Can-Am Unleashes 240-horsepower Maverick

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

can am unleashes 240 horsepower maverick

While the side-by-side world isn’t our standard fare, the latest bonkers creation from Can-Am is too good not to share. For 2024, the Maverick will be available with a gobsmacking 240 horsepower from its 999cc turbocharged triple.

That’s in a machine with a listed dry weight of roughly 2,200 pounds, giving it a power-to-weight ratio roughly equal to that found in a Ram 1500 TRX which packs 702 horses for shifting its 6,400-lb mass. This thing is going to fly. Also on board is a seven-speed DCT transmission with optional paddle shifters. Drive modes abound – one shifts around 4,000 rpm, another kicks that to 8,500 rpm, while a third does the same but with a so-called anti-lag system. Expect to hear a few pops and crackles, then.

Helping it on its landing is a set of trick Can-Am shocks, with the top-tier Maverick R X RS featuring 25 inches of wheel travel (26 inches out back) when accompanied by Fox Podium Piggyback with bypasses and Smart-Shox tech at each corner. In plain English, this means there’s dual-valve compression and rebound baked into the dampers; pickup truck fans can think of them as sorta similar to the baller DSSV units found on Chevy’s brawny and capable Colorado ZR2. It's 77 inches wide on a 108-inch wheelbase, if you're wondering. The list continues with 32-inch tires, 17 inches of ground clearance, and the ability to make trail markers pregnant as you zoom past (maybe).

The cabin gets a huge tech upgrade in the form of a 10.25-inch touchscreen display, solving a long-running complaint leveled by this author every time he belted into a Can-Am over the last few years. Until now, Can-Am owners had to endure endless ribbing from their Polaris buddies whose rigs have long had snazzy RideCommand whilst they made do with what was essentially a digital alarm clock from the 1980s. Other key changes to this jaundiced eye include a gear selector which will no longer mash yer hand when shoving the thing in park. And when you’re spending carlike money on these things, this stuff matters.  

How much money? Well, it’ll cost at least $35,499 to get into a Maverick R and its 240 horses but a trim with the trick dampers will start at $44,299. For fun, we checked just about all the option boxes we could find on the configurator – including a $5,100 JL Audio sound system with six speakers and two butt thumper subwoofers – and ended up with a total easily cresting 60 large.

If you're looking for me, I'll be in the desert.

[Images: Can-Am]

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  • Kosmo Kosmo on Aug 23, 2023

    Looks like more fun than humans should be allowed to have!

    Pointless Comparison: It weighs almost as much as my 86 Jetta did (which had a whopping 80 HP but still seemed fun at the time, what with the stick shift and all).

  • Probert Probert on Aug 23, 2023

    Like the jet ski of the desert, ready to ruin everyone else's day.

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    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Aug 23, 2023

      Electric jet ski sounds like a pretty good idea (easier to do right now than a boat; fewer concerns with range/run time).

  • Dusterdude The "fire them all" is looking a little less unreasonable the longer the union sticks to the totally ridiculous demands ( or maybe the members should fire theit leadership ! )
  • Thehyundaigarage Yes, Canadian market vehicles have had immobilizers mandated by transport Canada since around 2001.In the US market, some key start Toyotas and Nissans still don’t have immobilizers. The US doesn’t mandate immobilizers or daytime running lights, but they mandate TPMS, yet canada mandates both, but couldn’t care less about TPMS. You’d think we’d have universal standards in North America.
  • Alan I think this vehicle is aimed more at the dedicated offroad traveller. It costs around the same a 300 Series, so its quite an investment. It would be a waste to own as a daily driver, unless you want to be seen in a 'wank' vehicle like many Wrangler and Can Hardly Davidson types.The diesel would be the choice for off roading as its quite torquey down low and would return far superior mileage than a petrol vehicle.I would think this is more reliable than the Land Rovers, BMW make good engines.
  • Lorenzo I'll go with Stellantis. Last into the folly, first to bail out. Their European business won't fly with the German market being squeezed on electricity. Anybody can see the loss of Russian natural gas and closing their nuclear plants means high cost electricity. They're now buying electrons from French nuclear plants, as are the British after shutting down their coal industry. As for the American market, the American grid isn't in great shape either, but the US has shale oil and natural gas. Stellantis has profits from ICE Ram trucks and Jeeps, and they won't give that up.
  • Inside Looking Out Chinese will take over EV market and Tesla will become the richest and largest car company in the world. Forget about Japanese.