FIRST LOOK: 2014 Can-Am Commander 1000 XT-P

Even though the Maverick line has stolen the spotlight in 2014, the Commander has been decked out in some fancy duds that are sure to turn heads.

We’re familiar with the XT-P moniker from the Outlander and Renegade lines and to bring a new level of luxuriousness to the Commander, Can-Am introduces the 2014 Commander 1000 XT-P.

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This side-x-side is jammed to the gills with upgrades such as fully adjustable front and rear Fox piggyback shocks, beadlock wheels wrapped in Maxxis Bighorn 2.0’s, a gorgeous instrumentation package, plus a heavy duty front bumper and rock sliders. All wrapped in the classic XT-P color scheme of polished black plastics with yellow accents. This thing looks fantastic!

Looks are important when you’re buying a premium ride, but it better handle great too. Good news on that front, Tri-Mode DPS simply rocks and significantly reduced steering effort – particularly in 4-wheel drive. This writer pretty much rides all Can-Am’s in the medium setting, but there’s the option to add or reduce steering assist if necessary.

The Commander XT-P corners beautifully with little body roll thanks to the addition of a front sway bar absent on previous models.

Drift a corner confidently and feel totally in control as the Commander remains grounded, then step on the gas and get pressed to your seat back as the 1000 Rotax engine roars to life (the XT-P is only available with the 1000 Rotax mill – sweet).

Roll through rutted out, rooted up or rock-strewn sections and the adjustable Fox piggybacks at all four corners have you covered while the Tri-Mode DPS soaks up any negative steering input. Run through a muck pit and get yourself stuck? No problem-o. There’s even a 4000-pound winch to tug your butt out of the goop.

The Commander 1000 XT-P isn’t on the budget-conscious end of the scale. Can-Am has loaded it up with just about every upgrade you could ever want on a side-x-side.

So if you’re a Can-Am die-hard with a fat wallet looking for the right combination of luxury and performance to ride solo or with a friend, we think this Commander is really going to spin your crank.

Visit can-am.brp.com to view all the 2014 models.

Mike Lester
Mike Lester
Mike Lester is Staff Photographer and Digital Content Manager for Dirt Trax TV. He is also a Contributing Editor and Guest Correspondent on the show.

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