The 2016 Can-Am Commander side-by-side vehicle family offers off-road enthusiasts another package with the introduction of the new Commander MAX DPS 800R, the most affordable Can-Am Commander MAX package ever offered. The newest Commander MAX offers comfortable, stadium-style seating for four adults, a 30.3-inch (77 cm) longer wheelbase (compared to the two-seater) and unmatched comfort for the rear passengers. It also benefits from the revised 2016 break-in maintenance requirement, the Electronic Drive Belt Protection and comes in the attractive Viper Red.
2016 CAN-AM COMMANDER MAX DPS 800R
Rotax V-Twin engine
The 71-hp liquid-cooled, 799.9 cc SOHC Rotax 800R V-twin powering the Commander MAX DPS 800R has four valves per cylinder and is fed by a 54 mm throttle body and two VDO Siemens fuel injectors. The sophisticated electronic fuel injection system automatically keeps the engine’s performance at its peak, regardless of temperature or altitude. The progressive throttle ensures power is manageable whether in precise rock crawling or opening it up on the straights.
CVT transmission with Electronic Drive Belt Protection
The Continuously Variable Transmission offers engine braking as well as High, Low, Park, Neutral and Reverse as well as new, easier access to the belt housing. The Electronic Drive Belt Protection monitors the CVT belt to determine its condition and alerting the driver when necessary. This device offers belt-spotting protection for when a driver is in high gear, but should be in low gear. The vehicle will not move and a “LOW GEAR” message will appear on the gauge, alerting the driver. The system is currently standard on all Commander MAX and available as optional function on almost all other Can-Am side-by-side vehicles.
Intelligent Throttle Control (iTCTM)
The maintenance-free, throttle-by-wire system teams with the 54 mm Bosch throttle body to produce smooth throttle delivery even if the driver’s foot is bouncing due to the terrain. The Commander side-by-side has a selectable Sport mode, which offers a more linear throttle control for performance driving, and ECOTM mode for driving under normal use situations.
Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
The Tri-Mode DPS system features three modes (MIN, MED and MAX) allowing riders to select the desired amount of steering assist for the terrain and performance. All modes offer less assist at high speed and more assist at low speed.
All DPS-equipped models come with the Visco-Lok QE calibration giving an even quicker engagement of the front differential. It can lock up to 100% with no rev or speed limiter. This differential, unlike some competitor’s differentials, does not have a speed or rev limiter.
Torsional Trailing arms Independent (TTI) rear suspension
The TTI rear suspension allows the wheels to move rearward as they move up and down, producing a smooth ride. The durable rear end features 10 inches of travel (25.4 cm) and the large diameter rear, five-way preload-adjustable gas shocks for reduced fading.
Double A-arms front suspension
The Double A-arm suspension is precise in all situations and terrain types. The front end, which features 10 inches of travel (25.4 cm), has the large diameter front, five-way preload-adjustable gas shocks for overall durability and better fade resistance.
14-inch (35.6 cm) cast-aluminum wheels
The Commander DPS is outfitted with durable, silver-colored cast-aluminum wheels, for a unique look.
27-inch (68.6 cm) Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires
Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires feature a rugged six-ply radial construction, yet are lightweight to cut down on unsprung weight. The non-directional tires absorb the terrain for a smooth ride and provide predictable cornering.
Disc brakes with hydraulic piston calipers
The Commander MAX vehicles use dual 220 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers up front and 214 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic single-piston calipers on the rear.
11-inch (27.9 cm) ground clearance
The Commander MAX side-by-side vehicle offers 11 inches (27.9 cm) of ground clearance for maximum performance for conquering challenging terrain.
Comfort seats with sit-in fore / aft driver adjustment
Full bolster seats, complete with lumbar and shoulder support, offer segment-leading comfort. Adjustable fore and aft without the need of tools, the seats are designed to allow easy entry and exit of the machine. The automotive-type driver’s seat offers 6.3 inches (16 cm) of total adjustment. And when you complete your day’s work, the front seats are removable and freestanding so you can stay comfortable even around the campfire.
Dynamic Passenger Comfort
Dynamic Passenger Comfort ergonomics mean offering optimal seating, viewing and comfort for rear seated passengers. The rear seats feature the same ergonomics as the front passenger seat, in terms of both lumbar and shoulder support as well and the overall seat design. The rear passenger area also includes a total of four handholds, easy-clip side nets and stress-free access. Raised 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) higher than the front seats, the rear passenger seating features stadium-style positioning for increased passengers visibility while moving down the trail. This design element not only improves the rear passenger’s sight lines, but also creates a more interactive environment.
Passenger handholds and grab bars
The Commander MAX line of side-by-side vehicles offers the same handhold setup for the front passenger as found in the two-seat Commander. The dual handhold design, which includes a grab bar and a left-hand grip bar, features ergonomically friendly bends and optional hand placement for supreme comfort and convenience. The rear passenger area also includes a total of four handholds for the rear passengers. There is a grip bar on the center console for each passenger as well as an additional grab bar near the cage.
Four cup holders
Cup holders, located in the center console, up front and in the passenger area, have rubber flaps for off-road use.
Adjustable tilt steering
The steering wheel adjusts (a total range of 30.5 degrees) without the need of tools. The gauge pivots with the steering wheel for enhanced visibility.
Dual-level cargo box
The Commander MAX features the industry’s first cargo box with two levels separated by a removable, watertight panel. It offers the possibility to have an upper and a lower bed with and independent, removable tailgate. The tilt-assist, dumping box has a 600-pound total capacity (400 pounds upper, 200 pounds lower).
1,928 cubic inches (31.6 L) cockpit storage
The Can-Am Commander MAX side-by-side family offers almost 2,000 cubic inches of storage in three separate compartments. That is
1,050 cubic inches of storage in the glove box, another 799 cubic inches of storage under the fully adjustable driver’s seat and more in the center console area.
1,500-pound (680 kg) towing capacity
An impressive 1,500 pounds of towing capacity lets the Commander side-by-side vehicle family tow heavy loads.
2-inch diameter, high strength steel, ROPS and ROHVA-approved cage
The sturdy 2-inch (50 mm), steel cage meets Roll-over Protective Structures (ROPS) industry standards. The Commander line of side-by-side vehicles is also compliant with the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) standards, offering side nets, side shoulder bars and cage.
Standard & performance D.E.S.S. keys
D.E.S.S. is the industry’s first standard anti-theft device. Electronic code in key must match code in ECU to start. The Commander family comes with two different keys. One is standard key, which limits top speed to 43.5 mph (70 km/h). The second key is the performance key that has no limitation on speed or power.
240-W lighting system
The Can-Am Commander family of side-by-side vehicles features exceptional lighting with 240 watts in high-beam mode. The automotive-style projectors run at 120 watts in low beam.
2-inch rear hitch receiver
A standard 2-inch (50 mm) hitch receiver allows a standard vehicle towing bar and ball for added convenience.
10-gallon (37.8 L) fuel tank
A large 10-gallon (37.8 L) fuel tank provides maximum range for work and recreation.
The Commander electrical system can dedicate up to 300 free watts to power accessories thanks to a large magneto.
UPDATED Revised maintenance break-in
maintenance requirement is no longer necessary on the side-by-side vehicle, saving consumers time
and money in the long run. The break-in has been revised to one year (1,500 km / 1,000 miles) or 50 hours, whichever comes first.
Easy-to-use maintenance center
Easily accessible and out of the elements under the hood, a centralized maintenance area allows access to the air box, radiator and coolant overflow. Fuses and relays are also easily accessible.
UPDATED Color Options
The Commander MAX DPS 800R is available in Viper Red.