2015 Can-Am Outlander L 450 & L 500 ATV First Look 0
BRP has released information on its 2015 Can-Am ATV and UTV lineup, and among the new models are two entry-level versions of its Outlander ATV: the Outlander L 450 and L 500. The L 450 replaces the outgoing Outlander 400 and is powered by a newly designed engine, the purpose-built liquid-cooled Rotax 450 Single, whereas the L 500 runs on Can-Am’s existing liquid-cooled Rotax 500 V-Twin.
Beyond engine differences, the two new Outlander L models are nearly identical. Each of is built around a G2 “Surrounding Spar Technology” frame, features CVT transmission and soaks up bumps with Sachs five-way preload adjustable shocks on the double A-arm set-up in front and a TTI (Trailing Torsional Independent) set-up out back.
Both come with 214mm brake discs pinched by two-piston calipers and have 10.5 inches of ground clearance. The 12-inch steel wheels are wrapped in Carlisle Trail Wolf tires and each includes steel carrying racks with 360-pound combined capacity (120 pounds on the front and 240 pounds on the rear rack). A 2.9-gallon, water-resistant storage compartment is also located on the rear rack.
For serious off-road duty, the Visco-Lok Auto-Lok front differential is a progressive and automatically engaged unit that requires no buttons or levers to operate. Simply choose 4×4 mode and the system is on. Electrical output is provided via a 400 Watt Magneto and both the L 450 and L 500 claim 1300-pound towing capacity. Each comes with a 5.4-gallon fuel tank and five-year extended warranty.
An upgraded DPS package is available on the L 450 and L 500 which includes a 500-Watt magneto, a QE version of Visco-Lok front differential that claims to transfer power quicker and more smoothly, as well as Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering.
The standard L 450 and L 500 models are available in Can-Am Red or Light Grey colorways. The Outlander L 450 is priced at $6399, $400 less than the outgoing Outlander 400. The Outlander L 500 starts at $6999. DPS versions are available in Can-Am Yellow, Light Grey with Can-Am Red or a water-dipped camo option. Pricing for DPS models has yet to be released.
Expanding the 2015 line-up further, BRP offers two-up versions of the Outlander L 450 and L 500 as well; the Outlander L MAX 450 and L MAX 500. The Outlander MAX versions features a longer wheelbase and passenger amenities including a backrest and passenger handle bars as well as footrests. Spec-wise the MAX versions are the same as the standard Outlander L 450 and L500, and there are also MAX DPS packages available as well. Pricing is not yet known for Outlander L MAX models.