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Can-Am provides off-road thrills for four with high-performance Maverick X3 Max

Can-Am provides off-road thril...
The Can-Am Maverick X3 Max provides a thrilling ride for four
The Can-Am Maverick X3 Max provides a thrilling ride for four
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The all-new Can-Am Maverick X3 Max starts at $24,999
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The all-new Can-Am Maverick X3 Max starts at $24,999
Can-Am Maverick X3 Max
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Can-Am Maverick X3 Max
Inside, the new Maverick X3 Max lineup features four-way-adjustable seats, grab handles and footrests 
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Inside, the new Maverick X3 Max lineup features four-way-adjustable seats, grab handles and footrests 
The Can-Am Maverick X3 Max starts with a rigid steel frame
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The Can-Am Maverick X3 Max starts with a rigid steel frame
Interior adjustments help keep all occupants comfortable
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Interior adjustments help keep all occupants comfortable
Moving up from the base Maverick X3 Max, the mid-level Maverick X3 Max X ds features upgrades like beadlock wheels with 29-in Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires and painted color options
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Moving up from the base Maverick X3 Max, the mid-level Maverick X3 Max X ds features upgrades like beadlock wheels with 29-in Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires and painted color options
The flagship Maverick X3 Max X rs offers more suspension travel, 30-in tires, a full roof and other upgrades
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The flagship Maverick X3 Max X rs offers more suspension travel, 30-in tires, a full roof and other upgrades
Can-Am Maverick X3 Max X rs from above
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Can-Am Maverick X3 Max X rs from above
Can-Am's Maverick X3 Max family races across the sand
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Can-Am's Maverick X3 Max family races across the sand
Four seats and plenty of performance potential
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Four seats and plenty of performance potential
The Can-Am Maverick X3 Max family features LED headlights and taillights
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The Can-Am Maverick X3 Max family features LED headlights and taillights
A peek inside at four happy campers
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A peek inside at four happy campers
All Maverick X3 Max models are powered by a 154-hp turbocharged Rotax ACE engine
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All Maverick X3 Max models are powered by a 154-hp turbocharged Rotax ACE engine
Can-Am introduced the Maverick X3 Max in Reno in February
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Can-Am introduced the Maverick X3 Max in Reno in February
Racing across the sand
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Racing across the sand
Can-Am Maverick X3 Max
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Can-Am Maverick X3 Max
Can-Am Maverick X3 Max
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Can-Am Maverick X3 Max
Can-Am Maverick X3 Max
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Can-Am Maverick X3 Max
That 22 inches of suspension travel is about to come in handy
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That 22 inches of suspension travel is about to come in handy
Can-Am Maverick X3 Max
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Can-Am Maverick X3 Max
Can-Am Maverick X3 Max
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Can-Am Maverick X3 Max
The Can-Am Maverick X3 Max provides a thrilling ride for four
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The Can-Am Maverick X3 Max provides a thrilling ride for four
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Mud-splashing, dust-kicking, dirt-ripping action ... why wouldn't you want to share that with three of your closest friends or family members? Can-Am gives you that very opportunity with the all-new Maverick X3 Max. The latest four-seater in Can-Am's lineup relies on a stretched wheelbase, trophy truck-inspired suspension and 154-hp turbocharged engine to get the heart thumping and skin goose-bumping as it devours terrain at speed.

Can-Am introduced the Maverick X3 performance flagship last year, and the all-new Max grows the family with a 2+2 option. While some other four-seat UTVs end up looking like all-terrain golf carts, the Max looks every bit a fast, angry buggy built for open dirt speed runs, explosive jumps and deft footwork across foreboding terrain.

Helping create its aggressive look and stance are the stretched 135-in (343-cm) wheelbase – that's a full 18 inches (46 cm) longer than the Polaris RZR XP4 that Can-Am has in its sights – a wedge-shaped steel tube frame, LED headlights and taillights, an available full roof and side 1/4 doors (available lower door panels create the fuller doors shown in some of the photos). An integrated front bumper and full skid plate provide rugged protection.

Four seats and plenty of performance potential
Four seats and plenty of performance potential

This book reads just like its cover, too, its performance-tuned mechanicals offering speed and handling on all types of off-road terrain. Like the two-seat Maverick X3, the Max is powered by a 154-hp turbocharged and intercooled Rotax ACE inline three-cylinder engine. The QRS-X continuously variable transmission (CVT) is tuned to cut turbo lag to near-zero and enhance throttle response, while the triple air intakes and high-flow exhaust provide exceptional airflow and a sand-shaking growl.

The Maverick X3 Max's Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tire-wrapped 14-in wheels eat up bumps and landings with a trophy truck-inspired four-link torsional trailing arm-X (TTX) rear suspension and Fox shocks delivering 20 to 22 in (51 to 56 cm) of travel, depending upon trim. The double A-arm suspension up front matches the 20/22-in of rear travel and aids in the 13 or 14 in (33 or 35.5 cm) of ground clearance. Dynamic power steering, selectable 2WD/4WD with auto-locking front differential and hydraulic disc brakes give the driver precise control.

Inside, the new Maverick X3 Max lineup features four-way-adjustable seats, grab handles and footrests 
Inside, the new Maverick X3 Max lineup features four-way-adjustable seats, grab handles and footrests 

Inside the rigid, fully welded dual-phase 980 steel frame, the Max keeps occupants both comfortable and fully engaged with the terrain below. All four occupants sit at the same low level, enjoying a visceral ride experience while keeping center of gravity down low. Four-way-adjustable Ergoprint seats improve comfort, and grab handles and footrests help passengers brace for speedy straight lines and bumpy traverses. The wraparound Ergo-Lok cockpit with its seat-splitting center console looks like it was plucked out of the performance sports car design book, while the flat-bottomed steering wheel found its way over from racing.

Can-Am revealed the Maverick X3 Max in Reno last month and offers three different models. The US$29,099 Maverick X3 Max X rs serves as the flagship of the trio, offering a larger 165.5 x 72-in (420 x 183-cm, L x W) build, 22 in of front and rear suspension travel, fully adjustable Fox 3.0 Podium RC2 bypass shocks in back, a full roof up top and heavy-duty skid plate below, and 30-in tires on aluminum beadlock wheels. The base Maverick X3 Max starts at $24,999 and the mid-level X3 Max ds at $27,399. Can-Am and partner aftermarket companies offer a selection of hundreds of accessories to make the Max an even meaner beast.

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5 comments
Milton
They should be figuring out how to shorten the wheelbase of the 4-seaters. Instead these things are starting to look more and more like a train caboose.
A very goofy looking rig, and at $25,000 I would be expecting a lot more. I get the appeal of the wicked-capable 2-seaters, but not this.
TimMahoney
Incredibly long and equally expensive. Whatever floats you boat.
guzmanchinky
What an incredible machine. However, some serious drawbacks: 1. Long. Turning around on a trail or going over obstacles would seriously hang this beast up. 2. Fast. Is this thing fun on a slow trail or rock crawling? Or is it just for going fast fast fast?
ljaques
Mavericks look like a total blast to drive. But being half plastic, I wonder how long the non-metallic parts will last in the sun. Maybe 3 years, tops? Replacement parts might cost another $25k. And I agree with the worries about length. I've always bought shortbed trucks for that same reason: They'll turn on a dime. And if I were going to be dune blasting at some place like busy like Glammis http://www.desertusa.com/sandhills/sandhinfo.html , I'd want an additional front roll bar to prevent a flying buggy, bike, or quad from coming right into my cockpit.
zr2s10
Definitely not a woods machine! The RZR 4 seaters already have to make 4 point turns at all the rides I go to, this thing will make that even worse. The only 4 seaters out there that aren't ridiculously long are the Teryx 4 (shares a platform with the 2 seater), and the Pioneer 1000 (actually a 5 seater), which even has a working dump bed when the rear seats aren't being used.