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Can Am Maverick Review

17 Sep 2012 | Categories: Vehicle Reviews | Posted by: Kevin1

The most anticipated vehicle release this year finally took place and the Sand Sports Show in Costa Mesa, CA on Friday where Can Am finally unveiled their new series of two and four seat sport class UTVs, called the MAVERICK!

Can Am has strategically entered this market with the introduction of a brand new, class-leading Rotax 1000 V-twin 101HP powerplant.  It seems that Polaris may finally have their hands full with the Maverick inevitably demonstrating better acceleration and possibly top speed.  Intelligent throttle control has been implemented to keep speed consistent even while navigating the bumps and whoops, and the familiar CVT transmission is paired with a Zylon reinforced belt. Zylon is a synthetic polymer developed in the 1980s for use in medical devices that has a tensile strength that is 1.6 times higher than Kevlar!  Can Am has clearly made it a point to focus on the RZR’s shortcomings, the drive belt being a notable weak spot in the RZR’s design.  The Maverick also sport a high flow dual exhaust and a ten gallon fuel tank that should keep even the most aggressive riders on one tank all day long.

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Am spent a lot of time designing the Maverick’s suspension for optimal handling.  The mid engine layout literally places the powerplant directly under the cockpit, centralizing the majority of the vehicle’s mass, and making possible a 44/56 weight distribution.  Can Am kept the Maverick’s wheelbase to a middle-of-the-road 84.3 inches giving it more stability than the RZR without sacrificing cornering ability.

The suspension was obviously another major point of emphasis for Can Am’s engineering team, as their unique Torsional Trailing A-arm design is amore compact version of a 5 link suspension, with each arm combining the work of two links and thus reducing the number of pivot points and spherical ball joints.  This reduces maintenance on the suspension and requires less protection against possible impact with the ground. There is no bump steer or toe change, and no camber change, and this design also allows a full 14 inches of suspension travel. Fox Podium X performance shocks and ventilated disc brakes are on all four corners, and there is an auto locking front differential.

Can Am was clearly not impressed with the driver and passenger ergonomics of the RZR or Wildcat, and they designed the Maverick’s cabin to have a more automotive-style sitting position.  The hip position in the cabin is low and there is plenty of leg room, creating improved comfort for sport riding. Ingress and egress is still easy, and the CG height is identical to the RZR and Wildcat, at 25 inches.  While the Maverick and the Commander both share the same mid-section, the front section features a 6.25” longer front sub-frame and a 3” A-Arm suspension.  The tail section is 2.3” longer.

The Maverick comes standard with 27” Maxxis Big Horn Tires on 12 inch cast aluminum wheels, and the rear of the vehicle has a multi-purpose rack with quick attach system.  The 2 inch cage is ROPS approved, and the driver’s seat is adjustable as is the tilt steering wheel.  The one feature we are surprised to see Can Am left out was the power steering option that is becoming so popular on its Commander and other UTVs.  We expect Can Am’s accessories department to offer an easy to install unit, and the aftermarket will no doubt be all over this popular addition.  Can Am also includes a passenger handhold and grab bar and a two key digitally encoded security system.

There will be an “X” package option as well, that will feature Fox Podium X Performance RC2.5 HPG Piggyback Shocks with dual speed compression and threaded pre-load adjustments. 12 inch aluminum beadlock wheels, Digital gauges, a brushed aluminum steering wheel, and X Package Seat trim and graphics will also be included.

We’re very excited about what this new model means for the UTV industry, and we can’t help but wonder what Polaris my be working on in response to the Maverick.  It seems that they may finally have been outfoxed in the powerplant and suspension department, and we look forward to a long, vicious rivalry! To learn the most up to date information about this exciting new vehicle, visit www.maverickforums.net!

 

 

 

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