Well when we thought that Polaris set the bar extremely high with stock travel numbers for the RZR XP 1000 turbo, of 16 inches in the front and 18 inches in the rear we thought, what more could you ask for. Well apparently that wasn’t enough for UTV off-road enthusiasts and the company Can Am.

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Can Am recently unveiled the new Maverick X3 at the BRP dealer show at the Orange County convention center. The Can-Am maverick has a whole new redesign to capture the performance Side by Side industry by storm. With a whopping 20 inches of travel front and rear for each model of the Maverick X3. Including the Maverick X3 Xrs with an extra 2 inches in the front and 4 inches in the rear. Not only did Can-Am boost the travel numbers for the Maverick but also the horsepower and torque.

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The total output for the Maverick X3 is 154 horsepower and 113 foot pounds of torque. Beating the Polaris 1000 turbo by 10 horsepower and 8 more foot pounds of torque. The powerplant for the Maverick X3 is a triple cylinder turbocharged and intercooled Rotax ACE 900cc engine. Going 0-60 in 4.9 seconds which is the fastest for any production UTV out on the market.

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While the specs on the new Maverick speak for themselves, the video released by Can Am of the UTV skipping across the whoops with a door side view is incredible. The extra amount of travel made by the XRS is just the right amount to fill the gaps in between each whoop. As an off road and Desert enthusiast this is definitely a major factor at higher speeds and deeper whoops. This extra travel is all due to the Maverick X3’s new four link TTX suspension similar to that of a trophy truck. It has three links controlling the camber and geometry at all times. The shocks that the XRS is running are Fox podium RC2 PHG piggy backs with bypass and dual speed compression and rebound with 2.5’s in the front and 3.0’s in the rear. All which are fully adjustable.

With all of these components added up you would think that Can-Am would put a pretty hefty price on the new model? Well they did an overall 3k more than the stock prices for the polaris RZR 1000 XP. Not only that but their special edition XRS is a total of 4k more than the special desert edition that Polaris makes as well. Is all of these extra horsepower add-ons and travel worth it? I definitely want to find out and drive one myself.

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