The three-cylinder, 900cc, double-overhead-cam, 12-valve engine makes 154 horsepower.
Premium fuel is recommended, but hey, this isn’t a lawnmower.
The transmission and its cooling system are purposely over-designed, and belt changes are easy.
on the dash. Owners who want to tame
the X3 for less-experienced drivers can
replace the sport key with the standard
WHAT’S THE SUSPENSION PACKAGE
It’s pure high-performance hardware.
The X ds has Fox Podium 2. 5 RC2
piggyback reservoir shocks front and
rear with adjustable high- and low-speed compression, rebound and
spring preload. Arched front double
A-arms and rear trailing arms provide
20 inches of travel, the most on any
64-inch-wide UTV at the moment, and
there are sway bars front and rear to
fight body roll. X3 X rs’ have Fox 3.0
Podium RC2 remote-reservoir rear
shocks to control the 24 inches of rear
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
Its limits are so high, many drivers
may never find them. It’s not impossible
to use all 20 inches of travel on a
surprise bump or G-out, but you have
to be a fast, aggressive driver and
really push the X ds hard to fully use
the suspension, which is how a high-
end, high-performance UTV should be.
The suspension devours whoops with
astounding ease and control. For now,
only the X3 X rs is significantly better
in whoops. The X3’s 154-horsepower
requires an extremely high level of
suspension performance, and this
machine has it.
Surprisingly, the suspension package
also works remarkably well for cruising
and relaxed riding. You don’t need
to drive like a racer to enjoy excellent
comfort, control and ride quality in
the Can-Am. If you find you want to
fine-tune the ride to your conditions or
driving style, the X3’s suspension is as
adjustable as they come.
you can take advantage of maximum
traction at full throttle.
HOW FAST IS IT?
It’s ridiculously fast. Prepare to
be shocked and amazed. The X3’s
acceleration and speed has a way of
compressing vast, open spaces and
defying deep sand’s power-sapping
effects. Every time we encountered
situations that called for serious power,
we came away amazed at how much
more power it had than we needed.
The Can-Am’s power delivery is as
remarkable as the amount of power
it has on tap too. There’s no turbo
lag—just instant, controllable thrust in
massive amounts, if you like. Drivers
who want smoother throttle progression
can switch to Eco mode with a switch