2019 CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT
— Reviewing the wider 60 inch model —
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
Can-Am has created machines like the impressive Maverick X3 that schooled the sport UTV market when it was introduced with the longest suspension travel and highest horsepower number. However, where Polaris had a full range of trail- and S (sport)-model RZRs that started at 50 inches wide and went to 60 inches wide, the Canadian brand has sat behind the curve in some ways. For 2018, though, Can-Am introduced the all-new 50-inch Maverick Trail.
The Maverick Trail is available in 800 or 1000 engine sizes. We got to test them both with some great results and one questionable one. A 50-inch machine is vital for some trail systems, but the narrow, somewhat short-travel machines do have limits that cannot be avoided in a car that wide. Fortunately, those weaknesses are answered with the all-new 2019 Can-Am Maverick Sport that is 10 inches wider and has more suspension travel!
STABILITY IS SWEET
While the Maverick Trail was well-equipped to fit through very tight trails, which a lot of systems are requiring these days, the stability was lacking. If you are an experienced UTV driver, then you can handle the narrow track, but in many areas, 50-inch trails are not that common. We were impressed with the Maverick Trail’s comfort, steering and engine performance, but we were hoping that Can-Am would deliver a Maverick that would compete against the Polaris RZR S 900/1000, and the Maverick Sport 1000 is just the thing.
The A-arms on all four corners of the Maverick have been lengthened and strengthened. The track width is 60 inches, which immediately makes the Sport more stable in all conditions. Fox 2.0 Podium shocks help suspend each wheel of the Sport with a wheel-travel measurement of 11.5 inches in the front and 12 inches in the rear. The RZR S line does have more travel, but that doesn’t mean it will work better than the new Maverick Sport. There are two models in the Maverick Sport family that come with electronic power steering, and a base Sport 1000 without it.
Can-Am’s Maverick Sport comes with two options in the power department—a 1000 and a 1000R. Both engines are 976cc V-twin-cylinder mills that are electronically fuel-injected and liquid-cooled. However, one version pumps out 75 horsepower, while the R gets some upgrades from the Maverick X3 line to produce 100 horsepower. A borrowed air intake box, some exhaust changes and CVT upgrades give the engine more power than the 75-horsepower version.
The transmission is a fully automatic Continuously Variable model that drives all four wheels. Can-Am incorporated their auto-locking Visco-Lok Quick Engagement front-locking differential on their Maverick models.
The Sport models resemble the Trail models on the inside of the machine. The driver seat is adjustable, and the steering wheel tilts as well. The backrest and cushion of the seats are removable to easily clean. Doors come standard on the Maverick line, so you won’t ever have to deal with netting. The only issue we originally found with the Maverick Trail was that the doors weren’t bowed to allow some more arm room, and we don’t think that changed with the Sport version.
LET’S GET ONE TO TEST
We are excited to test the 2019 Can-Am Maverick Sport! It is more stable than the Trail model with more wheel travel to help smooth out the ride. The 1000R version comes with a more powerful version of the 1000 engine. You can get the new Maverick Sport in a base model without EPS, an EPS version that shares the 1000 engine and the EPS-equipped 1000R model with 100 horsepower. Color options are white, red and yellow, but you can’t get each version in each color. The starting price of the all-new Sport is $14,699. Stay tuned to read up on a full test of the Can-Am Maverick Sport in a future issue! Don’t forget to keep up to date with us at www.dirtwheelsmag.com, and go www.can-am.brp.com to see Can-Am’s impressive ATV and UTV lineups.