Innovation + Influence + Appeal = ATV Of The Year
TVs are an awesome tool. They let us do more with greater ease. We load the racks with all kinds of stuff, whether we are ranchers, hunters or just recreational riders. Strangely, ATV racks are one place that most manufacturers have stayed fairly consistent. Until now. Polaris broke the mold of “utility first, recreation second” with its All-Terrain Pickup. This machine can haul more gear more easily than its competition. Yet, it remains a worthy trail machine. It’s what sets POLARIS ATP A the ATP apart from pure utility machines, which carry tons of stuff but aren’t good for recreational riding. It also differentiates the ATP from ATVs, which are outfitted with racks alone. Not only does the ATP present options for carrying a load, it also gives buyers engine options. Polaris offers the ATP in two engine sizes: a 500 H.O. or 330cc engine. The ATP’s industry-exclusive front storage box can handle 90 pounds of gear in a water-resistant container. A pair of sealed fender storage compartments each keep 20
pounds of at-the-ready gear like maps, gloves or a wallet. Fitted on the rear of the machine, a 400-pound-capacity dump box can handle the biggest game, bags of seed or mounds of soil. (The 330’s dump box cargo capacity is 250 pounds.)
But the ATP is about more than hauling cargo. It also features a unique traction system that provides users three mode choices, depending on how they need to use the machine. As you would expect, users can choose from 2WD and all-wheel drive. In addition, a “Turf” mode allows users to choose one-wheel drive to increase turning radius and minimize damage to sensitive terrain.
Despite its working nature, the ATP doesn’t ride like you may think. Most of the time, it’s difficult to distinguish it from a Polaris Sportsman, the machine from which it’s based. The ATP can be ridden
recreationally, providing its operator with an enjoyable and spirited ride. Load the machine up and venture deep into the woods on a hunt; or across acres of ranch land; or across the yard with a load of rocks and you’ll see why the ATP is so much more. That versatility is the reason that the ATP is the ATV Magazine ATV Of The Year.
ATV OF THE YEAR WINNERS
With the heart of a Sportsman ATV, the ATP chassis is designed to carry extra weight, plus it provides plenty of storage spots. The rear dump box holds 400 pounds and has gas-assisted dumping to get heavy loads moving. The fender compartments keep frequently used items close and the front box holds plenty of gear inside and strapped to the top. The PVT transmission makes operation easy and the unique Versa-Trak system lets riders select the traction needed for the task at hand. For work or play, Polaris engineers thought of nearly everything.
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ATV MAGAZINE . MARCH 2004