September 20, 2007 The first 2008 Can-Am™ Spyder™ roadster has rolled off the assembly line in Valcourt, Québec. Gizmag readers will be familiar with the uniquely designed three-wheeler which has generated massive interest since being unveiled earlier this year. Lying somewhere between a motorcycle and a convertible sports car, the first production models of the 990cc, Y- shaped Spyder roadster (two wheels in the front, one in the rear) will be delivered to dealerships across North America next month with International markets to take delivery at the beginning of 2008.
Powered by a Rotax® 990 V-Twin engine Can-Am™ Spyder™ roadster promises a new kind of road going experience described as offering “the performance of a traditional motorcycle with much of the peace-of-mind of a convertible sports car”.
The first unit was produced on September 14 and the project as a whole is the first "on-road" vehicle for Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP). "This is a very important day in the history of BRP," said José Boisjoli, president and CEO, BRP. “Our employees around the world have a lot to be proud of as we bring to the market a product that is a true paradigm shift, a completely new and unique vehicle, one that will redefine the roadster category. The Can-Am Spyder roadster is yet another testimony of BRP's passion for innovation and for the powersports industry," he added.
"Since its official unveiling, the Spyder roadster has been a hot topic among powersports enthusiasts, open-road newcomers and media alike the world over. To date, more than 20,000 consumers have tried the Can-Am Spyder roadster in 11 American states, four Canadian provinces and eight European countries," concluded Boisjoli.
In 2008, BRP plans to market the Roadster to around 20 additional American states along with other Canadian provinces and 15 countries in Europe, South America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
The lucky recipient of the first Spyder roadster will be Jay Leno, the well-known host of the The Tonight Show in the U.S. who is also an avid collector and restorer of cars and motorcycles.
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