The industry's first two-up 6x6 ATV
For the first time since the 2014 model year, Polaris has brought the venerable 6×6 Big Boss back to its ATV lineup with the new 2017 Sportsman 6×6 Big Boss 570 EPS.
As the name implies, the old 760cc engine has been replaced with the 44-horsepower ProStar 570 single-cylinder engine. However, the most notable change in our opinion is the addition of a passenger seat – the first of its kind in a 6×6 ATV. It should be noted that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved what looks like a two-up 6×6 from Can-Am last year, but that vehicle has yet to be released.
According to Polaris, the passenger seat is raised higher than the operator’s seat to improve visibility. Hand grips and foot rests are also included for the passenger.
As you’d expect from a vehicle like this, it is designed to work. To help in that area, an 800-pound capacity gas-assist dump box is found behind the passenger. The bed comes equipped with steel bed rails (ready to accept Lock & Ride accessories), dual rear racks with integrated five-gallon bucket mounts and six high-mounted, tie-down points. As well, users can configure the dump box into two different sections with the integrated box dividers. To further enhance the carrying capabilities of the cargo box, stake pockets allow users to add height to the box to carry more gear.
More carrying capacity is found up front in the integrated front storage that holds a claimed 6.5 gallons. Add in the factory-installed rack extender and you can carry another 90 pounds up front.
As for towing duties, the Big Boss 570 comes standard with a two-inch receiver and 1,500 pounds of towing capacity.
Polaris designed the Big Boss 570 to travel long distances. To help accomplish this, the ATV offers a massive 6.75-gallon fuel tank. Polaris boasts the ATV has a range of up to 130 miles. While you are unlikely to match that range will a big load in the back and uneven terrain, with nearly seven gallons of fuel on board you should be able to ride all day and then some on this machine.
One thing that hasn’t changed on the Big Boss is its all-wheel independent suspension. That suspension controls 8.2 inches of travel in the rear and 9.5 inches up front, along with 11.5 inches of ground clearance.
When the going gets tough, the Big Boss features 4WD and 6WD options at the flip of a switch. Polaris also boasts the industry’s fastest-engaging High Performance On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system. Connecting the Big Boss to the ground are 26-inch PXT tires.
Most off-road riding doesn’t happen on flat trails. To help you out on steep descents, Polaris outfitted the ATV with its engine braking system with Active Descent Control for controllable six-wheel braking.
This is a big ATV (1,075 pounds dry) and controlling it would likely be a handful if not for the standard electronic power steering. Polaris says this system “automatically adjusts to the riding conditions for effortless low-speed technical maneuvers, and excellent feel and control at high speeds.”
Lighting the way when the sun goes down is steerable three-beam, 150W forward lighting.
Polaris has more than 30 accessories ready to attach to the Big Boss to enhance its versatility. Accessories include the new Yukon Adventure Rack add height, additional tie-down points and more security to the rear box and the convertible, dry storage accessory box. To make adding accessories easier, the Big Boss comes standard with integrated winch and plow mounts.
The 2017 Polaris Sportsman 6×6 Big Boss 570 EPS will be available in Sage Green and retails for US$10,999 ($13,599 in Canada). It will arrive in Polaris dealerships in April.
2017 Polaris Sportsman 6×6 Big Boss 570 EPS Specs
|Engine:||4-Stroke DOHC Single Cylinder|
|Induction:||Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Transmission:||Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft|
|Drive System:||Close Ratio On-Demand True 6WD/4WD|
|Front Suspension:||MacPherson Strut 8.2″ (20.8 cm) Travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Dual A-Arm, IRS 9.5″ (24.1 cm) Travel|
|Front/Rear Brakes:||Single Lever 6-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Hydraulic Rear Foot Brake|
|Front Tires:||26 x 8-14 PXT|
|Rear Tires:||26 x 10-14 PXT|
|Dry Weight:||Red – 1,430 lb; Blue – 1,491 lb; Orange – 1,544|
|Length/Width/Height:||116 x 49 x 49 in|
|Ground Clearance:||11.5 in|
|Seat Height:||37.0 in|
|Fuel Capacity:||6.75 gal|
|Front Rack Capacity:||90 pounds|
|Bed Capacity:||800 pounds|
|Towing Capacity:||1500 pounds|
|Payload Capacity:||1115 pounds|
|Instrumentation:||Analog Speedometer, Digital Odometer, Tachometer, Two Tripmeters, Hour Meter, Clock, Service Indicator, Diagnostic Indicator, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, AWD Indicator, Hi-Temp/Low-Batt Lights, DC Outlet|