|Can-Am Maverick 1000R X-xc Review
By Jon Crowley, UTVGuide.net
I was lucky enough to get the invite from Can-Am to head back to Albany, New York for their 2014 model year press event. One of the new vehicles for 2014 that I got to try is the Can-Am Maverick 1000R X xc DPS.
The new Maverick X xc is inspired by the Renegade X xc platform and is designed for riders that like the Maverick, but need a narrower track width for tight trails. The all-new X-package includes a narrowing kit that puts the overall width at 60-inches. This is accomplished with different arms front and rear that combine with FOX 2.0 Podium X Performance shocks to produce a respectable 12 inches of wheel travel.
In addition, the Maverick X xc also includes two key features: tri-mode DPS and Visco-Lok QE. The Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) system features three driver-selectable settings (Hi, Med, Lo). The DPS computer takes it from there and selects the appropriate level of steering assistance based on the amount of effort required for the current speed, terrain conditions and driver setting. The Maverick DPS vehicles offer variable steering assistance in any mode and is engineered to offer less assist at high speed and more assist at low speed.
The Quicker-Engaging (QE) Visco-Lok front differential improves the Mavericks traction and abilities in slow-speed, technical terrain like rock crawling.
Utilizing feedback from Can-Am Maverick side-by-side racers who compete in the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series, the 1000R X xc is built to perform and also includes X-package graphics, seat trim, brushed-aluminum steering wheel, rock sliders, color-match beadlock wheels and the new gauge assembly.
The area where we rode is private property and covers about 2,000 acres. There were some open, high speed trails and also some that snaked their way through the trees. The was perfect terrain to show off the Maverick X xc. Can-Am uses narrower arms to shave 2 inches off each side of the Maverick for the X xc and it really makes a difference. I ran through a loop that had a little bit of everything you would see in a typical GNCC race course in a base Maverick and the Maverick X xc. In the tight tree sections, the extra 4 inches of track width on the Maverick was enough to slow you down and the Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) system on the X xc made a huge difference. The X xc was hands-down the better vehicle.
Out in the open was a little different story though. While I still preferred the DPS on the Maverick X xc, the extra track-width on the Maverick made high speed corners more stable. Pretty much as I would have expected.
One thing I absolutely love about both machines is the power. The 101-hp Rotax 1000R V-Twin engine has awesome wheel-spinning horsepower right out of the box that makes me smile every time I mash the throttle.
After spending two days with the Maverick X xc, I think Can-Am has done well. The Maverick is best suited for open terrain like you would see in the Southwest dunes and desert. But there are many more places to ride where that extra four inches of track width just push the limits. The Maverick X xc fits the bill well there and I am sure we will quickly see it as a solid performer in GNCC style UTV races.
Can-Am Maverick X xc Package Includes:
Can-Am Maverick Overview
The new-from-the-ground-up Can-Am Maverick 1000R is built to offer industry-leading performance, precision-engineered handling and a driver-focused design unlike any sport side-by-side vehicle to date. The innovative Maverick 1000R not only offers the most powerful engine within the industry, but also leads its class in torque, acceleration and power-to- weight ratio. The Maverick side by sides muscular setup is complimented by a unique, sport-tuned front-and-rear suspension, a rigid frame with a centralized mid-engine layout and advanced ergonomics that make it stand out in a crowd. And the Maverick is sure to please the most dedicated hardcore off-road sport enthusiasts with its unmatched and aggressive styling and its rider-friendly cockpit, both of which unquestionably reflect the Can-Am brand.
Powering the Maverick 1000R family of side-by-side vehicles is a proven Rotax® 1000R V-Twin power plant that is unrivaled in the side-by-side vehicle market. The 101-horsepower engine rests in a sport-tuned frame that is designed especially for the Maverick. The steel frame was engineered in way that it offers supreme traction, athletic agility and confidence-inspiring handling, while at the same time offering improved rigidity versus the competition.
A revolutionary and compact Torsional Trailing A-arms (TTA) independent rear suspension improves traction while also reducing unsprung weight and eliminating bump steer for extremely predictable handling. A strategically designed exterior gives the Maverick side-by-side vehicle its own look, while the innovative and purpose-built performance package reward owners with unmatched comfort, convenience and safety. The Maverick side by side is made for recreational enjoyment, but also caters to true adventurists with its muli-function rear rack with LinQ system compatibility.
Maverick 1000R Family Highlights
Can-Am, Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.
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