2015 Can-Am Outlander 6x6 XT Review- Earth-Moving Capability On 6-Wheels Hot
2015 Can-Am Outlander 6X6 XT Review
Owning property of any size means that you will eventually find yourself needing a tool that is mobile, versatile and easily functional. The fact that you will need to haul and tow or even drag material at some point around the property means you need a stable platform to do so and with plenty of power. This is where the newest and potentially the longest machine in the Can-Am Outlander line comes into play. The new 2016 Can-Am Outlander 6X6 is now ready for the shed space you have been reserving for just such a tool! We had a chance to get out and enjoy the features of this new machine and its time to share our experience with you.
In traditional Can-Am Outlander style the incredible Rotax V-twin power moves and shakes the 6-wheels along the earth. Our goal was to not only clean up a little around the farm but to put the Can-Am Outlander 6X6 in its element to see just how well it would live up to the hype. Designed for industry leading power according to Can-Am this 976cc power plant is a fuel-injected mill with plenty of low-end grunt for those really heavy tasks. The power of this engine is generated by a combination of twin siemens VDO injectors, a 46mm throttle body dual overhead cams, simple large displacement and some advanced electronics providing the spark for the fire. Our 6X6 Outlander was ready to go right from the first bump on the key and you would think that this machine would just chug fuel but surprisingly it is rather good on the available 5.4 gallon tank. Im sure if we had been rolling the trails at speed and not creeping around all day it would consume a bit more but it really is easy on the tank for its intended purpose.
With the 82-hp Rotax V-Twin producing this mills grunt it is the job of the CVT transmission to get the power to the ground. Delivering the power to the ground on such a massive machine (tipping the scale at over 1100lbs) the tune for this system had to be just right. This belt drive has a gear selection just like its 4X4 brethren and that includes Forward gears in High and Low, Reverse, Neutral and a park gear. The low gear on Can-Ams new 6X6 is a low, low meaning that you will have extreme amounts of torque in this gear for towing the factory rated 1650lbs. Yeah, I thought the same thing and not only will the big Outty drag that behind it but it will hold an incredible 700lbs in the bed and an additional 100lbs on the front rack. That should be good enough for any use. It reminds us of a pack mule without that annoying “Hee Haw” every time we goose the throttle.
To get the big boy into 6X6 from its normal 4X4 setting it was as easy as flipping a switch on the right handlebar. One question that I had gotten while riding the beast was, “if its in 4X4 all the time doesn’t that make it hard to steer?” Absolutely not was the correct and true answer to that inquiry. The Can-Am Visco-Lok auto locking front differential along with the Tri-mode Dynamic Power steering takes care of the heavy steering. The Visco-Lok front differential engages and disengages automatically when it is needed and the Min, Med, and Max settings in the power steering give the rider the ability to choose just how much help they need turning the bars. We did find that in 6x6 with heavy loads in the bed the Max setting worked just fine.
When we looked at the incredible bed system out back on the 6X6 it was clear Can-Am has made sure your getting your moneys worth here. After loading many heavy loads of wood into the bed as well as rock we were convinced that the bed itself is really tough. When loaded we were able to dump the bed with a single tug on the release lever mounted right behind the drivers right side. It was clear that with a heavy load in the bed you may have to give the bed a little nudge to get it into the dumping mood. The bed of the 2015 Can-Am Outlander 6X6 XT can also be reconfigured for many different work conditions. We were able to transform our ride into a flatbed by simply removing the sides of the 6X6 that only requires the removal of a couple of pins. This works well when you need to stack in a pallet material or even a few bails of hay for a quick feeding run out in the pasture. If you happen to work your equipment in rainy conditions and need to keep materials or tools dry the engineers at Can-Am also offer a full hard top to cover the bed. This bed top has twin gas shocks to help lift the cover and is lockable for more sensitive items. As with many Outlander ATV’s there are other accessories as well such as a set of log bars and a tailgate extension for the longer stuff. There is even a second section below the main bed for semi dry storage. Can-Am offers a lower storage dry box that will fit into this space, which, could double as a cooler.
Our test unit was the larger of the two offered displacements but if you want to save a few dollars the 650 is also available. The only thing that ran through our minds when trying to decide which one we really wanted was just having the extra power to pull heavier loads more easily. Is it really worth the extra coin? You will have to decide that one for yourself.
When you sit in the drivers seat and grab a hand full of bars it is evident that comfort for a long day of work is built in as well. The 6X6 looks long of course and in comparison I would say it feels more like the Can-Am Outlander Max family as the extra wheels are barley noticeable when we eased along the trail. During our trail ride the big 6X6 handled as we expected it would and the seating was extremely comfortable. The multifunction gauge gives you all of the needed info on the machines vitals as well as fuel level, rpm, speed and much more.
At the end of the day our 2015 Can-Am Outlander 6X6 XT in all of its glory performed well and other than the sheer weight of the machine, which should help its stability actually, we feel this machine would be an asset to any private owner or even commercial entities that need a workhorse.
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