Two-passenger ATVs are gaining a foothold in the marketplace, and one of those is the Can-Am Outlander Max 800R EFI LTD. The benefit of a "two-up" machine is obvious. Of course, critics will point out that a side-by-side can haul two people, so that market is already covered. Uh, not so fast. The beauty of a two-up ATV like the Outlander is that in addition to comfortably carrying two adults, the machine is shorter in length, narrower in width, and it weighs far less than a side-by-side. Like numbers? We compared the Outlander Max 800R EFI LTD to a couple of popular side-by-sides and found it to be more than 20 inches shorter, about 18 inches narrower, and around 850 pounds lighter on average. Additionally, it has a combined rack capacity of 300 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 1,300 pounds, so it's on par with popular side-by-sides in that area too.
This ATV is powered by a Rotax 799.9cc, V-twin, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 8-valve engine. This powerplant is fuel-injected so it kicks out excellent throttle response and performance, no matter what the temperature or altitude. This power is routed through a CVT transmission that features engine braking to help you slow down when descending a hill. The machine is shaft-driven and it has selectable two- and four-wheel drive with a Visco-Lok front differential. This diff constantly monitors front wheel speed and, if it detects one wheel spinning faster than the other, it progressively sends power to the wheel with better traction.
The suspension is independent at all four corners. The front is a double A-arm setup that features forged aluminum upper arms. The rear features a TTI suspension. This setup puts the pivot points of the A-arms ahead of the wheels. Can-Am says that with this system, the wheels pivot up-and-down and never side-to-side like a traditional suspension. This translates to improved traction and handling.
The backbone of the ATV is the SST frame. This continuous-construction steel frame provides a low center of gravity for better handling and more strength than a traditional tubular-construction frame. It also has fewer welds, less material, and less weight.
Other features of the Outlander Max 800R EFI LTD include the convertible rack/seat system, which allows you to go from one-up to two-up riding in seconds; an integrated removable GPS; a multi-function gauge that provides feedback about numerous important machine functions; six-spoke cast-aluminum wheels; 26-inch radial tires; a 3,000 pound-capacity winch; a 5mm HDPE skidplate; and heavy-duty front and rear bumpers.
So there you have it. If those two-passenger side-by-sides have been calling your name, but you've been wanting something smaller, lighter and more agile, but still with a strong work ethic, the Outlander Max 800R EFI LTD may be what's really calling your name.
Vehicle model: 2009 Can-Am Outlander Max 800R EFI LTD
Base price: $11,949
Color: Radiant Red Metallic, Steel Grey Metallic
Type: V-twin, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 8-valve
Displacement (cc): 799.9
EFI: 46mm throttle body, 2 Siemens VDO injectors
Final drive: Shaft
Front: Double A-arm
Rear: TTI independent
Front: Dual inboard hydraulic discs
Rear: Single inboard hydraulic disc
Weight (lb): 713
Length (in): 94.0
Width (in): 46.0
Height (in): 45.0
Ground clearance (in): 12.0
Fuel capacity (gal): 5.3
Wheelbase (in): 59.0
Front rack capacity (lb): 100
Rear rack capacity (lb): 200
Towing capacity (lb): 1,300