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Can-Am adds new ST to 2013 Spyder lineup

September 23, 2012
Filed under News, Top Stories

News release

Brand new for 2013 is the Can-Am Spyder ST roadster lineup, as the Canadian OEM unveiled its newest roadster Sunday night at Club BRP in Washington, D.C. Representing the right blend of comfort and sportiness to set it apart from the two other roadster lines, the Spyder ST is as comfortable and nimble for a quick jaunt to the grocery store, as it is on a spirited ride on a favorite country lane, or a week-long getaway up the coast. A new chassis, combined with sport-touring rider ergonomics, makes the Spyder ST the only choice for three-wheeled sport touring.

Its sport-touring lines are immediately apparent with the pod in front of the driver. Its sleek design and lines offer a stylish look, but also functional protection from the elements while on a long touring ride. Adjustable windshield (4 inches of travel) and removable wind deflectors complete the protection package.

2013 Can-Am Spyder ST

A new footrest position allows the driver to stretch his or her legs on long tours. Compared to the Spyder RS roadster it is 5 inches forward, this also gives the knee a more open position for added touring comfort. The handlebar position is different than the Spyder RS thanks to being pulled back 4 inches and higher by 3.3 inches.

The seat is specifically designed for riders who demand sport-touring performance with its firmer foam padding and shape that still allows plenty of movement for carving corners. Finally, the Spyder ST is ready for the color-matched Can-Am RT-622 trailer with the optional install kit. With the 44 litres of storage in the front trunk, the trailer adds an additional 622 litres.

The Can-Am Spyder ST 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 ST 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.

All told, this new model complements the existing Spyder RS and Spyder RT lineups perfectly. Featuring just the right blend of sport and touring for the consumer who demands it.

What’s New for 2013?

» Completely new model for 2013

Available Color:

» Pure Magnesium Metallic

 

Spyder ST-S roadster

Snapshot:

The Spyder ST-S roadster takes all the standard features of the Spyder ST and adds several enhancements and color options for an even sportier look and touring performance.

2013 Can-Am Spyder ST-S

The front fenders feature LED lighting for increased visibility and a design that aids in aerodynamic performance. A sleek Carbon Black finish is added to several parts, including the front wheels, handlebars, footrest, rear sprocket, exhaust and shock springs. Painted upper A-arms and front spoiler covers add a stylish edge. Driver footboards come standard on the SE5 models. Electronic cruise control is standard.

What’s New for 2013?

» Completely new model for 2013

Available Color:

» Circuit Yellow Metallic

» Pure Magnesium Metallic

» Pure Magnesium Metallic


Spyder ST Limited roadster

Snapshot:

The Spyder ST Limited is the sport-touring roadster for the person who wants the best of everything. It takes the standard features found on the Spyder ST-S and adds several luxury and touring features. Up front, chrome 12-spoke wheels combine with chrome accents on the exhaust tip and heat shield for that signature Limited look.

2013 Can-Am Spyder ST Limited

An AM/FM audio system with iPod integration cable, weather band and optional satellite radio system is standard. For easy navigation, a Garmin Zumo 660 GPS with Bluetooth wireless technology is preinstalled. For an added 68 litres of storage, removable rigid saddlebags (lockable and color-matched) come on the Limited model. This brings total storage to a generous 112 liters. Thermal grips keep hands warm during cool mornings, too. Finally a 12-volt power outlet, Limited embroidered seat and front cargo liner are all standard on this model.

What’s New for 2013?

» Completely new model for 2013

Available color:

» Pearl White

» Blackcurrant

 

Key Spyder RT Technologies

Chassis

Y architecture

With its two-wheels up front and single rear wheel in the rear, the Can-Am Spyder ST 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.

Updated 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 ST roadster’s low center of gravity and impressive handling. The chassis is completely new for 2013.

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

The revised double A-arm front suspension geometry, which includes dual shocks and more than 5.9 inches (151 mm) of suspension travel — was built to please with its precision handling and point-and-shoot dynamics. A standard anti-roll bar ensures optimal cornering while delivering a smooth and stable ride. The Spyder RT model has a slightly wider track than the Spyder RS roadster model for improved stability and handling. And in 2013 the suspension calibration is revised across the line.

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.

Powertrain

Rotax 998cc V-twin 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 ST 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.

Reverse

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 Sy stem

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.

Convenience/Comfort

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

Multi-function gauge display

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.

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.

 

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