30 Jun 2018 Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R
I. ATV vs. UTV – Different Strokes for Different Folks
Let’s make one thing clear, Side-by-Sides (or UTVs) can be a lot of fun. The only group that would probably disagree are fanatical ATV riders. To these guys passengers are redundant. They don’t like any extra cargo as they’re ripping through the woods. I think therein lies the difference between these 2 similar machines – it comes down to particular driver breed. But ATV/UTV inclinations aside, a 2018 CanAm Maverick X3 Turbo R review warrants a consideration for two reasons:
1. According to Bombardier Recreational Products – Can-Am’s parent company – it is the “fastest accelerating factory-built side-by-side vehicle on the market”.
2. See reason #1 above. No, but seriously, acceleration is very important when it comes to vehicles moving on rough terrain like sand.
Now, the manufacturer claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds. I’m actually willing to believe that figure because the engine specs definitely back it up. Namely, this thing benefits from a 172 hp, Rotax ACE (Advanced Combustion Efficiency) 900 cc Turbocharged Triple-cylinder engine. An important side note here is that the unit improves on the last year’s model by 18hp and the torque numbers are up by 10%. All Turbo R’s use the same engine unit but there are other significant differences across the range. I explore those below.
II. Trims and Pricing
Can-Am offers quite a few trims of the Maverick X3. However, this article is specifically about the Maverick X3 Turbo R. In theory, that should narrow down our Pricing section here significantly but I’m actually still left with 3 models to outline. Well, technically 6 but only because each model can be bought as a two-seater or a four-seater. Come to think of it, Can-Am’s website seems to lack a Trim Comparison Tool that so many auto manufacturers have on their websites. So if you happen to be serious about buying one of these, I hope this short CanAm Maverick X3 Turbo R review helps a smidge.
1. Maverick X3 Turbo R
This is the base trim of the Turbo R model. It sits on 14-inch aluminum wheels and 28-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires. Your ride is made peaceful (yeah right) by Fox 2.5 Podium Piggyback shocks with QS3 compression adjustment. Important dimensions here include ground clearance of 14 inches (35.6 cm), wheelbase of 102 inches (259.1 cm) and the vehicle’s width of 64 inches (162.5 cm). Dry weight clocks in at 1470 lbs. (666.9 kg). It can be ordered in white color only.
2. Maverick X3 X DS Turbo R
For that extra $2,000 you get what Can-Am refers to as “Optimized Wheels and Tires”. I have no way of comparing the tread patterns at the moment but the tire model is listed as the same Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 with the slight difference in size – 29 inches here. Luckily, there’s at least one more significant upgrade involved. The trim includes Fully-adjustable Fox 2.5 Podium RC2 HPG piggyback shocks. The dimensions and capacities stay largely unaffected with the exception of dry weight. For some reason this model is heavier by 20 lbs. which gives a total of 1490 lbs. (675.9 kg). Finally, prospective buyers get a choice of paint in three colors: Triple Black, Yellow, and Platinum Satin (or simply grey).
3. Maverick X3 X RS Turbo R
This is where things get really interesting. For yet another $1900 you get quite a few improvements over the lower-level trim. Another bump in size for the wheels produces a beast with 30-inch tires which in turn boost the ground clearance to 15 inches (38.1 cm). The front suspension carries over from the Maverick X3 X DS Turbo R but rear is upgraded to Fox 3.0 Podium RC2 HPG shocks. In addition, this is the only Turbo R with a full roof, heavy duty skid plate and a 4-point harness. Unfortunately, equipping the UTV with a full roof and larger tires has its consequences in terms of dry weight – the number is up to 1589.4 lbs. (720.9 kg).
Obviously, there’s several unique aspects to this trim but perhaps the most important one is the extremely wide axle track. The official specifications note the width of the Maverick X3 X RS Turbo R as 72 inches (182.9 cm) which is a full 8 inches wider than both sub-models above. Can-Am assures customers this is a perfect setup for dunes and wide-open desert riding. Lastly, a special paint is available here – it’s essentially gold with red accents and it looks astounding.
I already mentioned that each of the three models summarized have their four-seat counterparts. Their names are easily recognizable as every four-seater is designated with the ‘Max’ keyword. You might be wondering about any other differences besides the seating arrangement. There aren’t many but the biggest concern usually involves price points. It turns out extra 2 seats on the Maverick X3 Turbo R will cost you $2000. At the same time, the premium for additional “interior space” climbs to $2500 on both the DS and RS. Also, keep in mind the wheelbase is elongated up to 135 inches (342.9 cm) and the dry weight soars by a whopping 245 lbs. across the range on average.
I personally own a Can-Am ATV although I wouldn’t put myself into that special group of riders I mentioned in the first paragraph. In other words, I’m just a casual weekend rider. With that disclaimer out of the way, the ATV in my garage is a 2013 Can-Am Outlander 1000 X MR with a 2-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. The power output is less than 60% of what you get with the Maverick X3 and yet that thing can move! Therefore, by way of deductive reasoning, I think it’s safe to say that this new side-by-side is one solid thrill generator.