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Mud Slinging Match: Xxc and Xmr Side-by-Side Showdown

Xxc and Xmr

The rivalry between Can-Am’s Renegade Xxc and Xmr off-road beasts reminds us of sibling skirmishes. Like two brothers fist-fighting in the backyard over who gets the top bunk, these machines duke it out over trail supremacy.

As 2023 models roll out, let’s dig into their specs and settle the score of Xxc and Xmr once and for all. Or at least until 2024 editions launch.

Sibling Similarities

Despite differences optimized for their domains, the XXC vs XMR 2023 share critical DNA:

  • Roaring Rotax ACE 976cc V-twin engine pushing 90+ horses
  • Smooth-shifting CVT drive system with high/low transmission range
  • Selectable 2WD and 4WD with Visco-Lok auto-locking front differentials
  • 14” ground clearance to overcome obstacles
  • 30”+ wheelbase for stability and control

Key Performance Differences

While cut from the same block, niche optimizations make them distinct:

Suspension Travel

Xxc: 16” front/16.5” rear

Xmr: 17” front/18.25” rear

The Xmr boasts more cushion for impacts when bouncing through rutted tracks and rock gardens.


Xxc: 849 pounds

Xmr: 971 pounds

Lightness and nimbleness gives the Xxc an edge carving turns on curvy trails. But the Xmr’s heft powers through thick mud.

Tires & Wheels

Xxc: 26” trail-riding tires

Xmr: 30” mud-biting tires

Larger, specialized mud tires help the Xmr find traction underground while trailing counterparts excel on packed earth.


Xxc: Visco-Lok QE (quick engagement)

Xmr: Visco-4Lok full locking system

The Xmr’s fully lockable front diff applies every ounce of power in deep muck.


Xxc: $15,499 MSRP

Xmr: $16,799 MSRP

A $1,300 divide exists for the enhancements each machine receives. Value depends on needs.

Crowning the Superior Setup

Despite being siblings, the Xxc prioritizes speed while the Xmr emphasizes slow-speed torque application. With over half a foot more travel to counteract bumps and gulleys, nearly 30% more weight for momentum through mud bogs, and 2” larger tires with advanced differentials, the Xmr is objectively better equipped for sloppy, uneven terrain.

Yet its sluggishness can’t compete with the Xxc dancing nimbly across dirt trails. For navigating wooded single track with rapid-fire berms, jumps and weaves, the lighter and tighter Xxc takes the inside line.

The Verdict?  Xxc for Fast Trails, Xmr for Extreme Mud

Rather than anointing one supreme Renegade ruler, rider preferences and most-frequented conditions should inform selections between these specialist models. Their niches balance each other out.

If your inner speed demon craves attacking winding paths, carving corners, and cresting gaps that get your adrenaline pumping, choose the Xxc. But if wallowing through slop and taming splatter-coated terrain makes you grin, then gear up with the Xmr.

For multi-disciplinary duties, outfit each for the seasons. Swap Xmr mud tires for all conditions rubber when trails dry up. Then re-install wintertime to churn chocolate milkshake muck bogs into your private playground.


Either way, Xxc and Xmr the Can-Am pedigree, and Rotax powerplant ensure exploring the great outdoors will be incredible. Just pick paths wisely and use the tool designed for the job.

The ground may shake and fenders rattle when these boisterous siblings roughhouse. But there’s space aplenty outdoors for each renegade to stake its claim over its natural terrain.

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