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Can-Am Maverick 1000R X-mr

Can-Am Maverick 1000R X mr

Can-Am Maverick X mr
Maverick 1000R with mud-specific X package

The newest member of the 2014 Can-Am Maverick lineup is the Can-Am Maverick 1000R X mr. The 101-horsepower Rotax powered Can-Am Maverick 1000R X mr is built to offer impressive performance, precision-engineered handling and a driver focused design to conquer a muddy trail or closed-course bog. The new vehicle is based off the two-seat Maverick platform, but includes an industry-exclusive and mud-specific X package, as well Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering, Visco-Lok QE and an updated gauge package. The Maverick 1000R X mr also wears an Air Control Suspension (ACS) with FOX Air Assist HPG Piggyback shocks (with a four-inch range of adjustment) and mud-hunting 30-in. Gorilla Axle Silverback tires for ultimate control in the mud. In addition, to keep the engine air intake, CVT air outlet and CVT air inlet free of water and debris, they have been snorkeled to strategic locations on the machine.

Can-Am Maverick 1000R X-mr


  • Air Control Suspension (ACS) with FOX† Air Assist HPG Piggyback shocks
  • 30-in. (76.2cm) Gorilla Axle Silverback† tires
  • 14-in. (35.6cm) ITP† SS312 cast-aluminum wheels
  • Strategically positioned engine air intake and CVT inlets / outlets
  • Mud-calibrated CVT transmission with mud-ready cover
  • Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS™)
  • Visco-Lok QE
  • 4,000-lb (1,814 kg) WARN† winch
  • Analog / digital gauge
  • Custom steering wheel with brushed-aluminum center part
  • Front bumper
  • X-package seat trim, graphics and color schematics*

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Via an onboard compressor, the industry-exclusive ACS system adjusts the front and rear high-pressure gas FOX Air Assist HPG Piggyback shocks to six rider-selectable preload levels – for a total adjustment range of 4 inches (102mm). This allows the suspension of the X mr to be adjusted on-the-fly depending on terrain or vehicle load. It also comes with a hose that can be used to fill tires or other accessories while out on the trail.

4,000-LB (1,814 KG) WARN WINCH
A 4,000-pound WARN winch kit includes a roller fairlead, wired remote control and integrated remote storage.

The Maverick 1000R X mr has an upgraded gauge over the base Maverick and now includes a 3-D background for enhanced visual clarity. Featuring state-of-the-art instrumentation with an analog tachometer and speedometer combined with an advanced digital information center.

The same tires found on the unmatched Can-Am Outlander 1000 X mr ATV, the proven 30-inch Gorilla Axle Silverback tires were chosen for their exceptional mud-riding characteristics. Developed by Gorilla Axle for mud riding and racing, these tires have been tested in the deepest mud holes of east Texas and Louisiana. With a tall lug and aggressive tread pattern, the tires offer superb mud performance, yet a smooth ride when traveling to the mud hole.

The tall, ITP cast-aluminum wheels and stylish wheel hubcap work in tandem to give the Outlander X mr an aggressive look.

The CVT system is calibrated for performance in wet terrain and conditions and features a 13-bolt sealing system on the compartment cover. A dedicated drain plug is built into the cover and easily accessible if the need ever arises to remove water from the CVT housing. The CVT intake is at a higher location in the chassis for optimal performance in wet riding conditions. Automatic transmission with standard engine braking featuring high, low, park, neutral and reverse is also included.

BRP has made sure that critical components like the CVT intake, CVT exhaust and engine air intake are located as high as possible on the Maverick 1000R X mr. Positioned high above the muddy, wet conditions below, the system is designed with the proper air volume to keep everything operating efficiently.

Calibrated specifically for use in the Maverick line of side-by-side vehicles, BRP’s Tri-Mode DPS system offers variable steering assistance and is designed to offer less assist at high speed and more assist at low speed. It also allows the driver to dial in his or her preference with three modes (Hi, Med, Lo).

All DPS-equipped models come with the Visco-Lok QE calibration giving an even quicker engagement of the front differential. It progressively transfers power from a slipping front wheel to the gripping one – automatically with no buttons to push or levers to pull. Plus, there’s no wheel hop or driveline wind-up so the system is totally transparent to the driver and extremely easy to steer. Can lock up to 100 percent with no rev or speed limiter. This differential, unlike some competitor’s differential systems, does not have a speed or rev limiter. DPS and Visco-Lok QE, when, combined, improve handling and performance in slow-speed technical terrain and mud.

The three-spoke steering wheel is outfitted with molded grips and a brushed aluminum centerpiece to add to the Can-Am side-by- side’s performance looks.

A stylish, yet rugged, front bumper protects this powerful mud vehicle in the toughest of conditions.

Stitched with the X-package logo and accented with white and yellow highlights, the seats on the Maverick 1000R X mr are race ready and offer industry-leading comfort. X-package graphics and sponsor logos enhance the high-performance looks while complimenting the attractive yellow-and-black color scheme.

Tri-mode Dynamic Power Steering and Visco-Lok QE on Maverick
The Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) system is now available on certain Maverick 1000R two-seat and MAX vehicles. The all-new Maverick 1000R X rs DPS package includes both features for even more precision handling. The all-new trail-friendly Maverick 1000R X xc DPS also receives this update for the new model year. Featuring three driver-selectable settings (Hi, Med, Lo) for use in the Maverick, DPS selects the appropriate level of steering assistance based on the amount of steering assistance required for the current speed and terrain conditions.

DPS also includes the Quicker-Engaging (QE) Visco-Lok front differential to improve the Maverick side-by-side’s traction and abilities in slow-speed, technical terrain. Like the Commander DPS system, the Maverick DPS vehicles offer variable steering assistance in any mode and is engineered to offer less assist at high speed and more assist at low speed.

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Can-Am Maverick Overview

The new-from-the-ground-up Can-Am Maverick 1000R is built to offer industry-leading performance, precision-engineered handling and a driver-focused design unlike any sport side-by-side vehicle to date. The innovative Maverick 1000R not only offers the most powerful engine within the industry, but also leads its class in torque, acceleration and power-to- weight ratio. The Maverick side by side’s muscular setup is complimented by a unique, sport-tuned front-and-rear suspension, a rigid frame with a centralized mid-engine layout and advanced ergonomics that make it stand out in a crowd. And the Maverick is sure to please the most dedicated hardcore off-road sport enthusiasts with its unmatched and aggressive styling and its rider-friendly cockpit, both of which unquestionably reflect the Can-Am brand.

Powering the Maverick 1000R family of side-by-side vehicles is a proven Rotax® 1000R V-Twin power plant that is unrivaled in the side-by-side vehicle market. The 101-horsepower engine rests in a sport-tuned frame that is designed especially for the Maverick. The steel frame was engineered in way that it offers supreme traction, athletic agility and confidence-inspiring handling, while at the same time offering improved rigidity versus the competition.

A revolutionary and compact Torsional Trailing A-arms (TTA) independent rear suspension improves traction while also reducing unsprung weight and eliminating bump steer for extremely predictable handling. A strategically designed exterior gives the Maverick side-by-side vehicle its own look, while the innovative and purpose-built performance package reward owners with unmatched comfort, convenience and safety. The Maverick side by side is made for recreational enjoyment, but also caters to true adventurists with its muli-function rear rack with LinQ system compatibility.

Maverick 1000R Family Highlights

Industry-Leading Performance

  • 101-hp Rotax 1000R V-Twin engine
  • High-flow dynamics
  • Intelligent Throttle Control (iTCTM)
  • Dual exhaust
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Zylon†-reinforced belt
  • 10-gallon (37.8 L) fuel tank

Precision-Engineered Handling

  • Double A-arm front suspension
  • Torsional Trailing A-Arms (TTA) independent rear suspension
  • FOX Podium X† Performance 2.0 piggyback shocks
  • Mid-engine layout
  • High frame rigidity
  • 13 in. (33cm) of ground clearance
  • Front and rear dual 214mm ventilated disc brakes
  • 12-inch center-less cast-aluminum wheels
  • 27-inch (68.6cm) Maxxis Bighorn† 2.0 tires
  • Visco-Lok front differential

Driver-focused Design

  • Driver and passenger advanced ergonomics
  • Premium fit and finish
  • Optimal seating position
  • Removable free-standing seats
  • Adjustable driver seat and tilt steering
  • Passenger handhold and grab bar
  • 2-inch (51mm) diameter, high-strength steel, ROPS-approved cage
  • Quick-attach side nets
  • 3-point seatbelts with anti-cinch
  • High-strength, multipurpose rear rack with LinQ quick-attach accessory system
  • 31.6 liters of cockpit storage
  • Dual cup holders
  • Multi-function digital gauge
  • Digitally Encoded Security System (D.E.S.S.) anti-theft system, with 2 different keys
  • 240-watt lighting
  • 625-watt magneto
  • Easy-to-use maintenance center
  • Yellow plastic (base)

Features and Benefits

101-HP Rotax 1000r V-Twin Engine

The new 976cc, 101-hp Rotax 1000R V-Twin engine is the most powerful side-by-side engine in the industry*. This liquid- cooled, single-overhead-cam power plant features four valves per cylinder and is fed by a 54mm Bosch throttle body and two VDO Seimens† fuel injectors. The sophisticated electronic fuel injection system automatically keeps the engine’s performance at its peak, regardless of temperature or altitude. Dual exhausts ensure that distinctive sound you’d expect from a high-performance side-by-side vehicle. The end result is a high-performance side-by-side vehicle capable of producing the most power, acceleration and best power-to-weight while at the same time maintaining excellent fuel efficiency.

High-flow Dynamics

When an engine breathes easier, it can produce more horsepower. So we optimized air intake, combustion and exhaust flow to improve engine efficiency. The result is the 101-hp Rotax 1000R. This was achieved in conjunction with increasing the flow volume of the intake plenum and independent intake runners that allow the tuning of each cylinder for optimal performance. A high-flow head to optimize the combustion chamber, thanks to larger intake and exhaust valves and an increased compression ratio (12.0:1), and high-flow dual exhaust all contribute to the more-powerful and efficient engine.

Intelligent Throttle control (ITC)

The electronic throttle-by-wire ITC system offers a smooth throttle delivery even if the driver’s foot is bouncing due to the rough terrain. The ITC system — which features a rider selectable twin-mode toggle switch for throttle control— can detect unwanted bounces and then filter the input, resulting in more throttle accuracy, especially at low speed. Drivers can choose between a progressive mode (standard) and a Sport mode, which offers linear throttle control. This system also reduces the number of moving parts in the vehicle; requires no maintenance; has no cables to adjust, lubricate, or replace; and the system has an increased life span.

Dual Exhaust
The dual exhausts uses tuned manifold lengths and resonator chamber to create more flow, optimizing performance and sound. Industry first catalytic converter and closed-loop system ensure optimal combustion from an emission standpoint, meeting new EPA/ CARB standards for 2014 models.

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) With Zylon-Reinforced Belt

The updated CVT system showcases a new belt reinforced with Zylon, a material with 1.6 times higher tensile strength and with increased belt rigidity in compression compared to a regular belt, keeping it cooler. A dual CVT exhaust design also ensures cooler belt temperatures, even in extreme conditions. A redesigned drive pulley with increased diameter will provide extra durability. Standard with engine braking to help slow you when going downhill.

10-Gallon (37.8 l) Fuel Tank

The Maverick has the largest fuel tank of sport side-by-side at 10 gallons (38 liters). That’s 14% more than its nearest competitor in the segment, providing extended range while exploring the outdoors.

Double A-Arm Front Suspension
The double A-arm front suspension front suspension for a capable and precise ride.

Torsional Trailing A-Arms (TTA) Independent Rear Suspension

The innovative TTA rear suspension on the Maverick 1000R is engineered to be compact, lightweight, efficient and deliver the performance sport enthusiasts demand. This is a compact version of a five-link suspension for no bump steer and the lowest scrub for optimized bump absorption and tire-to-ground contact. It also has less rear unsprung weight than other sport side-by-sides. The system features a double A-arm setup where each A-arm acts as two links and uses a toe-control link as the fifth link. The result is a more condensed and lighter package with less pivot points and spherical ball joints making it more durable because it reduces free play and wear, and is more resistant to undercarriage damage. Engineers designed the TTA to allow for optimal geometric weight transfer to enhance the tire-to-ground contact, while at the same time increasing its bump absorption, traction and, ultimately, overall control of the suspension.

Mid-Engine Layout

The Rotax power plant sits low and close to the center of the wheelbase, which not only improves the Maverick side by side’s weight distribution and mass centralization, but also means it’s quicker to react to direction changes. The mid-engine configuration results in a low center of gravity and, along with the rest of the chassis components, improves handling while cornering. Add in a 84.3-inch (214cm) wheelbase and 64-inch (163cm) width, and the result is a nimble Maverick that is as predictable and confidence inspiring as it is powerful and dynamic.

High Frame Rigidity

The Maverick 1000R is outfitted with a new frame that’s offers more engineered rigidity compared to its closest competition. With more torsional rigidity, a frame can improve handling by allowing the vehicle’s suspension to work properly and with increased precision.

13 In. (33cm) of Ground Clearance

The Maverick has 13 inches (33cm) of total ground clearance for optimum performance in challenging terrain. The suspension and frame were engineered to produce a vehicle that can tackle rugged terrain in predictable fashion while also remaining precise in aggressive cornering.

Front and Rear Dual 214-mm Ventilated Disc Brakes

The four-wheel disc braking system on the Maverick 1000R consists of front 214mm hydraulic disc brakes with twin-piston caliper and 214mm rear hydraulic disc with a single-piston caliper for great stopping power.

27-Inch (60.6cm) Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 Tires

The non-directional, six-ply Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires offer an extremely durable carcass, yet are lightweight in design to reduce unsprung weight. This tire provides a smooth ride, predictable feel over a variety of surfaces while at the same time offering sturdy lugs and a capable tread pattern to let you drive with confidence.

Visco-Lok Front Differential

Exclusive to Can-Am, Visco-Lok is a progressively and automatically locking front differential system, once 4×4 mode is selected. The system intelligently transfers power from a slipping front wheel to the opposing wheel with traction. Visco-Lok has no buttons to push or levers to pull. Plus, there’s no wheel hop or driveline wind-up so the system is totally transparent to the driver and extremely easy to steer. Visco-Lok gives progressive lock-up with no rev or speed limiter.

Driver and Passenger Advanced Ergonomics

The Can-Am Maverick 1000R features a spacious cockpit specifically designed to cater to the needs of drivers of various sizes and do so with a fit-and-finish that leads the industry. Designed to provide easier ingress / egress, more cockpit space and legroom, for optimal comfort when riding. Driver-focused ergonomics means adjustable comfort, easy-to-reach controls, integrated safety features and unmatched versatility. A side-by-side also needs to create a similar experience for the passenger by creating a space that makes them feel one with the vehicle.

Removable Free-Standing Seats

The seats in the Maverick are removable and freestanding, which means you and your passenger can feel as comfortable in them at the campfire at the end of a long day as you have during your trail journey. The seats are designed to offer both lumbar and lateral support, providing comfort even in the roughest of terrain. 

Can-Am Maverick Steering Wheel
Adjustable Driver Seat and Tilt Steering

The full bolster seats, along with their lumbar and shoulder support, are designed to offer lateral support during aggressive riding and allow easy entry and exit of the machine. The driver’s seat is adjustable fore and aft without the need of tools, making it easily adaptable to a range of drivers and driving styles. The tilt steering wheel also adjusts without the need of tools. The gauge in the Maverick is integrated with the steering column so it will pivot (raise or lower) with the steering wheel for enhanced visibility.

Passenger Handhold and Grab Bar

The Maverick line of side-by-side vehicles has a similar passenger handhold setup as the Can-Am Commander, offering both a grab bar and a left-hand grip bar. The dual handhold design features ergonomically friendly bends and optional hand placement for supreme comfort and convenience.

2-Inch (51mm) Diameter, High-Strength Steel, ROPS-Approved Cage

The Roll-over Protective Structures (ROPS) industry standard was followed when designing the Can-Am Maverick family of side-by-side’s two-inch-diameter, high-strength steel cage.

Seats and Side Nets
Quick-Attach Side Nets

Designed to keep a clear field of vision for both the driver and passenger, the side nets on the Maverick can be opened and close with just one click. Get in and out quickly with this simple one-hand and one-click system.

Can-Am Maverick High-Strength, Multipurpose Rear Rack with LinQ Quick-attach Accessory System
High-Strength, Multipurpose Rear Rack with LinQ Quick-attach Accessory System

The multipurpose rear rack works with the LinQ quick-attach accessory system, letting you quickly and easily install or re- move a storage box, rack extension, bags or other items. An optional bed liner offers even more storage space for increased versatility. The rack features an integrated anti-skid surface and elevated ridges for improved cargo holding. Numerous edges and holes improve use with tie-downs and bungee cords. 200-lb rear rack capacity.

30.3 Liters of Cockpit Storage

The onboard storage consists of a 17.2-liter glove box and a 13.1-liter storage space beneath the driver’s seat. Convenient and versatile cockpit storage space so you can take your essentials with you.

Dual Cup Holders

Dual cup holders, located in the center console, have rubber flaps for off-road use.

Multifunction Digital Gauge

The Rectangular LCD gauge, which offers a speedometer, odometer, clock, trip meter and more, is mounted to the steering column so it adjusts with the steering wheel and stays within the driver’s sight lines.

Digitally Encoded Security System (D.E.S.S.) antitheft System, with 2 Different Keys

D.E.S.S. is the industry’s first standard anti-theft device. Electronic code in key must match code in ECU to start. The Maverick 1000R family comes with two different keys. One is standard key, which limits top speed to 44 mph (70 km/h). The second key is the performance key that has no limitation on speed or power.

240-Watt Lighting

The Can-Am side-by-side vehicles family features a 240-W lighting system. Automotive-style projectors, on each side, run at 120 W in low beam and 240 W in high-beam mode.

625-Watt Magneto

Standard with a powerful magneto with 625 W of power output.

Easy-To-Use Maintenance Center

Easily accessible and out of the elements under the hood, a centralized maintenance area allows access to the air box, radiator and coolant overflow. Fuses and relays are also easily accessible.

Manufacturer Info:

Can-Am, Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or

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