Sporting side-by-side enthusiasts will expand their horizons this winter when BRP dealers take delivery of the 2013 Can-Am Maverick 1000R – a UTV that escalates the performance war.
Can-Am wants everyone to know that it’s producing triple-digit ponies with the Maverick’s 976cc V-Twin Rotax engine. With a claimed 101 horsepower, the Maverick easily bests the Polaris RZR XP 900 and Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000 H.0. on the dyno. The question is how well that power transfers to the ground. BRP uses a 54mm throttle body with ride-by-wire technology and high-flow intake dynamics to deliver the fuel mixture. A CVT transmission carries power to the front and rear wheels. Selectable 2WD/4WD uses the Visco-Lok auto-locking front differential.
The Maverick shares its midsection chassis with the existing Commander, including the main frame, roll cage and side panels. The front and rear frame sections are new to accommodate the sport suspension. Fourteen inches of suspension travel cover the front and rear courtesy of FOX Podium X 2.0 shocks. The front end attaches with dual A-arms and the rear gets a very unique design called TTA, for Torsional Trailing A-arms. The compact five-link system is said to keep the rear wheels as true as possible as the suspension travels up and down. Engineers claim zero percent bump steer, toe change or camber change, and it allows for only 1.6 inches of wheel scrub. The tires have maximum contact with the ground at all times for increased traction - meaning better forward drive, control and safety over the 1297-pound vehicle.
Can-Am also went to work on the cockpit. The seats and controls feel very nice, though we didn’t get to actually drive the Maverick. A tilt steering column moves the wheel and information display up to 10 inches, and the seat is adjustable fore and aft. A side net keeps passengers within the roll cage and attaches easily with a single, seatbelt-style latch point.
The rear cargo bed is not a complete bed at all. It uses the same rack platform as the Can-Am ATVs which feature the LinQ quick-attach system. This allows for a slew of factory accessories to be snapped right into place, including a full bed liner to create traditional UTV cargo space. BRP also has an upgraded version, the 1000R X rs which features Podium 2.5 shocks, beadlock wheels and custom steering wheel, seat and graphics.
The new Maverick will be available as early as December in some regions. To sweeten the deal, a four-seat version, the Maverick 1000R MAX, garnered intense attention and is slated to come out soon after the two-seater with expected availability in summer of 2013.