This year’s spyshot season has seen more than its usual share of unofficial (yet curiously well-orchestrated…) photos of all-new bike models, including the redesigned 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Freewheeler Trike, as well as the Suzuki GSX-S1000 (and this just the shiny spyshot lures that MotoUSA has bit on). Can-Am has historically been good at keeping big changes a surprise to the media. The original Spyder model seemed to drop out of nowhere when it debuted back in 2007. And last year’s 2014 lineup had another surprise as well, revealing the original 998cc V-Twin had been upgraded to a Rotax 1330cc Inline Triple for its RT touring model.
The engine powering this prototype Spyder is most likely the aforementioned Rotax-built Inline Triple. But whatever it is, the engine is obviously liquid-cooled! Check out the honeycombed radiator grill up front. As MotoUSA’s cruiser editor and Can-Am Spyder specialist Bryan Harley notes, it looks like the lead designer has a thing for Dodge Chargers.
This front-end styling is a complete departure from any of the previous Spyder models, including the larger RT and the sportier R/RS Roadsters. The steeper pitch of the front hood leads up to a much wider, reshaped headlight array, which is flanked by auxiliary lights. The prototype lacks the windscreen or cowling found on its production predecessors.
A more compact exhaust than the current models (where the muffler extends almost to the end of the rear wheel) reveals a steel-tubed swingarm. Brembo brakes are visible on the front wheels.
The riding position appears to have changed substantially, with a more feet-forward stance. Or is the riding position just exaggerated because the test rider has a laptop bungeed between herself and the fuel tank… Hmm, maybe this was a legit spy shot ambush after all.
Badging on the instrument console confirms this is indeed a BRP/Can-Am model, but where exactly it fits in the upcoming 2015 lineup is up for debate. It could be a three-cylinder replacement for the Twin-powered Spyder Sport R/RS models, or perhaps this Spyder is an all-new extension of the existing lineup. Check back for updates as they are made available.