Story and Photos By: Brandon Bunch
Polaris released this RZR Pro XP Ultimate Rockford Fosgate Limited Edition (LE) for the 2021 model year, and it immediately turned heads thanks to its striking Radar Blue color scheme and bright silver chassis components. Thankfully however, this LE model is not just a pretty paint color and graphics package, like some in the past. The Rockford Fosgate LE comes with a serious stereo upgrade over the standard RZR Pro XP Ultimate, in the form of Rockford’s Stage 4 H.O. Audio System.
We put some hard miles on this particular Pro XP Ultimate Rockford Fosgate LE in the short time we had it, and found it lived up to and surpassed all expectations that have already been set by the Pro XP platform. While there were no major changes from the 2020 to 2021 model year, small improvements can be felt within the Dynamix Active Suspension 2.0 system. Larger differences can be felt between the Comfort, Sport, and Firm suspension modes, and overall, the car feels a bit more refined from the early-production 2020 models that we’ve had in the past. The 181hp delivered by the turbo charged 925cc parallel twin is still more than enough, and is delivered in a smooth and easy to use manner.
It still blows our minds how much more stable, maneuverable, and comfortable the 64-inch wide Pro XP is versus the old 64-inch RZR XP Turbo platform, but it does still leave some performance to be desired compared to the 72-inch wide RZR Turbo S when it comes to big jumps, g-outs, and nasty whoop sections. That being said, small bump compliance is better than it’s ever been, and the ‘SXS chop’ that plagues the washes of Havasu is smoothed out to an acceptable level. For me the stock suspension is great for everyday family-style trail riding, or even aggressive berm blasting. If it’s not good enough for you, the aftermarket has plenty of solutions like always—if you’re willing to open up that wallet.
The interior of the Rockford Fosgate LE appears to be the same as a ‘normal’ RZR Pro XP Ultimate, but is dressed up with seats that feature white accents and stainless-steel speaker grills over the rear speakers, and a-pillar mounted tweeters. The Rockford Fosgate LE also has Blue Hue backlighting behind the speaker grills which adds to the trick look—but this LE model really isn’t about the looks. The sound from the Stage 4 H.O. audio system is much improved over the standard stereo that comes equipped in the RZR Pro XP Ultimate, and that’s most apparent when listening to tunes while ripping down the trail.
On the Rockford Fosgate LE, one of two 400 watt amplifiers pushes the 10-inch subwoofer that’s hidden in the dash, and the combo produces nice tight bass. It’s not too loud, but plenty audible at speed (even with a helmet on) and the mids and highs keep up very well thanks to the tweeters, dash speakers, and LE-exclusive 6.5-inch speakers mounted up behind your head, that’re all powered by the second 400 watt amplifier. The whole system is controlled from the 7-inch Ride Command display, and makes it easy to stream audio from the music-streaming app of your choice, or even blast tunes from the local AM or FM radio channels if that’s your thing. All together, the overall loudness and clarity of the Stage 4 H.O. system equipped in the Rockford Fosgate LE is much higher than that of the audio system that comes standard in the Pro XP Ultimate.
As a whole package, the RZR Pro XP Ultimate Rockford Fosgate Limited Edition is a solid upgrade to the top of the Pro XP line-up. Personally, I find that beautiful Radar Blue color alone to be a huge attraction over the other model year 2021 options, and the Rockford LE model carries only a $1000 premium over the non-LE Pro XP Ultimate. The Stage 4 stereo upgrade on it’s own is worth $1200 if added on at the dealer, plus installation would be extra. This Limited Edition model works out to be quite a deal, but as the name suggests, it is certainly limited. The Rockford Fosgate LE was only available for the 2021 line-up, but there are still some units available at dealers. If I was looking to buy a new Pro XP with all the bells and whistles, I’d be picking up one of these ASAP.