BRP brings Can-Am
DNA to the side-by-side market by introducing the 2011 Can-Am
Commander™ line-up. The five model line-up with two engine options
delivers on the Can-Am promise of cutting-edge design, meaningful
innovation and a focus on convenience, maximum value and more
usability for the consumer.
very unique side-by-side family has been designed to bring a new
level of power, handling and user-focused features to the industry.
Power comes from two engine options: a powerful Rotax 800 V-Twin EFI
engine, and now a Rotax 1000 V-Twin EFI engine. This gives the
Commander the most power and best fuel efficiency in the industry.
For example, the Commander 1000 is 39 percent more fuel efficient
than its class competitor.
"BRP continues to
set the pace in product innovations. Capitalizing on the Can-Am
brand growth momentum, we are entering in a new business segment
with the Commander, which completes our product offering for on and
off-road customers," said José Boisjoli, president and chief
Can-Am Commander line reflects BRP’s commitment to offering the
side-by-side customer a machine that does not force the rider to
compromise performance for functionality. Innovative features like
the Dual-Level cargo box, TTI rear suspension, anti-dive front-end
geometry and more, throttle-by-wire through its Intelligent Throttle
Control (iTC™) system, a 2-inch diameter rollover protection system
(ROPS-approved), the most fuel capacity in the industry (38 liters
or 10 gallons); and the most cockpit storage of any other
side-by-side. Combined with the most powerful and fuel-efficient
engines in the industry, this means the Can-Am Commander is
immediately the vehicle of choice for the side-by-side customer.
"When we started to
design the vehicle, we were determined to offer consumers a vehicle
that would meet our Can-Am brand promise of delivering an
exceptional riding experience. This focus on the customer also means
our dealer network will have a vehicle that will raise industry
standards and re-shape market dynamics as we know them today," added
entire Can-Am Commander line consists of the following models:
Commander 800 EFI, Commander 800 EFI XT, Commander 1000 EFI,
Commander 1000 EFI XT and Commander 1000 EFI X. With its XT and X
packages, BRP, through its Can-Am brand continues the tradition of
bringing unprecedented value through its factory-built packages.
BRP also previewed
its 2011 Can-Am Commander accessories line-up and off-road riding
collections with a large assortment of the most sought-after
accessories developed simultaneously with the new vehicles. The 50
accessories currently available offer total integration in form and
function as well as the best riding experience.
Those who are
interested in a demo ride of the Can-Am Commander line of
side-by-side vehicles will be able to do so on the Can-Am Ride Says
It All Tour. For more information on the tour and a list of tour
stop locations, please visit
With the addition of
the Can-Am Commander line of side-by-side vehicles, BRP is poised to
address just about any need for the passionate off-road enthusiast
and for consumers looking for more from the side-by-side experience.
For details on the complete 2011 Can-Am off-road line-up and more
information on each specific model, visit
Features and Benefits
2011 Can-Am Commander 1000 Family
BRP enters the side-by-side market with the Can-Am®
Commander 1000 XT™
Commander 1000 X™.
Can-Am engineers and designers worked hard to create a side-by-side
vehicle that sets a new industry benchmark in performance, handling,
comfort and convenience.
Each model features the most powerful* engine in the
side-by-side industry with the 85 HP Rotax®
V-Twin powerplant and brings a host of innovative features to the
industry, like: Dual-Level™
throttle-by-wire Intelligent Throttle Control system (iTC™),
a 2-inch diameter, high-strength steel cage that is ROPS approved;
Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI) rear suspension design,
removable, free-standing full-bolster driver and passenger seats; a
driver seat that requires no tools to adjust; quick-attach side nets
and more. The Commander 1000 line also features sleek styling with a
strong Can-Am DNA presence.
2011 Can-Am Commander 1000 Family Highlights
an optional third work key)
85 HP Rotax 1000 EFI V-Twin engine
Industry-leading fuel mileage
Dual-level cargo box
Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC)
Visco-Lok front differential
TTI rear suspension
Double A-arm front suspension with dive-control
2-inch diameter, high strength steel, ROPS-approved
1,928 cubic inches (31.6 litres) cockpit storage
Quick-attach side nets
10-gallon (38 litres) gas tank
Normal & Performance D.E.S.S.
3-point seatbelts with anti-cinch
11-inch (35 cm) of total ground clearance
brakes with twin-piston calipers
26-inch Carlisle‡ Black Rock radial tires on 12”
wheels (base model)
1,500 lbs. (680 kg) towing capacity
2-inch rear hitch receiver
Comfort seats with sit-in fore / aft driver
Passenger handhold and grab bar
Dual cup holders
Easy-to-use maintenance centre
Base model available in yellow
Commander 1000 XT Package Includes
14-inch Cast aluminum wheels
Heavy-duty front bumper
Rugged bed rails
Leather steering wheel
Available in Red, Yellow and an optional industry-exclusive
Commander 1000 X Package Includes
Front sway bar
12-inch aluminum beadlock wheels
26-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires
Heavy-duty front bumper
Leather steering wheel
X-package seat trim and graphics
Available in black with yellow accents
Can-Am Commander 1000 Family Features and Benefits
1000 V-Twin engine //
Newly developed for
this project, the Rotax 1000 80º V-twin is the most powerful
side-by-side engine in the industry* with 85 HP. The liquid-cooled,
single overhead cam power plant features four valves per cylinder
and is fed by a 54mm Bosch‡ throttle body and two VDO Seimens‡ fuel
injectors. The sophisticated electronic fuel injection system
automatically keeps the engine’s performance at its peak, regardless
of temperature or altitude.
Industry-leading fuel milage // Not only is the
Rotax 1000 V-Twin EFI engine the most powerful engine in the
side-by-side industry, it also has class-leading fuel mileage.
Meaning you can stay on the trails longer.
Dual-Level cargo box // BRP’s Can-Am
Commander 1000 features the industry’s first cargo box with two levels
separated by a removable, water-resistant panel. It offers the possibility
to have an upper and a lower bed with an independent tailgate. Carrying
capacity of the box is 600 lbs. total capacity. (400 lbs. upper, 200 lbs.
lower) and has the most volume capacity in the market. The tilt-assist
dump-box can be easily activated from both sides. The Commander’s box is
constructed of high-strength, anti-rust and anti-dent composite. Easily
removable tail gates (upper and lower), no-tools needed with single latch,
truck-like, upper and lower tail gate with four tie down hooks located in
corners. There are also integrated vertical grooves for plywood dividers and
the Can-Am Commander also comes with an optional trunk lock as an accessory
to secure the lower level.
Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) // New
throttle-by-wire system that works in conjunction with the 54mm Bosch‡
throttle body to product smooth throttle delivery even if
one’s foot is bouncing due to the terrain. The iTC system detects unwanted
bounces and filters the input, resulting in more throttle accuracy,
especially at low speed. This system also reduces the number of moving parts
in the vehicle; has no cables to adjust, lubricate, or replace; and the
system has an increased life span.
Visco-Lok front differential // Progressively
transfers power from a slipping front wheel to the gripping one –
automatically with no buttons to push or levers to pull. Plus, there’s no
wheel hop or driveline wind-up so the system is totally transparent to the
driver and extremely easy to steer. Can lock up to 100% with no rev or speed
limiter. The Can-Am Commander is the only side-by-side vehicle in the
industry with a progressively locking front differential requiring no
additional switches to flip and engage the locking mechanism. Simply put it
in four-wheel drive and ride, the differential will begin to lock only when
you need it allowing you to steer easily in challenging conditions.
Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI) rear suspension //
the world of toplevel, off-road trophy trucks, this trailing arm design
provides excellent control and stability, especially in rough terrain by
eliminating scrub. Wheels move rearward as they move up and down producing a
smoother ride than the competition, and the side-by-side does not waver down
the trail. Plus, TTI has up to 75 percent fewer parts than competitive
designs and significantly decreases tire wear. The rear end features 10
inches (25 cm) of travel and the largest diameter rear, five-way
preload-adjustable gas shocks in the industry 36mm (1.4 inches) for overall
durability and better resistance to fading.
Double A-arm front suspension with dive-control geometry //
Double A-arm suspension design features up front dive-control geometry,
which works to eliminate diving under heavy braking and rough terrain. By
controlling vehicle dive, the Can-Am Commander handling is more precise in
all situations and terrain types. The front end features 10 inches of travel
(25 cm) and the largest diameter front, five-way preload-adjustable gas
shocks in the industry (36mm or 1.4 inches) for overall durability and
better resistance to fading.
2-inch diameter, high strength steel, ROPS-approved cage //
Can-Am Commander family of side-by-side vehicles feature a
two-inch-diameter, high-strength steel cage that is fully approved using the
Roll-over Protective Structures (ROPS) industry standard.
1,928 cubic inches (31.6 litres) cockpit storage //
1000 family features the most cockpit storage in the
industry with almost 2,000 cubic inches of storage in three separate
compartments. The glove box features 1,050 cubic inches of storage that can
be divided into separate sections. In the center console, easily accessible
by both the driver and passenger, features 79 cubic inches. Finally, there
are 799 cubic inches of storage under the fully adjustable driver’s seat.
240-watt lighting system // The
Can-Am Commander 1000 family of side-by-side vehicles features the industry’s best
lighting system at 240 watts. Dual left and right automotive-style
projectors run at 120 watts in low beam and 240 watts in high-beam mode.
Quick-attach side nets // Side nets on
both the passenger and driver side are easy to open and close with one-hand
and one-click. It was specifically designed to keep a clear field of vision
for driver and passenger.
10-gallon (38 litres) gas tank // Largest gas
tank in the side-by-side industry for maximum range out on the trail and at
the work site. Total capacity is 11 percent more than the nearest
NORMAL & Performance D.E.S.S. Keys (w/ an optional third
work key) //
first standard anti-theft device. Electronic code in key must match code in
ECU to start. The Commander 800 family comes with two different keys. One is
the normal key, which limits top speed to 44 mph (70 km/h).
The second key is the performance key which has no
limitation on speed or power. An optional third work key is available for
purchase and limits top speed to 25 mph (40 km/h) for use on work sites.
3-point seatbelts with anti-cinch // Three-point
seatbelt features anti-cinch design for added comfort. Speed limitation
feature if driver’s seatbelt is not fastened properly.
11 inches of total ground clearance // 11 inches
(35cm) of total ground clearance for maximum performance in challenging
terrain. Sag is built into the suspension, allowing the system to work in
its travel “sweet spot”.
214mm disc brakes with twin-piston calipers //
Front and rear outboard disc
brakes with 214mm discs and twin-piston calipers.
1,500 lbs (680 kg) towing capacity // The
1000 family features 1,500 lbs. of towing capacity allowing
the user to tow heavy loads.
2-inch rear hitch receiver // The rear of
the vehicle features a standard two-inch hitch receiver allowing for a
standard vehicle towing bar and ball to be used with the Commander 1000
Comfort seats with sit-in fore / aft driver adjustment //
Both driver and passenger sit in seats designed to give maximum comfort and
refine the side-by-side experience. Full bolster seats provide lumbar and
shoulder support, and provide comfort in aggressive riding situations. Both
seats are designed to allow easy entry and exit of the machine. The driver
seat is also adjustable fore and aft without the need of tools; it is an
automotive-style adjustment for 6.3 inches (16 cm) of total adjustment.
Removable, free-standing seats // Both seats are
removable and free-standing allowing them to be used outside the vehicle.
Set them up around the campfire at the end of a long day of riding and enjoy
the evening in comfort.
Adjustable tilt steering // The steering
wheel is adjustable for a total range of 30.5 degrees without the need of
tools. The gauge also pivots with the steering wheel for maximum visibility.
Passenger handhold and grab bar // Ergonomically
designed passenger handholds are located immediately in front of the
passenger and to their left-hand side. The passenger grab bar in front of
the seat features ergonomically correct bends for multiple and comfortable
hand positions. The left-hand grip bar on the center console provides the
passenger an additional handhold located in a convenient and comfortable
position when required.
Dual cup holders //
Two cup holders in the center
console feature rubber flaps for off-road use.
650-watt magneto // The Commander 1000
has the largest magneto in the industry, a full 30-percent more than its
nearest competitor. This means the electrical system can dedicate up to 300
free watts to power accessories like extra lighting, GPS systems, radios,
speakers and more.
Easy-to-use maintenance centre // Easily
accessible and out of the elements under the hood, a centralized maintenance
area allows access to the airbox, radiator and coolant overflow. Fuses and
relays are also easily accessible.
Base color option //
The Commander 1000 base model
is available in a signature yellow color.
CVT Intake // The CVT Intake on the Commander is located high up
on the driver's side of the vehicle just behind the roll bar.
Front sway bar // The 5/8-inch (1.6 cm) front sway
bar helps reduce body roll in aggressive cornering enhancing the
handling of the Can-Am Commander 1000 X.
12-inch Aluminum beadlock wheels // Aluminum
beadlock wheels mean added performance under heavy acceleration and
cornering. A Can-Am exclusive design clamps the tire bead securely to
the Commander 1000 X wheel for the ultimate in performance.
26-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires // These rugged
tires feature six-ply radial construction, yet are lightweight to cut
down on unsprung weight. They absorb the terrain for a smooth ride and
have a non-directional pattern to provide predictable cornering and to
claw across roots, rocks and other tough terrain for climbing
Analog/digital gauge // The gauge on the Commander
1000 X has an upgraded gauge on the base model. Featuring
state-of-the-art instrumentation with an analog tachometer and
speedometer combined with an advanced digital information center.
Heavy-duty front bumper // A sleek, heavy-duty front
bumper adds rugged durability to the Can-Am Commander 1000 X and
completes the X-Package look of the side-by-side vehicle.
Rock sliders // Both sides of the vehicle feature
rock sliders that allow the Commander 1000 X to slide against obstacles
like rocks and trees in challenging terrain. This helps keep obstacles
away from the body panels of the vehicle.
Leather steering wheel // A premium leather-wrapped
steering wheel is standard on the Commander 1000 XT.
X Package seat trim and graphics // The Can-Am
Commander 1000 X features a premium XPackage look with an stunning black
design with yellow accents. It is designed to look sleek and fast even
when sitting still and will certainly impress.