— In the world of high-performance sport UTVs, what’s amazing today can be topped just days later as new machines come on the scene. Can-Am’s Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R is a different animal. More than a year after its introduction, nothing has come along to top the outrageous 72-inch-wide, super-long-travel sport machine. Since the 2018 model boasts 172 horsepower, the X3 X rs Turbo R has the most power and the most travel available on a production UTV.
The 2018 Can-Am Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R uses a more efficient intercooler and fan with a higher-volume fuel pump to push peak power to 172 horsepower from the 2017’s 155 horsepower. Retractable four-point harness-type seat belts are new too. Platinum Satin is a new color choice. Red/gold and Triple Black are also available.
HAVE YOU MET THE WHOLE X3 FAMILY?
The X3 X rs Turbo R and the new trail- and rock-crawling-ready X3 X rc Turbo R are the only 72-inch-wide machines in the X3 family. The others are 64 inches wide with 20 inches of travel front and rear. All the Turbo R models have 172 horsepower. The X3 X rc Turbo and the base X3 Turbo have 120 horsepower.
HOW DOEST COST COMPARE?
The 2018 X3 X rs Turbo R is $26,899 and the X3 X rc Turbo R is $28,999. The X3 X ds Turbo R is $24,999, the X3 Turbo R is $22,999, the X3 rc Turbo is $23,999 and the base X3 Turbo is $19,999. Polaris’ RZR XP Turbo starts at $19,999.
WHAT POWERS IT?
An intercooled, turbocharged, 900cc, 12-valve, double-overhead-cam, inline triple with 172 horsepower.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT HAVE?
A fully automatic, dual-range, belt-type continuously variable transmission. High horsepower sport machines can be hard on drive belts, so Can-Am engineered a high-performance cooling system for the transmission. The range selector has smooth, positive action too.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT HAVE?
Selectable 2WD/4WD with Can-Am’s Visco-Lok Quick Engagement (QE) front differential. Tough, rocky climbs and rock crawling can cause the fluid-coupled Visco-Lok differential to slip, so Can-Am’s new X3 X rc has a true locking front differential.
HOW FAST IS IT?
This thing is a monster. You really need some space to deal with what happens when you press the gas pedal to the floor on the X3. The good news is, you’ll get everywhere you want to go faster than you ever thought possible. The bad news is, the X3 has a way of making riding areas suddenly seem smaller. You can reach 80 mph easily, and the Can-Am can hit 85 mph in places where there’s enough traction to hold all that power.
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?
It’s solid but smooth. Turbo lag is not a problem with the X3. The power comes on the moment you hit the gas, and the engine keeps pulling hard right to the rev limiter. For a machine with so much power, the X3 is easy to manage on tough, obstacle-filled trails. If you want to mellow out the Can-Am, you can click to the Eco-mode throttle curve; it provides more gradual throttle progression and limits maximum throttle opening. If someone’s driving who isn’t ready for the X3’s full performance, you can use the gray key rather than the standard key.
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT HAVE?
The front double A-arms provide 22 inches of travel with Fox Podium 2.5 RC2 shocks with bypass, dual-speed compression and rebound adjustments. In the rear, trailing arms offer 24 inches of travel using Fox 3.0 Podium RC2 remote-reservoir shocks with bypass, dual-speed compression and rebound adjustments. Front and rear sway bars resist body roll.
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
The X3 X rs handles bumps and whoops at high speed better than any stock two-seat UTV we’ve driven. Its ability to swallow impacts from square-edged bumps, ruts and jump landings is remarkable. The suspension action is sporty and firm without being harsh, ad the ride quality at lower speeds is remarkably good too.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
This machine’s combination of stability and agility is outstanding. The 102-inch wheelbase is a foot longer than a RZR Turbo’s, so the X3 feels more settled at speed. Thanks to the low seating position, good weight distribution, and front and rear sway bars, it also corners quickly and without excess body roll. The X3 also slides predictably without being too tail-happy.
WHERE DOES IT WORK BEST?
Because of its 72-inch width, the X3 X rs is most at home in open desert and dunes. The 64-inch-wide X3s offer the same incredible 172 horsepower in a more compact package.
HOW IS IT FOR HILLS?
Nearly unstoppable. The X3 X rs’ massive power, broad stance and effective 4WD system let it conquer tall dunes and difficult hills on the trail with impressive ease. The transmission doesn’t offer engine braking in continuous off-throttle conditions, but the brakes offer excellent control on downhills.
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
The X3 X rs’ cabin and seats are sporty, roomy and comfortable, and the seats have height adjustment, as well as moving back and forth. The four-point harnesses keep riders securely in place. The D-shaped steering wheel and passenger hand-holds have a comfortable, natural feel. Big, clear analog and digital instruments are located in front of the tilt wheel. The X rs comes nicely equipped with doors, a rear-view mirror, painted bodywork, 30-inch tires on beadlock wheels and a roof.
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
Compared to typical sport UTVs, the Can-Am Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R’s performance envelope is an oversized package. For now, for dunes and open desert conditions, it’s the ultimate two-seat sport UTV.
CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X rs TURBO R
Engine type Turbocharged, liquid-cooled, 12-valve,
Bore x stroke 74mm x 67.9mm (3)
Compression ratio 9.1:1
Lubrication system Wet sump
Induction 46mm EFI
Starting/back-up Electric push-button/none
Starting procedure In any range, brake engaged
Type Paper mesh/screen
Transmission Dual-range CVT
Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD
Final drive f/r Shaft/gear
Fuel capacity 10.5 gal.
Overall length/width/height 132”/72”/67”
Ground clearance 15”
Dry weight 1589.4 lb.
Rear rack capacity 200 lb.
Storage capacity 2.5 gal.
Frame Dual-Phase 980 steel tube
Front Dual A-arms & shocks w/ adj. high- & low-speed
compression, rebound, preload/22”
Rear Trailing arms & shocks w/adj. high- & low-speed
compression, rebound, preload/24”
Front Twin-piston hydraulic 262mm discs
Rear Twin-piston hydraulic 248mm discs
Front 30×10-14 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
Rear 30×10-14 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
DC outlet Auto-style waterproof plug
Front LED headlights
Rear LED tail/brake lights
Colors Gold and red or Triple Black
Minimum recommended operator age 16
Suggested retail price $26,899
Contact .Bombardier, (877)4-MY-RIDE or www.brp.com