Spyder goes touring

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BRP has introduced a touring model of its three-wheeled Spyder roadster. The 2010 Can-Am Spyder RT (roadster touring) is powered by a Rotax 991 engine with Electronic Throttle Control optimized for touring.

The motor is a DOHC, 8-valve 998 cc V-twin with EFI that puts out 100 hp at 7,500 rpm and 80 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm.

It features the same Vehicle Stability System as on the standard Spyder RS model, which includes antilock brakes, traction control, and stability control systems.

There are three RT models to choose from. The Spyder RT with manual transmission and few frills retails for $24,499. The $26,499 mid-level RT adds an iPod compatible sound system and heated passenger grab handles. And finally, for $28,499 you can get the fully loaded RT-S with a trim package that includes fog and LED accent lights, an upgraded sound system, and push-button rear suspension adjustability. A semi-automatic transmission is a $1,500 option on the mid-level and RT-S models. All RT models include an electrically adjustable windshield and cruise control.

Integrated saddlebags and top case, as well as a forward storage compartment boast 155 litres of total storage capacity.

A trailer package has also been introduced that adds 622 litres (22 cu ft) of storage space and is designed for the touring Spyder.

Dry weight is 421 kg (921 lb).

The new Spyder touring roadster will be in dealerships this fall, but can be pre-ordered for delivery in the fall of this year. Before that happens, CMG features editor Costa Mouzouris will report on the Spyder RT’s official launch.

1 COMMENT

  1. Well whatever BRP has done it seems to work. I saw tonnes of these at Americade last June. Even at 28k it’s cheaper than a trike for the market that doesn’t want their ride to fall when they forget to use their kickstand.

  2. I agree. Almost $30K for a loaded Spyder??? :eek
    Give me a Miata MX-5 anyday for ‘non-leaning’ travel.

    Since I saw the first pics I’ve thought, “It combines the worst attributes of both a car and a bike. Takes up space and fights Centrifugal (centripital?) force like a car, no weather protection like a bike”.

    I applaud BRP for taking a gamble on a potential game changer, like the sit down SeaDoo PWC was, but no cigar for this one. If they can make it lean like the Carver et al., then they would have something more compelling. Marketing it to Snowmobilers seems the best option.

  3. Geeze just add another rear wheel for additional stability ($1500) and the Touring Top ($2150) as part of the Severe Weather Package, then a couple of doors ($4175 as part of the Side Impact Airbag System) and WahLah you have a Honda Civic.

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