Here’s The Confirmed Top Speed And 0-60 Numbers Of All Polaris Sportsman Models!

In ATV Setups by Kevin

Top Speed Of Polaris Sportsman

The Sportsman is definitely one of the most common ATVs around today. Polaris has really cemented a reputation for making premium, high-quality products, and the Sportsman is no exception. Most modern Sportsmans have everything that you look for in an ATV, including very smooth performance and great acceleration numbers. And talking about performance, there’s something that many Polaris fans often ask about their ATV: what is the top speed and the 0-60 time of the sportsman? I personally used to own a Sportsman years ago, so I know the answer!

And the answer is that the top speed & 0-60 numbers will depend on the ATVs trim. The most common Sportsman, the 570, will achieve a maximum top speed of 62 MPH and a 0-60 time of 11.5 seconds. The Sportsman XP 1000 will achieve a maximum top speed of 79 MPH and a 0-60 time of 6-7 seconds. The Sportsman 850 will achieve a top speed of 66 MPH and a 0-60 time of 10 seconds. The Sportsman 450 will achieve a top speed of 57 MPH and it will achieve that speed in about 11 seconds.

These numbers have been confirmed by hundreds of enthusiasts recording their speeds using a GPS. As long as the ATV doesn’t have a rev/speed limiter installed, these will be the maximum velocities the Sportsman will reach. Also, there are other Sportsmans that I didn’t mention on the top, like for example the kids models. If you want to know the top speeds of those models, please check below! I also talk about why you aren’t achieving top speeds in your Sportsman below.

Top Speed Of Polaris Sportsman 90

The Polaris Sportsman 90, as you probably know, is the kid’s version of the Sportsman, and it’s going to achieve a top speed of about 34 MPH and it’s going to take about 10 seconds for the quad to get to that speed. Now, remember that this is without the speed/rev limiter installed. If your kid’s quad has a limiter (which it probably does) then it’s probably won’t even get to 10 MPH.

Top Speed Of Polaris Sportsman 400

The Sportsman 400 was introduced about 20 years ago, and it was well-received by the Polaris faithful for being well powered for its size and also because it was pretty affordable compared to other ATVs in its class. The top speed of this Sportsman has been clocked at 54 MPH in a straight line. This model was unfortunately discontinued because people stopped buying it but it seems that the model hasn’t lost any popularity because resale values stay very high on the used market.

Top Speed Of Polaris Sportsman 800

Just like the Sportsman 400 above, this sportsman was introduced more than 15 years ago because people were demanding an ATV with high displacement to compete with the quads Yamaha was making at the time. The result was this beast with an 800cc engine. The top speed of this one has been clocked as high as 57 MPH, and the 0-60 times have been clocked at 9.5 seconds. Polaris discontinued this model when they introduced the Sportsman 850.

Top Speed Of Polaris Sportsman 335

This is a very old model made by Polaris, and as the name implies, the engine’s displacement of this model is 334cc. Because this model is so light compared to other ones in its class, this model has great acceleration and top speed. This will reach a top speed of about 51 MPH, which is excellent when you consider how old this model is. Like the other sportsman models I have posted, Polaris eventually discontinued this one when they introduced the 250.

How To Make The Polaris Sportsman Faster

There’s a high chance that most of you reading this article are interested in making your rides faster. If this is the case, then let me tell you that Sportsmans are among the easiest ATVs to power up! these are the best ways to make a sportsman faster, both for people on a budget and folks looking to spend some cash. (NOTE: For a more comprehensive how to guide on making your ATV faster that applies to all models, please click here)

  • Install A Performance Air Filter: One of the first things I say to somebody looking to make their rides faster is to upgrade their air filter. To be more specific, I’m talking about a performance air filter from a brand like K&N that will really make your ATV absorb as much air as possible. Most stock air filters are pretty crappy after a few months, so if you have some time with your sportsman already, this might be the most effective mod you could make. When it comes to the pricing, a performance filter isn’t super expensive, but it isn’t super cheap either. It’s, in my opinion, the best way to make any quad faster.
  • Reduce Your ATV’s Weight: If you are on a budget and aren’t willing to spend any money on improving your ATV, then this is what’s recommended. If you didn’t know, there are several plastics and parts that you could remove from your sportsman with a wrench. These parts are much heavier than what you think and some folks have managed to remove up to 20 pounds of unnecessary parts from their quads. You are going to need some special tools for some of these parts so it’s recommended that you contact your local Polaris dealer if you are willing to do this.
  • Change The Gear Ratio: Another great way to improve your sportsman is by changing the gear ratio. There are some decent spur gears out there and if you could easily improve your speed over 5 MPH on a straight line. When it comes to the pricing, this is a very affordable change. You could easily get a decent spur & pinion gear for less than $50 dollars.

Top Speeds Of Other Popular ATVs

I have also made an article about the top speeds of other ATVs. I currently own a Raptor 700, YFZ450 and a TRX250, among other models. If you want to know the top speeds of those ATVs, please click below.

Top Speed Of Yamaha YFZ450

Top Speed Of Honda TRX250

Top Speed Of Yamaha Raptor 

Top Speed Of Polaris Slingshot