2018 Can-Am Defender MAX


When we engineered the Can-Am Defender, we pulled out all the stops. We made it tough, capable and clever to excel at everything you demand of it. You'll feel the difference as soon as you sit in and pull away.


  • HEAVY-DUTY ROTAX V-TWIN ENGINE: The work-focused Rotax HD8 V-Twin delivers 50 hp and 50 ft. lb. torque for tough tasks.
  • HIGH RIGIDITY CHASSIS: The Defender is an extremely capable off-road vehicle and a legitimate workhorse that uses a 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.
  • TTA-HD REAR SUSPENSION: The Defender MAX 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 Dual VERSA-PRO bench seat is engineered as a 40/20/40 bench seat, inspired by modern pick-up trucks. The Defender MAX can comfortably accommodate six adults and features “profiled” corners to improve entrance / exit of the cab as well as a sturdy vinyl cover for improved wear resistance. The five passenger seats have integrated hooks on their underside and can also be flipped up to improve onboard storage. Can-Am designers also added front and rear foldable armrests with cup holders.
  • VERSATILE CARGO BOX: The highly durable Cargo box has a 1,000 lb. (454 kg) 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).
  • PREMIUM WHEELS AND TIRES: The Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires offer a smoother ride, predictable cornering and optimum climbing confidence. Installed on redesigned 14-in. cast-aluminum wheels featuring a strong lightweight construction.

General Information

Manufacturer Can-Am
Model Year 2018
Model Defender MAX
Model Code 8ZJD
Color Green


Brakes Front / Rear - Dual 220 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers
Wheels 14 in. cast aluminum

Front - Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 27 x 9 x 14 in. (68.6 x 22.9 x 35.6 cm)

Rear - Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 27 x 11 x 14 in. (68.6 x 27.9 x 35.6 cm)


Length 152.5 in. (387.5 cm)
Height 76 in. (193 cm)
Width 63.5 in. (161.2 cm)
Weight Estimated Dry - 1,675 lb. (759.8 kg)
Ground Clearance 11 in. (28 cm)
Wheelbase 115.5 in. (294 cm)


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

Selectable 2WD / 4WD with Visco-Lok auto-locking front differential

Driving assistance - Electronic Hill Descent Control


Lighting 140-W lighting output from (4) 35-W reflectors ensuring a wide visiblity and LED tail lights

Lighter type DC outlet in console (20-A)

Gauge - Multifunction digital - Speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip and hour meters, fuel, gear position, seat belt, diagnostics, clock, auto shut off

Battery 12V (18 amp/h)


Engine Rotax® V-twin
Horsepower 50 hp
Displacement 799.9 cc
Fuel System Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC™) with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Fuel Tank Capacity 10.6 gal. (40 l)
Cooling Liquid
Fuel Type Unleaded


Steering Adjustable tilt

6 - person capacity

Dual VERSA-PRO bench seats with passenger seats flipping up, underside hooks and contoured bench to improve entrance/exit of the cab


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

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

Front / Rear Shocks - Twin-tube, gas-charged

Frame ROPS-approved profiled cage - Certified ISO 3471 and OSHA.
Load Capacity

Payload - 1,750 lb. (793.8 kg)

Tailgate - 250 lb. (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 600 lb. (272.2 kg)
Towing Capacity 2,000 lb. (907.2 kg)

Storage total - 3.1 gal. (11.7 l)

Under dash - 0.4 gal. (1.3 l)

Dash - 1.8 gal. (6.9 l)

Armrests and cup holders - 0.9 gal. (3.5 l)


Hitch 2 in. receiver
Safety Features Protection - Integrated front steel bumper, central skid plate
Warranty Factory - 6-months limited warranty