the other way.

I just found this also:

MINNEAPOLIS, April 29, 2004 – Polaris Industries this week was awarded a 5-year, $10.3 million contract by the United States Department of Defense’s Special Operations Command for the production and delivery of up to 700 Polaris all-terrain vehicles. U.S. military forces in Afghanistan and Iraq currently use Polaris ATVs.

“We’re honored to do our part to help defend the United States of America by providing the world’s toughest ATVs to the world’s toughest military,” said Tom Tiller, Polaris CEO and president. “Polaris builds ATV’s capable of withstanding rigorous use on some of the world’s toughest terrain. The confidence our nations’ military has in our product gives this company a tremendous amount of pride.”

The agreement, a result of more than two years of collaborative design work with Special Operations Command (SOCOM), includes the Polaris Sportsman MV (Military Version) model designed specifically for military use. The MV boasts the chassis and engine of a standard Sportsman 700, the most powerful automatic-transmission all-terrain vehicle in the world, but incorporates a number of unique features, making it ideal for military use in all types of terrain. Each Sportsman MV features:

* Infrared lights for enhanced night vision
* A roll bar to protect the vehicle
* Run-flat tires & Keyless ignition
* A fortified steel exoskeleton & enhanced suspension for greater support, increased protection, and the ability to cover rough terrain.
* Metal front and back racks that can carry two-times the cargo of a standard all-terrain vehicle
* Front and back winches capable of towing 2,500 lbs. each
* Increased fuel capacity for longer range travel

The agreement also includes Polaris Sportsman 6x6 models also modified to meet military specifications. Polaris began producing finished MVs for SOCOM in March of 2003, and has supplied hundreds of additional models to other branches of the military based on existing RANGER 6x6, Sportsman 6x6 and Sportsman 500 models.
 

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Yes, the 700MV can be bought at any local dealer, and we have actually sold replacment wheels/tires, batteries, plugs, etc to the DOD at a number of Bases in the US for normal 700 Sportsmans that they use in the field. Those are ATV's, not the UTV, and if I could locate that pic, maybe it would trigger the memory of some of the guys/gals who have been avid UTV enthusiasts since mid-03 when the Rhino was announced and UORC was started. Unfortunately, a lot of the old UORC posts are gone, or I would see if I could do a search.
 
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Here it is without the roll cage: http://atvrideronline.com/features/100_0502_62z+2005_polaris_sportsman_700_mv+side_view.jpg

Polaris
Sportsman 700 MV

Retail price: $9699
Engine
Type: Four-stroke twin
Displacement: 683cc
Bore x stroke: 80x68mm
Cooling: Liquid-cooled
Carburetion: Mikuni CV 34mm
Lubrication: Wet sump
Oil capacity: 2.0 qt
Starting: Electric with auxiliary recoil
Drivetrain
Drive system: 2x4/4x4
Transmission: Automatic PVT with high/low range, reverse, Engine-braking
Front-wheel-drive: Shaft
Rear-wheel-drive: Shaft
Suspension (Type/Travel)
Front: MacPherson strut/8.2 in.
Rear: Dual A-arms, independent with sway bar/9.0 in.
Tires
Front: 25x8-12
Rear: 25x10-12
Brakes
Front: Hydraulic disc
Rear: Hydraulic disc
Parking: Yes
Dimensions
Wheelbase: 50.75 in.
Claimed dry weight: 992 lb
Ground clearance: 10.5 in.
Length/width/height: 89.0/47.0/51.0 in.
Seat height: 34.0 in.
Fuel capacity: 8.75 gal.
Load Capacity
Front/rear rack capacity: 150/300 lb
Hitch tongue/Towing capacity: 150/1500 lb
Electrical
Taillight: Yes
Headlight: 50-watt high beam and two 27-watt low beam
DC Outlet: Yes
Alternator: 300 watts
Instrumentation
Fuel gauge: Yes
Speedometer: Yes
Odometer: Yes
Hourmeter: Yes
Tripmeter: Yes
High beam indicator: Yes
Neutral/reverse light: Yes
High-temperature light: Yes
Color: Military green
 

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That is an ATV, not a Side X Side. It's not the same thing I was referring to. This was a drawing only, with no mention or info to tell you who the manufacturer was on it. The 700MV is a serious machine for someone who needs all that capability though.
 

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Never mind...It's on the site.....I was referring to the single seater that looks like an atv with a rollcage and steering wheel....
Edited the link away...
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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by atvoutfitters.net

No, these are not the ones I was referring to. This is a drawing only, no real specs, not actual pics of an item, etc.
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Matt,
I remember the exact machine your thinking of and your right that all the speculation was that it was going to be a Honda. It was red and from memory it had a lot of the styling ques that the RZR has.....interesting.
 

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That military UTV is actually a Yamaha Grizzly chassis modified by a company here in SoCal with many suspension upgrades done by RCD and FOX. A friend of mine is one of the owners of RCD and we had a prototype vehicle with us at the C.O.R.R. races during the first year we raced in Chula Vista. In essence, it was a Rhino, but rather than starting with a Rhino and changing it, they started with the Grizzly and then added many of the Rhino design ques. This is because the Grizzly's performance stats are way stronger than the Rhino.

We put it through it's paces. It was VERY fast and quick, suspension was supple yet responsive. And at 3:00 am when we were out driving the track all drunky-wunky, we got 9 guys onto and into that thing and it still powered around terrifically. Not shown is a turret ball mounted to the dash bar for a machine gun use by the co-pilot.

It was this vehicle that convinced me to buy a side X side. Very impressive.

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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by fiberguy

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by atvoutfitters.net

No, these are not the ones I was referring to. This is a drawing only, no real specs, not actual pics of an item, etc.
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Matt,
I remember the exact machine your thinking of and your right that all the speculation was that it was going to be a Honda. It was red and from memory it had a lot of the styling ques that the RZR has.....interesting.
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Yes, I think you are recalling the correct item I was referring to. Given the typical development time of a machine like a UTV, I think it's very possible that this could have been Polaris' concept for the RZR. I wish I could still pull up that thread and survey.
 

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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by atvoutfitters.net

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by fiberguy

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by atvoutfitters.net

No, these are not the ones I was referring to. This is a drawing only, no real specs, not actual pics of an item, etc.
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Matt,
I remember the exact machine your thinking of and your right that all the speculation was that it was going to be a Honda. It was red and from memory it had a lot of the styling ques that the RZR has.....interesting.
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Yes, I think you are recalling the correct item I was referring to. Given the typical development time of a machine like a UTV, I think it's very possible that this could have been Polaris' concept for the RZR. I wish I could still pull up that thread and survey.
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If it's the same one I'm thinking of it was an artist concept (cartoon looking), but if I'm not mistaken it was on URO.C. Mabey Nate can pull it up???????
 

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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by fiberguy

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by atvoutfitters.net

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by fiberguy

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by atvoutfitters.net

No, these are not the ones I was referring to. This is a drawing only, no real specs, not actual pics of an item, etc.
<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></font id="quote"></blockquote id="quote">

Matt,
I remember the exact machine your thinking of and your right that all the speculation was that it was going to be a Honda. It was red and from memory it had a lot of the styling ques that the RZR has.....interesting.
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Yes, I think you are recalling the correct item I was referring to. Given the typical development time of a machine like a UTV, I think it's very possible that this could have been Polaris' concept for the RZR. I wish I could still pull up that thread and survey.
<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></font id="quote"></blockquote id="quote">

If it's the same one I'm thinking of it was an artist concept (cartoon looking), but if I'm not mistaken it was on URO.C. Mabey Nate can pull it up???????
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Yes, it was UORC, but I think it wa deleted when he cleared the servers a few years ago. I think there was a post on another forum also, and possibly I got an email asking about the survey, but I could be dreaming on that one.
 

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Matt,
I went back and looked through the archives on URO.C and couldn't find anything. If I remember right it would've been around the same time the Artic Cat was being talked about.
 

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How about this one ? Chinese ?

 

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Crazy is correct. Carter Brothers is said to be getting ready to import that one, but it's mot really in the same vein as the Rhino/RZR/Ranger, but more of a civilized dune buggy. I did like it though when I saw it there.
 

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If it is made in France, I bet it runs really well, IN REVERSE!!!! LOL!!!
 
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