2012 Can-Am OUTLANDER MAX XT 500


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Say hello to the 40.4-hp Outlander MAX 500, the most powerful ATV in the category. Featuring the ability to go from one-up to two-up in seconds, thanks to its innovative Convertible Rack/Seat System (CRS). Built with the passenger in mind, it's equipped with a comfortable raised rear seat, sturdy ergonomic passenger handgrips and raised floorboards. For more information, just pin the throttle.

XT Added Features

Tri-mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS™): Dynamic Power Steering (DPS™) is not only speed sensitive, but it has rider-selectable modes depending on rider preference. With three separate, selectable settings for variable steering assistance. Less assistance at high speeds gives you more control. More assistance at low speeds for easy maneuverability. Plus less kickback and more feedback with the industry's largest final gear ratio.

Visco-Lok® QE auto-locking front differential: All DPS-equipped models have the Visco-Lok® QE calibration up front, which has all the features and benefits of the standard quick-engagement Visco-Lok® differential, but with an even quicker engagement point.

Cast-aluminum wheels with machined finish: Lightweight 4 twin-spoke design gives an aggressive and premium look to the Outlander.

25-in. Carlisle® ACT radial tires: These 25-in., 3-ply tires feature a tread pattern that is aggressive enough to tackle the toughest terrain, yet provide a smooth ride in a lightweight package.

3,000-lb WARN® winch with roller fairlead, wired remote control & integrated remote storage: This powerful 3,000-lb (1,361 kg) capacity factory-installed winch is equipped with a wired remote control that neatly stows in the underside of the ATV's front storage compartment cover.

Heavy-duty front and rear bumpers: The front and rear bumpers are factory installed and are covered by a factory warranty.

Handlebar with wind deflectors: Premium look and protection from brush and cold.

650-W magneto: This package provides a more powerful magneto with 650 watts of power output.

  • 40.4-hp Rotax 500 EFI engine
  • Torsional Trailing arm Independent rear suspension (TTI)
  • MacPherson front suspension
  • Visco-Lok® auto-locking front differential
  • Ergonomic passenger seat and backrest
  • Convertible Rack/Seat System with storage box
Key Features
  • 40.4-hp Rotax 500 V-Twin, liquid-cooled EFI engine: This powerful 40.4-hp engine is liquid cooled with SOHC with 4 valves per cylinder and features 2 injectors for a precise fuel delivery and throttle response. The only V-Twin in its class.
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with engine braking: For ease of use, you can count on the CVT transmission that features engine braking to help slow you when going downhill.
  • MacPherson front suspension: This front suspension provides a plush and precise ride.
  • Torsional Trailing arm Independent rear suspension (TTI): The only independent rear suspension that eliminates scrub and camber changes, meaning the wheels pivot up and down rather than in a butterfly motion like competitors' systems.
  • Center skid plate: Center skid plate made of 5-mm thick injection-molded high-density polyethylene (HDPE).
  • Steel racks with 300 lb (136 kg) capacity
  • Multi-function digital gauge: Tells the rider everything in one easy glance.
  • D.E.S.S.™ (Digitally Encoded Security System): Outlander MAX models feature the exclusive D.E.S.S.™ anti-theft system.
  • Ergonomic passenger backrest: A well-padded active backrest moves with rider for better comfort.
  • Convertible Rack/Seat system (CRS) with storage box: Takes the Outlander MAX from one-up to two-up in a matter of seconds. Gives you plenty of storage in one-up mode and unmatched comfort and convenience for your passenger when riding two-up.
  • Raised floorboards: Raised passenger floorboards for added comfort.
  • Multi-position passenger handgrips: For added comfort.
XT Package
  • Tri-mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
  • Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front differential
  • 3,000-lb WARN winch
  • Heavy-duty front and rear bumpers
  • Handlebar wind deflectors
  • Type: 499.6cc, V-twin, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 8-valve (4-valve/cyl)
  • Bore & Stroke: 82 x 47 mm
  • EFI System / Carburetor: 46 mm Throttle Body, 2 Siemens® VDO injectors
  • Starting System: Electric
  • Transmission: CVT, sub-transmission with high, low, park, neutral & reverse. Standard engine braking
  • Drive Train: Selectable 2w/4w shaft driven with Visco-Lok® front differential
  • Frame: SST
  • Front Suspension Type/Shocks: MacPherson®
  • Front Suspension Travel: 7 in. (178 mm)
  • Rear Suspension Type/Shocks: Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI)
  • Rear Suspension Travel: 9 in. (229 mm)
  • Front Brakes: 2 inboard hydraulic discs
  • Rear Brake: 1 inboard hydraulic disc
  • Tires/Front: 25 x 8 x 12 in. (635 x 203 x 305 mm)
  • Tires/Rear: 25 x 11 x 12 in. (635 x 279 x 305 mm)
  • Wheels: Cast-aluminum
  • L x W x H: 94 x 46 x 45 in. (2,387 x 1,168 x 1,143 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 59 in. (1,499 mm)
  • Seat Height: 34.5 in. (877 mm)
  • Ground Clearance: 11 in. (279 mm)
  • Dry Weight: 704 lb. (319 kg)
  • Towing Capacity: 1,300 lb. (590 kg)
  • Front Rack Capacity: 100 lb. (45 kg)
  • Rear Rack Capacity: 200 lb. (90 kg)
  • Storage: Rear storage 5.3 US gal. (20 L) CRS (Convertible Rack System)
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.3 US gal. (16.3 L)
  • Instrumentation: Multi-function digital LCD gauge: Speedometer, tachometer (bar graph RPM, bottom bar numerical RPM), odometer, trip & hour meters, diagnostic center, gear position, engine hour meter, 4x4 indicator, temperature and engine lights, fuel gauge, clock, auto shut off after 15 minutes
  • Anti-Theft: D.E.S.S.™ (Digital Encoded Security System)
  • Electrical: Prewired for winch
  • Lighting: 2 fender mounted headlamps (35W) with tail light/brake light
  • DC Outlet: Lighter type in console, standard connector in the back (15A)
  • Color(s) available: Black, Yellow
  • Basic: 6 months limited factory warranty
  • Extended: B.E.S.T. available from 12 to 36 months



Engine Type
SOHC, 8-valve (4-valve/cyl)
Bore x Stroke
82 x 47 mm
Engine Cooling
Fuel System
46 mm Throttle Body, 2 Siemens® VDO injectors
Starting System
650 W


Front Suspension
Front Travel
7 in. (178 mm)
Front Brake Type
2 inboard hydraulic discs
Front Tires
25 x 8 x 12 in. (635 x 203 x 305 mm)
Rear Suspension
Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI)
Rear Travel
9 in. (229 mm)
Rear Brake Type
1 inboard hydraulic disc
Rear Tires
25 x 11 x 12 in. (635 x 279 x 305 mm)


Dry Weight
704 lb. (319 kg)
Front Rack Capacity
100 lb. (45 kg)
Rear Rack Capacity
200 lb. (90 kg)
Towing Capacity
1,300 lb. (590 kg)
Fuel Capacity
4.3 US gal. (16.3 L)
Ground Clearance
11 in. (279 mm)
Machine Dimensions (LxWxH)
94 x 46 x 45 in. (2,387 x 1,168 x 1,143 mm)
59 in. (1,499 mm)

Drive Train

Drive Train
Selectable 2w/4w with Visco-Lok® front differential
Final Drive
CVT, sub-transmission with high, low, park, neutral & reverse. Standard engine braking


Standard: Digital
Standard: Digital
Standard: Digital
2 fender mounted headlamps (35W) with tail light/brake light
Black, Yellow
Basic: 6 months limited factory warranty; Extended: B.E.S.T. available from 12 to 36 months