BRP keeps pumping the hype for high-performance off-road machines, which come ready for competition right out of the crate. Only a few weeks after their surprise reveal of the new Maverick 1000R and a sneak peek at the four-seat version of it, due out for next summer, Can-Am adds another member to an already extensive family of ATVs, to go out and shine for them in competition. The 2013 Can-Am Outlander 650 X-mr presents an interesting mix, between the popular and trusted Outlander 650 and its bigger and older brother, the mighty Outlander 1000R X-mr. For optimal temperature control, despite the deep mud and water, this new 650 includes mud-specific features inspired by the 1000, like a larger radiator sitting in place of a front rack, to stay as high on the ride as possible. The engine air intake, as well as the CVT intake and exhaust, are also located up front and high, to provide the same protection against the elements as seen on highly modified machines with a snorkel set-up. A small cover removed and you can get fast and easy access to maintenance of your cooling system and the cleaning of the breather filter. Most other maintenance needs will be easily accessed by lifting up the seat. The battery, rear brake fluid reservoir, solenoid starter and relays are all conveniently placed. This vehicle makes the sport of mud-racing a little more affordable, it is a perfectly race-ready mud quad.
The 650cc liquid-cooled Rotax V-Twin powerplant was revised for 2013 and now produces 62 horsepower, which we should point out, feels more powerful than most 700’s and up on the market. This model also gets all the usual innovative technologies found on most Can-Am’s, like the three separate selectable levels of steering assistance with the Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) system, the industry’s exclusive Visco-Lok QE, which automatically and progressively transfers power from a slipping front wheel to a gripping one unique Torsional Trailing Arm Independent (TTI) rear and front suspensions that feature a dive-control and anti-kickback geometry. It was, of course, given the newly redesigned bodywork, which is undeniably sportier and more aggressive looking. Even fresher are the new 28-in. Maxxis Mudzilla 6-ply tires with rim guard for improved wheel protection. Those will churn their way out of just about anything!
This is an all-new Can-Am off-road machine, which can provide you, like the new Maverick 1000R, with a heightened fun factor, yet remaining a highly practical vehicle for chores around the property. It offers a 1,300-pound towing capacity and comes with a standard 2-inch receiver hitch, which comes pre-wired for a winch. The Outlander 650 X-mr ATV also stays a versatile choice, with a huge 5.7-gallon (21.4-liter) rear storage box, located beneath the rear cargo rack. Rated at 200 pounds, the reinforced composite rear rack has an integrated anti-skid surface and elevated ridges to keep a better hold, on cargo, and predetermined “cutouts” to add versatility with Can-Am’s adaptable and customized exclusive LinQ quick-attach accessory system.
By all means, this Can-Am vehicle is truly worthy of the specialty graphics and X package color scheme it comes in, and we don’t know which model we want to ask for a test anymore. Maybe if we are lucky, we will get to haul both this Outlander in the pick-up and a Maverick in the trailer, for some serious fun in the dirt!
For more information on the above mentioned models, please visit the Can-Am Off-Road Website