Author: Rick "Wallyworld" Wallace Photos: Courtesy of CAN-AM
Well, it is official. We have reached yet another milestone in the sport category of UTVs with the introduction of the all-new Can-Am Maverick and Maverick X rs. Who is the baddest on the block? Who has the most horsepower? How does 101 Rotax-generated horsepower sound? Can-Am wins the power numbers for now.
Can-Am started by massaging the Commander 1000’s engine platform, fitting all-new cylinder heads with new ports and four valves per cylinder. New camshafts, higher compression pistons, and a new intake system are used to make this giant burst of horsepower. The bore/stroke measure in at 91x75mm giving this twin cylinder a total size of 976cc. Fuel delivery is an injection system with a 54mm throttle body and two Siemens VDO injectors. The new twin exhaust system comes with a catalytic converter and an O2 sensor, while the fuel injection is a closed loop system.
To harness all this power Can-Am uses their ITC dual-mode throttle control. While we didn’t like it on the Commander, they have improved it on the Maverick. The normal mode feels like the sport mode from the Commander, but there is a Maverick sport mode that makes all these parts come together and produce an enormous amount of power that’s sure to put a giant grin on your face. We’ve heard that this Maverick does real close to 70 mph.
The transmission on the new Maverick is your normal CVT with a sub-transmission with high, low, neutral, reverse and park. It has standard downhill engine braking for the tough descents. It still has its 2WD/4WD Visco-Lok auto-locking front differential — which we’re not the biggest fan of — for low-speed rock crawling.
In the chassis department the similarities end, with the only thing the same as the Commander 1000 being the cab frame and its associated components. Otherwise, it’s all new front and rear. The front suspension consists of Fox PODIUM X 2.0 HPG piggyback shocks with compression and preload adjusters mounted to dual A-arms allowing for 14 inches of wheel travel. The rear shocks are the same, giving the same 14 inches of wheel travel.
What is very new in the rear is (TTA) Torsional Trailing A-arms boasting captured five-link canted arms giving a more balanced feel. The Maverick’s wheelbase is 84.3 inches, which adds 10 inches to the Commander’s length and three inches per side for an overall width of 64 inches. Now that’s a nice long-travel factory kit. It also has 13 inches of ground clearance. Slowing this Maverick down is accomplished with dual-piston calipers up front and singles in the rear, mated to 214mm discs for precise pedal feel.
The higher-end Maverick X rs upgrades to Fox PODIUM X 2.5 fully adjustable shocks with dual compression adjusters, rebound and preload adjustment. Special X rs plastics in yellow and black, custom seat trim, a dual analog/digital gauge cluster, and 12-inch yellow and black beadlock wheels are also part of the X rs. Tires are Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 (27x9 x12 in the front and 27x11 x12 in the rear).
Both versions of the Maverick side-by-side feature a spacious cockpit specifically designed to cater to the needs of drivers of various sizes. The cockpit was also made to provide easier ingress/egress, more cockpit space and more legroom for optimal comfort when riding. Driver-focused ergonomics means easy-to-reach controls, integrated safety features and unmatched versatility.
The seats in the Maverick are removable and freestanding, which means you and your passenger can feel as comfortable in them at the campfire at the end of a long day as you have during your time on the trail. They offer both lumbar and lateral support, providing comfort even in the roughest of terrain. The Maverick also has an adjustable driver’s seat and tilt steering.
Standard on the Can-Am Maverick is a 240-watt lighting system. Automotive style projectors on each side run at 120 watts in low beam and 240 watts in high-beam mode. It comes standard with a powerful magneto giving 625 watts of power output along with being pre-wired for a winch.
Genuine Maverick accessories are already in abundance. You can opt for roof lights in halogen and HID or both. Front and rear prerunner bumpers and aluminum doors are available, along with full underbelly protection to save the bottom of the car from big rocks. A Bimini roof with a sun visor and a half windshield are also among the long list of upgrades. There are just so many options that you can’t lose with the Maverick and all the great accessories. By the time this goes to print, the new Mavericks should be at your dealer. Of course, the introduction of the radical Can-Am Maverick and Maverick X rs makes us wonder what is next for the ever-growing sport segment of the UTV market? We can’t wait to find out.
A host of accessories and upgrades, such as this cargo bin tray, are already available directly from Can-Am and we expect the aftermarket to develop plenty more.
The front suspension uses Fox PODIUM 2.0 X shocks (2.5 X’s on the higher-end Maverick X rs) and its dual A-arm design yields 14 inches of wheel travel.
The cockpit of the Maverick is spacious and was designed for easy entry and exit. A dual analog/digital gauge cluster comes on the X rs along with special seat trim.