Saucy: Test Drive Can-Am Maverick X3

If you went behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 Turbo S and think that this might have known – you are deeply and hopelessly wrong. And indeed, in vain do you think that is really quick things you can find cars in the world. When the Can-Am Maverick X3 world of motors and the wheels began to others!

O f course, to say that there is not powerful machines – wrong. Of course, there are all sorts of Bugatti Veyron, naddutye to 1000, and other forces ultraforsirovannye megatachki, but for the vast majority of you reading this stuff, all these things at the price of the average size of the archipelago in the Pacific Ocean – nothing more than the image in the monitor. And indeed, given the general market trend, tightening environmental nuts and rising prices of everything, really daring wheelbarrows almost gone. ABS and traction control are optional and machines – increasingly similar to semi-automated system with a limited share of human influence. Compactly, comrades. We ran really honest and powerful cars. What, you ask? Step back.

War corporations

Step back to do in the hierarchy of wheeled vehicles. What we have there is just below the car? Quads? No, far taken. Motorcycles? Of course, any modern sportbike energovooruzhen much stronger car – but not enough wheels. But SSV – just right. Four-wheel drive, automotive seating and controls, and nothing more, that would affect the speed. How to make it really fast? First, get rid of all unnecessary. Body – Down! Glasses, music, air conditioning and stove, trunk, passenger seat, noise isolation – this is not necessary!

And what you need? Engine, turbine yes suspension is such that you can not think that there under the wheels. That’s the whole scenario of construction of sports “Pollock.” So do everything long ago. But what they did in the BRP – really a leap to a new level. Can-Am Maverick X3 left the next “Twilight level”, leaving all competitors behind.

The reason for the appearance of a “third-X” has become a never-ending “war” of the major manufacturers. Each year, BRP, Polaris and Yamaha are trying to tear each other to shreds. The palm belongs to the BRP: they have introduced two years ago at the SSV turbocharger. A year later, his version of “turbokibitki” released from the Japanese Yamaha – but they soon went their own way, refusing variable transmission and two-cylinder engine, and thus a bit estranged from the main battlefield.

Following Yamaha Polaris appears in RZR Turbo. Obviously, the 141 hp, taken from the two-cylinder V-engine – if not a ceiling for serial technique, something very close to it. And BRP had no choice but to go beyond the usual schemes, because just make another “Turbomaverik” a dozen forces more powerful competitor – is not going to work. We had something radically new. And Canadians have made it!

Anatomy of audacity

Motto Maverick X3 consists of three words: “Saucy, precise and powerful.” But we probably will start from the end. Because without power – will not be daring. As we have seen, the possibility of resource-cardinality V-shaped “two” have been exhausted, in particular, to limit the maximum speed. V-twin – though not the most resourceful layout. To untwist the engine to higher speed, it is necessary to reduce the weight of the parts, especially connecting rod and piston. Make pistons less while maintaining the volume – means to increase their number.

The basis was taken engine 900ACE, already known for snowmobiles Ski-Doo and Lynx, but the engine is so deeply processed, it is possible to speak of self-construction.

The three-cylinder liquid-cooled in-line engine develops 154 hp at 7500 rev / min and 153 Nm at 7000 rev / min! The turbocharger is in the vicinity of the exhaust manifold. In fact, it is integrated into it, so that no turboyamy is not in sight. The motor responds to the accelerator, immediately barking direct-flow exhaust system!

At the same time three cylinders give a very smooth pull. It is very convenient to operate, especially when compared to its predecessor, where two “pot” machine gave a very nervous character.

As soon as a little mistaken with “gas”, and you can fuck pretty problems. On the row “treshki” this does not happen. Needless to say that the engine sound became much more noble and pleasing the ear. Instead, fractional “Tygda-Tygda» V-shaped two, is now heard dimensional and steady hum of idling.

Accuracy – the politeness of kings

We go back to the new, more precise throttle pedal: not for nothing that the second word in the motto is “accuracy”. Not only gas became more docile. The machine as a whole has become much more manageable, accurate management and behavior. The concept of “the lower, more stable,” was first applied to “Saidia» Arctic Cat Wildcat almost ten years ago. But for some reason other than “cats” no one paid attention to it in the pursuit of ground clearance and a geometric cross. The result is known.

Kuvyrknut “side” – a piece of cake. Nevertheless, the “wild cat” rested in the Bose, and engineering thought BRP-Schnick circled and came to what is already done, “the Americans”. “X-third” was significantly lower, landing the pilot and the passenger has changed markedly in the direction of the position “lying”.

New seats are installed close to the floor, legs extended much further ahead, the steering wheel at the same time proved to be somewhat closer to the driver than ever before. Planting reminds karting.

All this has allowed much lower center of gravity to the bottom of the machine without any loss in the clearance passages and suspensions. Ground clearance is 356 mm, and the notorious moves front and rear suspensions – and did incredible automobile standards 508 mm! By the way, there is in the lineup and absolutely crazy modification – XRS. It is distinguished by a more sophisticated shock absorbers Fox Podium with a full range of hydraulic adjustments to the course of 558 mm front and 609 mm at the rear, and clearance increased to 381 m, due to the wheels. There are 30-inch Maxxis Bighorn, while tires have a base diameter of 28 inches.

Different XRS and width. For greater stability of its suspension arms extended, and the width of the top-end version is 183 cm against 162.5 in the basic version.

It seems that this year, BRP engineers have identified a very limited number of turns at the helm all the techniques, but since the first saw the light of Defender, «Maverick” they went on a residual basis. Of course, this is a joke. Nevertheless, the “X-third” from stop to stop – just a half turn! That is, to turn the steering wheel from zero all the way, no need to intercept the wheel! Almost one formula! By the way, the wheel has become noticeably smaller in diameter, and the bottom appeared fashionable nowadays flat section.

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In fact, the wheel turned out to be phenomenally comfortable grip and – let go did not want to. What to say about how the car to listen to him! Despite the reduction in the number of turns of steering wheel, the car does not become a nervous respond to the steering wheel, even on the contrary – the cost of failure is much lower than in the cockpit of the previous “Maverick.” All thanks to a reduced center of mass and suspension phenomenal.

In combat mode

Absolutely all participants in the test met in the common opinion that the new Maverick – the first ‘side’, which is not terrible. It does not matter in a global sense of the word, go. Huge, how envy even purely racing cars, shock absorbers easily digested such irregularities, which the usual SUV would have long collapsed in half! Shock absorbers are able to dissolve in the depths of their oil reservoirs and ditches, and hummocky, and the track of the tractor, not to mention such trifles as the stones the size of a cow’s head!

But most importantly – provides incredible stability of the suspension movement.

Unprecedented, I would say. Behind the wheel of a competitor or predecessor RZR constantly present buildup. Side shakes, he tries to lie on your side in turns, and the acceleration and deceleration that sits in the stern, then stick his nose into the ground. Behind the wheel of cars constantly had the last generation to think about how to keep the machine upright and only then – the maximum speed or the optimum trajectory cornering. Hence – the constant stress easy driving (and only what is necessary to the passenger – and say terrible).

Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R
Brief specifications:
Dimensions (L / W / H) mm:
332.7 / 162.5 / 167.6 (335.3 / 182.9 / 170.2 for the XRS version)
Wheelbase, mm:
Ground clearance, mm:
356 (381 for the XRS version)
Dry weight, kg:
666.9 (718.9 for the XRS version)
Fuel tank capacity, l .:
A type:
sports SSV

Here are all quite different. Low rise, long and really working suspension, coupled with the increased track and the machine base, make movement very stable, it is possible to fully surrender to the machine control.

Of course, you can skillfully and turn the steam train – from physics can not escape, and that was confirmed twice during our tests. Nevertheless, the machine was definitely more comfortable to operate, stable and accurate. It is stipulated and “Maverick” of the last generation, the more that it is what remains in firm tones. We can not say that he was just too bad. He’s gorgeous, and the suspension of his laudable, but it is really a new star eclipsed. After a trip to the X3 classic “Moor” seems a guest of technological past.


All of the above leads us to the first and the main word in the slogan of the model. X3 can be really bold. And he has every right to do so. Motor capable of 700-kilogram disperse the car to 100 km / h in five seconds, allowing it to be bold with anyone!

The “IKSU” absolutely does not matter what’s under the wheels of these short seconds – and it also plays an important role. Where competitors have to throttle back, not just to “get out” or perform “ears”, “X-third” can safely give full throttle. Here comes to the fore the thickness of the nervous system of the pilot, because blame for “a hundred” in very rugged terrain – not for wimps!

In the past, and the year before, almost all the “fast” Russian competitions on Side, whether the rally-raid or circuit races were won on Polaris RZR. But most of the top athletes have already said they are waiting for the first batch of X3. Sports season 2017 will be held under the banner of Can-Am Maverick X3. And it is obvious that while the main competitor does not roll out a “response to Chamberlain” to oppose it will be nothing. In the camp of sports SSV has a new leader, opens a whole new level of progress. It remains to be seen what will come up with an answer in the same competition. Because of this eternal war, we, fans of fast off-road vehicles only win!



Type: three-cylinder, in-line, turbocharged and intercooled
Displacement, cm3: 900
Power system: Electronic injection of fuel EFI, a throttle controlled by wire (iTC)



Gearbox: V-belt variator QRS-X, with the rise and fall ranges.
Drive: All wheel that connects with self-locking front differential Visco Lok X



Frame: space, made of steel pipes.
Front suspension: On the double A-arm with stabilizer bar
Suspension travel, mm: 508 (559 in the XRS version)
Front shock: Fox 2.5 Podium RC2 c adjustable compression and rebound damping. With the remote oil tank.
For version XRS Fox 2.5 Podium c compression adjustments for fast and slow progress and rebound. With external oil tank and two pistons.
Rear: Torsion-type multi-link independent with stabilizer bar
Suspension travel, mm: 508 mm (610 XRS version)
Rear shock: Fox 2.5 Podium (Fox 3.0 Podium RC2 version XRS).
Tires: Maxxis Bighorn 2, 28-30 inches (in different versions), on wheels 14 inches

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