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2011 Can-Am ATV Preview


by Pascal Bastien ,

For 2011, Can-Am adds two new ATVs to its lineup – the Outlander 800R X xc, designed and geared for aggressive riding on steep, rocky terrain, and the Outlander 800R X mr, armed and ready for mud racing. Moreover, Can-Am is taking the side-by-side utility segment by storm with five all-new models.

Photo: Matthieu Lambert/

Outlander 800R X xc
Thrill seekers who love to tackle the most demanding trails will happily welcome the Outlander 800R X xc, which has been developed with the input of factory riders taking part in the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series.

In addition to a fully-independent suspension and full-size aluminum floorboards, the 800R X xc gets a Dynamic Power Steering (DPS), a Visco-Lok QE front differential, a front stabilizer bar and beadlock wheels that virtually ensure the tire won't break its bead from the wheel during aggressive manoeuvres. In terms of styling, the new black and yellow graphics are derived from the Renegade 800X xc.

Outlander 800R X mr
The new Outlander 800R X mr is the industry's most advanced and most comprehensively-equipped production ATV designed for mud racing. This high-riding model also represents a wise choice during winter.

The 800R X mr is based on an extended version of the ultra-popular SST chassis, which uses a vertical rectangular steel loop in the middle (about 15 mm wide and 30 mm thick) with the powertrain, suspension, body and other key components fixed to it. The underside of this chassis is also more even, helping the Outlander slide more easily over mud and other natural obstacles.

Developed with the expertise of Gorilla Axle, the expert in mud racing, this ATV boasts a raised, shielded radiator, an integrated snorkel system, 30-inch Gorilla Axle SilverBack tires, a Visco-Lok QE differential, a DPS steering, two-tier footrests, front and rear bumpers, a tapered handlebar, a 3,000-lb capacity winch and Can-Am's Air Control Suspension. With the air compressor under the seat, the rider can fill the tires and adjust shock preload and compression based on personal preferences or terrain conditions.

Can-Am introduces five new side-by-side models for 2011, including the Commander 800R, 800R XT, 1000, 1000 XT and 1000 X, which promise to deliver outstanding performance and efficiency thanks to the segment's most powerful V-twins, namely the 71-horsepower Rotax 800 EFI and the 85-horsepower Rotax 1000 EFI.

Power is managed by a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) featuring a sub-transmission with high, low, park, neutral & reverse. The rider can also shift from 2WD to 4WD and vice versa simply by pushing a button on the dashboard.

All in all, the new 2011 ATVs from Can-Am seem to have all the key ingredients enthusiasts look for. They're sporty machines designed for specific purposes and, on top of that, they offer the comfort, versatility and superior cargo and towing capacities of utility models.

Photo: Matthieu Lambert/