Even in the sloppy Orlando conditions the X3 front end grips well when there isn’t
any traction at all. You can easily feel how active the suspension is.
❏ Things have been progressing
steadily in the world of sport UTVs.
The machines at the pointed end of
the class have been stepping up in
suspension, overall machine size and
power. The changes have been consistent and the landscape has been
ever-changing, but there have been
few bombs dropped—until now.
Rumors have hinted that Can-Am
had something new in the works, but
with the 2017 Maverick X3 X rs Turbo
R, Can-Am has reenacted Hiroshima.
Can-Am hasn’t inched the class standards ahead, but made a leap into
new territory. When it was BC (before
Can-Am’s X3), the longest sport UTV
two-seater with the most suspension
travel was the Arctic Cat Wildcat,
sporting a wheelbase of 95 inches and
18 inches of rear wheel travel with 17
inches of front wheel travel. The X3 X
rs Turbo R has a 102-inch wheelbase
and 22 inches of front wheel travel
and a whopping 24 inches of rear
wheel travel! Plus, the ’Cat is 64 inches wide and the X3 X rs Turbo R is 72
inches wide with 30-inch tires!
Three cylinders and an inter-cooled turbo system make
for big power numbers. The
power build-up is smooth
and quite controllable for a