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All-New Can-Am Maverick R – A Quad to Dominate Them All?

Over the past years, both Polaris and Can-Am have continually pushed the boundaries by introducing increasingly powerful and technologically advanced ATVs. However, these innovations often cater to more specific niches, giving rise to segments tailored to unique needs and types of ATV enthusiasts.

These new segments have mainly been focused on the side-by-side (SxS) category, which is experiencing significant growth. Manufacturers are creatively designing vehicles to meet the demands of various passionate riders. Examples include Polaris’s Expedition range and the Ranger XD. Of course, these types of ATVs are not aimed at Quebec-based riders who traverse trails and transmission lines.

A Brief History 

In 2017, Can-Am introduced its first ultra-sport side-by-side vehicle: the Maverick X3. (Read the article, in French only…) This model delivered everything an adrenaline-seeking rider could desire — a 154 hp turbocharged engine (2017 version), high-travel suspension, robust chassis, and a striking appearance.

Can-Am Maverick R

Over the last 7 years, numerous manufacturers have brought forth SxS vehicles with equally impressive performance and features. To maintain its leading position, Can-Am consistently improved the X3, resulting in exceptional sales — an impressive 180,000 units sold since its inception.

The Current X3 Lineup 

The Rotax 900 ACE Turbo engine has seen multiple iterations over the years, now available as the 135 hp (900 ACE Turbo) and 200 hp (900 ACE Turbo RR) versions.

For 2024, shoppers have an array of choices with the Maverick X3, available in both 2-seat and 4-seat configurations, featuring 11 and 9 distinct options, respectively.

The Maverick R: X3’s Successor

While the Maverick X3 remains exceptional, Can-Am aimed to provide even more for extreme ATV enthusiasts. Over the past 5 years, Can-Am developed the Maverick R, not to replace the X3, but to push the limits further and outperform the competition.

Rather than upgrading the X3’s platform and components, engineers started from scratch, designing the Maverick R from the ground up. This approach led to a new chassis, engine, transmission, suspension, and more, creating a machine that stands above the competition in terms of performance.

Discover the Maverick R through an Exclusive Series: Part 1—Mechanics and Power

Given these innovations, I’ll divide this article into a miniseries. In this first part, I’ll delve into the heart of the Maverick R — its engine and transmission. Subsequent articles will cover:

  • Suspension
  • Driving Modes
  • Brake System
  • Chassis
  • New Smart-Shox
  • Cockpit Features
  • SMART Accessory System

Let’s begin with the engine and transmission.

Rotax 999T Engine

Can-Am has once again raised the bar for engines below 1000 cc. The Maverick R boasts the new Rotax 999T engine, delivering an impressive 240 hp.

Rotax 999T Engine

This 3-cylinder engine was purpose-built for the Maverick R, though it may find future applications in the ATV world. The engine features a dry sump lubrication system, targeting precise lubrication points. An oil jet below the pistons prevents overheating.


It’s a dry sump design, so lubrication isn’t splash lubrication, but oil path lubrication. This makes it possible to target the precise areas that need lubrication. What’s more, to prevent the pistons from overheating, a jet of oil is sprayed underneath them.

Robust Design

Rotax equipped the engine with robust forged pistons and plasma-coated cylinders for reliability. Its compact design and 8 tension rods enable it to withstand high combustion pressures, maximizing power output.

Turbocharged Performance 

The engine features a new 54 mm turbocharger with an electronically controlled wastegate — an industry first. This ensures optimal turbo speed and intake manifold pressure, minimizing engine response delays. An intercooler enhances oxygen concentration, accompanied by dual fans to optimize intercooler performance.

Fuel System 

With 240 hp, optimal fuel delivery is crucial. Each cylinder is equipped with 2 fuel injectors, operating across all engine regimes.

Efficient Cooling 

The cooling system includes a front-mounted radiator with dual fans to maintain optimal operating temperature.


Transmitting the Maverick R’s 240 horsepower to its wheels, Can-Am opted for a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). This choice stands out from the conventional offerings in the market. The Maverick R and the Honda Talon share high- and low-speed ranges, while Yamaha’s YXZ has only one.

Notably, the Maverick R offers both manual and automatic modes. Shifting from Low to High or vice versa can be done on the fly, eliminating the need to stop the vehicle. This feature enhances convenience and adaptability.

The Talon and Maverick R have high and low speed ranges, while Yamaha’s YXZ has only one range.

Dual Clutch Transmission

Maverick R Distinctions

On the Maverick R, you can choose between manual and automatic modes based on your preference. It’s interesting to note that even in automatic mode, you can still change gears as you wish.

Another intriguing feature is the ability to shift from Low to High range while in motion. There’s no need to stop the vehicle. For instance, when transitioning from rocky terrain to a trail, you can smoothly switch to the “High” range while continuing to drive. The transmission will automatically select the most suitable gear ratio for the transition. Similarly, you can switch from High to Low without any issues.

Can-Am Maverick R
Can-Am Maverick R X RS

Advantages of a DCT

A DCT brings several advantages. First, it eliminates the need for a clutch belt. With 240 hp, a clutch belt might face significant strain and have limited lifespan concerns.

Second, there are no primary and secondary pulleys, simplifying maintenance and reducing wear and tear.

Third, the fun factor is elevated in manual mode, allowing precise control over gear shifts. This immersive experience is favored by purists and aggressive drivers. The automatic mode offers ease, with the Maverick R handling gear changes.

Conclusion of the First Part of the Can-Am Maverick R Series

This concludes the first article in the dedicated series on the new Can-Am Maverick R. Stay tuned for the upcoming installments over the next few days.

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