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by Jacob Layton

DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a paid promotion, none of the 3 vehicles tested were offered at any discount, or incentives, to skew the results. The video our industry needs! I'm extremely excited to take this idea, of a motocross style shootout, and make it happen, thanks to Coyne Powersports. We wanted to compare the top 3 entrants in the 4 seat SxS market, and compare them evenly, with a series of testings, to compare performance, and then rate them. We had 4 experienced test drivers, and chose Plaster City, with its challenging, and rough terrain. Comment below and let us know what you think! If you're looking for a new SxS, dirtbike or parts and accessories, support hte dealer that made this video possible, Coyne Powersports! www.coynepowersports.com If you want to support us, please use the links below: www.chupacabraoffroad.com






















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(0:20) Chupacabra Off-Road, I'm here in Imperial Valley with Travis Coyne, Coyne Power Sports. We're here to do a shootout today of the top offerings in the four-seat side-by-side market. We've got the Polaris Pro R4 seater, the Can-Am X3 XRS Smart Shock, and the new guy on the block, the Speed UTV El Jefe four-seater. So big shout out to Travis for making this test happen. We want to do some fair comparisons in different types of conditions to give you guys some honest feedback on what we think about the vehicles and how they stack up back to back.

(0:50) Yeah, when Nick gave me the call and had this idea, we were definitely all in. Coyne Power Sports sells all three of these brands. We brought out the top models from each manufacturer: the Can-Am, as Nick said, the XRS Max Smart Shock Troy Lee Designs, the brand new Pro R4 Ultimate, as well as the new guy on the block, Robbie Gordon's Speed UTV. So we're excited to be out here to show you guys some real-world testing to see how these things stack up in real, tough terrain and various tests.

(1:15) So Speed's the new guy on the block, like Travis said. Their first vehicle launch is a 4C vehicle, the El Jefe. We thought being here in the southwest, a lot of the customers drive four-seat side-by-sides. They've got families, they like the longer wheelbase and the open terrain, they do big adventure riding in places like Baja, etc. So let's get into it.


(1:47) 31-6


(2:02) On the X3, so 31-6 on the Pro R, 34 on the X3


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About 30 feet 6 inches on the Speed, 30 feet 6 inches.


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(3:07) Okay, so I just watched the test. It kind of reminds me of what I felt and what I've been saying, but I'm going to go ahead and do the braking test myself in each of the cars just so see if my feel matches what the results were.

(3:17) Alright, just like I remembered, those Pro R brakes are really, really good. So I'm gonna try out the X3 next.

(3:42) Okay, the RZR is about 70 feet.


(3:50) X3, we're looking at about 78 and a half-ish.

(4:01) And then the Speed, about 85 feet.

(4:06) Okay, so after the turning radius test and the braking test, we wanted to do some straight-up drag racing just to give people an idea of horsepower in four-wheel drive high here on the pavement. So we did bracket style, two at a time. Here is the Pro R versus the Speed. It's worth mentioning the Speed is weighed down a little more than the other two cars because of a few accessories: a heavy-duty skid plate, a Crescent rear storage box which was filled with the Boxo Koh tool roll, and some mirrors and lights. So it's got about 100 pounds of additional weight just to throw that out there versus the other two vehicles being completely bone stock.

(4:42) Here in a rolling start, you can see that once the Speed gets going, it hangs a little bit better, but the Pro R still gets it here at the very end.

(4:54) The Can-Am was the fastest of the three when we ran them all head up back to back to back. Can-Am's lightweight makes a significant difference in horsepower, drag racing, and acceleration.

(5:19) This is interesting. On this rolling start, you're going to see how much torque the Pro R has when it gets going, but then the lightweight and the power of the Can-Am kicks in, and it catches up with it here at the end.


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Coyne Powersports here out playing in the dirt today with the Chupacabra Off-Road crew. Hey, just a reminder, we have two leading Powersports dealerships here in Southern California. We are the West Coast destinations for side-by-sides, so if you're in the market for a new UTV, there's crazy rebates and crazy finance promotions going on right now. And believe it or not, we have some Speed UTVs that will be landing in our stores in about 60 days. So if you're in the market for one of the new cars, Polaris, Can-Am, we carry all brands. Hit us up. You can find us at CoynePowersports.com, hit us up on the Gram, or you can even DM me personally, and I'll take care of you on a killer deal.

(7:21) So after these three tests, it was time to take all three vehicles to the dirt. Here are some good running clips running along a long rough whoop section. This section, you can go about 45 to 55 miles an hour. There's a couple big kickers and G outs, and all the vehicles bottomed at least once. We're trying to drive at about a similar miles per hour in all three of the vehicles. You can just see how they work and try to relate how that felt. But it was very eye-opening driving all three of these back to back to back on this whoop section, going up and down. But sit here and enjoy the footage, you can get your own opinions of how each vehicle works over some big bumps.


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(10:13) So after we completed those initial baseline tests, it was very important to see how that translated to the dirt. The best way to do that is to create a series of turn tracks, as well as going up and down some whoop sections of different types, different shapes, to see how each vehicle responded back to back, and allow each driver to get comfortable in each vehicle. Going around the same turn over and over allows you to get a better feel of each vehicle, be able to push it a little bit harder, you know what to expect. And here you can start to see some of the strengths and weaknesses of each machine, the acceleration and braking, you're setting your vehicle up for turns as you're getting more comfortable driving aggressive, learning, you know, what you like more about one side-by-side versus another.

(11:01) Plaster City here in California has got a lot of rough terrain, sand washes, whoops of all types. The first rolling section we showed you earlier were some big race car style bumps, I would call them, or whoops. This whoop section right here has a quite a bit different feel and character to it. So that was the goal, was to just run these machines in different types and feel of bumps and whoops, just so we could translate what we felt more evenly with each reviewer and all of our feedback that we accumulated for our final result.

(11:51) So after several hours of driving, having each of the four testers getting to drive all the vehicles back to back, we created some categories and did a one through ten point system, and then added up and accumulated all the points. We kept all the points individual and separate. Everyone just submitted theirs independently to not influence, and here are the final results.

(12:08) The Pro R takes the win with 242 overall combined points, the Speed UTV in second place with 225.5 points, and the XRS X3 Can-Am coming in third with 209 points. Like I said, we had several categories: power, suspension performance, handling, interior cockpit, braking, fit and finish, and build structure quality. And as you can see, all the results are pretty consistent.

(12:31) Everybody rated the Pro R first, three of the four rated the Speed second, and only one tester placed the X3 above the Speed, and it was only by one point. So after talking, after driving, all we kind of came to a similar conclusion, and there's a fair bit of consistency here when you look at the numbers.

(12:46) So let's dive into my rating, starting off with third place, the Can-Am X3. Power was a 10, it won the drag race. Of course, there's a ton of aftermarket support, and it's proven to be very reliable built life and engine performance. Suspension performance, I gave it a seven. It wasn't that great in the big whoops, it started to walk side to side. It was fairly stable in the turns. To go along with the handling of a seven, it didn't do anything really weird. It just wasn't as predictable as the Speed or the RZR in the turns, and the suspension performance, you can see in the big bumps, it just, I bottomed out the front. It wasn't that confidence inspiring compared to the other two machines.

(13:29) The interior cockpit, I only gave it a five, just because it's severely lacking now from the instrumentation, the controls of the RZR and the Speed. The seats were the least popular, the seating position was the least popular. It just didn't seem like it puts you in an aggressive driving position.

(13:46) The braking performance was surprisingly good. One more note on the handling, I gave it a seven because I did feel some steering feedback, some of them that I have experienced once I went to aftermarket wheels in my X3, but it can be easily remedied with a tie rod kit.

(14:03) Fit and finish on the Can-Am, I gave it a seven. It's okay, nothing great, nothing bad, just kind of average, run-of-the-mill. And then the build structure quality, I gave it a five. And that's just because, you know, people have needed to gusset the chassis, you need to double shear the front end, the cage is the scariest of the three, probably one of the first things I don't want to change out if I owned one, and then a lot of people beef up the suspension components like I have with my two-seat Can-Am. I beefed up the trailing arms and went with aftermarket radius rods, those type of things. So pretty well known, but that's how I came out, a score of 49 for the X3.

(14:38) So moving on to second place with a score of 58, the Speed UTV. Starting off with power, I gave it an 8 out of 10. I think for the purpose of this test, it felt more like it should have earned a seven. I did give it an eight because of the one-dollar upgrade for the speed key that I was able to make being an early buyer. We haven't used it yet, but it is an amazing feature that I know a lot of Speed owners are excited about. That's the use of E85 fuel above the horsepower to 300. So I think the Speed is going to be able to make some more power, and especially with the use of the speed key.

(15:03) Suspension performance, I gave it a 10. The car feels the most balanced of the three. The small bump compliance is by far the best. The mid-stroke is plush. I can feel what the car is doing. The ramp up is excellent. You'd have some adjustability as all how it works with the sway bars and the overall feel and balance of the chassis is the best of all three.

(15:30) Handling is an eight. I wanted to give it a nine or maybe even a 10, but the steering feedback needs to be remedied. It's something that mitigates the experience. Come around a couple of fast turns, it's noticeable. I think there will be a fix for it, but that's why I docked it down to an eight.

(15:49) The interior cockpit, I gave it a nine. I like the instrumentation, all the different features on the dash. I love the tire pressure sensors. It's nice to have a belt temperature gauge. I like the seats. The fact that I was able to pick a tall and wide seat versus a normal seat is an awesome feature. The steering wheel is high quality. You feel safe, you feel centered in the vehicle, you feel low in it. It feels like a race car in that regard. And that all leads up, combined with the real five-point harness, it's just feeling stable and sorry, like you don't have to worry about your safety and you can just focus on driving.

(16:27) Braking performance was unfortunately a big weak point for me. I gave it a five because not only was it last place in that straight line test, but coming through these turn tracks, it started to fade a little bit more, and I wasn't able to drive and charge near as hard into these turns as I was on the other machines. Unfortunately, it's just one of those items I think that's going to need to be upgraded on the Speed UTV so you can drive it as aggressive as the suspension and chassis wants you to.

(16:54) Fit and finish, I gave it an eight. The doors don't close as good as a Polaris RZR. There's a lot of other elements that I think are top of the food chain. The wheels are the nicest. The tires, I think, are the most grippy. A lot of the other features, the finishes of the materials are very high quality, but I ended up giving it an 8 out of 10.

(17:16) And then finally, build structure quality, I gave it a 10. That's because I think the chassis is the most robust. The geometry is the best. The A-arms are chromoly. Heim joints instead of the use of ball joints, bigger wheel bearings, proper geometry, double shear front knuckles. Everything about the overall structure is industry-leading in my opinion. That's why I earned a 10.

(17:37) So in first place with 61 points is the Polaris RZR Pro R. Starting off with power, I gave it a 10. I love the performance of the power band all the way down low. Also, the adjustable power modes allow you to fine-tune if you're in different scenarios like rock crawling. I think that's a great feature. Big torque, big CCs, and a 10, perfect score rating on that.

(18:03) Suspension performance, I gave it an eight. Didn't feel as composed over the big whoops as the Speed. The rear end started to move a little side to side. I do like the adjustable suspension modes. I would use those a lot. I've had that feature before in the previous side-by-side. I thought it was good. It just didn't have the small bump compliance that the Speed did. The mid-stroke was good, and then the bottoming performance was also good. It just wasn't as good as the Speed, and I thought an 8 was fair.

(18:28) For handling, I gave it a nine. It was the only of the three side-by-sides that didn't have any steering feedback. I also feel like when the Pro R breaks loose, the rear wheels are extremely flat. It feels like the sway bars are quite stiff, like it's a short course race car style setup, and there's no sway. It's extremely predictable. I think Polaris engineered it that way because there is a lot of performance in the Pro R, and it's just predictable and did exactly what you thought it would. It also had an impressive turning radius being that it's so much longer than the Speed. So for that reason, I gave it a nine.

(19:01) Interior cockpit, I gave it a nine as well. I like the instrumentation. I think Ride Command's an awesome feature. Again, I mentioned the adjustable suspension and power modes I think are great features. A couple of buttons on the steering wheel are also nice. The doors open and close very nicely. The seats are improved over the previous RZRs, and then the rear fold-down seat is another cool option I wanted to mention. I think that's why it deserves a nine.

(19:31) Braking performance is a 10. I love the brakes. You can tell they engineered these brakes around the use of bigger 35-inch tires. I think they're stellar.

(19:41) Fit and finish, I gave it an eight. It didn't have as nice a weld quality overall as the Speed UTV on some of the welds. I did mention that the doors open and close nice, and the dash, there's a lot of niceties to it, but I rated it even with the Speed at an eight.

(20:00) Overall build structure quality, I gave it a seven. Now the reason I gave it a seven is because there is a lot more tire scrub than the Speed. I do think that contributed to a little bit of the rear-end bounce around on the big bumps. I know now that the Pro R has been out for a little while, there's people that have upgraded the ball joints, they've upgraded the shock forks, and they've also had some issues with the rear toe links coming loose. So I think there's some money there you're going to want to spend to increase the quality of those components. You don't have a catastrophic issue, and that's what held it back from earning a higher score on the build structure.

(20:33) So all three machines are great. The Can-Am, with its explosive power and lightweight, makes it a great option if you primarily off-road in the dunes. It's just that the chassis is quite a bit older and starts to feel a little dated, more outclassed compared to the other two options.

(20:49) The Speed's a fantastic new entry into the market. It's got a lot of good things going for it, and it's just a couple of small tweaks away from potentially being the top dog, but it's going to be a couple of tough changes there to compete and beat the Pro R. The Pro R is a phenomenal, great overall machine. All these machines have things that are best in class and things that we liked about all of them, so any one of them is a great choice for you. Hope you guys like the shootout and the comparison.

(21:15) So there it is, guys. Let us know what you think about the results. Make sure you comment below, subscribe if you haven't already. If you want to learn more about all these vehicles, again, Coyne Powersports, two locations in Southern California. Here's your information below. You can learn more about pricing and availability, color options. Thank you guys for watching. We'll see you on the next one.


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