MINNEAPOLIS (March 6, 2012) – Throughout the history of snowmobiling, innovation and a passion for riding have intersected in Roseau, Minnesota, where Polaris snowmobiles have been developed and built since the mid-1950s. As snowmobile technology made its greatest advances in the 1970s with the development of independent front suspension (IFS), Polaris engineers – all avid riders – led the way in creating the most effective IFS.
Polaris IFS was tested and proven on dominant cross-country and ice oval race sleds. The first Polaris production model with IFS was the 1980 TX-L Indy, which introduced recreational riders to a new high level of handling and control. With the front end managing the terrain instead of bouncing through it like old leaf spring suspensions, riders found they could stay on the gas and ride better, harder and longer.
Polaris came to represent excellent in independent front suspension. The most coveted product names imaginable – Indy and IFS – graced the hoods and trailing arms of a growing number of Polaris models through the 1980s and became synonymous with Polaris Terrain Domination.
The Polaris Indy 500 was named “Snowmobile of the Decade” for the 1980s by SNOWMOBILE Magazine, and advancements in Polaris IFS rapidly led to the extinction of the old leaf spring front end. The 1991 Polaris lineup was the first in snowmobile history to consist entirely of IFS models. From that point on, every Polaris rider has experienced the best in Terrain Dominating control and handling with Polaris IFS.
That legendary name – Indy – returns in the 2013 Polaris snowmobile lineup on two sleds that deliver an outstanding snowmobiling experience. The 600 Indy and 600 Indy SP are built on the innovative PRO-RIDE™ Chassis and have the state of the art Polaris IFS with premium shocks for optimized control and handling.
The new Indy models are built on the proven PRO-RIDE Chassis, the world’s most advanced snowmobile chassis – light, rigid and perfectly balanced for precise handling even in the nastiest terrain.
It is 300% stiffer and delivers precise, intuitive handling. It’s a light, rigid platform, so the sled stays composed and delivers a consistent, predictable ride when speeds increase and when the trails get rough.
RACE-PROVEN FRONT SUSPENSION
The race-bred IFS delivers ultra-precise steering with 25% less effort and flatter cornering. The unbeatable combination of PRO-RIDE steering and the patented variable caster design eliminates bump steer. This is the most precise, capable and confidence-inspiring front end on any trail.
With its patented variable caster design, the IFS stability increases as the suspension goes through its travel. The sled maintains its responsive steering through turns rather than producing the “nervous” handling feel you can experience on competitive sleds.
The 600 Indy® has FOX® IFP shocks and the 600 Indy has RydeFX™ MPV shocks.
INDY COUPLED REAR SUSPENSION
On smooth trails this fully coupled rear suspension design delivers outstanding ride and handling, and when the bumps come fast and furious, it manages impact energy, keeping the track hooked up and keeping the rider comfortable.
The 600 Indy SP has FOX IFP front and rear track shocks and rides on an aggressive HackSaw track with 1" lugs. The 600 Indy has RydeFX MPV front and rear track shocks and a Shockwave track with .91" lugs.
600 CLEANFIRE ENGINE
The bulletproof 600 Cleanfire® engine with semi-direct injection (SDI) delivers outstanding throttle response, industry-leading acceleration, and an excellent power-to-weight ratio. This engine delivers impressive fuel economy in real-world riding situations, which, for Polaris riders, means aggressive, up-tempo riding, not low-rev lab conditions.
This engine starts easily and reliably and calibrates automatically as the temperature and elevation change.
The 600 Cleanfire uses the proven P2 driven clutch, which enhances belt life and promotes cooler operating temperatures and higher top speed.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2011 sales of $2.7 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) and Goupil Industrie SA, and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris® apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicles accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.