As part of the company’s push to release a new machine every six months until 2020, Can-Am has introduced a new family of Maverick Sport side-by-sides. Built with DNA from the Maverick Trail and Maverick X3, the new 60-inch Maverick Sport’s do-it-all design should tackle rough trails and speed across flats with ease.

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Engine and Transmission

All three packages in the new family – base 1000, DPS 1000, and DPS 1000R – come powered by 1000cc Rotax V-twin engines for a good balance of performance and reliability. The 75 horsepower Rotax 1000 engine offers outstanding performance at a more affordable price, while the 100 horsepower Rotax 1000R engine option delivers unmatched performance on the trail.

Both engine options feature large air intakes, oversized radiators, and a Donaldson airbox as standard equipment. However, the 1000R engine comes with a larger airbox taken from the X3, a performance exhaust system, and an additional air intake for the CVT. The 1000R also borrows the X3’s CVT driven pulley to give a more dynamic power delivery.

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Each machine uses Can-Am’s QRS (Quick Response System) and Electronic Belt Protection to improve transmission performance and longevity. The QRS technology upgrades the Maverick Sport’s CVT transmission by refining clutch engagement. This increases throttle response and eliminates the “rubber-band effect” felt with most CVTs.

Can-Am’s Electronic Belt Protection is a monitoring system that detects belt condition and creates alerts when increased wear is detected. The system analyzes transmission load and notifies the driver when they’re in high gear but should be in low gear. This helps prevent the belt from developing flat spots and wearing prematurely.

The DPS models feature Dynamic Power Steering for light handling as well as Intelligent Throttle Control with selectable sport and ECO modes. The entire Maverick Sport range comes standard with selectable 2WD and 4WD modes and an auto-locking Visco-Lok QE front differential that provides quick engagement with no rev or speed limiter.

Chassis and Suspension

Since the new Maverick Sport machines are designed for the trail, Can-Am made handling a main priority. The chassis works as the foundation for that handling by providing a lightweight, rigid platform the rest of the machine can work from. The chassis is made from a specialized dual-phase 980 steel that combines high strength, a light weight, and superb torsional stiffness into the frame’s overall construction.

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Can-Am pairs the chassis with suspension that promotes performance and predictability. The Maverick Sport uses double a-arm suspension up front and Torsional Trailing A-arm (TTA) suspension in the rear. Fox Podium 2.0 shocks are supplied both front and rear on every member of the Maverick Sport family for the best reliability and performance.

The machines ship from the factory with 12-inch aluminum wheels and 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires. The results of the chassis and suspension working together are a full 12 inches of ground clearance, 12 inches of suspension travel in the rear, and 11.5 inches of travel in the front. The 90.6 wheelbase is identical to the Maverick Trail in order to maximize stability, but with all of its elements combines, the Maverick Sport ends up with an optimal 42% front/58% rear weight distribution.

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Ergonomics and Interior

The Fox suspension goes a long way towards increasing the Maverick Sport’s comfort, but Can-Am put a large emphasis on making the interior comfortable and usable as well. The Maverick Sport’s cab is what Can-Am calls an ERGO-LOK cockpit because of its increased ergonomics. The ERGOPRINT seats mimic the shape of an automotive racing seat to maximize lateral support, and the aggressive yet comfortable seating position promotes a connected feel between driver and machine.

The adjustable driver seat fits a wide range of sizes, a tilting steering wheel offers 25 degrees of flexibility along with a direct view of the attached gauge cluster, and all seat cushions are removable to make cleaning that much easier. The Maverick Sport also has an interior that Can-Am says leads the segment. Leg room is expanded two inches to accommodate taller riders, and Can-Am says the increased shoulder and seating space will easily fit 95% of adult men.

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Cargo space was optimized starting with an impressive 5.3 gallons of storage up front. The cargo box out back has a 300-pound capacity, eight LinQ quick-attach points, and four anchor hooks. The numerous attachment points make it easy to attach any of the nearly 150 Maverick accessories. But the Maverick Sport comes from the factory with several accessories that wouldn’t normally come stock on other machines.

The most noticeable included accessories are the premium half-doors that help keep trail debris out of the cockpit, give the machine a streamlined look, and come installed straight from the factory. The Maverick Sport also comes with a stylish front bumper, a 2-inch hitch receiver out back, and installation brackets for 4-point harnesses.

These details make the Maverick Sport look to be a very promising, capable machine that will give some stiff competition to other trail-oriented UTVs. It’s scheduled to hit dealership floors in June of 2018 with a base MSRP of $14,699. Visit the Can-Am website to find out more.

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Can-Am Maverick Sport Specs

2019 Maverick Sport
Model Sport 1000 Sport DPS 1000 Sport DPS 1000R
Type 75 hp, Rotax® 976 cc, V-twin, liquid cooled 100 hp, Rotax® 976 cc, V-twin, liquid cooled
Fueling Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Transmission Quick Response System (QRS) CVT with high airflow ventilation and Electronic Drive Belt Protection Extra-L / H / N / R / P
Drive Train Selectable 2WD / 4WD with Visco-Lok auto-locking front differential Selectable 2WD / 4WD with Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front differential
Driving Assistance Electronic Hill Descent Control Electronic Hill Descent Control SPORT / ECO modes
Power Steering None Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
Front Suspension Double A-arm with sway bar / 11.5 in. (29.2 cm) travel
Front Shocks FOX 2.0 PODIUM
Rear Suspension TTA with sway bar / 12 in. (30.5 cm) travel
Rear Shocks FOX 2.0 PODIUM
Front Dual 220 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers
Rear Dual 220 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers
Tires / Wheels
Front Tires Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 27 x 9 x 12 in. (68.6 x 22.9 x 30.5 cm)
Rear Tires Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 27 x 11 x 12 in. (68.6 x 27.9 x 30.5 cm)
Wheels 12-in. (30.5 cm) cast aluminum
L x W x H (in.) 119 x 60 x 71.1
Wheelbase 90.6 in.
Ground Clearance 12 in.
Dry Weight 1,377 lbs. 1,392 lbs.
Cage ROPS-approved profiled cage. Certified ISO 3471.
Cargo Box Capacity 300 lbs.
Storage Capacity Total: 5.3 gal (20.2 L) Glove Box: 4.1 gal (15.6 L) Driver storage: 0.4 gal (1.5 L) Center console and Cup holders: 0.8 gal (3.1 L)
Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 10 gals.
Gauge Digital speedo, tach, odo, trip/hour meter, fuel, gear, diagnostics, clock Digital speedo, tach, odometer, trip and hour meters, fuel, gear, SPORT / ECO, diagnostics, clock
Instrumentation Lighter type DC outlet in console (20-A)
Magneto 650-W
Lighting Two 55 W reflectors and LED tail lights Two 55 W reflectors with unique Can-Am LED signature and LED tail light
Steering Wheel Adjustable tilt steering
Protection Integrated front steel bumper, injected full skid plates, premium half doors, mudguards
Hitch Type 2-in. hitch receiver