Mad Media’s Blade Runner and Road Warrior-inspired cinematic product film envisions a dystopian future where people flee cities and set up camps. The tribes put down their weapons and battle it out in their UTVs to win resources. At the heart of the film is an awesome custom-built UTV known as The Orion Car.
Road America may be famous for its 4-mile road course, but tucked away at the eastern edge of the complex is a gnarly off-road park that’s been used to test the mettle of everything from Wranglers and Broncos to Raptors. Last week, we ran those trails in something very different, the 2023 Polaris Ranger XP Kinetic.
This new addition to the Polaris General XP 1000 side-by-side UTV line offers the same versatility and capability as its brothers but at an entry-level price point. It has a 100-hp 4-stroke DOHC engine, on-demand AWD, 14″ of suspension travel, a 4500 lb winch, and a 600 lb capacity dump box. It comes in 2- and 4-passenger configurations.
While it’s unlikely to be more than a showpiece, we appreciate Lexus’ chutzpah with the reveal of their ROV (Recreational Off-highway Vehicle) Concept. The upscale 2-seater differentiates itself from other UTVs by running on clean-burning hydrogen that propels a custom 1-liter direct-injected engine.
Kawasaki’s side-by-side UTV packs 2.5″ Fox shocks, offering 18.6″ of wheel travel in front and 21.1″ in the rear, and has a longer wheelbase and wider footprint than the competition. It rides on enormous 31″ x 10″ tires, wrapped around beadlock rims, and looks particularly badass in Lime Green with Metallic Onyx Black.