— V-twin 1000 woods machine —
Can-Am’s X3 is taking over the high-performance UTV world in the 64-inch- and 72-inch-wide segments. For the tight-woods guys, they have a 50-inch Maverick called the Trail, and it’s giving the RZR a run for its money. For the midsize world, the Maverick Sport broke on the scene this year, and recently we had a chance to get behind the wheel of this exciting 60-inch wide woods machine.
WHAT ENGINE DOES IT USE?
For this Maverick, Can-Am is using its latest Rotax V-twin powerplant. The compact mill has proven itself in its ATVs, the original Maverick and older Commander for years. Two versions are available for the Maverick Sport 1000 and 1000R. The standard 1000 offers 75 horsepower, while the R pumps out 25 more.
HOW IS THE POWER?
Not that the standard engine is tame, but the 1000R really packs a punch you not only can feel but can hear too. The R engine has a more aggressive tune and a much throatier exhaust. The seat-of-the-pants difference is almost like the feeling you get with a turbo. It’s that noticeable. The 1000R model, however, does come with a $1500-larger price tag.
HOW ARE THE BRAKES?
Great. Four disc brakes handle the stopping chores perfectly. When you get hard on the binders, the car slows down fast without any front-end dive or rear-end lift. The pedal is perfectly placed, and we never felt any fading.
HOW IS THE SUSPENSION?
Double-A-arm-type suspension is found on all four corners. This setup is a bit stronger than the trailing-arm suspension you find on the X3. By “stronger,” we mean it will take abuse and mistakes better. There are no radius rods to bend if you do scrape a tree or land with a big side load off a rock or other obstacle. The 12 inches of travel are preload adjustable, and the suspension is plush at low speeds and very forgiving at high speeds. The longer wheelbase of the Maverick Sport (compared to a RZR’s) helps make the suspension work even better.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
With a 90-inch wheelbase, the Maverick Sport is basically the same length as a RZR XP 1000; however, it feels much smaller and turns even better. Two models of the Sport are equipped with Can-Am’s DPS. Although the steering is not adjustable into different modes as on the high-end Outlander and X3, it doesn’t need to be. Steering is light with virtually zero feedback. On high-speed trails, the car is stable and predictable. It doesn’t wander unexpectedly or float. You feel planted all the way up to the 70-plus-mph top speed.
In the tight stuff, again, the car is super predictable. Since you sit fairly low in the cockpit, you feel like you are driving on rails in and out of the trees or rocky sections. With the longer car, it takes a tiny bit more effort to think about and set up for a corner, but the length allows you to get on the gas earlier and exit the corner without fear of stepping out. It drives exactly where you point it. Body roll is minimal; however, you can still corner harder with two people in the car versus driving alone.
If you are looking for an exciting 60-inch-wide machine that can tackle tight trails well and fly down wide-open gravel roads at a fast pace, the Can-Am Maverick Sport is a great option. If you are riding primarily wide open, meandering trails, you can get away without the extra expense of the EPS. But, we suggest it for every other type of riding. The extra investment for the 1000R engine is worth the price and noticeable as you zip down the trails; however, if you’re not a speed demon, you won’t be disappointed at all with the lower-cost standard model, either. It’s the fastest, best-suspended, most comfortable 60-inch-wide machine we have ridden in stock trim.
The Maverick Sport has a starting price of $14,699 for the non-EPS model and comes in white only. For $16,499, you get EPS and red bodywork. The top-of-the-line 1000R sells for $17,999 and is available in red or yellow. Visit www.canamoffroad.com for more info.
2019 CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, OHC, 4-stroke V-twin
Lubrication system Wet sump
Additional cooling Auto fan
Starting procedure Turn ignition switch w/brake on
Type Paper pleat
Transmission Dual-range CVT w/reverse
Reverse procedure Move range selector to “R”
Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD w/auto front diff
Final drives Shafts
Fuel capacity 10 gal.
Overall length/width/height 119”/60”71”
Ground clearance 12”
Claimed dry weight 1377lb.
Bed weight limit 300 lb.
Hitch 2” receiver
Towing limit 1500lb.
Frame Steel tube
Front Dual A-arm w/ preload-adj. shocks/11.5”
Rear Dual A-arm w/ preload-adj. shocks/12”
Front Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Rear Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Parking Park in gear
DC outlet Dash/12V
Front 2 55W hi/lo headlights w/ accents
Rear LED brake/tail lights
Instrumentation Digital speed/odo/trip/hour/rpm/fuel/gear/clock/2WD-4WD
Colors Red, yellow, white
Minimum recommended operator age 16
Suggested retail price $14,699–$17,999
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