2013 Can-Am Maverick 1000R X rs First Look

September 26, 2012
JC Hilderbrand
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Hilde is holding down the fort at MotoUSA’s Southern Oregon HQ. With world-class dirt bike and ATV trails just minutes away, the hardest part is getting him to focus on the keyboard. Two wheels or four, it doesn’t matter to our Off-Road Editor so long as it goes like hell in the dirt.

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Sporting side-by-side enthusiasts will expand their horizons this winter when BRP dealers start taking delivery of the 2013 Can-Am Maverick 1000R – a UTV that escalates the performance war between manufacturers. Hard-core sport riders have been waiting for something like this, and BRP had no intention of letting them down.

During the presentation, held during the 2012 Sand Sports Super Show in Orange County, California, Can-Am VP and General Manager of the North American Division, Yves Leduc credited the company’s ability to survive the economic downturn with “ruthless focus on defining innovations.” As a way of driving home the point, not only was the new Maverick unveiled, but a four-seat version, the 2014 Maverick 1000R MAX, garnered intense attention and is slated to come out soon after the two-seater with expected availability in summer of 2013. Ruthless? We would say so…


I can’t count the times we heard that figure spouted off during the introduction, which was a non-riding event. Can-Am definitely wants everyone and their uncle to know that it’s producing triple-digit ponies in the Maverick. The chest-thumping is certainly deserved if the claims are true. Currently there are only two other true sport offerings that stack up

The revised Rotax V-Twin is cranking out serious steam.

as direct competitors – the Polaris RZR XP 900 (88 HP) and the Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000 H.O. (no OEM claim). Both can tear ass, but neither of those machines are close to 101 HP. BRP sources a 976cc V-Twin Rotax engine with cylinder dimensions of 91 x 75mm. The liquid-cooled mill uses single overhead cams with four valves per cylinder. BRP uses a 54mm BOSCH throttle body with ride-by-wire technology and Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC).

The iTC system minimizes the effect of a driver’s foot bouncing around on the throttle pedal. It can be adjusted between Standard or Sport mode via a switch on the center dash. Dual ignition keys offer controlled performance. One limits top speed to 44 mph and the other is full performance. They are also part of the Digitally Encoded Security System (D.E.S.S.) so the keys match the ECU and prevent theft.

High-flow dynamics deliver the fuel mixture and refererence an optimized intake system. The redesigned intake delivers more air with improved efficiency and dumps it into a 12.0:1 compression ratio inside the cylinders. A dual exhaust is tuned specifically for the revised engine and includes a resonator chamber and the industry’s first catalytic converter. Can-Am says it meets new EPA/CARB emission standards to be implemented on 2014 models.

The real question is how well all that power transfers to the ground. A CVT transmission carries power to the front and rear wheels via a new belt. Can-Am says it is reinforced with Zylon to create more tensile strength and belt rigidity, thus allowing it to run cooler and last longer. Selectable 2WD/4WD uses the Visco-Lok auto-locking front differential.

The steering wheel is adjustable. Center-less aluminum wheels are shod in Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires. Fox shocks attach to a five-link TTA suspension setup in the rear for consistent wheel contact.

The engine is located in the center of the steel chassis and the Maverick shares its midsection frame with the existing Commander, including the main chassis, 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. They are rebuildable and have dual-rate springs and an aluminum body piggyback reservoir. 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 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 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 (dry).

The X rs package offers up-spec details and BRP
will also release a four-seat version next
summer – the 2014 Maverick 1000R MAX.

A wheelbase of 84.3 inches and track width of 64 inches indicate a stable platform. Ground clearance is 13 inches and Can-Am says the mid-engine layout allows for precise turning that minimizes the pendulum effect of the rear end swinging around.

Maverick drivers aren’t going to be able to keep their foot off the throttle. Maybe that’s why engineers gave it a 10-gallon fuel tank. 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 simultaneously, 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 belts are standard auto-style three-point seatbelts with anti-cinch. Passengers have nice handholds on the dash as well as the center console. Dual cup holders keep drinks in place and the glove box offers 4.5-gallons of volume. The seats are removable for easy cleaning and will stand alone out of the vehicle for a comfy spot around the camp site. It also allows access to 3.5 gallons of storage under the driver’s seat.

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. The rack is rated to hold 200 pounds.

BRP also has an upgraded version, the 1000R X rs which features Podium 2.5 shocks, beadlock aluminum wheels, upgraded analog/digital display and custom steering wheel, seat and graphics. It’s an up-spec machine that features high-end details and a pricetag to match, ringing in at $17,499. Can-Am lists the base model at $15,999, the same price as the RZR XP 900. The going rate to own a Wildcat is even higher at $16,799.

The new Maverick will be available as early as December in Southwest regions and in February elsewhere in the country. 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. It will be released as a 2014 model and will also have an X rs version. The wheelbase will be 29.5 inches longer and cockpit dimensions look relatively spacious for full-size adults. Stadium seating raises the rear passengers 3.5 inches for better visibility.