— Can-Am gets trail-friendly, By the staff of Dirt Wheels —

Can-Am’s premium, new, 50-inch offering is the Maverick Trail DPS 1000. It boasts big power in a slim package. This machine is designed to handle 50-inch restricted trails without compromising comfort.


Recreation and trail friendliness are themes for these new 2018 models. Can-Am is the latest to offer specialized trail machines equipped to deliver optimum capability in specific, targeted areas. First, there is the new Maverick Trail family designed for 50-inch trails. The Maverick Trail models borrow style in interior cues from the successful full-sport, performance Maverick X3 line. But where the Maverick X3s have massive, class-crushing suspension travel, the Trail siblings are travel-limited by design. When you have a differential between the suspension arms and you are restricted to a 50-inch total width, there is only so much you can do with suspension. As a result, the Trail editions are limited to 10 inches of front-wheel travel and 10.5 inches in the rear. Those are actually cenerous numbers in the 50-inch class.


Fifty-inch trails have limiters to keep wider machines off. Some have weight limits as well, so most 50-inch cars are spartan. The Maverick Trail models are over 1300 pounds, and they don’t scrimp on comfort.


You might ask, why 50 inches? Many areas of the country have trails that are restricted to machines that are 50 inches wide. Some are also weight-restricted to machines weighing no more than 1000 pounds. Both the Maverick Trail 800 and the Maverick Trail 1000 weigh over 1300 pounds, perhaps choosing to avoid weight-limited routes, but offering increased interior room and comfort for those looking for a 50-inch trail machine.


Can-Am’s Maverick X3 X rc Turbo R should master rocks! It’s 72 inches wide, has 24 inches of travel in the rear, 22 in the front, full skids, an engage-on-the-fly Smart-Lok differential and 172 horsepower.



While the Trail siblings are no wider than other 50-inch cars, they are longer by necessity to fit a V-twin Rotax engine and, by design, to offer additional legroom for taller riders. In the Maverick Trail family, you choose between a sturdy 51-horsepower 800cc or a 75-horsepower-strong 976cc Rotax V-twin engine. Either mill should provide ample performance.


The Maverick X3 X rc Turbo has no intercooler, so it is 120 horsepower. It is also 64 inches wide with 20 inches of travel, but it is less expensive and fits on narrower trails.


Other trail-welcoming features are a Quick Response CV transmission, Visco-Lok QE and Dynamic Power Steering to enhance control. A trail-designed Torsional Trailing A-arm-Terrain (TTA-T) rear suspension and double-A-arm front suspension provide a segment-leading wheelbase and 10 inches of ground clearance. Another key feature is no maintenance scheduled for 200 hours or roughly 1900 miles. Some brands call for a costly 500-mile service.

The Maverick Trail family consists of four models: Maverick Trail 800, Maverick Trail DPS 800, Maverick Trail 1000 and the Maverick Trail DPS 1000. Visually,the key difference is hard doors on the 1000, and net doors on the 800. The Can-Am Maverick Trail family of side-by- side vehicles starts at $10,999.


The Can-Am Defender pictured here is the X mr HD10, which is made for playing (or working) in the mud. The other special editions are the sportiest Defender HD10, the XT-P with Fox shocks, and the luxury crew-cab Defender Max Lone Star for Texas ranchers who know how to live!



In a category that Can-Am labels “super sport” are the new trail-oriented $28,999 Maverick X3 X rc Turbo R and $23,999 Maverick X3 X rc Turbo. The “rc” stand for rock crawler, so you know what kind of trails they are designed for. Serious, slow, rocky 4×4 trails are tough, but the Maverick X3 X rc models can handle it. The key differences between the other Maverick X3s are a full-coverage skid plate with rock sliders, grippy Maxxis Coronado tires with increased footprint for rock and hard-surface driving and (for the Defender X mr HD10 as well) an all-new state-of-the-art front differential system. For serious 4×4 action and rock crawling, you need a fully lockable front differential. To fit this need, the Can-Am team created a technology called Smart-Lok, a fully  lockable, on-the-fly front differential with electronically controlled automatic modes. That smart technology amounts to traction in extreme conditions.


The Trail 1000’s sibling is the Maverick Trail 800 (or Maverick Trail DPS 800). It shares a chassis, interior and suspension with the 1000, but has nets instead of full doors.


The new 172-horsepower Maverick X3 X rc Turbo R has the 72-inch width and 22 inches of front travel and 24 inches in the rear. The 120-horsepower X3 X rc Turbo (no intercooler) is 64 inches wide with 20 inches of travel front and rear.


The Maverick Trail interior looks pretty cushy for a 50-inch car, and those seats look much like the seats from the X3 Turbo, and we love those.



On the utility side of the lineup, BRP introduced three new specialty packages to its Can-Am Defender family, each purpose-built for a specific ride experience. The most aggressive of the trio is the rough-and-tumble Defender X mr HD10. “MR” stands for “mud-ready,” and it is built for slop with massive tire lugs and high-intake snorkels for the engine and CVT intakes. It also has the Smart-Lok front differential. The Defender XT-P brings performance to the workhorse-oriented Defender XT lineup, with upgraded shocks, multiple driving modes and more. It’s an ideal balance between performance, comfort and convenience, and is packed with a sportier look. Finally, there is the Defender Max Lone Star HD10. It features cosmetic changes, such as Deep Metallic Black paint, Lone Star trim, a heavy-duty steel front bumper and a full hard roof. All three have a 72-horsepower Rotax V-twin HD10 engine and Pro-Torq transmission. Starting at $18,999, the specialized Defender X mr HD10 vehicle is available in either a Carbon Black and Sunburst Yellow finish or Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camo.

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