New Polaris Sportsman 450
Polaris Adds More Power to its Entry-Level Sportsman
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
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
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
- 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.
Engine Type 4-stroke
Displacement 455 cc
Carburetion 34mm CV Mikuni
Starting Electric with recoil backup
Final Drive Shaft
Drive System Automatic PVT
EBS (Engine Braking System) Accessory
Front Suspension MacPherson strut with 8.2"/20.8cm
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
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
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$) 8899 MSRP (CAN$)