Sand rails, sometimes known as dune buggies, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with a variety of motor options. Some are made from vintage Volkswagen Beatles, while others are handcrafted by America’s top off-road racing teams.
Driving dune buggies is the most sand-slinging, dirt-tromping fun you can have on four wheels, whether you’re searching for a reasonably inexpensive weekend toy or you have the means to truly get into it at a near-professional level.
BMS V-Twin Buggy 800
Although 44 horsepower may not seem like much, the BMS V-small Twin’s weight allows it to reach a high speed capable of transporting you to the future. A roof-mounted light pod, a baggage rack, and even a snorkel attachment are all standard on the V-Twin.
It may not have the same power as high-end dune buggies or performance side-by-sides, but it’s a wonderful low-cost option for learning to know the dunes.
Polaris RZR XP 1000
Polaris’ RZR XP 1000 alters the conventional role of the UTV from putzy workhorse to off-road warrior thanks to its 107 horsepower engine and long-travel suspension. The RZR was designed from the ground up with performance in mind, including a specific AWD system that reacts quickly to terrain changes and electric power steering for agile handling.
Can-Am Maverick X DS
Can-Am has placed a turbo in their Maverick side-by-side, making it a first in the industry, if the Polaris doesn’t have enough power for your dune shenanigans.
This gives it 121 horsepower and 97 pound-feet of torque, which is ideal for climbing steep gradients and getting airborne. The Maverick’s Fox 2.5 Podium shocks decrease the possibility of bottoming out in your new desert toy when what goes up must finally come down.
Drakkar has you covered with the audaciously called Intimidator if you’re ready to advance to a more hard-core, purpose-built buggy without paying out your 401K.
The Intimidator’s lightweight tube frame is propelled through dirt and sand by a 1300cc Hayabusa engine (an even more powerful 1340cc one is available) coupled to a six-speed sequential manual.transmission. When you get airborne, the Tornado’s 23 inches of suspension travel in the front keeps everything in check.