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The Polaris RZR Pro R is heading to Dakar 2023 with Xtremeplus

The Polaris RZR Pro R has been developed to be the most powerful, most robust, and most advanced side-by-side built by Polaris to date. Featuring a naturally aspirated 2.0L, four-cylinder engine that puts out 225 horsepower as standard, the Xtremeplus team will equip a 26mm restrictor that will reduce the power to 170 horsepower to comply with the FIA regulations for the T4 category at Dakar.

A new frame to install all of the mandatory FIA security components, electronic tuning, powertrain and drivetrain tuning, along with new CST 32-inch Apache tyres, were necessary to transform the stock machine into a competitive, Dakar-ready vehicle for the most demanding race in the world. Xtremeplus and the Pro R Polaris UTV have also been equipped with suspension dampers specifically developed by Donerre for the Dakar, allowing them to overcome the extreme obstacles and challenging terrain that are sure to be thrown their way.

The new challenge awaits us. The Polaris Pro R is extremely competitive despite a restrictor, and it will be a great addition to the Xtremeplus Team in the 2023 Dakar Rally," said Marco Piana, Team Owner. “With the new Pro R, we’ve got a not-so-secret weapon that will catapult us into the upcoming Dakar race, and we can’t wait to see what our teams can do.”

After a successful 2022 season, the Xtremeplus team arrives at the 2023 Dakar Rally. Despite some cancellations and changes to the FIA calendar, the team was able to participate in some races, and the results were positive. As well as attending the Rallye du Maroc, the Fenix Rallye Tunisia, and the Tunisia Desert Challenge, the team finished 2nd and 4th in the T4 category at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Alex Szukowsky, an 18-year-old Polish rookie, picked up a podium finish in the T4 category at the Moroccan Baja, making his first appearance on the racetrack. With the Polaris RZR Pro XP side by side, Eric Schiano won one stage in the car classification for the Xtremeplus team at the Africa Eco Race in October.

Lina van der Mars and Giulia Maroni finished second in the T4 category of the European Baja Championship in 2022," reported Marco Piana. "Even though we didn't race much in 2022, seeing great results with the RZR Pro XP gave us a lot of satisfaction. Having achieved such a great result has been a huge motivator for next year - let's keep that energy and motivation going into the coming season!"


We have been pioneering product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services since we were founded in 1954, as the global leader in powersports. In addition to Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and GENERALTM off-road vehicles, Polaris Sportsman® all-terrain quad bikes, including kids quads, military and commercial off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, and Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles, Slingshot® motorcycle roadsters, Aixam quadricycles, Goupil electric vehicles, and pontoons and deck boats, such as Bennington pontoons, are among the company's high-quality products. Several parts, garments, and accessories are available from Polaris to enhance the riding experience. Polaris, headquartered in Minnesota, serves more than 100 countries worldwide, including Polaris UK, which distributes Polaris ATVs and Polaris UTVs for sale in the United Kingdom.

Polaris RZR for sale UK is available from Beckside Machinery.

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