Can-Am continues its aggressive approach to the side-by-side market with the introduction of the 60-inch wide Sport lineup to the Maverick family.
A 976cc Rotax V-Twin mill sits at the rear of all Sports, offered in 75 horsepower and 100-hp flavors. Large air intakes, an oversized radiator and a Donaldson airbox come standard on both but the 100-hp variety includes the larger airbox from the Maverick X3, a unique exhaust line and muffler, an additional CVT intake and the same CVT driven pulley from the Maverick X3.
Keeping an eye on real-world usability, the Sport line is a 60-inch machine, making its five-foot width ideal for trail busting in tight places. There are two trims, base and DPS, with the higher powered engine available as an option on the DPS only. It should be no trouble to take full advantage of the Sport’s twelve inches of ground clearance.
DPS, as Can-Am fans know, denote rigs with Dynamic Power Steering. The DPS also has selectable Sport and ECO modes and an auto-locking front diff. The CVT was outfitted with appropriate ratios to deliver optimal torque for the Maverick Sport family and include high/low gear selections. The system includes integrated belt protection for reassurance out in the sticks.
Tires are Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 hoops, 27-inches in diameter on a 12-inch aluminum wheel. Can-Am plunked the Sport on their 90.6-in. wheelbase chassis, which should make for a stable ride. Longer wheelbases are also the ticket for reducing forward and rearward pitch, the bucking bronco motion that plagues some side-by-sides.
FOX 2.0 Podium gas-charged shocks supply 11.5-inches of front suspension travel, 12.0-inches in the rear. Full-body skid plates, made from heavy-duty injection molded plastic, protect the underside while permitting some sliding over certain mid-trail obstacles. The base model will weigh 1377lbs, with the DPS adding 15 pounds.
Inside the Maverick Sport are seats said to be of a “sports car design”, ready to accept a four-point harness and are fore-aft adjustable on the driver’s side. The cushion and backrest are removable for easy cleaning after mudding or a particularly unspeakable trouser accident that we will not mention here. Tilt steering, digital gauges, and a couple extra inches of legroom solidify the side-by-side’s unstoppable march to becoming streetable machines.
The Can-Am Maverick Sport will start at $14,699 USD and, as with just about every SxS in existence, has a yaffle of accessories owners can buy to outfit the machine to their liking. The Maverick Sport lineup will consist of three packages: a white 75hp base, red 75hp DPS, and red or yellow 100hp DPS. The latter will be marketed at the 1000R.
The Can-Am Maverick Sport will arrive at dealerships in June.