2024 CFMoto ZFORCE 950 SPORT: SIDE x SIDE PERFORMANCE, POWER, AND VALUE

2024 CFMoto ZFORCE 950 SPORT: SIDE x SIDE PERFORMANCE, POWER, AND VALUE

Gear up for a game-changer!  CFMoto, a global powerhouse in ATV and Side-X-Side production, is setting North America ablaze with its ever-evolving lineup, and unbeatable prices.  We recently joined their crew in Minneapolis and got our hands dirty (and dusty!) with their new lineup.  Our star of the ride? The all-new 2024 CFMoto ZFORCE 950 SPORT – an exhilarating blend of power, sportiness, and versatility wrapped in a great looking, feature rich package.  Let’s just say, we were not disappointed!

2024 CFMoto ZFORCE 950 SPORT on Trail 2024 CFMoto ZFORCE 950 Sport Cab

POWERHOUSE LOCATION

Successful design is all about knowing the customer.  Brands such as Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, etc. realized this years ago and created design teams here, and so has CFMoto.  Minnesota is chock full of powersports talent, and by locating their headquarters here, CFMoto was able to draw from a large pool of engineers and product specialists.  Adding to their commitment, CFMoto recently moved into a massive new headquarters, solidifying their presence as a major player in Minnesota’s powersports scene.  If you’re thinking this is all a cozy arrangement geographically, it gets even better!  During a self-guided drive through the industrial park, we stumbled onto the Polaris Corporate headquarters on the other side of the park!  Imagine the conversations at the next neighborhood barbecue! 

THE 2024 CFMoto ZFORCE 950 SPORT HITS THE SWEET SPOT

Slotting perfectly between the ZFORCE 800 TRAIL and the ZFORCE 950 H.O., the CFMoto ZFORCE 950 SPORT offers the ideal combination of power and agility at 60 inches wide. While it boasts a touch less horsepower than its H.O. sibling, we’d choose the SPORT for weekend adventures every time. Why?  It features a laundry list of impressive standard features, all wrapped in stunning, updated styling. But the real game-changer is the all-new, 2nd generation chassis, promising a smoother ride and enhanced handling.  Let’s dive into the features that make this machine a standout…

  • UPDATED BODY STYLING – Updated bodywork looks and performs great
  • POWERFUL 963cc, V-TWIN ENGINE – Class leading power mated to a smooth shifting transmission.
  • EXCELLENT GROUND CLEARANCE and HIGHLY ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION
  • STYLISH CAB INTERIOR  – ERGONOMICALLY FRIENDLY – Its comfortable, functional, and very nicely done.
  • EXCELLENT, LARGE STORAGE AREAS – Sealed storage bins inside and out
  • EASY ACCESS PANELS FOR MAINTENANCE TASKS – Makes upkeep easy!
  • LED LIGHTS and TAIL LIGHTS – Improved visibility for after-hours rides. 
  • HUGE VALUE FOR THE PRICE – Accessorized right from the factory.

CFMoto STYLING – BEAUTY and FUNCTION

We really like the bodywork of the 950 Sport.  It’s bold, sporty, highly durable, and easily protects the riders and chassis components.  It also fits very well.  Seams between panels are tight, and it resists scratches but is also pliable enough to bend without easily cracking.  You can scruff it against branches or cake it with heavy mud and it will still make it back to camp.  CFMoto gives the 950 SPORT a full width steel tube bumper at the front and a smaller tube bumper at the rear and they do a good job of protecting vital chassis components.  If you need additional protection a more robust bumper and side nerf bars are available.  We really like the LED lights at both ends, and inset accent panels compliment the sporty look.

COMFORT CAB – A TOUCH OF CLASS

The cab interior of the 2024 ZFORCE 950 SPORT marks an enormous step forward in design.  It’s very automotive like in layout and quality.  The dash flows nicely and doesn’t intrude on your knees, and there are TWO good sized sealed storage bins.  Controls are placed within easy reach, and there are multiple knockout spaces for accessory switches.  Lighted switches would be nice for night rides, but there is a long, blue, glowing accent piece embedded in the dash as if Luke Skywalker left his light saber there.  It’s cool!  Down below there is ample room for your feet, and the textured floor helps hold your boots in place, along with the angled foot rests.  The distance between pedals is good, and the pedals are at a comfortable angle.  We LOVE the adjustable seats that are slightly larger for your pizza bloated hide, and they not only look great but are very comfortable.  We’re also especially fond of the flat-bottomed, adjustable steering wheel.  Trim pieces inset in the wheel give the 950 SPORT a look of luxury and class.  Just ahead of the wheel is a beautiful, multi-color display that’s easy to read on the trail.  Head room is very good, but our favorite feature about the cab interior is the doors.  CFMoto really got this part right!

The doors on the ZFORCE 950 SPORT should be sent to every OEM design department.  They close and fit perfectly, but they were also designed for excellent ergonomics.  Automotive styling teams never include sharp corners on surfaces that contact the occupants.  The reason is, sharp corners quickly become annoying as they wedge their way into your body parts.  Remember the last time you were in a RZR and tried to rest your elbow on the top door edge?  No doubt you were soon looking for either a pool noodle and duct tape, or a SawzAll to fix the problem.  The CFMoto engineers used a generous radius on all edges, and the result is a surface that is textured beautifully and flows smoothly across all panels.  They nailed it!  

CFMoto ZForce 950 Sport on hill CFMoto Rear Storage Box

CHASSIS and SUSPENSION

The 2024 CFMoto ZFORCE 950 SPORT is built on a generation 2 chassis and features a steel frame with dual A-arms at every corner.  The shocks are preload and rebound adjustable, with a three-position style clicker similar to FOX QS3 shocks.  We feel the shocks were a bit spongy and too soft for aggressive driving in the stock setting, and by clicking them to the fully firm position the ride was improved.  Revalving them and possibly changing the springs might be the better long-term solution.  No doubt aftermarket companies like BANDIT SUSPENSION (https://www.banditutvsuspension.com/) will soon have upgrades available.   Getting the power to the ground are 27” CST STAG tires on sharp looking 14” wheels, and Electronic Power Steering is calibrated to provide just enough assist to make steering easy, and to take up any shock loads from impacts.  Finally, although the 950 SPORT is meant for serious recreation a handy hitch at the rear is ready to haul a trailer. 

ENGINE and TRANSMISSION DETAILS

The 2024 ZFORCE 950 SPORT engine is a liquid cooled, 963cc, eight valve SOHC V-Twin fed by a BOSCH EFI system.  It delivers 85 hp at just under 8000 rpms, which is equal to or exceeds anything in the class.  We appreciate the dual power modes, and you can choose between SPORT or NORMAL mode from a switch on the dash.  For technical, tight, or rocky terrain NORMAL mode can smooth out the power delivery, but when you have open trail flip it into SPORT and let it run!  Shifting gears is very smooth on the 950 SPORT.  The CVTECH clutch responds very well to throttle input and it engages aggressively, but also smoothly with no jerky feeling.  The 950 SPORT gets up to speed quickly, and when you let off the throttle back shifting is very good as well.  Overall, the engine power is well matched to the chassis.

Thankfully, maintenance was considered with the new 950 SPORT.  Multiple panels with ¼ turn fasteners can be removed in seconds, allowing for easy access to regular maintenance areas.  Great idea! 

CFMoto ZForce 950 Sport Cab and Daash CFMoto ZForce 950 Sport 950 Front Hood

TIME TO RIDE – THE FUN PART!

Climbing into the comfy seats of the ZFORCE 950 SPORT was easy.  The doors provide ample room, and the seat belt snicked into place without digging into our neck.  With a flip of the key the engine delivered a healthy, steady rumble and we slipped the shifter into HIGH gear.  A stab at the throttle pushed us back in the seat and we were off!    

The 950 SPORT engine and transmission responds very well to throttle input.  As we darted down wooded trails we immediately noticed it’s extremely stable, yet still nimble feeling.  The 950 SPORT feels light and you can put it anywhere on the trail and it will hold its line.  It was a blast twisting through the trees!  There is very little feel of body roll from the 60” wide chassis, and the tires did a good job of finding traction on the terrain which was a combination of sandy berms, loamy clay trails, and rocks.  The EPS system is also calibrated nicely, but we really like how it doesn’t take away feel of the trail.  We mostly left the engine in SPORT mode, and when we had open trail our top speed was just north of 75 mph.  Even at top speed it still felt very stable and confidence inspiring.  We also appreciate how sight lines over the hood are very good and you can see the trail ahead and alongside the vehicle.  Ride quality, handling, and performance of the 2024 CFMoto ZFORCE 950 SPORT is up to the quality of its appearance and construction!  We had a blast testing the performance and trying to find its limits.  We never did, but we’ll happily take one out anytime!

ALL THE EXTRAS

You can’t ignore the standard features CFMoto equips many of their models with.  Parts that are considered accessories on nearly every other brand are included on many CFMoto ATVs and Side x Sides.  The 950 SPORT gets a list of added-value features including a roof, fender flares, a winch, wheel well enclosures that keep mud out of the chassis, and a massive, incredibly nice sealed rear storage box.   

THE TEAM DELIVERED!

The 2024 CFMoto ZFORCE 950 SPORT is a highly impressive Side x Side.  It represents creative design, outstanding performance, and excellent work at all levels.  There’s little doubt the experience of the Minnesota development team has played a major role in upgrading all aspects of the Generation 2 CFMoto Side x Sides and ATVs.  The ZFORCE 950 SPORT is exactly why the team was assembled, and the result they are capable of.  It’s packed with performance and value-added features in a highly capable package.  Great job CFMoto!

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2024 ZFORCE 950 SPORT specs 

Engine:   963cc, SOHC, Liquid-cooled, V-twin with Bosch fuel injection

Transmission:   Continuously Variable transmission with High, Low, Neutral, Reverse, Park

Final Drive:  Selectable 2WD/AWD/4WD with locking front differential. Shaft drive

Steering:   Speed and force sensitive Electronic Power Steering

Suspension F & R:   Dual A-arms with High pressure gas shocks w/ piggyback reservoir, 3-position compression adjustable

Tires:  27 x 9-R14 CST Stag – Front,  27 x 11-R14 CST Stag – Rear

Brakes F & R:   Hydraulic disc with parking brake

Ground clearance:  12 in.

L x W x H:  121 in x 60 in x 74 in. 

Towing Capacity:   1,500 lbs.

Curb weight:   1,433 lbs.

Fuel capacity:   9.8 gal

Instruments:   Multi-function display includes digital speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, hour meter, clock, trip meters, 2WD/4WD indicator, water temperature warning indicator, oil pressure warning indicator, gear indicator, seatbelt reminder lamps

Warranty:   1 Year factory warranty

MSRP:   $15,299

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