2011 ATV of the Year – Can-Am Outlander 800R X mr

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2011 ATV of the Year - Can-Am Outlander 800R X mr

2011 ATV of the Year - Can-Am Outlander 800R X mr

The selection of the 2011 ATV Reviews ATV of the Year was a sticky process. The extensive research we had to conduct involved digging in deep, wading through a lot of details and really getting our hands dirty.

In fact, there was so much mud slinging in this process that it rivaled a presidential election. Nobody was coming out of this mess clean!

When the final ballots were cast, however, it was unanimous: The dirtiest candidate of them all walked away with the top prize, and there were no calls for a recount.

That’s because the Can-Am Outlander 800R X mr specialty mud machine was the most innovative, cutting edge machine of the 2011 model year. It’s certainly not a machine for everybody — in fact, it should almost come with a pre-qualification process that includes making the would-be owner pledge to use this mud buggy for good and not ill. But there’s no question it’s on the leading edge of technology and innovation, which are key qualifications for this prestigious award.

Arctic Cat was the first brand to jump into the soup when it introduced its Mud Pro machines. With bigger tires, a taller stance, customized power delivery using unique clutching and gearing, and attention to mud-specific needs by raising the intake with a high-visibility snorkel, it was the ultimate attention getter, and a past ATV of the Year finalist.

ATV Reviews's 2011 ATV of the Year - Can-Am Outlander 800R X mr

ATV Reviews's 2011 ATV of the Year - Can-Am Outlander 800R X mr

For 2011, though, Can-Am moved one giant step beyond with its Outlander 800R X mr, with even larger tires (30-inch Gorilla Silverbacks with huge lugs), an even taller stance (which is adjustable using Can-Am’s exclusive Air Control Suspension), even better power delivery (with the industry-leading, 71-horsepower, 799cc twin that’s specially calibrated for mud riding) and even more mud-specific adaptions (raised intake and exhaust, a radiator mounted atop the front rack, rear footrests tilted forward for deep-water boot traction, a 3,000-pound winch and power steering).

That’s a great list of features, for sure, but this is a case when the combination of the parts does add up greater as a whole. The X mr is an absolutely unstoppable beast in the big, deep-water mud holes used in competitive mud events, with the combination of torque-filled power, intense traction, amazing agility and power-steering-enabled ease of use that riders in this market segment could only dream of building into a machine a couple of years ago.

To top it all off, the Can-Am Outlander 800R X mr is actually capable of being controlled on the way to the waterhole as well. Riders can use the on-board compressor to let some of the air out of the shocks and lower the ride height 2 full inches. With a light touch on the throttle and some body English, it can traverse a trail quite well.

With the creation of the Outlander 800R X mr, Can-Am designed a machine capable of amazing feats in mud holes, but it also created a wheeler that makes some people nervous, as they fear such a machine may encourage some folks to tear up wetlands and other areas where quads are forbidden. That was not Can-Am’s intention when it built the machine, and glorifying such uses is also not our intention in naming it our 2011 ATV Reviews ATV of the Year. Instead, this is a perfect example of a high-tech, purpose-built machine designed for a very specific audience of competitive mud enthusiasts, and proof that a manufacturer that pays attention to individual segments of the ATV market can build something truly incredible.

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