CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT X RC
The best-equipped, most-capable Sport
CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT X RC
Can-Am has dominated the turbo UTV market with its extensive line of Maverick X3s since 2017, and Maverick X3 DNA found its way into the 60-inch Maverick Sports and 50-inch Maverick Trail 800s and 1000s for 2018. We first tested the 2019 Maverick Sport 1000 X rc at the SxS Adventure Rally held at Sand Hollow State Park, and we got to test the 2022 Sport X rc again at the SxS Adventure Rally on the Rocks this spring.
WHAT MAKES THE MAVERICK SPORT X RC SPECIAL?
The 1000 X rc comes standard with 30-inch Maxxis Liberty rock-crawling tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels instead of 27-inch Bighorns on 12-inch rims. It uses Fox 2.5 Podium QS3 shocks, 2.75 inches more suspension travel and 4.0 inches more width than the 1000R DPS. It has a 4500-pound winch with an integrated front bumper and HMW front skid plate, a rear sport bumper, a full skid plate with HMW differential and suspension-arm guards, HMW rock sliders, premium half doors, mud guards, a front tow hook, Electronic Hill-Descent Control, Sport/Eco drive modes, and Smart-Lok front diff with four driving modes, including 4WD Rock and 4WD Trail. It also has a rear-view mirror.
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The Maverick Sport 1000 X rc is $22,699, while the Sport 1000R DPS is $18,599. The 75-horsepower Sport 1000 is $15,699; the Sport 1000R X xc is $20,599; and the Sport 1000R X mr is $21,499. Polaris’ RZR S 1000 Premium is $17,999, and the RZR S 900 Sport is $15,699. The XP 1000 Trails & Rocks Edition is $23,999. The Arctic Cat Wildcat XX is $21,299. The XX LTD is $21,999, and the XX SE is $22,699. The Kawasaki Teryx KRX1000 is $20,499, and the Trail Edition with steel bumpers, nerf bars, roof, and 4500-pound Warn winch is $23,499.
HOW FAST IS THE SPORT?
Plenty fast for most conditions. The 1000 X rc uses the same 100-horsepower V-twin as the Sport 1000R, and top speed is 75 mph in High and 28 mph in Low. It’s not uncontrollably fast, and it is very manageable in delicate rock-crawling situations in Eco ECU and Smart-Lok Rock modes. Sport drive mode is great for sand blasting and drifting through loose turns. In Sport with a heavy throttle foot, the X rc has serious acceleration and a matching throaty exhaust note.
HOW IS THE RC DELIVERY?
Smooth and tunable. The 1000 X rc has the same QRS-T CVT transmission and Sport/Eco maps as the Sport 1000R, but it upgrades to the Smart-Lok front diff and traction system with 2WD, 4WD diff-lock, 4WD Rock and 4WD Trail modes. It has a very effective Electronic Hill Descent Control and EBS system, too. We cleaned some obstacles on Double Sammy that were sketchy in other UTVs we’ve tested, leaving us very impressed with the Sport X rc.
HOW DOES SMART-LOK WORK?
Like magic and a magnet. Two toggles control the Smart-Lok’s diff module. With the 2WD/4WD in 4WD, the other toggle lets you choose between 4WD Trail or 4WD Rock. Trail Active mode monitors vehicle speed and engine torque to progressively lock the front diff and maximize traction during aggressive driving. Rock mode is for low-speed driving, and the diff module monitors throttle position and engine torque to lock up the diff for maximum traction while maintaining light steering. Smart-Lok is all about limiting tire slippage, whether attacking loose dune sand, twisty trails or steep rocks. Can-Am also has a different Mud Smart-Lok calibration for the Sport X mr.
HOW IS THE SPORT SUSPENSION?
Very sporty. Arched double A-arms with Fox 2.5 Podium QS3 shocks deliver 14.75 inches of front and rear travel. It’s tuned well for a plush ride at slower speeds while providing bottoming resistance at higher speeds over bigger bumps. The standard Sport only has 11.5 inches of front and 12 inches of rear travel with Fox 2.0 Podium shocks without compression adjusters, and it has 3 inches less ground clearance. With arched suspension arms and no links to bend, the X rc is the best-equipped Sport, as it has taller tires than the X xc, the only other Sport with 14.75 inches of travel. Dual torsion bars fight body roll in turns but allow full articulation for ruts and rocks.
HOW SPORTY IS THE HANDLING?
It’s super sporty. While the Maverick Sport has the same 90.6-inch wheelbase as an RZR XP1K, it turns much quicker and feels much smaller than the Polaris. The Sport X rc has a great combination of straight-line stability and turning prowess. With an extra 4 inches of width due to the arched suspension arms, the 1000 X rc turns harder than the Sport 1000R. The X rc also sports four 30×10-14 tires, like the top-shelf Maverick X3 X rs Turbo RR, for enhanced drifting manners. On the other hand, the 64-inch Sport RC gets into places the 72-inch X3 X rc can’t enter.
HOW IS IT IN CHALLENGING TERRAIN?
Rock solid. Larger tires, arched arms and more travel let the X rc crawl over and clear obstacles that high-center lesser machines. The well-tuned delivery and long, stable chassis make delicate situations less so. While the low seating position, secure seats and half doors add confidence, the view over the hood could be better. The Smart-Lok front diff also enhances control with its choices of 2WD, 4WD, 4WD Trail and 4WD Rock, and the Sport/Eco mode lets you quickly change throttle maps.
HOW STRONG ARE THE BRAKES?
Terminator strong. All four 30×10-14 tires are slowed by two-piston hydraulic calipers squeezing 220mm perforated rotors, and they’re backed up by Can-Am’s Engine-Braking System and Electronic Hill-Descent Control. The X rc outweighs the Sport 1000R by 189 pounds but has a larger tire contact patch for braking. Also, EBS/EH-DC slow all four tires, while Polaris RZRs only slow rear tires for sketchier descents.
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
Most are excellent. The Sport cabin has an excellent layout with a race-car-like feel. Ergo-Lok seats are very comfortable and supportive, and the driver’s seat has 5 inches of adjustment. The dash has X3 DNA and three storage bins, including a driver’s-side glove box. The over-molded steering wheel is comfortable, and steering with EPS is light with little terrain feedback. Premium half doors are nice and inspire confidence, and the liners have hand-holds, but the long inner/outer latch handles are flimsy. The 4500-pound winch has synthetic rope, which is much easier on the hands than steel rope.
All Maverick Sports don’t require any maintenance for the first year, which saves money and increases time for riding. The Donaldson-style air filter and coolant reservoir are easy to reach (under plastic covers), as is the CVT belt. The entire underside is fully protected, too. While the X rc is the best-equipped Sport, it doesn’t have a roof like the X3 X rc and X3 X rs Turbo RRs.
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
We are very impressed with the 2022 Maverick Sport X rc’s versatility, as it’s nimble on twisty trails and dunes and like a mountain goat in rocks. A Sport X rc was also along on the Chino Bandito UTV Fest ride up Mini Moab, and it was nimbler and more controllable than an X3 X rc RR. While it’s $1300 more than the Sport X xc, you get a lot more protection, better tires and a winch, giving it the most bang for the buck. Of the five Sport choices, we’d pick the Sport X rc every time.
2022 CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT 1000 X RC
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, SOHC
Bore x stroke 91mm x 75mm (2)
Compression ratio 12:1
Lubrication system Wet sump
Induction iTC 54mm throttle body, 2 VDO injectors
Starting/back-up Electric push-button/none
Starting procedure In any range, brake engaged
Type Paper mesh/screen
Transmission Dual-range CVT w/ EBS
Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD
Final drive: f/r Shaft/shaft
Fuel capacity 10.0 gal.
Overall length/width/height 122”/64”/74.25”
Ground clearance 15.0”
Claimed dry weight 1,581 lb.
Rear rack capacity 300 lb.
Towing capacity 1,500 lb.
Frame 2-inch, high-strength steel, ROPS-approved
Front Dual A-arms & shocks w/ adj. prel. &
Rear Dual A-arms & shocks w/ adj. prel. &
Front Twin-piston hydraulic 220mm discs
Rear Twin-piston hydraulic 220mm discs
Front 30×10-14 Maxxis Liberty
Rear 30×10-14 Maxxis Liberty
DC outlet Auto-style waterproof plug
Front Two 55W headlights
Rear Two LED tail/brakelights
Instrumentation Digital speedo/odo/tach/trip/hour/
Colors Chalk Grey and Magma Red
Minimum recommended operator age 16
Suggested retail price $22,699
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See UTV Action’s report on the 2023 Can-Ams here: A 15HP BOOST FOR 2023 MAVERICK X3 DS – UTV Action Magazine