2012 Can-An Spyder RS Roadster
The Can-Am Spyder RS line-up represents
the machine riders who have a passion for sporty adventure,
and the eagerness to go forth and conquer the open-road
around the country or just around the block. From
its performance-oriented, three-wheel, open-air configuration
to its cutting-edge design and sporty stance, the
Spyder RS roadster from BRP is a legitimate head turner,
even when standing still. However, this innovative
vehicle, which is purpose-built with a performance
attitude, crisp acceleration and the intrinsic ability
tame turns. It looks; rides and performs unlike anything
in the Powersports industry and that’s perfect.
This year, the Can-Am Spyder RS-S roadster
gets even more sport performance thanks to a front-end
that is updated with Fox‡ Racing Shox‡
front suspension. These shocks feature improved compression
and rebound damping performance and a threaded pre-load
The Spyder RS-S roadster also comes
in two new, eye-catching colours: Neutron Green Metallic
/ Matte Black and Can-Am Red / Matte Black.
All Can-Am Spyder RS roadsters are
loaded with charisma thanks to its proven Rotax 998cc
V-twin engine. The powerplant, which has great torque
and shortens roads with a twist of the throttle, is
mated to the two available five-speed transmissions.
The electronic five-speed (plus reverse) SE5™
transmission, which is controlled by the left hand
(thumb and forefinger) and requires no clutching,
is optional. A standard SM5 (manual) five-speed transmission
also includes reverse.
The Can-Am Spyder RS roadster models
all feature an innovative and stable architecture
from BRP. Two forward wheels and a double A-arm design
are up front and a swing arm with a mono shock and
a single rear wheel drives the machine. The Spyder
RS roadster 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, 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
2012 Can-Am Roadster Press
Kit: Spyder RS Roadster Backgrounder - What's new
Steel Black Metallic
Steel Black Metallic
Pearl White Metallic (returning from last season)
Steel Black Metallic Pearl White Metallic
The Spyder RS roadster is eye-catching
and more than capable of making a sporty impression,
however, the Spyder RS-S takes performance and styling
to the next level. From its dual-spoke front wheels,
contrast-stitched seat, carbon-black aluminium parts,
painted front spoiler and A-arm covers, and exclusive
graphics the Spyder RS-S roadster is dressed for success
on the open-road.
The Spyder RS-S roadster is available
with either the SM5 or SE5 transmission with reverse.
What's new for 2012?
New gas-charged Fox‡ Racing Shox‡
front suspension with threaded pre-load adjustment
Two new striking-and-bold colour choices — Neutron
Green Metallic/Matte Black and
Can-Am Red/Matte Black.
New DPS calibration: revised Spyder
RS-S spec assist mapping
The new gas-charged, anodized-aluminium
Fox‡ Racing Shox‡ front shocks on the
Spyder RS-S roadster models are adjustable for preload
and have improved compression and rebound damping.
The shocks, which provide a 33% weight reduction per
shock on the stock Spyder RS roadster shocks, wear
carbon-black coloured springs.
DPS (Dynamic Power Steering)
The Spyder RS-S spec assist mapping
has been revised to increase steering feedback to
the driver (better tire grip feel), delivering a sportier
Neutron Green Metallic / Matte Black
Can-Am Red / Matte Black Colour
Pure Magnesium Metallic/Steel Black
Metallic (Carried over from 2011)
Key Spyder RS Roadster Technologies
With its two-wheels up front and single
rear wheel in the rear, the Can-Am Spyder RS roadster
line-up 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 dialledin sports car.
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 RS roadster’s low centre of gravity and
Double A-Arm Front Suspension
with Anti-Roll Bar
The Double A-arm front suspension geometry,
which includes dual shocks and more than 144 mm (5.7
inches) of suspension travel — was built to
please with its precision handling point-and-shoot
dynamics. A standard anti-roll ensures optimal cornering
while delivering a smooth and stable ride.
Neutron Green Metallic / Matte Black
Pure Magnesium Metallic / Steel Black
Can-Am Red / Matte Black
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 an electronically controlled
power steering system, which provides the rider with
a varying assist when turning the handlebars. The
amount of assistance varies with the speed of the
vehicle to adjust the steering effort to a comfortable
Rotax V-Twin Engine
The powerful Rotax 998 cc has proven
itself in over the years and is as powerful as it
is reliable. The 998cc V-Twin pumps out 106 hp at
8,500 rpm and 77 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,250 rpm, yet
can go from 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) in only 4.5 seconds!
Electronic fuel injection, with its multi-point design
and huge 57mm (2.24-inch) throttle body, means improved
fuel efficiency and instantaneous throttle response.
The Spyder RS 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
The SM5 transmission features a smooth-shifting
5-speed gearbox with reverse with a traditional manual
clutch and foot shifter.
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 needed (the SE5
automatically downshift when falling below 2400 RPM).
The easy-to-use reverse mechanism features
a push-button design and improves manoeuvring in tight
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 Can-Am roadster and
its three-wheel configuration. The Vehicle Stability
System provides peace of mind for an incredibly confident
The VSS also earned the 2010 Automotive
News PACE awards for innovation partnership.
Stability Control System
This system relates the Can-Am Spyder
roadster 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
Anti-Lock Braking System
ABS not only helps to maintain the
vehicle’s manoeuvrability during aggressive
braking situations, but it also gives the Can-Am 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 manoeuvrability optimal, the system seamlessly
and rapidly engages and disengages (or pulses) the
brake to allow the driver to steer in the intended
Traction Control System
If the rear wheel loses traction, the
TCS will sense it and instantaneously reduces engine
rpm until sufficient grip returns.
With its sporty, yet comfortable stance
and plenty of storage, it’s ready to hit the
road for a trip around the block, or the country.
Reliable, push-button starting ensures
a quick getaway.
Multi-Function Gauge Display
The gauge display includes a digital
speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip and hour meters,
gear position, temperature, engine lights, electronic
fuel gauge and clock.
A sizeable 44 L (9.5-gallon) 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.
Can-Am, Spyder, Rotax, DPS, D.E.S.S.,
SST and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier
Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates. †
Bosch is a trademark of Robert Bosch GmbH. ‡
All other trademarks are the property of their respective
Note: Some models, accessories, equipment
or riding gear depicted may not be available (or homologated)
in your country. EC homologated models may slightly
differ from models depicted herein. Please contact
your BRP dealer for more information.