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New Polaris Sportsman 450
Polaris Adds More Power to its Entry-Level Sportsman Model

Sportsman 450New in 2006, Polaris introduces the new Sportsman 450 replacing the long-standing 400 in the 2006 line-up. With more power, the new Sportsman 450 delivers even better light, responsive handling than its predecessor.

The Sportsman 450 gives riders all the benefits of the Sportsman suspension, all-wheel drive and handling, making this 4x4 AWD the best ride in its class. Because the ride is so smooth and it handles easily on all types of terrain, this Sportsman has a distinct advantage over competitive ATVs.

“Many consumers who love the Sportsman ride also want a little more power,” said Mike Dougherty, general manager of the ATV division. “We’re adding that power and making this ATV even more appealing.”

This new Sportsman has a liquid-cooled, single cylinder Polaris 4-stroke 455cc engine. The Polaris Variable Transmission (PVT) efficiently manages the Sportsman 450’s power to deliver optimum performance from this engine. This PVT is the industry’s all-time best-selling automatic transmission and uses a durable belt backed by a Polaris lifetime limited warranty. The PVT continually senses engine speed and vehicle torque load and provides the proper amount of power to the drive wheels.

The Sportsman 450 delivers a compelling combination of increased power matched with exclusive Polaris Sportsman premium features, including industry-leading suspension, all-wheel drive, integrated storage and Lock & Ride™ accessory mounts. Of these, the legendary Polaris suspension system is among the most popular Sportsman features.

This suspension system was improved in 2005 and the new Sportsman 450 delivers all the benefits of that new suspension. Up front, the MacPherson strut front suspension delivers 8.2 inches of travel, giving the rider a smoother ride and better handling as the front tires maintain more consistent contact with the ground. A wider front wheel stance further enhances the handling, tracking and stability of the Sportsman 450.

In back, the long-travel Polaris Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) delivers 9.5 inches of wheel travel and has a go-anywhere ground clearance of 11 inches. The IRS is a fully independent, progressive-rate suspension with an anti-roll bar. Together, these front and back suspension systems create a ride that only Polaris can deliver.

Because the Sportsman 450 uses Polaris On-Demand All-Wheel drive, riders get the traction only achieved with true all-wheel drive. As soon as the rear wheels lose traction, the Polaris AWD system automatically engages both front wheels to provide full torque to all four wheels. Power is delivered to all four wheels via a 4-wheel independent shaft drive. This produces a performance vastly different from competitive 3 1/2 wheel drive limited slip systems.

The ride in AWD is smoother than ever with the introduction last year of double offset joint (DOJ) half-shafts. They reduce vibration and improve the ride when the Sportsman 450 is accelerating, decelerating, running uphill or maneuvering in AWD. The Polaris AWD system automatically reverts to 2WD when AWD is no longer needed.

Premium Sportsman Features
Sportsman 450
In 2005, Polaris introduced an all-new Sportsman. The Sportsman 450 continues with those elements and some traditional premiums found only on Polaris ATVs. Among the Sportsman 450 features are:

  • Tough bodywork with better splash protection and easy access to several maintenance and adjustment points. The front bumper is a tough composite material while the wider floorboards are practically unbreakable and offer better splash protection.
  • In front there is an integrated, composite storage box. The storage box lid has numerous tie-down points and can be lifted for access to the storage box even when gear is strapped to it.
  • In back, a tough composite rear rack accepts Pure Polaris Lock & Ride™ accessory mounts. These mounts use anchor technology that allow a rider to attach accessories in seconds. The rack has numerous tie-down points and under the rear rack is an easy-access 10x10 inch storage box and a 1.25 inch standard receiver hitch.
  • Lighting on the Sportsman was dramatically improved in 2005 and the Sportsman 450 benefits from the new look and functionality. Up front, the high-beam headlights include reflector lens optics that cast a wider beam. The two bumper-mounted low-beam lights are reflector lens style to increase brightness and deliver 37 watts each.
  • Twin work lights in the rear are an industry first and are controlled by an On/Off switch on the headlight pod.
  • Twin brake light/tail lights are standard.
  • Polaris’ single-lever all-wheel hydraulic disc brakes with stainless steel braided lines and an auxiliary hydraulic rear foot brake.
  • The drum-shift provides a simple inline shift pattern that helps make plowing easier and allows riders to shift easily among High, Low, Neutral and Reverse. The transmission also has a Park position.
  • VDO instrumentation keeps riders aware of the vehicle’s operating status. There is an electronic fuel gauge with a low-fuel flasher and data concerning speed, engine RPM, maintenance indicators and a gear position indicator.

The Sportsman 450 is available in Yellow/Black, Green/Black and Sonic Blue/Black.

Sportsman 450450 SPECIFICATIONS
Engine Type 4-stroke
Displacement 455 cc
Carburetion 34mm CV Mikuni
Cooling Liquid
Starting Electric with recoil backup
Final Drive Shaft
Transmission P/R/N/L/H
Drive System Automatic PVT
EBS (Engine Braking System) Accessory
Front Suspension MacPherson strut with 8.2"/20.8cm travel in/cm
Rear Suspension Fully independent, progressive rate with anti-roll bar; 9.5"/24.1cm travel in/cm
Front/Rear Brakes Single-lever hydraulic disc w/ hydraulic rear foot brake
Front Tires 25x8-12
Rear Tires 25x11-10
Wheelbase 50.5/128.3 in/cm
Turning Radius (inside tire) 65/165.1 in/cm
Dry Weight 715/324.3 lbs/kg
Length/Width/Height 83x48x48 / 210.8x121.9x121.9 in/cm
Seat Height 33.8/85.7 in/cm
Fuel Capacity 4.25 / 16.1 U.S. gallons/L
Front-Rack Capacity* 90/40.8 lbs/kg
Rear-Rack Capacity* 180/81.6 lbs/kg
Hitch Std / Receiver
Hitch Towing Capacity* 1225/555.7 lbs/kg
Hitch Tongue Weight* 120/54.4 lbs/kg
Ground Clearance 11/27.9 in/cm
Gauge Type Digital
Speedometer/Odometer Standard
Tachometer Standard
Tripmeter Standard
Hourmeter Standard
High Beam Indicator Standard
Gear Indicator Standard
Fuel Gauge Electric
Warning Lights Hi Temp / Low Battery
Rear Work Lights Standard
DC Outlet Standard
Colors Green/Black; Yellow/Black; Sonic Blue/Black
MSRP (US$) 6299 MSRP (US$)
MSRP (CAN$) 8899 MSRP (CAN$)

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