Famous for its sports and recreational products, Can-Am recently showed off its latest utility offerings. Richard Bradley reports.
Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), parent company of Canadian ATV manufacturer Can-Am, is well known in the US and European markets for its recreational and utility vehicles.
However, Can-Am is still relatively unknown in the UK, having launched here in 2006. Despite this, Can-Am says it has tripled its UK sales in the last three years, and has built up a network of 33 dealers covering the UK.
Only offering petrol machines, the firm says its Rotax engines are fuel efficient and more responsive than diesel units. It may also have something to do with the fact the Austrian engine manufacturer is also owned by BRP.
To find out more, we take a look at the latest products.
Offering eight specification levels and five engine sizes, the manufacturer’s four-wheeled Outlander ATV range certainly has something for everybody.
Despite the wealth of model configurations available, Can-Am says most UK sales are of Pro specification, with 450cc or 570cc engines.
The firm’s Rotax V-Twin 450cc and 570cc petrol engines produce 38hp and 48hp respectively. Coupled to a two-range continuously variable transmission (CVT), both engines are lively and quick to pick their feet up, even from low revs. If you are in need for some extra grunt however, a 1,000cc, 89hp engine can be fitted to the range topping Max models.
Each ATV is available in off and on-road versions, the latter fitted with lights, indicators, mirrors, seat backrest and a two-inch tow ball, with towing capacity rated to 500kg un-braked or 750kg braked.
Pro models benefit from three mode power-assisted steering, heavier duty tyres, increased suspension pre-load and a reinforced seat to reduce the effects of daily wear and tear.
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If you need extra load-space, payload and improved traction, Can-Am offers a six wheeled version of its Outlander.
Available with 650cc or 1,000cc Rotax engines, drive is constant to the rear four wheels, although six-wheel drive is selectable. Tipping rear load-bed offers 318kg payload, on-top of its 750kg towing capacity.
Adding extra wheels does affect the ability to flick the back-end around, and turning sharply tends to scrub the ground up in the process.
Retail price for road legal models:
Launched last year, the four-model Defender range is Can-Am’s side-by-side utility vehicle offering.
The three-seater Defenders feature a 60:40 folding bench-seat, offering a large floor storage area. An additional model, the Defender Max gets a second row of folding seats.
Defender and Defender Max are fitted with a 50hp, 800cc Rotax V-Twin, although a 72hp, 1,000cc engine is available on the top-of-the-range Defender XT. Transmission is an in-house CVT and a hill descent function stops any over-run on downhill work.
All models get electronically selectable two-/four-wheel drive, 454kg cargo-box capacity and 900kg towing capacity. DPS, XT and Max models are fitted with power-assisted steering and electronically lockable rear-differential for improved traction.
If you want to get the adrenalin pumping at the weekend, the Maverick X3, with its 150hp, turbo-charged three-cylinder engine will more than give you kick.
Although not practical for fencing without a realistic rear load area or trailer ball hitch, simple controls and a CVT allow 0-62mph in less than five seconds, while 500mm suspension travel lets you do it across farmer spec fields.
Road legal models are available, retail prices start from £22,349.