MONTREAL – Among the 2012 model-year unveilings at Club BRP in Montreal this week, dealers are abuzz with talk of the new Sea-Doo RXP-X and the Can-Am Commander 1000 LTD side-by-side, along with the Can-Am Outlander 1000 ATV. All were available for demo rides as part of the gathering of 4,000 dealers worldwide at the largest event in company history.
Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban even got in on the festivities when he helped to honor the longest-tenured BRP dealers on Wednesday night at the Bell Centre. A rollicking concert by Styx, which produced four consecutive multi-platinum albums in the late-1970s and early-1980s, provided a midweek boost to the 4,000 dealers in attendance among the crowd of nearly 10,000. Styx guitarist and vocalist Tommy Shaw capped the night by driving a Renegade across the stage.
Dealers had an opportunity to drive at the demo site, which featured their entire new lineup, save snowmobiles.
The next generation Sea-Doo RXP-X model features a new T3 lean-in hull design, ErgoLock system and iControl technologies. The RXP-X redefines the musclecraft segment with an ominous visual appeal from its flowing facet design, ram air intakes, large side grills and distinctive new ErgoLock system and tight-turning, tracking (T3) hull. BRP’s ErgoLock system includes angled footwell wedges and a gradually narrowing seat design to help better connect the rider to the watercraft. It reduces upper body fatigue by allowing the rider to ride faster, for longer periods of time. The ErgoLock system compliments the tight turning aspect of the T3 hull, which features an innovative dual surface design that responds differently at high or low speeds. The new T3 shape combines soft and hard chines and adjustable sponsons with winglets and trim tabs that allow the watercraft to lean into corners, better maintaining entry and exit speeds after turns.
The next generation Sea-Doo RXP-X is joined by the new GTR 215 and GTX 155 S. The new GTR 215 watercraft is a value-minded performer based on the GTI platform with the added power of the proven Rotax 4-TEC supercharged engine. The 2012 GTR 215 offers performance enthusiasts a watercraft with incredible acceleration, predictable handling and all the benefits of iControl with iBR.
BRP adds the new GTX S 155 model to the Sea-Doo Luxury Performance family in 2012, joining the Sea-Doo GTX Limited iS, GTX 215 and GTX 155. The Sea-Doo GTX S 155 offers a manual suspension system for premium comfort and iControl technologies featuring iBR and iTC and also includes ECO mode.
The 2012 Sea-Doo WAKE 155 and WAKE Pro 215 models feature new colorization and have received a system upgrade with intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) and an exclusive Ski mode now directly linked to a GPS control system for 100 percent pulling speed accuracy.
The 2012 Sea-Doo WAKE 155 and WAKE PRO 215 models are designed specifically for tow sports and come equipped with a refined iTC system that features a GPS speed-based Ski mode. They also come equipped with removable board rack and retractable tow pylon with passenger observer handles. Ski mode is BRP’s exclusive, programmable power delivery system that works with iTC. It allows the driver to choose between five settings to select target speeds based on the onboard GPS. This system gives the rider in tow a perfect pull every time. Both 2012 WAKE watercraft models receive a fresh graphics update to stand out on any waterway while underway or resting between sets.
The 2012 Can-Am new generation ATVs also had dealers anticipating their delivery. As is the new 800r ($9,549 MSRP), the Outlander 1000 ($10,449 MSRP) has been built new “from the ground up,” and has a new 976cc Rotax V-twin option and industry-leading horsepower.
The next generation Renegade 1000 ($10,799 MSRP) and 800r ($9,899 MSRP) lines also come back with increased performance. The new Renegade 1000 features an EFI-fed, 976cc V-Twin power plant, and both have the next-generation chassis, improved suspension and enhanced ergonomics.
The Outlander MAX 800R XT-P ($13,699 MSRP) and MAX 650 XT-P ($12,849), the only sport-oriented two-up ATVs, are newly configured for 2012. The vehicles start with the Outlander MAX XT and add ACS rear suspension, along with Tri-mode Dynamic Power Steering, which provides three levels of steering assist, plus controls kickback and trail feedback. Riders can select preloaded ACS settings on the fly to match the trail or load conditions. The system is designed to offer less assist at high speed and more assist at low speed.
Other features include 12-inch cast-aluminum wheels and inserts, and new Pure Magnesium painted plastic that offers improved scratch resistance.
All Renegade X xc models now feature FOX Racing Shox Podium X piggyback shocks with high- and low-speed compression adjustability, rebound and preload adjustment.
The Commander 1000 LTD side-by-side brought out the smartphone cameras en masse when it was shown at the Palaid de congress in Montreal. A Garmin GPS with a five megabyte camera, Air-Control Fox Racing Shox and a WARN winch are only some of the accessories that have been added to the new model. The 85-hp, 976cc Rotax engine and other upgrades like Pure Magnesium painted plastic are other upgrades. It has a suggested MSRP of $19,199.
The 2012 Can-Am Spyder roadster offers an amber-colored LCD display on all RS models. In addition to Pearl White Metallic, BRP now offers a Steel Black Metallic color.
New gas-charged FOX Racing Shox front suspension on RS-S models are adjustable for preload and have improved compression and rebound damping. The shocks, which provide a 33 percent weight reduction per shock on the stock Spyder RS shocks, wear carbon-black colored springs. The RS-S models are available in Neutron Green Metallic/Satin Black and Can-Am Red/Satin Black color options.
For the Spyder RT, a new amber coloration for the dot-matrix display on the entire lineup provides for improved contrast at night.
A new Lava Bronze Metallic color scheme with embroidered tan seat is part of the 2012 Spyder RT Limited. The limited also offers new aluminum six-spoke chrome front wheels. Chrome was added to the exhaust tip, heat shield and mirrors to match the new chrome wheels.
A Quantum Blue Metallic color option joins Viper Red and Pure Magnesium Metallic on the Can-Am Spyder RT-S roadster line. Aluminum six-spoke front wheels feature new Dark-Mist Gray coloration exclusive to the Spyder RT-S roadster in 2012. A Quantum Blue Metallic color option joins Pure Magnesium Metallic on the Can-Am Spyder RT Audio & Convenience roadster.
Read more about the BRP event in an upcoming issue of Powersports Business.