The 2014 Can-Am Spyder will make its Australian debut at next weekend’s Brisbane Moto Expo. It receives a power boost, bigger engine, more gears, more features, but not a huge expected increase in price.
The major change is in the engine room where the Rotax 998cc V-twin has been replaced by a 1330cc in-line triple. Power output has increased by 10.8kW to 85.8kW, but even more impressive is the increase in torque by a whopping 40% from 108Nm to 130.1Nm.
Despite the power boost, fuel efficiency has been improved with the new models having range of about 360km from the 25-litre tank. The increased economy is partly due to fly-by-wire throttle introduced in the previous model plus the shift from a five-speed manual or semi-automatic transmission to six speeds. The economy gains are despite the vehicle weighing about 90kg more.
Making the new models more efficient is a BRP technology called Advanced Combustion Efficiency which optimises the bore/stroke design, valve angles, and intake design, and reduces mechanical friction of the engine internals. BRP claims this makes the Rotax ACE Triple T in-line triple more efficient and smooth running.
They also come with ECO mode smart assist, selectable by the driver, which tells them when to shift up a gear to improve economy. It is a similar system to that found in many modern European luxury cars. The dash indication shows the driver to shift between first and second gears at 1800 revs; from second to third at 1950rpm; and from third on up at 2200.
Other updates include a redesigned front fascia, better cooling and heat management, larger diameter shocks, an 85% larger 1200W magneto and new colours.
The base RT gets a touring saddle, heated grips, cruise control and audio system with separate rear speaker controls and iPod connectivity.
The RT-S adds adjustable rear air suspension, rider floorboards (SE6 transmission), fog lights, LED running lights, push-button front cargo release with liner bag, two-tone seat, 12-spoke black wheels and black and swain chrome styling accents.
The top-of-the-line RT Limited adds an integrated Garmin Zumo 660 GPS with 4.3” touchscreen and Bluetooth, a colour-matched and embroidered touring saddle, 12-spoke chrome wheels, chrome-tipped exhaust tip, and rider and passenger floorboards.