E-shocks make it to the Can-Am brand with more features By the staff of Dirt Wheels
For 2021 Can-Am has followed suit behind Polaris and Honda by offering their top-of-the-line $28,299 two-seat and $32,099 four-seat Maverick X3s with what they call Smart-Shox, a semi-active suspension you can adjust on the fly from inside the cockpit. The shocks are built by Fox and have the same travel as previous X3 models. The Smart-Shox upgrade is only available in the wider X rs trim. For now, it’s not available in the rc or base models.
Smart-Shox will come with a $1700 price premium over non-Smart-Shox-equipped X3 X rs machines and only come in the new Desert Tan/Carbon Black/Red or Triple Black color choices.
The technology works by using nine different sensors to track things like throttle position, wheel speed, suspension arm movement, yaw, pitch and roll to calculate how much compression and rebound damping a shock should have at any given millisecond. The driver can adjust the system via three-position toggle switch on the dash from comfort (soft) to sport and sport plus (firm). Other than that switch, there is no indication or action screen telling you what the shocks are doing like in the Polaris system.
Unlike Polaris’ Fox Dynamix shocks and Honda’s Fox Live Valve, these are adjusted internally and control both compression and rebound simultaneously. So whether you want a plush ride or bottom-out protection, Can-Am claims you will have both.
Other than the added 19 pounds of weight the sensors and other electronics add, the car is basically the same structurally. Can-Am did make two additional improvements. The CVT intake tube has been redesigned to reduce noise by 4 decibels at 5200 rpm. Furthermore, the 650-watt charging magneto has been upgraded to a 850-watt unit that will keep up with the demands of the electronically monitored and controlled shocks. The extra juice will also help power Can-Am’s new accessory audio roof that was also released recently.
2021 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X rs TURBO RR WITH SMART-SHOX
Engine Turbocharged, liquid-cooled, 12-valve, inline triple
Bore x stroke 74mm x 67.9mm (3)
Compression ratio 9.1:1
Lubrication system Wet sump
Induction 46mm EFI
Starting/back-up Electric push-button/none
Starting procedure In any range, brake engaged
Type Paper mesh/screen
Transmission Dual-range CVT
Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD/lock
Final drive: f/r Shaft/gear
Fuel capacity 10.5 gal.
Length/width/height 133”/72”/67”, 165”/72.7”/68.5” (4-seat)
Ground clearance 16”
Dry weight 1,646 lb., 1877 lb. (4-seat)
Rear rack capacity 200 lb., 150 lb. (4-seat)
Storage capacity 2.5 gals
Frame Dual-Phase 980 steel tube
Front Dual A-arms & shocks w/ adj. Smart-Shox comp/reb./ prel./22”
Rear Trailing arms & shocks w/ adj. Smart Shox comp/reb./prel./24”
Front Twin-piston hydraulic/262mm discs
Rear Twin-piston hydraulic/248mm discs
Front 30×9-14 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
Rear 30×11-14 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
DC outlet Auto-style waterproof plug
Front LED headlights
Rear LED tail/brakelights
Instrumentation Speedo/odo/tach/trip/hour/fuel/gear position/diagnostics/clock
Minimum recommended operator age16
Suggested retail price $27,299, $32,099 (4-seat)
Contact www.can-am.brp.com, (877)4-MY-RIDE