Published on May 1st, 2014 | by Joe0
Can-Am Brings BIG Value 2015 with the NEW Outlander L 450 and 500
New 2015 Outlander L, 450 and 500 4×4 models offer value pricing and an astonishing 5 year warranty!
Within the last 48 hours, ATV on Demand became aware of Can-Am’s intentions to invade the heart of the ATV consumer market. Over the past few years, our intelligence has reported that Minnesota based Polaris, has set up a stronghold in the largest part of the ATV market, the mid-bore 4×4 class. Their Sportsman 400 and 500, and now the 570 represented what was best about this segment, offering the most ATV for the least amount of money.
Can-Am has always had a reputation as a leader in performance, and for a while offered all you needed to bring customers in the door of dealerships. Today, after decades of the displacement wars and ever increasing retail prices, consumers are looking for the type of machine that made ATVing so popular in the beginning, one that’s affordable, reliable, and fun. This has made Polaris a big winner with this type of buyer and we were waiting for another manufacturer to wake up and take notice, and Can-Am has.
The Canadian based firm is the first manufacturer to fire a shot directly at the heart of Polaris’es ATV sales with a new line of machines they hope will appeal to the ATV buying masses. Can-Am’s recently declassified 2015 Outlander L 450 and 500 models start at $6,399 for the 450. That’s $400 less than the 2014 Outlander 400 and $100 less than the Honda Rancher 420. The new Outlander L 500 retails for $6,999, only $500 more than the 2014 Polaris Sportsman 570, and $350 less than the 2014 Honda Foreman 475 ES. The L 450 is claimed to produce over 11 horsepower more than the Rancher 420, and 8.5 horsepower more than the Sportsman 400. The Outlander L 500 is claimed to produce over 12 horsepower more than the Foreman 475 and 2.3 horsepower more than the Sportsman 570. It’s worth noting that the Outlander L 500 is the only one of the three with a v-twin engine, which costs more to produce, but may yield additional torque and throttle response benefits not represented by its claimed 46 horsepower. Both models are fuel injected.
The Outlander L models feature Can-Am’s generation 2, or G2 chassis with their surrounding spar technology. Dual a-arm front and Can-Am’s TTi rear suspension deliver 9 inches of travel up front and 8.8 inches out back, both ends offer competitive, if not class leading wheel travel.
The 450 and 500 will be available in a single or dual seat, aka “MAX Configuration”. Both configurations will be available as standard models or with a DPS package which adds Can-am’s Tri-Mode Dynamid Power Steering, faster responding Visco-Lok QE front differential, 12 inch cast aluminum wheels, and a 500 watt magneto. The base models are available in Viper Red or Light Grey, while the DPS models are available in Yellow, Light Grey or Camo
Below you will find all of the information that has been made available to us regarding the new Outlander L models, in addition to some highlights of Can-Am’s entire 2015 ATV and Side-by-Side lineup as reported by Can-Am.
New Rotax 450 engine and 500 Twin
A hearty, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled Rotax 450 four-stroke offers unmatched power and performance for its class, while remaining both reliable and efficient. Along with supplying an industry-leading power-to-weight ratio, the 38-hp Rotax offers electronic fuel injection to remain as efficient for work and play. Regardless of temperature or altitude, EFI ensures optimal performance from the engine at all times. Progressive throttle control means the power remains manageable in slow-speed circumstances or during quicker riding situations.
The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) means you’re always in the correct gear. For ease of use, you can count on the integrated engine braking reduce speeds when going downhill.
Dual-room, no-tools air box
Like all models with the SST G2 design, the Outlander L 450 and 500 have a dual-room, no-tools air box that is elevated and centralized for unmatched efficiency. Its dual-room setup works diligently to capture and trap dirty air and then effectively transfer clean air to the engine for optimal performance
The Outlander L models are based upon the SST G2 frame with Geometric Contact Control that was introduced in the award winning Outlander 1000. The welded-steel frame is engineered with enhance durability, structural integrity yet designed to offer precision handling. The more efficient SST design offers increased strength compared to a traditional tubular steel chassis, a lower center of gravity, better handling and requires far less components, materials and welds.
Double A-arm front suspension
The front suspension system includes dive-control geometry for better cornering and vehicle-braking dynamics. The 9-in suspension travel increases trail comfort and capabilities in rough terrain and five-way preload adjustable shocks can help riders add more or less spring resistance for riding conditions and various chores.
Trailing Torsional Independent (TTI) rear suspension
The industry’s only independent rear suspension designed to allow the rear wheels to pivot up and down in a vertical line rather than a more cumbersome butterfly motion. The rear suspension is also strategically designed to offer point-and-shoot handling, optimal traction and efficient transferring of power to the ground. Offering a five-way preload adjustable shocks and 8.8 inches of suspension travel, the Outlander L can soak up rough terrain while keeping the rider comfortable and focused on the trail.
Visco-Lok auto-locking front differential
The Can-Am Visco-Lok system is one of the most consumer friendly designs on the market, as the progressively and automatically locking front differential system requires no additional buttons to push or levers to hold. Once 4×4 is selected, the system intelligently transfers power from the slipping front wheel to the opposing wheel with traction and is not hampered by a speed or rev limiters.
214mm disc brakes
Large 214mm disc brakes, front and rear, have hydraulic twin-piston calipers for superior stopping power.
12-inch steel wheels / 25-inch (66cm) tires
Wrapped in 25 inch Carlisle Trail Wolf Tires, the 12-inch steel wheels on the Outlander L provide rugged performance in tough terrain and changing conditions. A bigger tire design helps you easily overcome obstacles as you ride.
10.5-inch ground clearance
A whopping 10.5 inches of ground clearance gives the Outlander L exceptional capabilities in challenging terrain.
5-year extended warranty
Our BRP Extended Service Terms (B.E.S.T.) warranty program gives you peace of mind because your vehicle is backed by an industry-leading 5-year extended warranty. The program includes dealerships throughout North America, BRP-certified technicians, unlimited mileage and is transferrable with ownership.
Steel racks with LinQ quick-attach accessory system
The Outlander L models have front and rear steel racks. Due to its slightly shorter stance and steel racks, the Outlander L 450 offers the rider improved sight lines while driving without a front loaded rack. The integrated LinQ quick-attach accessory system offers convenient and adaptable cargo hauling capabilities and works with numerous Can-Am rack accessories
360-lb (163 kg) combined rack capacity
The Outlander L 450 is made to work, with 360-pound (163 kg) combined rack capacity. It can tote up to 120 pounds (54 kg) up front and another 240 pounds (109 kg) on the rear rack.
2.9-gal (10.9 L) water-resistant rear storage compartment
The Outlander L models have a convenient, 2.9-gallon (10.9 L) water-resistant rear storage compartment located on the rear rack.
Genuine accessories add versatility
No matter the chore or destination, the Outlander L is ready for the challenge. With a large range of accessories and versatile LinQ rack system, it’s purpose-built with the rider in mind. Customize it for your specific needs, for both work and play, and enjoy.
This package provides a 400-W magneto, enough to power accessories like extra lights or heated grips.
1,300-pound towing capacity
Fully equipped to move a load, the Outlander L has a standard rear hitch plate and a large 1,300-pound (590 kg) towing capacity
Equipped with dual 35-W front headlights, with selectable high and low beams, for superb visual clarity.
Large 5.4-gal (20.5 L) Fuel Tank
Ride longer and get the job done with the large-capacity fuel tank.
Multi-function digital gauge
Tells the rider everything in one easy glance. Our easy-to-read multi-function gauge is equipped with a digital information center, including a speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meter, gear position, hour meter, engine hour meter, temperature and engine lights, fuel gauge and clock.
Stylish Outlander family design
The 2015 Can-Am Outlander L models feature a similar cutting-edge styling that resembles the flagship Outlander 1000 ATV. Its sightlines signify its Can-Am brand DNA, but the steel cargo racks and other refinements set it apart from the rest of the family.
Chose between red and the new Light Grey with Can-Am Red graphics
Outlander L DPS Package Includes
This package provides a more powerful magneto with 500 W of power output. Extra output to power accessories like added lights or heated grips.
Visco-Lok QE front differential
The Can-Am Visco-Lok QE system is one of the most consumer friendly designs on the market, as the progressively and automatically locking front differential system requires no additional buttons to push or levers to hold. Once 4×4 is selected, the system intelligently transfers power from the slipping front wheel to the opposing wheel with traction and is not hampered by a speed or rev limiters. The QE version progressively transfers the power even quicker.
Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering
The Tri-Mode DPS features three selectable modes (MIN, MED, and MAX) of steering to adapt to your preference. Each mode is designed to offer less assist at high speed for better precision and more assist at low speed for easier steering.
12-inch, cast-aluminum wheels with centre-less design
Centre-less 12-inch cast-aluminum wheels offer a stylish, unique look and reduced weight but improved strength in strategic areas. Dressed with 25-inch Carlisle Trail Wolf tires
Choose from signature Can-Am Yellow, Light Grey with Can-Am Red decals or the optional water-dipped camo
Passenger Oriented Features, MAX Only
Dynamic Passenger Comfort (DPC)
The Outlander MAX ATVs have passenger-influenced ergonomics to produce the most comfortable and consumer-friendly two rider vehicle to date. DPC ergonomics means comfortable seating, cushioned ride and placing the passenger in an optimal riding position. The Outlander L MAX models receive the redesign passenger seat. The new lighter design allows for more gradual bending of the backrest and is easier to install / remove (even when the rear rack is loaded). It also includes a new lock with a latch to reduce vibration. The tall backrest is very supportive and also pivots to help reduce kick back to passenger during acceleration and climbs. Can-Am engineers also added regressive flex to the top and sides to enhance comfort levels. The seat is also angled and formed to provide better “groove,” more overall support and minimize passenger movement in off-road conditions.
The angled rear passenger handle position allows for flex while riding and also reduces the overall impact to the passenger’s hands. The handles also allow for numerous hand positions to enhance the passenger’s riding experience and comfort level. For one-up use, the rear seat has integrated handles that don’t limit rear rack space or prohibit single-rider comfort.
All MAX models with the G2 SST frame have foot peg angles and depth that cater to the rear passenger. The footrests also have a third row of foot grips to improve lateral grip.
Other 2015 Can-Am new Models and Updates
Outlander 6×6 XT
The 2015 Can-Am Outlander 6×6 XT is the toughest, most versatile ATV we’ve ever made. New to the North American Can-Am ATV lineup, the 6×6 is available with either the proven-and-potent 62-HP Rotax V-Twin 650 or the unmatched 82-hp, liquid-cooled Rotax 1000 V-Twin. Both Outlander 6×6 models were influenced by the four-wheeled SST G2 Outlander 4×4, but features an additional set of rear wheels, a unique, new Double Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI2) rear suspension, quick-release sway bar, Dual-Level cargo box with modular accessories, the largest towing capacity of any Can-Am ATV and a 3,000-pound WARN winch standard. For getting the job done, there’s nothing like the Outlander 1000 6×6 XT.
Outlander 800R X mr
The Outlander 800R X mr makes a stellar return to the Can-Am ATV lineup in 2015, but is essentially all new and unique to the X mr ATV family. The Outlander 800R X mr features the outstanding 71-hp Rotax 800R V-Twin engine and the shorter wheelbase SST G2 frame and five-way preload adjustable, mud-specific shocks. Its 30-inch mud-ready Gorilla Axle Silverback tires and ITP cast-aluminum wheel package was borrowed from the Outlande1000 X mr. Tri- Mode DPS, Visco-Lok QE, 3,000-pound WARN winch, X-package graphics and a multi-function digital gauge come standard.
For 2015, the Outlander 400 has been retired, with the arrival of the new Outlander L 450 and 500. The remainder of the Can-Am UTV and ATV lineup will be back for next year, including the youth and DS sport ATV models.
For complete specifications, model details and pricing, visit http://can-am.brp.com/