out 71 horses.
Mud and water is where insane power makes perfect sense, and the XT-P has power to spare.
Coolest instruments ever, and easy to read, even at 70 mph.
someone ride the 800R who isn’t ready
for that kind of power, the 800R comes
with a gray key that softens the throttle
response and reduces the machine’s
top speed, like a Corvette’s valet key, in
addition to the full-power key. Even with
the gray key, the Outlander accelerates
pretty hard and can do 45 mph. With
the power key, the 800 will light the
tires up on pavement and hit 72 in a
hurry. You don’t even need challenging
trails to have fun with the 800. Rolling
on the throttle, feeling the acceleration,
and hearing the ripping V-twin intake
and exhaust music is fun even on a flat
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
It’s overkill but not overwhelming as
long as you have some sense—and
some sense of throttle control. The 800
is actually very easy to ride, thanks
to clutching and engine tuning
that keeps the initial throttle
response from being too
abrupt. The big Outlander can cruise
so smoothly, you’d never know there’s
dragster-like acceleration a little deeper
into the throttle. The musclequad power
comes in really handy on big, loose hills
and in deep, sloppy mud bogs. The
Can-Am’s immense speed makes quick
work of long straights and wide-open
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT
Up front, it’s double A-arms. In the
rear, it’s Can-Am’s torsional trailing arm
independent (TTI) system. Fox Podium
piggyback reservoir shocks control both
ends. The shocks have adjustable high-and low-speed compression damping,
adjustable rebound damping and
adjustable spring preload.
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
It’s firm and sporty but still very
compliant. The suspension is
set up for aggressive riding,
so it’s not as soft as some big
4x4s. The Fox shocks let the
big Outlander run at a pace on rough
ground that’s just not possible with
lesser shocks. It takes a truly brutal
hit to bottom the front or rear, and
the machine stays very calm, even on
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It’s remarkably easy-handling, which
is a miracle of technology, considering
the Outlander’s speed and power and
that it weighs 750 pounds with fuel.
Can-Am’s lighter-handling G2 chassis
gets some of the credit, and so does
the power-steering system.
The Outlander’s light feel doesn’t
change the fact that it is a heavy
machine, and it reminds you of that
when you whip it through a series of
tight turns, or brake hard for a corner
from high speed. Once in motion, all
that weight wants to stay in motion. The
The ergonomics and the seat’s shape and
firmness are close to perfect. Check out the
tapered aluminum handlebars with hand