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2012 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO
2012 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO

2012 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO
2012 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO


- 2012 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO

2012 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO Review

Sportsman® 500 H.O. - Best-Selling Auto 4x4 ATV*

The Sportsman® 500 H.O. is the best-selling automatic 4x4 ATV* of all time. Its smooth ride and handling are legendary. For 2012 it’s also the best value 500, with your choice of red, green or new yellow color.



 

Highlights

- NEW! Integrated front storage box has 6.5 gal. volume.
- On-Demand True AWD maximizes traction.
- Legendary smooth Independent Rear Suspension.
- A full 11.25” of boulder-avoiding ground clearance.
- Hydraulic Disc Brakes All Around, With Braided Stainless-Steel Brake Lines
- Ten-Gauge Steel Skid Plates
- Single-Lever Braking
- 50W Halogen - Handlebar mounted high beam light



 

Key Features:

SPORTSMAN 500 H.O. BEST-SELLING AUTOMATIC 4X4 ATV*
With its legendary smooth Sportsman ride and long list of distinctive Polaris features, the Sportsman 500 H.O. is a great value. No wonder it's still the best-selling automatic 4x4 ATV of all time.



ON-DEMAND TRUE ALL WHEEL DRIVE
True AWD keeps you moving, automatically engaging all four wheels when you need more forward traction and reverting back to 2WD when you don't. Other ATVs use a limited-slip differential, engaging only three wheels.



NEW! INTEGRATED FRONT STORAGE
The most integrated storage of any ATV. The 6.5 gallon capacity lets you stow-away loads of gear and still have access to it, even with items tied to the deck.



RAISED RADIATOR PLACEMENT
Radiator is mounted 3" higher in the chassis an angled rearward to keep it out of mud and you on the trail longer.



BIG TOWING POWER
The Sportsman lives up to its Hard Working reputation with a 1,225 lb. towing capacity, so you can tow trailers loaded with material and equipment.



HIGH GROUND CLEARANCE
A full 11.25" of obstacle-clearing ground clearance lets you tackle some of the tougher terrain that comes your way.



AGGRESSIVE DESIGN WITH LOCK & RIDE
An aggressive looking body style gives the Sportsman an intimidating look and enhanced sight lines for the driver. The Lock & Ride composite front rack system and matching rear rack make it easy to carry gear.



LEGENDARY SMOOTH INDEPENDENT REAR SUSPENSION (IRS)
The Sportsman was the world's first ATV with IRS, a feature that made it as popular as it is today. Its rock-solid design has 9.5" of travel to minimize body roll and keep the ride smooth.


 

 


 

 

2012 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO - USA Specifications
US MSRP: $6,199 USD

ENGINES
Engine Type 4-Stroke Single Cylinder
Displacement 498cc High Output (H.O.)
Fuel System Carbureted
Cooling Liquid

DRIVETRAIN
Transmission/Final Drive Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft
Drive System On-Demand True AWD/2WD
Engine Braking System/ Active Descent Control Accessory/N.A..

SUSPENSION
Front Suspension MacPherson Strut With 8.2" (20.8 cm) Travel
Rear Suspension Dual A-Arm, IRS 9.5" (24.1 cm) Travel

BRAKES
Front/Rear Brakes Single Lever 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Hydraulic Rear Foot Brake
Parking Brake Park in Transmission/Lockable Hand Lever

TIRES/WHEELS
Front Tires / Model 25 x 8-12; 489
Rear Tires / Model 25 x 10-12; 489
Wheels Stamped Steel

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase 50.5" (128.3 cm)
Dry Weight 696 lb (316 kg)
Overall Vehicle Size (LxWxH) 83 x 48 x 48" (210.8 x 121.9 x 121.9 cm)
Ground Clearance 11.25" (28.6 cm)
Seat Height 33.75" (85.7 cm)

CAPACITIES
Fuel Capacity 4.1 gal (15.5 L)
Front/Rear Rack Capacity 90 lb(40.8 kg)/180 lb(81.6 kg)
Hitch Towing Rating 1,225 lb (555.7 kg)
Hitch/Type Standard/1.25" Receiver

FEATURES
Cargo System Lock & Ride
Lighting Dual 50w Low Beam Bumper Lights, Single 50w High Beam Pod Light; Dual Brakelights/Taillights
Instrumentation Digital Gauge, Analog Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Tripmeter, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, AWD Indicator, Hi-Temp/Low-Batt Lights, DC Outlet




 

2012 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO - Canadian Specifications
Canadian MSRP: $6,999 CDN

ENGINES
Engine Type 4-Stroke Single Cylinder
Displacement 498cc High Output (H.O.)
Fuel System Carbureted
Cooling Liquid

DRIVETRAIN
Transmission/Final Drive Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft
Drive System On-Demand True AWD/2WD
Engine Braking System/ Active Descent Control Accessory/N.A..

SUSPENSION
Front Suspension MacPherson Strut With 8.2" (20.8 cm) Travel
Rear Suspension Dual A-Arm, IRS 9.5" (24.1 cm) Travel

BRAKES
Front/Rear Brakes Single Lever 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Hydraulic Rear Foot Brake
Parking Brake Park in Transmission/Lockable Hand Lever

TIRES/WHEELS
Front Tires / Model 25 x 8-12; 489
Rear Tires / Model 25 x 10-12; 489
Wheels Stamped Steel

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase 50.5" (128.3 cm)
Dry Weight 696 lb (316 kg)
Overall Vehicle Size (LxWxH) 83 x 48 x 48" (210.8 x 121.9 x 121.9 cm)
Ground Clearance 11.25" (28.6 cm)
Seat Height 33.75" (85.7 cm)

CAPACITIES
Fuel Capacity 4.1 gal (15.5 L)
Front/Rear Rack Capacity 90 lb(40.8 kg)/180 lb(81.6 kg)
Hitch Towing Rating 1,225 lb (555.7 kg)
Hitch/Type Standard/1.25" Receiver

FEATURES
Cargo System Lock & Ride
Lighting Dual 50w Low Beam Bumper Lights, Single 50w High Beam Pod Light; Dual Brakelights/Taillights
Instrumentation Digital Gauge, Analog Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Tripmeter, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, AWD Indicator, Hi-Temp/Low-Batt Lights, DC Outlet


 

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