If you frequent Las Vegas, perhaps you’ve grown tired of the routine all-you-can eat buffets and endless hours trying your luck at the craps table.
Then again, maybe not. After all, being able to cash in a few winning chips, then relaxing poolside has its share of benefits in Sin City, where there’s never a shortage on eye candy.
Regardless, we got invited to spend the day barreling the new Polaris RZR XP Turbo DYNAMIX Edition across a Nevada desert, and found it to be an adrenaline-fueled breath of fresh air…
The event, which also included time behind the wheel of the new 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom—very handy for lugging a bunch of side by sides out into the desert—did require us to break one of our favorite first night in Vegas traditions. See, we were advised that hitting the strip and partying to 4 or 5 a.m. could prove to be our biggest hurdle on the trail.
Thankfully, we heeded the advice of the guys at Zero1, who helped organize the off-road adventure. It takes just one of those unexpected, high-flying jumps in the new Polaris to realize that staying up to catch one of Deadmau5’s DJ sets at the Wynn wouldn’t have been a good idea.
The Minnesota-based company’s new side by side is a real beast on open terrain. The RZR XP Turbo DYNAMIX Edition only weighs 1,500 pounds and puts out 168hp, which makes it blisteringly quick when darting around rocks and rattlesnakes in the desert. Fueling the thrill factor is the fact that it’s also equipped with one of the most technically advanced suspension setups ever engineered for off-roading.
The high-tech system, DYNAMIX Active Suspension, is capable of monitoring critical driver and vehicle inputs hundreds of times per second, then continuously adjusting each individual shock on-the-fly. The RZR XP Turbo DYNAMIX, which starts right under $26,000, also features what’s touted as the best AWD in the industry, with just 6 percent slip, giving the side-by-side amazing traction on rough terrain.
Of course, the Tahoe has already built quite a legacy when it comes to capability, which has helped make Chevy’s full-size SUVs the top sellers in the segment for more than 40 years running. The new Custom model builds on that appeal with an equipment package more specifically aimed at die-hard adventurers, which included eliminating the third-row seat for more cargo space to haul gear.
The Tahoe Custom features a number of other cool benefits for thrill seekers. The SUV comes standard with a gang of tech and convenience features and a starting price right under $45,000, which makes it a lot easier to find the extra cash to spend on toys like a Polaris side by side.
Even moreso, of course, if your last trip to the casino has made money a non-issue.
Photos: Jessica Walker/Courtesy of Chevrolet