2013 Can-Am Spyder RS unveiled, features new suspension

News release

The new and improved Can-Am Spyder RS roadster line represents the machine for the rider who has a passion for sporty adventure, and the eagerness to go forth and conquer the open road. From its performance-oriented, three-wheel, open-air configuration to its attractive design and aggressive stance, the Spyder RS roadster from BRP is a legitimate head turner, even when standing still.

2013 Can-Am Spyder RS

For the 2013 model year, BRP engineers re-imagined the Spyder RS roadster by completely revising the front-end geometry and suspension calibration for a ride that is even more comfortable, yet delivers the sporty flavor for which the RS model is known. Riding position is slightly tweaked with a handlebar position one inch higher than previous Spyder RS models. In front of the rider, the handlebar controls on the left side have been updated, and this roadster also has a new throttle-by-wire system. A new exhaust silencer completes the aggressive look of the Spyder RS.

On the braking front, BRP went to Brembo brake calipers on all three wheels, with larger (+.25mm) four-piston calipers up front, mated with larger (+20mm) discs. Combine this with an next-generation BOSCH ABS system, means that the Spyder RS roadster sees its braking distance improved by 10 percent.

All of these changes combined with larger, 15-inch front wheels, lower-profile front tires and redesigned front fenders on all Spyder RS-S models means 2013 is an exciting year of changes to the Spyder RS line.

All Can-Am Spyder RS roadsters are loaded with machismo thanks to its proven 100-horsepower Rotax 998cc V-twin engine. The powerplant, which has great torque and shortens roads with a twist of the throttle, is mated to the two available five-speed transmissions. The electronic five-speed (plus reverse) SE5 transmission, which is controlled by the left hand (thumb and forefinger) and requires no clutching, is optional. A standard SM5 (manual) five-speed transmission also includes reverse.

The Can-Am Spyder RS roadster models all feature an innovative and stable Y-Factor architecture from BRP. Two forward wheels and a double A-arm design are up front and a swingarm with a mono shock and a single rear wheel drives the machine. The Spyder RS is also outfitted with the Vehicle Stability System (VSS), a system developed in partnership with Bosch. Combine the Y configuration, VSS with proven automotive-derived technologies such as anti-lock braking and traction and stability control and the Can-Am Spyder roadster line offers confidence-inspiring handling and control, as well as a ride that’s as unique as it is exhilarating.

2013 Spyder RS roadster

What’s New for 2013


» Revised chassis

» Updated suspension calibration

» Brembo braking system

» Larger brake discs (270mm)

» Next-generation BOSCH ABS system

» New handlebar control with LED accent lights

» Larger diameter (15-inch) front wheels

» Lower-profile front tires

» Redesigned exhaust silencer

» One-inch higher handlebar position

» Electronic throttle control

» Improved fuel economy

» New color option



» Pure Magnesium Metallic


Can-Am Spyder RS-S roadster


The Spyder RS roadster is eye-catching and more than capable of making a sporty impression, however, the Spyder RS-S takes performance and styling to the next level. Featuring all the updates the Spyder RS got for 2013, the “S” package has even more to offer.

From its updated twin-blade-spoke front wheels, contrast stitched seat, two-tone coloration, painted front spoiler and A-arm covers, and exclusive graphics the Spyder RS-S roadster is dressed for success on the open road. Available with either the SM5 or SE5 transmissions with reverse. And, with a newly-designed front fender, not only is the styling more attractive for 2013, the design also helps the Spyder RS-S improve vehicle aerodynamics.

What’s New for 2013?

» Revised chassis

» Updated suspension calibration

» Larger diameter (15-inch) front wheels

» New Carbon Black, six twin-blade-spoke front wheels

» Lower-profile front tires

» New front fender design

» Electronic cruise control is standard

» Brembo braking system

» Larger brake discs (270mm)

» New handlebar control with LED accent lights

» Redesigned exhaust silencer

» One-inch higher handlebar position

» Electronic throttle control

» Improved fuel economy

» New color option



» Gas-charged, anodized-aluminum FOX Racing Shox front shocks on the Spyder RS-S models are adjustable for preload and have improved compression and rebound damping. The shocks, which provide a 33% weight reduction per shock on the stock Spyder RS shocks, wear carbon-black-colored springs.



» Neutron Green Metallic / Satin Black

» NEW Alloy Orange Metallic / Satin Black

» Pure Magnesium Metallic / Steel Black Metallic


Key Spyder RS Technologies


Y architecture

With its two-wheels up front and single rear wheel in the rear, the Can-Am Spyder RS roadster lineup is defined by its Y architecture. This configuration also provides the open-air feel of a motorcycle, but complements that feature with the stability reminiscent of a dialed-in sports car — something BRP calls the Y Factor.


Revised SST frame

Proven on the BRP Can-Am ATVs, The Surrounding Spar Technology frame, which is an exclusive technology to BRP, is designed to reduce weight while at the same time offering increased durability with fewer parts. This chassis also contributes to the Spyder RS roadster’s low center of gravity and impressive handling. The chassis has been updated for 2013.

Updated double A-arm front suspension with anti-roll bar

The updated double A-arm front suspension geometry, which includes dual shocks and more than 5.7 inches (145 mm) of suspension travel — was built to please with its precision handling point-and-shoot dynamics. A standard anti-roll ensures optimal cornering while delivering a smooth and stable ride.


Rear swing arm with shock

The single-rear wheel-and-tire set-up supplies superb traction and acceleration while the single shock absorber is more than capable of soaking up the road and providing a cushioned ride.


Dynamic Power Steering

DPS is electronically controlled and provides the rider with varying levels of steering assist. The system is speed sensitive and also factors in steering angle and acceleration, to keep the rider comfortable and in control no matter the situation or speed.


Rotax 998 cc V-Tw in engine

The muscular Rotax 998 cc has proven itself in over the years and is as powerful as it is reliable. The 100-hp, 998cc V-Twin pumps out 100 hp at 7,500 rpm and 80 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. Electronic fuel injection, with its multi-point design and huge 2.24-inch (57mm) throttle body, means improved fuel efficiency and instantaneous throttle response. New for 2013 is electronic throttle control.


Belt Drive

The Spyder RS roadster features a final belt drive, as opposed to a chain or shaft drive design, which attaches to the rear sprocket. This set-up efficiently and smoothly transfers power to the ground and offers simple maintenance.


SM5 transmission

The SM5 transmission features a smooth-shifting 5-speed gearbox with reverse with a traditional manual clutch and foot shifter.


SE5 transmission

The semi-automatic transmission uses an electronic 5-speed gearbox with reverse that is controlled by the rider’s left thumb and forefinger. Shift up using the left thumb lever and then down shift using the left forefinger. The intelligent system also automatically downshifts when the roadster comes to a stop.



The easy-to-use reverse mechanism features a push-button design and improves maneuvering in tight areas.


Vehicle Stability System

VSS, developed in partnership with Bosch, incorporates proven technologies borrowed from the automotive industry and combines those with the Y architecture to create unmatched control during adverse situations. The engineers behind this system seamlessly integrated Stability Control, Traction Control and an Anti-lock braking system and specifically calibrated VSS for use in the Spyder roadster and its three-wheel configuration. The Vehicle Stability System provides peace of mind for an incredibly confident ride.

The VSS also earned the 2010 Automotive News PACE awards for innovation partnership.


Stability Control System

This system relates the Spyder roadster’s intended direction, using inputs for handlebar and throttle positioning and the vehicle’s actual direction and then acts

seamlessly and immediately to correct the situation. If they are not the same, the system reduces engine rpm and/or individually slows (actively brakes) the wheels to correct the course.


Anti-lock Braking System

The updated BOSCH ABS for 2013 not only helps to maintain the vehicle’s maneuverability during aggressive braking situations, but it also gives the Spyder roadster a shorter stopping distance than most automobiles. The system uses integrated wheel sensors to determine if a wheel is at risk of locking under braking.  To keep maneuverability optimal, the system seamlessly and rapidly engages and disengages (or pulses) the brake to allow the driver to steer in the intended direction.

Combined with new calipers and larger brake discs, braking distance for 2013 is improved by 10 percent.

Traction Control System

If the rear wheel loses traction, the TCS will sense it and instantaneously reduces engine rpm until sufficient grip returns.



Key to the Spyder RS roadster experience; a convenient and almost effortless way to explore.


Multi-function gauge display (Spyder RS-S only)

The amber-colored multi-function LCD display offers improved clarity for night riding. It also includes a digital speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip and hour meters, gear position, temperature, engine lights, electronic fuel gauge and clock.


Multi-function handlebar control

A new LED-accented multi-function handlebar control puts a variety of option controls at the driver’s thumb.


2013 Can-Am Spyder RS gauges

Onboard Storage

A sizeable 12-gallon (44 L) lockable storage compartment is located beneath the hood. It is large enough for a helmet or custom roller suitcase.


D.E.S.S. security system

BRP engineers added an extra level of security with the proven Digital Encoded Security System. This system requires the properly coded electronic key in order to operate the roadster.



  1. I hope the spyder is not selling at the highest price ,which no one can afford to b uy and play with.
    the excise , the tax is killing the brand indeed in malaysia.

  2. Love this bike tried to get one in September 2012 but the insurance was to much. If this bike was a little cheaper, you would sell these to all generations. I am 50 and I love it.

    can-am keep up the good products.


  3. je trouve le spyder st 2013 vraiment magnifique dans quelque moi j en aurai 1 mais j esite encore pour la couleur je v aller voir 1 concessionnaire pour les voir en réelle et me faire une idee , il va falloir que je passe encore ma formation de 7 heures,je suis tres impatient de l avoir, par la suite faire pourquoi pas faire parti d un club can am s il y en as 1 pouvez vous me repondre merci cordialement P S : je vient de la LORRAINE pouvez vous m indiquez 1 concessionnaire, g actuellemment 1 quad t g b street-r 500cmque g depuis 1 an pour me faire la main sur ce merci de vore reponse a+

  4. I love the bike I own a 2010 touring Model I just wish it had more horse power 100 HP is Ok for your beginer rider but I have been riding for over 20 years and I would love to C see more HP another 20 HP would be great I don’t like it when A DAM Harley passes me. Then I break out my 1200 Honda and they can’t keep up with me . Please give more HP !!!

  5. Hi Robert
    Thanks for the info. Can I get one in Pearl White duco? Its an outstdngn colour.

  6. As I have just sold my XVZ Royal Star I finally made up my mind to purchase the matt orange RSS SM5 spyder!
    So I go to the local dealership in Brisbane (Australia) with money in hand and they tell me I can’t have a manual…only automatic!!!!!!!!!

    What!!!!!!!!!!!! Why on God’s earth would the best looking version be changed in this year to auto only?????? Really and I mean really devastated.

    So…what do I have to do to get a right hand drive version in manual and the colour I want one asks……any suggestions?

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