When we engineered the Can-Am Defender, we pulled out all the stops. We made it tough, capable and clever to excel at everything you demand of it. You'll feel the difference as soon as you sit in and pull away.


  • Heavy-duty Rotax® V-Twin engine
  • PRO-TORQ transmission
  • TTA-HD rear suspension
  • 14-in. (35.6 cm) cast-aluminum wheels with 27-in. (68.6 cm) Maxxis Bighorn 2.0† tires
  • Dual VERSA-PRO bench seats for six adults
  • Multifunction cargo box with sturdy tailgate
  • Central skid plate
  • Multifunction digital gauge
  • 1-year maintenance free and easy access to key maintenance components


The work-focused Rotax HD8 V-Twin delivers 50 hp and 50 lb-ft torque for tough tasks.


The Defender is an extremely capable off-road vehicle and a legitimate workhorse that uses a chassis with automotive-like technology and fabrication tolerances that are in line with modern pick-up trucks. The high-strength, low-alloy (HSLA) grade steel means a more rigid design for taking the strain of heavy-duty chores. Can-Am engineers put the Defender frame through the new rigorous Utility Test Cycle at the winter and summer testing grounds to ensure its toughness.


The Defender MAX heavy-duty Torsional Trailing A-arms (TTA-HD) was designed specifically for a utility and recreational usage, offers a full 10-in. (25.4 cm) of travel to provide a smooth ride whatever the terrain. Its architecture offers an optimal comfort and drivability in all conditions thanks to no camber.



The highly durable Cargo box has a 1,000-lb (454kg) load capacity and easily dumps. Strategic features include 5-gal (18.9 L) pail recesses, integrated anchors on the sidewalls and several tie-down points for added convenience. To fully optimize the sizeable cargo box, consumers can divide up the box using the integrated recesses. The box allows for both 1x3 and plywood separators and accepts bed extenders for refining the bed’s overall dimensions. Also, the sturdy tailgate can withstand ordinary farm use and serve as a seat during your lunch break (max weight: 250 lb / 113kg).


The Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires offer a smoother ride, predictable cornering and optimum climbing confidence. Installed on redesigned 14-in. cast-aluminum wheels featuring a strong lightweight construction.

Engine HD8
Type 50 hp, Rotax® 799.9 cc, V-twin, liquid cooled
Fuel Delivery System Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC™) with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Transmission PRO-TORQ Transmission with Quick Response System (QRS), high airflow ventilation and Electronic Drive Belt Protection Extra-L / H / N / R / P
Drive Train Selectable 2WD / 4WD with Visco-Lok† auto-locking front differential
Driving Assistance Electronic Hill Descent Control
Power Steering N/A
Front Suspension Double A-arm / 10 in. (25.4 cm) travel
Front Shocks Twin tube gas charged shocks
Rear Suspension TTA-HD with external sway bar / 10 in. (25.4 cm) travel
Rear Shocks Twin tube gas charged shocks
Front Brakes Dual 220 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers
Rear Brake Dual 220 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic single-piston calipers
Front Tires Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 27 x 9 x 14 in. (68.6 x 22.9 x 35.6 cm)
Rear Tires Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 27 x 11 x 14 in. (68.6 x 27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Wheels 14-in. cast-aluminum
L X W X H (inch) 152.5 x 63.5x 76 in.
L X W X H (cm) (387.5 x 161.2 x 193 cm)
Wheelbase 115.5 in. (294 cm)
Ground Clearance 11 in. (28 cm)
Estimated Dry Weight 1,675 lb (759.8 kg)
Cage ROPS-approved profiled cage. Certified ISO 3471 and OSHA.
Cargo Box Dimensions 38 x 54.5 x 12 in.
(96.5 x 138.4 x 30.5 cm)
Cargo Box Capacity 1,000 lb (454 kg) /
California only: 600 lb (272.2 kg)
Tailgate Load Capacity 250 lb (113.4 kg)
Storage Capacity Total: 3.1 gal (11.7 L)
Under dash: 0.4 gal (1.3 L)
Dash: 1.8 gal (6.9 L)
Armrests and cup holders: 0.9 gal (3.5 L)
Towing Capacity 2,000 lb (907.2 kg)
Payload Capacity 1,500 lb (680 kg)
Fuel Capacity 10.6 gal (40 L)
Person Capacity 3
Gauge Multifunction Digital: Speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip and hour meters, fuel, gear position, seat belt, diagnostics, clock, auto shut off
Battery 12-V (18 amp/h)
Magneto 650-W
Instrumentation Lighter type DC outlet in console (20-A)
Lighting 140-W lighting output from four 35-W reflectors ensuring a wide visiblity and LED tail lights
Winch N/A
Seat VERSA-PRO bench seat with passenger seats flipping up, underside hooks and contoured bench to improve entrance/exit of the cab
Protection Integrated front steel bumper, central skid plate
Hitch Type 2-in hitch receiver
Steering Wheel Adjustable tilt steering
Colors Green
Factory 6-months limited warranty