So far we’ve seen wide, wide and wider side-x-sides, then narrow ones, then three, four and even six-seaters! Don’t even think about all the engine configurations available and the big question of whether or not you want a high performance SxS or a sport-ute.
It’s actually pretty cool how the market has made its demands known and even cooler how the OEMs have responded by virtually custom tailoring their model line-ups so you can buy one vehicle and get it all!
Right now there appears to be a move toward even more rider-specific side-x-sides with the recent intro of Can-Am’s Maverick Xmr. The Xmr is designed to grab the attention of serious mud riders and features mud-specific tires and wheels, a hefty winch, a high-mounted engine air intake and a high mounted ventilator for the CVT.
The 30-inch Silverback tires look like they came right off a backhoe and they actually jack up the ground clearance to 13-inches – it looks like way more, really.
One huge feature is adjustable Fox air suspension. You may be thinking “why do I need this?” The point of air suspension is to enable the driver to keep the Xmr pointed straight when engaging the hidden underwater world of rocks, stumps and dead things you cant see during violent sludge riding.
There’s nothing worse than getting tossed sideways or jarred off-course when you hit that unseen object with the pedal to the metal and all four meats spinning wildly. Although the air shocks won’t cure the issue 100-percent, they will soak up the worst of the impact and depending on what you’re riding through, your speed and riding experience, you can dial in the shocks to suit conditions. Nice touch!
With its 101-hp V-twin and ViscoLok 4WD system, the Xmr is a pretty serious piece of equipment and is designed to meet the needs of a very specific group of riders. We like the trend and think Can-Am may have opened the door to a whole herd of competitors who will be getting on board.