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Not since the original Indy has Polaris made such a huge wave in the snowmobile industry as they have with the Rush, and specifically the Pro-Ride chassis. Going into 2012, Polaris offers some ride improvements to make your “Rush” experience even better.

Polaris offers the Rush and Rush Pro-R in both a 600cc and 800cc twin 2-stroke. The 600cc has always been a quick, smooth engine and is becoming as legendary as the old 488cc Fuji twin was for so many years. “Bullet proof” is the term used for that old Fuji, and the 600 Liberty is all of that. Providing around 120HP, this engine works well in the Rush Pro-R.


The 800 Liberty motor has had its ups-and-down over the past few years, but the bug have been worked out and this motor is plenty strong. In fact, it is the fastest motor of the 2-strokers in its class. The torque of this engine feels great. The engine feels light and also works very well in this chassis.

The Rush has Polaris’s exclusive Pro-Ride rear suspension that has had some minor tweaks since its debut in 2010. This suspension does work and the improvements are a little more forgiving than it was on the first year model. Bumps are absorbed well and keep the Rush riding flat over the bumps and more predictable. Adjustment is pretty easy on this suspension with having only to tighten or loosen the spring under the seat.

The Pro-R has the Campolast 1.25-inch RipSaw track, Walker Evans Piggyback front track shocks and Walker Evans Compression Adjustable rear track shock. The standard Rush has a 1-inch HackSaw lightweight track and Fox IFP shocks.

Improvements to the IFS on the Pro-R also help keep it cornering flatter than the first-year model, and even better than last year (which we liked last year’s improvements here as well). Polaris upgraded the IFS with new spindles, control arms, bushings, and a new steering post. Geometry is slightly changed to provide the flatter cornering. In our experience on the 2012, the Rush Pro-R feels much more predictable than it has the last two years.

Bodywork is the same, but we like the color combinations Polaris offers this year. The orange was a huge hit in 2011 and is back for 2012. The retro color scheme is also very cool. If you feel like buying new panels, you can interchange the colors as you like, although colors on other parts of the chassis might not match. Still, you can change panels much easier than the old bellypans of yesteryear.

The 2012 Rush is a refined machine and well deserving of the long-standing Polaris reputation they’ve earned over the past 50+ years. We like the Rush, even though we would like to see a short track conventional suspension under the Pro-Ride chassis. As it is, the Rush is a nice riding machine and the suspension refinements made this year make it stable. The only thing that could make the Rush better is a 136-inch track. Oh wait….

5 Responses to Snowmobile Review: 2012 Polaris Rush / Rush Pro-R

  1. Mark October 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    2016 and “the novelty” suspension continues to gain market share… Go Poo!!!

  2. Mark December 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    So Matt, have you converted to the “novelty suspension” yet like soooooo many previous Doo and Cat owners have already done this year????

  3. JON February 12, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    Actually the 2013/2014 800’s while less in HP, with the rush suspension are actually quicker than the DOO and Cat 800’s and will run neck and neck with them all day long. AmSNOW shootout for 2014: Fastest 800 is the POO INDY 800!!!

  4. Matt September 9, 2011 at 5:12 am #

    No matter how you gloss over it so as not to rub Polaris the wrong way, the Rush is a cold riding sled with a novelty suspension that will not be on the market for long. No matter what Polaris tries for tweaks this skid will never work for the masses. The 800’s I rode ran better last year but they are not in the same zip code when you line them up with Cat and Doo.

    • john March 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      Looks like you are wrong so far. How is something that almost everyone says works better a novelty? You’re just a jealous hater.

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