On our brief test drive we weren’t able to get crazy with the X3 like this, but everything we felt let us believe getting wild is within the design envelope.
for easy cleaning, and they boast
mudproof supports. This is a very
nice interior with a lot of seat comfort.
Adjusting the seats is smooth and
easy. You don’t drag the seats kicking
and screaming to a new position.
There is ample room for drivers over
6 feet tall. And, there are nice passenger grab bars and angled footrests for
the driver and passenger.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
Can-Am introduced the X3 line at
its Orlando dealer convention with
an atmosphere like a rock concert in a
rodeo arena. There wasn’t much room
to show off the X3, but they were driven in the arena by rally and drift star
Ken Block and off-road truck racer BJ
Baldwin. The next morning we had a
very brief period to drive the machine
on a track laid out on the lawn at the
hotel and convention center. It was
a valiant effort, with jumps, banked
turns and rhythm sections built on top
of the grass with dirt and sand. Five
hours of rain the day before turned
the test course into slippery pudding.
Between the slop and the guided-tour
nature of the limited drive time, it was
difficult to get more than an impression; however, the Maverick X3 made
a very good first impression.
The cockpit was an immediate winner, and we settled in almost instantly. The car fired quickly and ran with
no hesitation at all. The engine character of the triple is vastly different
than the torquey V-twin. The triple
has no tendency to jump or lunge at
initial throttle openings. Power is easily modulated, and it builds steadily
with rpm. There is no hitch from telltale turbo lag and no jolts of power,
either—just a lot of power that grows
into a lot more as the rpm rise.
We had little room to stretch the
engine’s legs, and when we did wind
it up, we had to drop the anchors hard
for the next turn. Where there wasn’t
complete slop the steering felt fine,
but it pushed when the black base
slime was mixed in with sand. Having
30-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires helps
the X3 roll across small bumps and
through the dips between jumps.
There were a few spots we could get
the car in the air, and it shrugged off
the modest landings with no issues.
The suspension feels active and a bit
loose in the mud, but also very plush.
At one point there were two jumps
in a row, and we noticed that the
UHMW skid plate dragged hard on
the jump faces, but while we saw that
We have always
but the X3 hits
a new standard
of comfort with
seats have 6
inches of forward and back
The 2 inches in
height adjustment requires