2017 Can-Am Defender DPS HD8

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COMFORT AND CONTROL

Take control with the Defender DPS that features comfortable Dynamic Power Steering (DPS), lightweight wheels and tires, adaptable storage, Visco Lok and more to make your job easier.

Features

  • HEAVY-DUTY ROTAX ENGINES: The Defender DPS offers three very capable true work powerplant options. The 72 hp Rotax HD10 V Twin is specifically tuned for serious work but also offers 61 lb ft torque and peak torque at lower RPM for optimal delivery for recreational use. The work focused Rotax HD8 V Twin delivers 50 hp and 50 lb ft torque for tough tasks. To simply get the job done meet your new yardstick the new Defender HD5 single cylinder Rotax engine delivering 38 hp. The Defender is now the sharpest tool in the shed.
  • HIGH RIGIDITY CHASSIS: The Defender is an extremely capable off-road vehicle and a legitimate workhorse that uses an all-new chassis with automotive-like technology and fabrication tolerances that are in line with modern pick-up trucks. The high-strength, low-alloy (HSLA) grade steel means a more rigid design for taking the strain of heavy-duty chores. Can-Am engineers put the Defender frame through the new rigorous Utility Test Cycle at the winter and summer testing grounds to ensure its toughness.
  • PRECISION-ENGINEERED HANDLING: The specific Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) system is tuned for utility applications while also offering responsiveness for recreational usage. DPS improves steering feel in slow-speed working situations and in more technical terrain. It also is designed to offer less assistance at high speed and more assistance at low speed.
  • BETTER CONTROL: The Visco-Lok QE† front differential combined with the lockable rear differential offer a 4-mode traction system providing multiple choices for varying terrain or tasks. Users, via a separate front-and-rear toggle switches, can select between a 2x4 open rear differential for tight turning and turf protection, a 2x4 lockable rear for improved 2WD traction, a 4x4 open rear for more maneuverability in rugged terrain and a 4x4 locked rear for maximum traction. The rear differential is gear-on-gear to the transmission for better response, no maintenance, better efficiency and fewer components.
  • TTA-HD REAR SUSPENSION: The Defender heavy-duty Torsional Trailing A-arms (TTA-HD) was designed specifically for a utility and recreational usage, offers a full 10-in. (25.4 cm) of travel to provide a smooth ride whatever the terrain. Its architecture offers an optimal comfort and drivability in all conditions thanks to no camber.
  • PICK-UP INSPIRED SEATING: The VERSA-PRO Bench Seat is engineered as a 40/20/40 bench seat, inspired by modern pick-up trucks. It can comfortably accommodate three adults and features “profiled” corners to improve entrance / exit of the cab as well as a sturdy vinyl cover for improved wear resistance. The passenger seats, complete with integrated hooks on their underside, also can be flipped up to improve onboard storage. Can-Am designers also added a foldable central console and armrest with two cup holders to allow more space in the cab.
  • ADAPTABLE STORAGE: The open dash design features a handy removable and water-resistant 1.7 gal (6.3 L) toolbox, an industry exclusive, to allow users to carefully carry tools and supplies their need in an organized manner. In addition, it includes 6 gal (23 L) of under dash storage with an enclosed pocket, perfect for stowing small essentials. All in all, the Defender proposes a total of 10.4 gal. (39.5 L) of storage solutions.
  • VERSATILE CARGO BOX: The highly durable Cargo box has a 1,000-lb (454kg) load capacity and easily dumps. Strategic features include 5-gal (18.9 l) pail recesses, integrated anchors on the sidewalls and several tie-down points for added convenience. To fully optimize the sizeable cargo box, consumers can divide up the box using the integrated recesses. The box allows for both 1x3 and plywood separators and accepts bed extenders for refining the bed’s overall dimensions. Also, the sturdy tailgate can withstand ordinary farm use and serve as a seat during your lunch break (max weight: 250 lb / 113kg).
  • CAB-READY: The sturdy Profile cage (steel) is designed in tandem with the Can-Am Cab and genuine accessories to ensure the best fit-and-finish and seamless integration in the industry. To enhance visibility and improve entrance / exit of the cab, the front section of the cage was moved far forward.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT TIRES AND WHEELS: 14-in (35.6 cm) black cast-aluminium wheels with 27-in (68,6 cm) Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires for HD8 and HD10 models and 12-in (30.5 cm) cast-aluminium wheels with 25-in (63.5 cm) Maxxis tires for HD5 models.
  • EXCLUSIVE CAMO: When it comes to concealment, nothing compares to the exclusive Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camouflage. The highly durable water-dipped camo finish is more resistant to scratching, mineral deposits and sun fading. More importantly, it lets hunters match their favorite camo manufacturer with their favorite ATV brand.

General Information

Manufacturer Can-Am
Model Year 2017
Model Defender DPS HD8
Model Code 8EHF
Color Green

Brakes/Wheels/Tires

Brakes

Front - Dual 220 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers

Rear - Dual 220 mm ventilated disc brake with hydraulic single-piston caliper

Wheels 14-in. black cast-aluminum
Tires

Maxxis M923J

Front - 25 x 8 x 12 in. (63.5 x 20.3 x 30.5 cm)

Rear - 25 x 10 x 12 in. (63.5 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm)

Dimensions

Length 120 in. (305 cm)
Height 76 in. (193 cm)
Width 62 in. (157.5 cm)
Weight Estimated Dry - 1,414 lbs. (641.4 kg)
Ground Clearance 11 in. (28 cm)
Wheelbase 83 in. (211.5 cm)

Drivetrain

Transmission PRO-TORQ Transmission with Quick Response System (QRS), high airflow ventilation and Electronic Drive Belt Protection; Extra-L / H / N / R / P
Drive System

True 4-mode Traction System - 2x4 open rear differential, 2x4 locked rear differential 4x4 open rear differential, 4x4 locked rear differential

Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front differential

Electrical

Lighting 140W lighting output from (4) 35W reflectors ensuring a wide visiblity and LED tail lights
Instrumentation Lighter type DC outlet in console (20-A)
Battery 12V (18 A/h)

Engine

Engine Rotax® V-twin
Horsepower 50 hp
Displacement 799.9 cc
Fuel System Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC™) with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Cooling Liquid

Operational

Steering Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
Suspension

Front - Double A-arm; 10 in. (25.4 cm) travel

Rear - TTA-HD with external sway bar; 10 in. (25.4 cm) travel

Load Capacity

Payload - 1,500 lbs. (680 kg)

Tailgate load capacity - 250 lbs. (113.4 kg)

Cargo Box Length 38 in. (96.5 cm)
Cargo Box Height 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Cargo Box Width 54.5 in. (138.4 cm)
Cargo Box Capacity

1,000 lbs. (454 kg)

California only - 600 lbs. [272.2 kg]

Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs. (907.2 kg)
Capacity

Storage

Total - 10.4 gal (39.5 L)

Under dash - 6 gal (22.8 L)

Dash - 1.8 gal (6.9 L)

Water-resistant and removable toolbox - 1.7 gal (6.3 L)

Armrests and cup holders - 0.9 gal (3.5 L)

Other

Hitch 2 in. receiver
Additional Colors Mossy Oak Break-Up Camo, Yellow
Warranty

Standard - 12 months

Extended - Up to 60 months in total coverage