Can-Am Outlander 1000 ATV family features and benefits

by Off-Road Hub Mag | Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2011

New from the ground up, the 2012 Can-Am Outlander 1000 features an innovative ride quality and superlative comfort levels that not only make it a viable option for trail riders, but also furthers its appeal to hardcore off-road enthusiasts by enhancing its proven high-performance characteristics.

Using Computer-Aided Vehicle Dynamics (CAVD) software, BRP engineers took an innovative approach to all aspects of the chassis of this new-generation Outlander. The goal, bring the knowledge of new-wave geometries gained through years of testing that would challenge traditional thinking in the off-road world. The result are principles of design we call Geometric Contact Control. This allows the chassis of the next-generation Outlander to deliver the hardcore performance the Can-Am brand is known for, yet enhance the overall comfort of the vehicle at all levels of riding.

The next generation Outlander maintains its unrivalled engine performance with a new 976cc Rotax V-Twin, industry leading horsepower and a stellar power-to-weight ratio, all of which are integral attributes for a modern rec-utility ATV.

The stylish Outlander 1000 offers precision handling and point-and-shoot dynamics that mesh well with its newfound comfort levels, revitalized ergonomics, improved conveniences and no-compromise makeup.


» New 82-HP Rotax V-Twin 1000

» Redesigned air box

» CVT transmission with improved cover

» New radiator

» New exhaust and silencer


» New from the ground up SST G2 frame

» Redesigned double A-arm front suspension with dive-control geometry

» Redesigned TTI rear suspension

» Visco-Lok front differential

» Redesigned 214mm disc brakes with twin-piston calipers

» 12-inch (30.5cm) cast-aluminum wheels with centre-less design

» 26-inch (66cm) tires

» Standard skid plate





» New styling

» High-strength, multi-function racks with innovative and industry-exclusive LinQ system

» Water-resistant rear storage box with best-in-class volume


1,300 lbs towing capacity

» Easy access to maintenance items

» Industry-leading 230-watt headlights

» New dual taillights

» Larger fuel tank

» Multi-function digital gauge

» D.E.S.S. (Digitally Encoded Security System)

» Comes ready to accept the entire line of BRP’s new LinQ accessory system

» Base model available in red



» Tri-mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)

» Visco-Lok QE

» 3,000-pound WARN winch

» New 12-inch cast-aluminum wheels with centre-less design

» 26-inch Carlisle ACT Radial tires

» Heavy-duty front and rear bumpers

» 650-watt magneto

» Handlebar wind deflectors

» Colors available: yellow, black and camo (Camo production in November)

» A striking Pure Magnesium painted plastic also available

Can-Am Outlander 1000 AT V family features and benefits


New Rotax V-Twin 1000

Can Am 1000 Motor

At the core of the Outlander rests a new 80º 976cc liquid-cooled Rotax V-Twin power plant that produces an industry-leading* 82 horsepower

At the core of the Outlander rests a new 80º 976cc liquid-cooled Rotax V-Twin power plant that produces an industry-leading* 82 horsepower and a whopping 17 percent more power than any competitive ATV in the market. With an unmatched power-to-weight ratio, torque and electronic fuel injection (46mm throttle body), the single overhead cam engine is as efficient and refined as it is raw and invigorating. Regardless of temperature or altitude, EFI ensures optimal performance from the engine at all times.

Despite its unprecedented performance levels, the eight-valve engine remains controllable and offers useable power for a wide array of riders and situations. Progressive throttle control means the power remains manageable in slow-speed circumstances or during a flat-out sprint.

Redesigned air box

The Outlander 1000 air box design was reconfigured and placed at a higher and more centralized location for filtering and processing air. The no-tools air box features a dual-room design that improves the air filtration process and the quality of air by capturing dirty air in one portion of the box and clean air in another section before it sends the air to the engine.

Along with the relocated air box the air intake is also higher in the frame to improve the machine’s capabilities in the mud and water. Accessing the filter for maintenance and inspection only requires the removal of the seat, console plastic and exterior push plate. The air filter is securely attached to the air box housing with a new screw-on system and push plate that work in tandem to create a tight seal.

CVT transmission with improved cover

The CVT system was updated to improve the transmission performance in wet terrain and conditions. The cover now features a more secure 13-bolt system for an improved seal. A dedicated drain plug is built into the cover and easily accessible if the need ever arises to remove water from the CVT housing. The CVT intake was repositioned to a higher location in the chassis for optimal performance in wet riding conditions. Automatic transmission with standard engine braking featuring high, low, park, neutral and reverse is also included.

New radiator

The larger, more efficient radiator offers almost double the cooling capacity than its predecessor and keeps the engine running cool for optimal performance. The radiator capacity grew by 14 kW with the engineering updates.

New exhaust and silencer

The engine package includes an updated exhaust system, and a durable end cap/cover contribute to the exhaust’s upper-class appearance. The new system remains true to the Can-Am tradition of producing a throaty and impressive exhaust note, yet adheres to strict dB and emissions standards.


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