CAN-AM X3 MAX Xrs TURBO RR
CAN-AM X3 MAX Xrs TURBO RR
When UTVs came on the scene, guys would sell the idea of plunking down $15K to the wife or girlfriend by telling her that this was a purchase they could use together. Fast-forward a decade and many machines are costing upwards of $30,000. Now guys are convincing the wives that it’s fun for the whole family. Well, they are right. Spending time with friends and family, whether it’s in several UTVs or just one, is the best way to build memories. The 2020 Can-Am X3 Max Xrs Turbo RR long travel car in the four-seat MAX configuration is a great way to do that.
Can-Am offers three color combinations for the RR package for 2020. One is Intense Blue/Manta Green, the second is in Triple Black, and the other is this silver and red combo. The 2021s have already been announced and there are two and four seat X3 X rs Turbo RR models with Smart Shox automatic adjusting suspension, new sound deadening transmission covers and new colors for most X3s. The 2021s come in black or tan, and the non-e-shock-equipped Maverick MAXs are available in dark blue, black or black and tan.
In the engine department, Can-Am bumped the horsepower benchmark to an incredible 195 horsepower with tuning and a larger turbo. That number remains intact for 2021 as well.
All Maverick X3s got new suspension calibrations. For the X3 MAX X rs, the change means the car is no longer a low-slung sled that scrapes over washout edges and dune crests. The car sits taller and rides smoother through its initial few inches of travel. Ground-clearance numbers are now a more honest 16 inches.
HOW IS THE POWER?
More than enough to thrill even the most extreme family unit. All X3s are powered by turbocharged, 3-cylinder, 900cc, 12-valve engines. The boost from last year’s high of 172 horsepower to 195 horsepower is accomplished by a new larger turbo, new pistons, a new less-restrictive intake and bigger intercooler with increased cooling capacity. New CVT tuning is used to improve drive-belt life. So now with 195 ponies on tap, the MAX rips and pushes everyone into their seat-backs. On a safe course with a skilled driver behind the wheel, you could get more thrills in an hour strapped into this car than in a week at Six Flags. The great thing about having nearly 200 horsepower on tap is that no matter how much weight you add with gear or heavier components, the car will never feel slow. It will top out at over 80 mph.
HOW IS THE SUSPENSION?
Better than before. With the ride height raised up this year, the big Fox shocks now ride in the middle of the shaft travel and the spring length. So whether you are hitting little choppy bumps, rocks or roots in the woods, the suspension has half of its 22 inches of wheel travel in reserve. If you keep the stock Big Horn tires on, the suspension stays plush, and the A-arms can take any abuse you throw at them. In this case, bigger, heavier tires will hurt the car’s performance and increase the chances of A-arm failure or increase the speed at which the steering box will wear out. At UTVActionmag.com, we have an article listing seven secrets to making the X3 stronger. Hopefully, Can-Am will redesign this front end for 2022.
ARE FOUR PEOPLE COMFORTABLE?
Kids fit fine in the back, and so do adults under 5-foot-9. The bummer is that the back seats are lower than the fronts, so seeing forward and out of the car is not as easy as it should be. On the good side, the retractable four-point harnesses are easy to put on and are comfortable for all-day rides. The harness bar behind the front seats makes for a good handhold for rear passengers. Cup holders and 12-volt outlets are also provided in the back. While in the MAX, the driver might not complain of CVT intake noise; however, the passenger behind him will. The CVT/engine intake is right behind his head. So, we have a suggestion: if you are only carrying one passenger in the back, put him or her on the right side. You can put a toolbox or cooler behind the driver. Can-Am has reduced the intake noise in the 2021 models.
HOW IS THE STORAGE?
It’s the same as in the two-seater. There is a large glove box, and there are a couple of shelves over the center tunnel. The back cargo area is just a platform that can barely hold a spare tire laying flat. Ordering an Adventure rack from a company like Assault Industries is a must. Door bags will increase storage capacity as well. This car comes with a full roof, which is a nice touch, but the doors are only quarter doors and need to be filled in.
Consider your trailer or toy hauler size prior to your purchase. The MAX is nearly 14 feet long, so check the size of your garage and toy hauler or that friend’s trailer you plan on borrowing to move this rig.
IS IT WORTH THE COST?
The 2020 Can-Am X3 Max Xrs Turbo RR is $29,999 and $30,399 for the 2021 model, it’s a big chunk of change you have to set aside. If you have the budget, your only other option for a long-travel four-seater is a RZR Turbo S or a new Pro XP with aftermarket suspension. If you need to haul the family around in rough terrain, there’s no other stock car that will do it better. It needs some parts to make it bulletproof, but if you know how to drive and avoid mistakes, this X3 will hold up. If you are prone to accidents or driving over your head, get ready to shell out a lot more cash to keep it on the trail.
See the 2021 Can-Am X3 with Smart Shox suspension here: https://utvactionmag.com/can-am-2021-x3-x-rs-turbo-rr-with-smart-shox/
2020 CAN-AM MAVERICK MAX X3 X rs TURBO RR
Engine type Turbocharged, liquid-cooled,
12-valve, inline triple
Bore x stroke 74mm x 67.9mm (3)
Compression ratio 9.1:1
Lubrication system Wet sump
Induction 46mm EFI
Starting/backup Electric push-button/none
Starting procedure In any range, brake engaged
Type Paper mesh/screen
Transmission Dual-range CVT
Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD/lock
Final drive f/r Shaft/gear
Fuel capacity 10.5 gal.
Overall length/width/height 165”/72.7”/68.5”
Ground clearance 16”
Dry weight 1,858lb.
Rear Rack capacity 150 lb.
Storage capacity 2.5 gal.
Frame Dual-phase 980 steel tube
Front Dual A-arms & shocks w/ adj. IBP DSC/
Rear Trailing arms & shocks w/ adj. IBP DSC/
Front Twin-piston hydraulic/262mm discs
Rear Twin-piston hydraulic/248mm discs
Front 30×9-14 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
Rear 30×11-14 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
DC outlet Auto-style waterproof plug
Front LED headlights
Rear LED tail/brake lights
Colors Blue, silver, black
Minimum recommended operator age 16
Suggested retail price $29,999
Contact www.can-am.brp.com , (877)4-MY-RIDE