For the ultimate doomsday prepper, let us officially introduce you to the Polaris Sportsman WV850 H.O. Not only was this ATV inspired by the MV850 military vehicle, but it truly is an all-terrain vehicle with its trick non-pneumatic tires.

Starting at $14,999, you too can ride the same ATV as our military – right down to the single-speed transmission, steel exoskeleton and, of course, the TerrainArmor tires. According to Polaris, these tires can take a direct hit from a .50-caliber round and still travel 350 miles or drive 1,000 miles after running over a railroad spike.

The Sportsman WV850 H.O. was designed to be a rugged workhorse with specs that include a 1,500-pound towing capacity, a 3,500-pound winch and an 11.75-gallon fuel tank. This ATV goes on sale next month, but it will only be available in "very limited quantities." Scroll down for some videos of the Sportsman WV850 H.O. in action as well as an official press release.


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POLARIS INTRODUCES MILITARY-GRADE CONSUMER WORK VEHICLE

New Sportsman WV850 H.O. All-Terrain Vehicle Features Terrain Armor Non-Pneumatic Tires

Minneapolis, MN (November 15, 2013) – Polaris® Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, today announced the company is launching a new military-grade all-terrain vehicle (ATV) featuring Terrain Armor™ Non-Pneumatic Tires (NPT). The new Sportsman® WV850 H.O. with Terrain Armor will be available to consumers looking for a true work vehicle, in December 2013, in very limited quantities.

"In early, 2013, Polaris announced we'd launch the NPT technology on an off-road vehicle built for consumers," said David Longren, vice president of Polaris' Off-Road Division. "We have seen great success with NPTs in military and disaster relief scenarios and are excited to bring this technology to the consumer market for extreme work applications."

Earlier this year, Polaris Defense started offering NPT tires as an option for its military vehicles. The technology is beneficial for military work due to the fact the tires never go flat. Polaris has tested NPTs under several extreme situations, including logging more than 350 miles/563 kilometers after receiving fire from a 50-cal round, and driving 1,000 miles/1609 kilometers with a 3 in/7.6 cm railroad spike in the tread and webbing. These tests lead to a confidence-building consumer vehicle, both in terms of durability and reliability, and ensure a highly-capable work and hunting partner. Beyond having no flats, consumers will appreciate the other benefits TerrainArmor tires offer including a better center-of-gravity, improved cornering due to less pushing and the capability for the tires to be designed for a diverse range of applications.

To complement the NPTs and ensure the Sportsman WV850 H.O. is a highly-capable work partner that performs under the most demanding environments, the vehicle includes:
-A military-grade fully automatic single-speed transmission including forward and reverse gears
-An upgraded shock package that offers superior handling under heavy load or while traversing rugged landscape
-An increased cooling capacity for long days and high temperatures
-Steel racks capable of carrying 600 lbs/272 kgs of cargo
-A 2 in/5.1 cm receiver hitch that can tow 1,500lbs/680kgs
-A standard 3,500 lb winch for confidence in extreme settings

To enable long days at work while enhancing the operator's effectiveness and comfort, the Sportsman WV850 H.O. features:
•An unmatched 11.75 gal/44.48 liter fuel capacity to work longer between fills
•Wider foot wells to accommodate larger work footwear
•Standard Electronic Power Steering (EPS) to reduce fatigue and terrain feedback

The Sportsman WV850 H.O. with Terrain Armor was built to meet the rugged demands of the hunt or endless hours on the work site, and shares the same Avalanche Gray color as its hard-working utility counterpart the Polaris BRUTUS™.


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      bleexeo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty cool. Although if someone is shooting at you with a .50-cal and you're perched out in the open like that, tire damage is probably not your main concern.
        Jim R
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bleexeo
        I'd be more worried about my shorts than the tires.
      rsholland
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very impressive. I know these tires have in development for some time. Wonder when we might see them as option on a Jeep Wrangler?
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Long live the Tweel.
      DRAGON
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very cool and very impressive!
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.autoevolution.com/news/reinventing-the-wheel-a-guide-to-michelins-airless-tire-19937.html
      narcszm
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought all military vehicles had to run on JP8 fuel. Seems this one runs on unleaded.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @narcszm
        It likely does. The Polaris Ranger MVRS UTV uses JP8, so I would assume this Polaris does as well.
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's the "Twheel" app, by Michelin
      Ted Brown
      • 11 Months Ago
      Yeap, those tires would great and all, especially right before you entered that first mud hole and clog the tires up with mud, rock and sticks...
      Ted Brown
      • 11 Months Ago
      Want good tires? Get yourselves a set of Grim Reapers - 8 ply.
      Waled Ahmed
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those who look up the Tweel as a cheap alternative to rubber will be sorely disappointed. Also it is doubtless that if there was an easily attached sidewall that was as durable as the wheel/tire they would have installed them by now. You would think that they are tired of answering the "what if a rock is stuck..." questions a long time ago. http://tiresatwalmart1.blogspot.com/
      Big Squid
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those tires look like they would be excellent at retaining mud.
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll bet those "tires" fill up with mud or snow pretty fast, and wind up weighing so much that the ATV can barely move.
        rsholland
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        This is a civilian version of the Polaris military ATV; think WWII Jeep vs a CJ3A. If it can withstand the punishment that the military requires, I'm sure it will hold up fine doing civilian work.
        eric.sales
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        Um are you slow are something? the holes and slippery coating on the inside of the tires allow dirt, ice, mud and snow to blow away once rolling....
          AngeloD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @eric.sales
          @eric.sales Mud has an almost magical ability to defeat any coating or system designed to prevent it from adhering to a vehicle. I'll believe it when I see it tested succesfully on the Alcan highway, Darien Gap, etc.
        Aaron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        This particular ATV makes 77hp. Not likely. Still, I see the draw back.
        downwithlaser
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        You know how easy it is just to cover the sides of the tires to make them look like normal ones, right? They just have the sides off in this set of demo tires to showcase the technology.
        b.rn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        That my question. Snow, mud, or even rocks are going to get in there. Maybe the flex design will work the junk out, but I'd like to see that addressed.
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