The Can Am ATV Renegade model line is the result of taking the utility oriented Outlander, stripping off the racks, upgrading the suspension and brakes, and bolting on sporty looking bodywork.
Sounds simple enough, but it really doesn't give you a clue just how much performance is gained by losing some weight, improving the riding position, adding better controlled suspension, and 25% more braking. Hint - A lot! After riding any Can ATV Renegade, it's hard to convince most people that this 4 wheel drive ATV is based on a workhorse utility 4 wheeler.
The Renegade is offered in three displacement sizes, 500, 800, and 1000. A cross country racing package called XXC is optional for the 800R and 1000. So let's dive in and learn a little more about these 4wd sport ATVs.
In 2012, all the Renegade models got the second generation chassis just like the Outlanders. Same new suspension geometry for better handling and traction, and better packaging of essential components for easier maintenance. Now we'll take a quick look at each Can Am ATV Renegade model.
500 - Even though it's "just" a 500, you still get a
Rotax V-twin engine with fuel injection and liquid cooling. It puts out
plenty of smooth, tractable power for a nicely balanced and easily
controllable ride. Performance is equivalent to most big bore single
cylinder 4wd ATVs from the competition.
We think the Renegade 500 makes better use of the smaller V-twin than the Outlander. Where it seems a little strained and underpowered in the utility ATV, it feels responsive and "zippy" in the Renegade.
This Can Am ATV Renegade model probably won't offer enough performance for the lunatic fringe, or for riders with plenty of wide open spaces to conquer. But for the rest of us, this is a great choice for an easy-to-ride-all-day 4 wheel drive sport ATV.
800R - Now we start to get serious. The Rotax V-twin puts out 71 horsepower, which should be more than enough for all but the clinically insane. Actually, at this level of performance, we think the better control offered be the XXC package would be a very good idea, even at the significant bump in price.
A Can Am ATV Renegade model like the 800R is much more at home in wide open spaces than on tight, technical trails. We would rate this 4wd ATV as being suitable for experts only. This ain't one to learn to ride on! It doesn't take but a few seconds of wide open throttle to have the scenery rushing toward you at alarming speed.
1000 - Speaking of the lunatic fringe! 82 horsepower in a 4wd ATV has to be getting pretty close. To keep it in perspective, over twice the horsepower of the Renegade 500 with the same chassis, suspension, and brakes. Take everything we said about the Renegade 800R and multiply it by 11 horsepower.
We have a feeling the Can Am Renegade 1000 ATV is more about marketing hype than actual need. Oh, we guess if you're a professional off road racer, you might have a need for one. Past that, we can't think of many people that really need to go faster than the 800R will go. Of course, if you're into bragging rights, and would like to say you have the fastest 4 wheel drive ATV on the planet, you might "need" one!
XXC Package - How to go faster with less drama. This option package feeds your need for speed with higher grade performance shocks, three level power steering, quicker reacting front diff lock, bead lock wheels, and an aluminum skid plate. It's only available on the Can Am Renegade 800R and 1000 models.
It's pricey at about $2,500, but you couldn't duplicate it with aftermarket parts for any less. If you're considering one of the bigger Can Am ATV Renegade models, The better control offered by the XXC package deserves serious consideration.