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.
This 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 executive officer.
The 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 Boisjoli.
The 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
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 www.can-am.brp.com.
2011 Can-Am Commander 800R Family
In 2011, BRP completes its side-by-side lineup with the
800R and Commander
As with the Commander 1000 family, BRP’s 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 powerful 71-HP Rotax®
800 EFI V-Twin
powerplant, which is only bested in power by the Rotax 1000 EFI V-Twin
engine, meaning the
Commander 800R is the most powerful* side-by-side under
1000 cc. Each of the Commander 800R models 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
800R line also features sleek styling with a strong Can-Am DNA presence.
2011 Commander 800R Family Highlights
Keys (w/ an
optional third work key)
71 HP Rotax 800 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 geometry
2-inch diameter, high strength steel, ROPS-approved cage
1 928 cubic inches (31.6 litres) cockpit storage
Quick-attach side nets
10-gallon (38 litres) gas tank
Standard & Performance D.E.S.S.
3-point seatbelts with anti-cinch
11-inch (35 cm) of total ground clearance
214mm disc brakes with twin-piston calipers
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 adjustment
Passenger handhold and grab bar
Dual cup holders
Easy-to-use maintenance centre
Base model available in yellow
Can-Am Commander 800R XT Package Includes
Bighorn 2.0 tires
14-inch Cast aluminum wheels
Heavy-duty front bumper
Rugged bed rails
Leather steering wheel
Available in yellow or an industry-exclusive NEXT‡
Can-Am Commander 800R XT
Can-Am Commander 800 Family Features and Benefits
V-Twin EFI engine //
liquid-cooled, single overhead cam Rotax 800 V-Twin EFI power plant has four
valves per cylinder and is fed by a 46mm throttle body and two VDO Siemens‡
Total power output of the engine is 71 HP, meaning the
Commander 800R is the most powerful* side-by-side under 1000 cc. The
sophisticated electronic fuel injection system automatically keeps the
engine’s performance at its peak, regardless of temperature or altitude. The
progressive throttle ensures power is manageable whether in precise rock
crawling or opening it up on the straights.
Industry-leading fuel milage // Not only is
the Rotax 800 V-Twin EFI engine the most powerful under 1000 cc, it also has
class-leading fuel mileage. Meaning you can stay on the trails longer.
Dual-Level cargo box // BRP’s Can-Am
Commander 800R 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 //
Can-Am Commander 800R 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 800R 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
Can-Am Commander 800R 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 800R
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 800R
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 800R 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.