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Can-Am Defender MAX

Can-Am Defender MAX

Can-Am Defender MAX

Valcourt, Québec, March 29, 2016 – BRP (TSX:DOO) has expanded its line of Can-Am Defender utility-recreational side-by-side vehicles with the addition of the 2017 Can-Am Defender MAX family, offered in four different models. Its pickup truck-inspired design offers extensive capability, cargo and storage space, along with comfortable seating for up to six adults.

“We made a commitment last fall to vastly broaden our Can-Am side-by-side portfolio with the introduction of a new vehicle every six months for the next four years. The release of this second Can-Am Defender family of vehicles is a direct result of that promise,” said Anne Bélec, SVP Global Brand, Communications and PAC at BRP. “The Defender MAX vehicle meets the very specific demands of global tradesman, hunters and farmers with a tough and capable design that delivers class-leading comfort, convenience and reliability.”

With its added seating capacity, better storage and workhorse capability, the Can-Am Defender MAX models can tackle the toughest jobs or be used to explore terrain with friends and family. The side-by-side vehiclescan cleverly convert from transporting people to carrying supplies and heavy loads in seconds.

Similar to the single-bench seat Can-Am Defender vehicle launched in 2015, the Defender MAX model is available with two heavy-duty Rotax V-Twin engine packages – a 72-hp HD10 and a 50-hp HD8 – each delivering peak torque at lower RPM for tackling tough jobs and overcoming varying terrain. It also comes standard with PRO-TORQ transmission with a Quick-Response System that allows for improved power transfer to the wheels.

Can-Am Defender MAX

The Can-Am Defender MAX side-by-side vehicle has three driving modes and a four-mode traction system with Visco-Lok QE front differential that provide multiple choices and control for varying terrain and tasks. It features a 1,750-pound (793.8-kg) payload capacity, 2,000-pound (907.2-kg) tow rating and is rated to haul a best-in-class 1,000 pounds (454 kg) in its dumpable cargo bed. All of this capability is packaged with an exclusive suspension that provides responsive handling and comfort, even while carrying heavy loads.

The rear cargo bed, whose tailgate has a 250-pound (113-kg) capacity, is equipped with integrated anchors and tie-down points, and includes multiple recesses for DIY convenience, such as a set built specifically to hold five-gallon (19-L) buckets in place. In addition to the rear cargo bed space, there are copious amounts of onboard storage by way of adaptable and folding front and rear passenger seats and an industry-first removable toolbox. Also integrated into the cockpit are easy egress/ingress seats, passenger handholds and fold-down armrests with cup holders.

Can-Am Defender MAX

Multiple package options are available for all Can-Am Defender MAX models: Defender MAX DPS HD8, Defender MAX DPS HD10, Defender MAX XT HD8 and Defender MAX XT HD10.  Premium colors, including an industry-exclusive Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camo, and dozens of genuine Can-Am accessories are also available for personalization.

The Defender MAX model comes with a yearly advised maintenance schedule of 1,865 miles (3,000 km) or 200 hours so owners can focus on chores and recreation instead of routine service.


The Can-Am Defender MAX side-by-side vehicles share the same proven heavy-duty Rotax engines, PRO-TORQ Transmission, high precision, rigid chassis, TTA-HD rear suspension and easy serviceability and a three-year limited promotional warranty. Designed to be reliable and easy to service, the Can-Am Defender, available in four different packages (Standard, DPS, XT and XT Cab), has no break-in requirements and is maintenance free for the first year (1,865 miles / 3,000 km or 200 hours). When it comes to a dependable, rugged modern-day workhorse, nothing compares to the 2016 Can-Am Defender side-by-side vehicle, engineered to be tough, capable and adaptable for the end user

Rotax V-Twin Engine

Rotax V-Twin Engines

Can-Am engineers, pulling on many years of heavy usage in the field, took two heavy-duty, rear-mounted Rotax V-Twin engines and recalibrated them for true work use in the Defender side-by-side vehicles. Available with either a Rotax HD10 or Rotax HD8 engine, the Defender side-by-side vehicles offer two very capable work-focused powerplants. The 72-hp Rotax HD10 V-Twin is specifically tuned for serious work but also offers 61 lb-ft torque and peak torque at lower RPM for optimal delivery for recreational use. At 4,000 RPM, the HD10 offers 20% more torque than the top selling competitor of the segment. The work-focused Rotax HD8 V-Twin delivers 50 horsepower and 50 lb-ft torque for tough tasks. The V-Twin engines are located in the rear of the Defender chassis to reduce noise, cockpit heat, improve access, and reduce vibration.

PRO-TORQ Transmission

The PRO-TORQ Transmission was specifically calibrated to meet the utilitarian demands of the Defender side-by-side vehicle. This new generation of transmission features a Quick Response System (QRS) that enhances low-speed riding, delivers smoother and more responsive power delivery and offer precise engagement. Larger CVT ratios with a work-specific low gear ensure optimal torque delivery for heavy loads. At low speeds, optimized ventilation improves belt durability and ensures more efficient power transfer. The Electronic Drive Belt Protection monitors the CVT belt to determine its condition and alerting the driver when necessary. This device offers belt-spotting protection for if a driver is in high gear, but should be in low gear. The vehicle will not move and a “LOW GEAR” message will appear on the gauge, alerting the driver. The Defender side-by-side vehicles come standard with Park, Reverse, Neutral, High and extra Low, the system offers smooth shifting. Integrated hill descent control supplied smooth, predictable deceleration. A helical gear transmission provides a quiet environment for the operator. The rear, maintenance-free differential gear-on-gear components are more efficient, responsive and also built to last.

High rigidity chassis

The Defender MAX is extremely capable off-road and a legitimate workhorse that uses an all-new, high-precision, laser-cut tongue-and groove chassis that automotive-like technology and fabrication tolerances that are in line with modern pick-up trucks — a powersports industry first. The High-Strength, Low-Alloy (HSLA) grade steel means a more rigid design for taking the strain of heavy-duty chores. Can-Am engineers put the Defender through the new rigorous Utility Test Cycle at the winter and summer testing grounds to ensure its toughness.

Can-Am Defender MAX


The Defender vehicles are engineered to offer versatile performance in varying terrain with control, whether it’s for serious work or recreational enjoyment. The Defender family is outfitted with a dependable and plush suspension, tight turning radius for unmatched terrain capabilities and maneuverability to supply drivers the confidence to go practically anywhere. The Defender lineup also features industry-leading towing, hauling and payload capacities.

True 4-mode traction system with Turf Mode and front auto-locking Visco-Lok Defender offers a new 4-mode traction system providing choices for varying terrain or tasks. Users, via a separate front-and-rear toggle switches, can select between a 2×4 open rear differential for tight turning and turf protection, a 2×4 lockable rear for improved 2WD traction, a 4×4 open rear for more maneuverability in rugged terrain and a 4×4 locked rear for maximum traction. Regardless of mode, the Defender is designed to offer a tight turning radius for improved maneuvering in tight, technical terrain. The rear differential is gear-on-gear to the transmission for better response, no maintenance, better efficiency and fewer components. Lockable rear differential is part of the Convenience Package on HD8.

Double A-arm front suspension with twin tube gas charged shock (10-inch / 25.4 cm travel) The Defender vehicles have a front double A-Arm suspension system designed to offer predictable handling and control even in difficult terrain. With 10 inches of travel, the ride is smooth in all situations, even when carrying heavy loads.

Can-Am Defender MAX

TTA-HD rear suspensions with external sway bar and twin tube gas charged shock (10-inch / 25.4 cm travel) The Torsional Trailing A-arms (TTA) rear suspension, which was designed specifically for a utility and recreational usage, offers a full 10 inches of travel to provide a smooth ride whatever the terrain. Its architecture offers optimal comfort and drivability in all conditions, thanks to no camber change. The Defender vehicle’s TTA-HD wears more bushings than some competitive units and are also larger and greaseable on both the chassis and knuckle, resulting in a more durable setup. In addition, the TTA-HD features a wear plate between the suspension and the chassis, preventing direct friction between those two. This all translates to a more controlled wheel movement when driving, and an increased longevity. The system also includes a removable external sway bar to enhance traction and the transfer of power to the ground when needed.

Can-Am Defender MAX



  • Two heavy-duty, high-torque V-Twin engine choices: 72-hp Rotax HD10 or 50-hp Rotax HD8 
  • PRO-TORQ transmission with Quick Response System, high airflow ventilation and Electronic Drive Belt Protection. Extra-L / H / N / R / P)
  • 1-year maintenance free (1,865 miles / 3,000 km or 200 hours)
  • Easy access to key maintenance components
  • High-precision, HSLA chassis
  • 4-mode traction system including a Turf Mode 
  • 10-inch (25.4 cm) ground clearance
  • Double A-arm front suspension with twin tube gas charged shock (10-inch travel)
  • TTA-HD rear suspension with external sway bar and twin tube gas charged shock (10-inch travel)
  • Lightweight 26-inch Maxxis tires on 12-inch cast-aluminum wheels 
  • Four 220 mm brake discs
  • 140-W lighting output and LED tail lights
  • Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
  • Visco-Lok QE front differential
  • Tight turn radius
  • 2,000-pound (907.2 kg) tow rating
  • 1,000-pound (454 kg) cargo box load (600-pound in California)
  • 1,750-pound (793.8 kg) payload
  • 2-inch rear hitch receiver
  • 650W magneto
  • Lighter-type DC outlet in console (20-A)
  • 12-V (18 amp/h) battery
  • Integrated front steel bumper
  • Central skid plate
  • Multifunction cargo box with sturdy tailgate that holds up to 250 pounds / 113 kg
  • 11.1-gal. (42.1 L) of storage including a water-resistant removable toolbox and under-dash compartments 
  • Dual VERSA-PRO bench seats for six adults
  • Roomy and intuitive cockpit
  • Adjustable tilt steering wheel
  • Centrally located multifunction digital gauge cluster with open storage area
  • Optimized A-pillar placement for improved visibility and easy entry / exit
  • Multiple cup holders
  • Rugged ergonomically configured grab bar and three foot rests for passengers
  • Profiled cage with flush mount for available Can-Am cabin accessories
  • Colors: Green, Yellow; exclusive water-dipped Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camo


  • 4,500-pound (1.81 kg) winch
  • 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires
  • 14-inch black cast-aluminum wheels
  • Full hard roof
  • Enhanced dual VERSA-PRO bench seats with reinforced seat skin and adjustable driver’s seat
  • 16.9-gal. (63.9 L) of storage including a removable waterproof under seat storage
  • Multifunction analog/digital gauge cluster with enclosed storage
  • 3-driving modes Eco/Work/Normal
  • Full skid plate
  • Colors: Painted Intense Red, Painted Pure Magnesium Metallic, exclusive water-dipped Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camo

About BRP
BRP (TSX:DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.8 billion from over 100 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,900 people worldwide.

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