I'm a sandrail guy. A glamis guy. ONLY. Plenty of folks love their jet boats, street rods, muscle cars, sports cars, supercars, sail boats etc. I really don't invest too much time in those arenas. Although I do want a Wake Boat but 6 figures to make a wave? Wowsers
With that being said, I know, love and study sand cars from any era. Who built what, how they perform, powerplant/driveline options etc. How's about this, the first legit long travel sand car was built by John at Playtech Racing. I'm not talking about a desert car with sand tires bolted on, a TRUE sandrail. While the I Beam front end wasn't the best performing, it opened up the eyes of the industry to what could be done. Also, how did we end up with huge horsepower V8s? It began when Mendeola released his brainchild. Up until that point we ran swing axles or Bus Boxes. And the bus boxes UPSIDE down in a mid engine application to make the car go forward! Mendeola transaxles could hold up to higher HP numbers and abuse, then guys started experimenting with different engine combos. We landed on the Northstar V8. Why? Because they are affordable. That morphed into better tranny designs, bigger engines and more structurally sound chassis. So from pan buggies (all those poor hacked up 1950s VWs!) and water pumpers, to the era of 2000hp long travel cars and everything in between, I've got a handle on em. And for arguments sake, the Georges build the BEST performing SAND CAR in the dunes. Just sayin.
Now. What I know of current sport SXSs is this...
RZRs burn to the ground, have a Crap ton of recalls and come from the factory already broken. But they have great visibility and suspension.
X3s front ends wad up and need bracing if driven hard or raced, plus have poor "look over" visibility. The 4 seater has a longer wheelbase than a Chevy Suburban (WOW!)
YXZs are fast, but ride like Crap.
KRX quality is fantastic, and the car is beefy. But slow as Crap
Tomcar. Probably the best out of all SXSs but ugly as sin
Arctic cat/Textron SS, epic car, designed by Gordon, but the company is a Crap show
And then there's the car i want. The new Gordon SPEED SXS. Why? Um, because a Baja race team is designing/building the car. Everybody's upset at the wait, but you're not going to get a better SXS from ANY manufacturer. So my money goes to SPEED UTV.
I have followed and read every post in the Speed SXS thread, NIKAL has the best input, information, experience and opinions of anybody on GD.com, although I particularly enjoy reading BUFFS posts and LOL as he gets everyone's panties n a wad. He does make some good points.
THANK YOU Nikal for studying the SXS market, so guys like me that don't invest the time, effort and energy into that market (to me, SXSs are "throw away" machines) can make a well informed decision.
Nikal, as far as your predicament? I'd go with the Can Am. The XX, while an amazing car, is going the way of the Daewoo automobile...