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Can-Am Spyder roadster hybrid to make public debut

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January 20, 2011

BRP's Can-Am Spyder hybrid concept

BRP's Can-Am Spyder hybrid concept

Those attending the International Motor Show in New York this weekend will be the first to get a close up look at Bombardier Recreational Products’ (BRP) Can-Am Spyder hybrid concept vehicle. In developing the hybrid Spyder roadster BRP are aiming to achieve a 50 percent improvement in fuel efficiency than the current Can-Am Spyder roadster with comparable acceleration and a total range of 375 miles (604 km).

The hybrid Spyder roadster is a plug-in hybrid vehicle that will be equipped an electric motor, lithium-ion battery and the Rotax Advanced Combustion Efficiency (ACE) engine. This engine is the same used in BRP’s 2011 Ski-Doo snowmobiles, and with 29 mpg, BRP claims it is the most fuel-efficient engine in the snowmobile industry.

Last month, BRP announced a four-year project to give the hybrid treatment to its Can-Am Spyder roadster launched in 2007 that boasts a distinctive Y-architecture with two wheels in the front and one in the back. The project will be undertaken through a partnership with the Advanced Technology Center BRP-Sherbrooke University with funding from the Government of Canada’s Automotive Partnership Program.

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5 Comments

More stable than a motorcycle, but less fun because it doesn't lean when turning corners.

MrGadget
14th March, 2011 @ 05:56 pm PDT

Step 1, remove skis and replace with wheels

Step 2, remove drive belt from implied snowmobile

Step 3, attach drive wheel and a manual transmission to give illusion of riding motorcycle.

Step 4, market to middle aged CEO ladies that don't have big enough ovaries to at least try an Old Buell Blast. Lived in AZ when 3 wheeled road sled was debuted. Never sata man on one of the grown up tri-cycles.

Justin Schetrompf
23rd March, 2011 @ 09:47 pm PDT

More stable and less prone to having all those motorcycle driver I have over the year peeled off the road would be a nice thing.

Alexander Cardosa
1st July, 2011 @ 05:57 am PDT

That was a very interesting post you made there. You've certainly started somewhat of a controversy amongst your readers.I've always had a fear of motorcycles but this one I really like the look of. Maybe I'll try one out one day.

3 Wheel Bikes For Adults
7th September, 2011 @ 09:04 am PDT

Looks like they took their Commander and made it a three wheeler. The Can-Am Commander uas a V-twin Rotax engine between the seats, like they took a normal single seat ATV, widened the suspension and hung a seat off each side.

The Commander 1000 X (despite the name it's only a 976cc engine) is bloody fast, when using the high performance ignition key. 0 to 75 MPH in about 100 feet!

Gregg Eshelman
7th December, 2011 @ 09:35 pm PST
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