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2008 Can-Am Outlander MAX 650 H.O. EFI XT Review (video)


by Pascal Bastien ,

The ATV market is evolving at a pretty fast pace. Before manufacturers started a war on the displacement front, 500-cc machines were the kings of the industry. But now, it's not unusual to see a 650-, 750-, 800- or even 1,000-cc ATV in regulated trail networks across the country. BRP is largely responsible, having launched both 650-cc and 800-cc variants of its twin-cylinder models.

The Outlander MAX boasts a modern, well-executed design.

The introduction of two-up ATVs is by far the most significant innovation in the industry. Their chassis is specifically designed for riding with a passenger. The extended wheelbase puts both occupants in front of the rear axle for increased stability and safety compared to traditional machines with a "plus-one" type seat for the passenger. This new architecture also offers added room and, most importantly, enhanced comfort.

The Can-Am Outlander MAX 650 is one of those two-seat ATVs that combine safety, roominess and comfort with the power of a big V-twin. The XT variant, in particular, is a more luxurious Outlander. It comes standard with a host of accessories that are usually sold as options, including aluminum wheels, more aggressive tires, heavy-duty bumpers, hand guards and a 3,000-lb winch with remote control on the handlebar. It also features the new antitheft alarm system from BRP snowmobiles (starting the engine requires a special coded key).

Racy and fast
The Outlander MAX boasts a modern, well-executed design. As far as we're concerned, it's actually the sharpest-looking two-up ATV on the market. It looks just as big and mighty as other Can-Am products. In fact, the 650 MAX is essentially an Outlander 800 MAX with an engine displacement reduced to 650 cc. Yet, despite being slightly less powerful than its big brother, this model is undoubtedly the most potent in its class. On gravel roads, it easily keeps pace with 700-cc machines or bigger. The harsh, sometimes exaggerated sound of the twin-cylinder adds to the riding excitement and gives you the impression of sitting on a larger-displacement ATV.

On gravel roads, it easily keeps pace with 700-cc machines or bigger.
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