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2013 Can-Am Maverick 1000R Preview


by Guillaume Rivard ,

Unveiled last month at the Sand Sports Super Show in San Diego, California, the game-changing 2013 Can-Am Maverick 1000R is BRP's first sport side-by-side model, one that will give machines like the Polaris RZR XP 900 and Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000 a serious run for their money.

"The Can-Am Maverick side-by-side vehicle is sure to please the most dedicated hardcore off-road sport enthusiasts with its unmatched and aggressive styling and industry-leading performance, both of which unquestionably reflect the Can-Am brand," said Chris Dawson, vice-president and general manager, International division.

2013 Can-Am

Unmatched power
The company says that the 2013 Can-Am Maverick 1000R is designed to offer industry-leading performance, precision handling and a driver-focused design unlike any sport side-by-side vehicle to date.

It sure represents a major improvement over the Commander with a 101-horsepower Rotax 1000R V-Twin (in a mid-engine layout) that is unrivalled in the side-by-side vehicle segment. It also leads its class in torque, acceleration, and power-to-weight ratio.

The engine benefits from high-flow dynamics, the manufacturer's Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) technology with a 54mm throttle body, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a Zylon-reinforced drive belt. In the back is a dual exhaust that's said to provide a deep, throaty sound.

Superior athleticism
The muscular 2013 Can-Am Maverick 1000R is built on an ultra-rigid steel frame and rides on a unique, front and rear sport-tuned suspension. A revolutionary and compact Torsional Trailing A-arms (TTA) independent rear suspension, complete with 14 inches of travel, reportedly improves traction while also reducing unsprung weight and eliminating bump steer for extremely predictable handling.

Beyond the athletic stance and distinctive look, fans will no doubt appreciate the fact that BRP has retained the use of the Commander cockpit, so look for the same advanced, comfortable ergonomics and user-friendly controls.

While the 2013 Can-Am Maverick 1000R is a dedicated sport side-by-side vehicle, BRP claims that it also caters to true adventurers with its multi-function rear rack offering LinQ system compatibility.

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By the way, a high-performance Maverick 1000R X rs package is also available, and the four-seat 2014 Maverick 1000R MAX will join the lineup next summer. Excited yet?