2021 Can Am Outlander Max XT 850 Review: New Powerful & Proven Rotax Engine

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2021 can am Outlander Max XT 850 Can-Am gave us a pleasant and needed surprise by announcing the 2021 lineup this week.

After reading the press release, sitting down on a video conference call, and getting some sleep about the changes to the Can-Am lineup, one thing is clear.

The 2021 “new” for the Can-Am lineup revolves around a new technology: Smart-Shox.

Yes, Can-Am is known around the off-road press as a company that applies “all” to the fancy names for its technology, and Smart-Shox is no exception, but, to be honest, this technology does have Can- I spin on Live shock technology. -A valve that grants every right to name it whatever Can-Am wants to name.

2021 Can Am Outlander Max XT 850 Review

Smart-Shox lives up to its name! Can-Am is always trying to push its models a little further, and we can see that in this technology.

By now you may have concluded that the Smart-Shox technology has to do with self-adjusting shocks, which is nothing new.

Polaris introduced the RIDE DYNAMIX in 2018 on the FOX Live Valve RZR Turbo shock, and, since then, others have followed suit. Most notable is the 2020 Honda Talon X4, and now the Honda Talon Live Valve 2021 model. We drove the Polaris RZR RIDE DYNAMIX at the time of the introduction and then did a video review which you can watch below.

2021 Can Am Outlander Max XT 850

No matter what the shock model, FOX Live Valve can adjust the valve inside the shock based on commands from the computer process input from sensors around the vehicle.

When the valve is quickly adjusted, the suspension can then adjust to the terrain in milliseconds to offer the ride people are looking for, such as comfort or aggressive handling.

Things like wheel speed, shock position, gimbal readings, acceleration, braking, and another reading cover what a shock entails.

The real question is, what has Can-Am done to push this technology further and what makes it better than the competition?

Research has found that most people are uncomfortable making suspension adjustments, and even fewer make changes.

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The Smart-Shox makes all the necessary adjustments to one rocker switch that controls the three driving modes. Select Comfort, Sport, and Sport + modes with the flick of the rocker button.

For Comfort mode, think of the big comfortable Cadillac mode. Sport and Sport + modes increase the rigidity for a more connected feel combined with a tighter, firmer feel.

Casey Currie, professional racer and DAKAR winner, said Sport and Sport + feel more like driving a race car, and feel that they change instantly when switching from one mode to another.

No matter which model you choose, you get protection from the bottom and the top. In other words, the system will compensate for all the crazy things that happen in any fashion.

Can-Am always adds a “plus” sign to every technology it installs on its vehicles, and it’s clear Smart-Shox is no exception. The ride on the Smart-Shox has to be the best in the industry if for no other reason than the vehicle can control reflections.

That’s a really big deal. You will get an unbelievably good ride no matter what your skill level and driving experience are.

Since the system can track terrain and make adjustments per wheel up to 200 times per second, it makes the best possible ride while maintaining control.

2021 Can Am Outlander Max XT 850

You can easily select a mode, and take advantage of changing settings without having to get out of the driver’s seat.

The Maverick X3 with Smart-Shox means you can take faster turns than before as the vehicle stays even in corners. Yes,

It’s more than just a number: it can carry an impressive 1,650-lb (750 kg) weight, dual-tier trunk, and front and rear racks with LinQ mounts make the Outlander a fast, efficient, and powerful companion for work and play.

A class-leading Rotax V-Twin engine with 91-hp (1000R) power, the Outlander lowers all torque with responsive throttle, distinctive roar, and reserve power.

The Outlander is available with a variety of premium FOX Racing Shocks, from FOX 1.5 PODIUM QS3 adjustable shocks, to fully adjustable handling to suit conditions & terrain.

Every part is inspected and inspected to see if it improves rider comfort – even the side panels and inner fenders now offer better engine ventilation and airflow.

Pick your gear, hit the throttle – and move on – the Can-Am Outlander CVT transmission delivers as much power as you need. Now with recalibrated engine braking for even more precise control on hilly terrain.

Test the rugged, factory-installed Can-Am HD winch with this roller fairlead. The 3,500-lb (1,588 kg) capacity is critical when dealing with conditions such as hunting, livestock, mud, and remote work sites. Prepared on all other trims.

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Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC ™ ️) is how the Outlander and its Rotax 1000R engine feel so responsive and controllable. With Standard, Work, and Sport modes, iTC throttle-by-wire assists smooth power delivery off-road.

For easy, direct speed-sensitive steering assistance, with more power at low speeds for less steering force and less at higher speeds for maximum steering feel for the rider. Three more modes to adjust DPS.

Keep an eye on your Outlander and its vitals with the new 7.6-inch / 4.5-inch display, depending on the model. Bright and legible in all conditions, with vehicle info and controls on your glove tips.


Available with class-leading Rotax V-Twin engines in 91-hp (1000R), 78-hp (850), and 62-hp (650), the Outlander lowers all of its torque with responsive throttle, distinctive roar, and power to spare.

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2021 Can-Am Outlander Max XT 850 Review

Can Am Outlander 850 Review Information about the CanAm Outlander MAX XT 850 2021 is listed below

Added external protection, bumper upgrades, and a winch ensure you’re ready for your next adventure from the factory.

  • Engine Engine: 850
    • Engine Replacement: 850
    • Type: 78 HP, Rotax 854cc Vtwin, Liquid Cooled
    • Fuel Delivery: Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC™) with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
    • Transmission: CVT , P / R / N / H / L, standard engine brake
    • Transmission: 2WD / 4WD selectable by Visco-Lok QE Self-locking front differential
    • Power steering: TriMode Dynamic Steering (DPS)
  • Suspension
    • Front suspension: Double curved A-shaped lever at 9.2 inches. Front anti-roll bar (23.3 inches) cm
    • Front Shock: Oil
    • Rear Suspension: Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI) trave 9.9 inches (25.1 cm)
    • Rear Shock: Oil
  • Tires / Wheels
    • Front Tire: ITP® Terracross 26 x 8 x 14 inches (66 x 20.3 x 35.6 cm)
    • Rear Tire: ITP® Terracross 26 x 10 x 14 inches (66 x 25.4 x 35.6 cm)
    • Wheels: 14-in. cast-aluminum
  • Brake
    • Front: 214 mm dual ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic dual piston calipers
    • Rear: 214 mm single ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic dual piston calipers
  • Dimensions / Capacity
    • W x W x H: 94 x 48 x 53 inches (238.8 x 121.9 x 135 cm)
    • Wheelbase: 59 inches (149.9 cm)
    • Ground Clearance: 11 inches (27.9 cm)
    • Dry Weight: 874 (396 kg)
    • Shelf Capacity: Front: 100 lb (45 kg) / Rear: 200 lb (90 kg)
    • Storage Capacity: Rear: 5.7 gal (21.4 L)
    • Towing Capacity: 1,650 lb (750 kg)
    • Fuel Capacity: 5.4 gal (20.5 L)
    • Seat Height: 34.5 inches (87.7 cm)
  • Feature
    • Gauge: 4.5 inch digital display: Speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip & hour meter, gear position, 4 x 4 indicator, temperature, engine light, electronic fuel gauge & clock
    • Instrumentation: Lighter type DC outlet on console, standard connector on rear (15-A)
    • Anti Theft System: RF Digitally Encoded Security System (DESS™)
    • Lighting: 230 W from 60-W twin projectors and 55-W dual reflectors with taillights/brake lights
    • Hoist: 3,500-lb (1,588 kg) winch
    • Seat: Convertible Shelving System (CRS)
    • Protection: Heavy duty front & rear bumper, Handlebar wind deflector, Mudguard
  • Guarantee
    • Factory: 6 months BRP limited warranty
    • Extended: BEST term available up to 36 months