With 30 Years of experience, Polaris creates every ATV build to be the Hardest Working, Smoothest Riding in its class. Here is what makes a Sportsman XP 1000: Class-leading ProStar Power - 88 HP, High Performance Close Ratio On-Demand AWD, Tall 11.5" ground clearance.

Continue reading for more information on the Polaris Sportsman XP 1000.

  • 2015 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000
  • Year:
  • Engine:
    4-Stroke, Twin Cylinder
  • Displacement:
    952 L
  • Price:

2015 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 Key Features:

2015 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 Exterior
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Hardest Working Features:

Powerful ProStar® 1000 Engine
The 1000 Twin EFI engine with a SOHC cranks out 88 HP. It delivers outstanding acceleration off the line with incredible power to the ground. This big bore features a 270-degree offset crankshaft and dual balance shafts awesome power that remains incredibly smooth and vibration free.

High Performance Close Ratio On-Demand AWD
The best just got better, the high-performance close ratio AWD system engages all four tires faster than ever when you need more traction. Works with the EPS system to provide Sportsman signature handling and reverts back to 2WD when you’re back on solid ground.

Maximum Power and Functionality
With the power to tow 1,500 lbs. and carry a total of 360 lbs. on racks, plus the ability to accessorize in seconds with the Lock & Ride cargo system.

Unmatched Accessory Integration
The XP 1000 comes standard with a Polaris HD 2500 winch and an integrated plow mount that makes getting work done easier than ever.

Huge Rack Capacity
Lock & Ride front and rear racks can carry an industry-leading combined 360 lbs and boast 100 tie-down points on strong, rust-free composite racks. Letting you carry all of your gear securely and easily.

Maximum Headlight Power
Two lights are located in the front bumper and one mounted in the handlebar pod. Maximize your lighting with the ability to have all three on at once for 150 W of power.

Smoothest Riding Features:

2015 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 Exterior
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Ergonomics For Your Comfort
With the engine rotated 90 degrees, riders enjoy 33% wider floorboards and narrow vehicle width at the knees and ankles. The narrower seat reduces leg fatigue and increases rider comfort.

Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
The smoothest, most responsive power steering available, with 30% more power assist than the leading competitor, plus Variable Assist for easier steering at lower speeds. Our EPS lets you ride all day with less fatigue from steering.

Class-leading Ground Clearance
With nearly 12" of ground clearance, clear bigger rocks, navigate deeper ruts, and go where other ATVs can’t.

Legendary Smooth Rolled IRS
Years of innovation and relentless tuning have refined the ride to a level unmatched in the industry. Rolled Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) angles the shocks rearward for 10.25" of travel leading to a smoother ride and less squat during acceleration.

Anti-Kickback Steering
Placing the steering axis near the neutral center of the tire and having the long Dual A-Arm Front Suspension dramatically reduces kickback and minimizes rider fatigue that comes with jolts to the handlebars from trail and ground obstacles.

Supreme Vehicle Control With ADC and EBS
Active Descent Control (ADC) and Engine Braking System (EBS) work together to control downhill braking to give you optimum control and smooth, even deceleration during descents.


2015 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 Exterior
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Engine Type 4-Stroke SOHC Twin Cylinder
Cylinders-Displacement (cc) 952cc
Transmission/Final Drive Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injected
Drive System Type High Performance,Close Ratio On-Demand True AWD/2WD
Cooling Liquid
Engine Braking System (EBS) Standard
Active Descent Control Standard
Front Suspension Dual A-Arm 9" (22.9 cm) Travel
Rear Suspension Dual A-Arm, Rolled 10.25" (26 cm) Travel
Front/Rear Brakes Single Lever 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Hydraulic Rear Foot Brake
Parking Brake Park in Transmission/Lockable Hand Lever
Front Tires 26 x 8-14; PXT
Rear Tires 26 x 11-14; PXT
Wheels Cast Aluminum
Front/Rear Rack or Box Capacity 120 lb (55 kg)/240 lb (110 kg)
Fuel Capacity (gallons/liters) 5.25 lb gal (19.9 L)
Ground Clearance 11.5" (29 cm)
Overall Vehicle Size (L x W x H) 83.25" x 47.6" x 50.75"" (211.4 x 120.9 x 128.9 cm)
Payload Capacity 575 lbs (261 kg)
Person Capacity 1
Seat Height 37" (94 cm)
Wheelbase 53" (134.6cm)
Estimated Dry Weight (pounds/kg) 822 lb (374 kg)
Cargo System Lock & Ride
Electronic Power Steering Standard
Hitch Towing Rating 1,500 (680.4 kg)
Hitch Type Standard/1.25" Receiver
Instrumentation Analog, Speedometer, Digital Odometer, Tachometer, Two Tripmeters, Hour Meter, Clock, Service Time, Diagnostic Indicator, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp/Low-Batt Lights, DC Outlet
Lighting Triple 50w High Beam, Dual 50w Low Beam Headlights; Dual Brakelights/Taillights
Winch HD 2,500
Color Options Matte White, Black Pearl Metallic, Polaris Pursuit Camo, Titanium Matte Metallic LE
Price $11,999 Matte White, Black Pearl Metallic
$12,299 Polaris Pursuit Camo
$13,999 Titanium Matte Metallic LE


“For 2015 Polaris brings two 1000cc Sportsmans to the big bore ute category. The Sportsman XP 1000 and the Sportsman Touring XP 1000 2-seater both aim to reset the bar with class leading power and performance. The two new 2015 Sportsman XP 1000s are not just bigger bore XP 850s and they are a whole lot more refined than just adding racks to the Scrambler 1000. The Sportsman XP 1000 and 1000 Touring are both premium equipped luxury models aimed at increased comfort, performance, and workability. Polaris electronic power steering (EPS), engine braking system (EBS), and active descent control (ADC) just to name a few of the notable included upgrades.

The core of the XP 1000 is the 88 HP ProStar engine. The single overhead cam, 1000cc twin engine is based on the proven 850 twin. Class leading HP is coupled with a new high-performance close-ratio, On-Demand, true AWD system that is said to maximize traction. Polaris EPS provides effortless steering and reduced kickback, affording the rider all-day ride enjoyment with less abuse to forearms and upper body. EBS and ADC control downhill braking for effortless, smooth and controlled descents with even deceleration to all four wheels.

While looking at performance specs, the new 88 HP Sportsman leads the pack compared to the 82 HP Can Am Outlander. While we have not had an opportunity to ride these machines back to back, the Sportsman also weighs 64 pounds more than the Outlander. In most opinions, the absence of 64 pounds could be very close to making up for the missing 6 HP. We’ll have to put the two head to head in the near future to answer this question.” ----- 4wheeldirt

“The new Sportsman XP 1000 is powered by the 952cc ProStar single overhead cam 1000 Twin engine. It produces a claimed 88 horsepower, compared to 82 horsepower for the Outlander 1000. That’s an 18-horepower gain over the 2014 flagship Sportsman XP 850. The fuel-injected big bore engine features a 270-degree offset crankshaft and dual balance shafts. Other features include a new high-performance, close-ratio, On-Demand, True All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, standard electronic power steering and Polaris’ Engine Braking System (EBS) with Active Descent Control (ADC). Polaris said its ADC Active controls downhill braking for "optimal control and smooth, even deceleration to all four wheels."

Towing capacity is listed at an impressive 1,500 pounds (200 more pounds than the Outlander) and you can carry more gear on the ATV as Polaris boasts the biggest rack capacity in the industry (120 pounds up front and 240 pounds in the back). Throw in 100 built-in, tie-down points and it should be easy to strap down just about anything you’d need to bring along for the ride.

Cushioning the ride of the Sportsman XP 1000 is front and rear dual A-arm front and rear suspension controlling nine inches of travel in the front and 10.25 inches in the rear and allowing for 11.5 inches of ground clearance.

One possible issue with the new Sportsman is its weight. It tips the scales at a whopping 823 pounds dry (no fuel or fluids of any kind). That’s 64 more pounds than the Outlander 1000, which does much to negate Polaris’ six-horsepower advantage.” ----- atv.com

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