Corporate life can be a bit of a drag when you work for a bigger company, what with the legal department almost always putting the axe to anything that remotely resembles a good time. Come up with a cool idea, and chances are Frank in Legal will shoot it down. Perhaps that’s what makes the Can-Am Spyder F3 Turbo Concept that was unveiled today so cool—the fact that someone actually sat in on a meeting and approved this turbocharged, 150-horsepower three-wheeled project. Take that, Frank!
Before we go any further, we should mention, of course, that Can-Am doesn’t actually have plans to put this turbocharged three-wheeler into production. Instead, the company is using it as a way to promote BRP’s/Can-Am’s newly founded relationship with NASCAR, and the forthcoming Can-Am Duel At Daytona.
To do that, the companies have outfitted the Spyder F3’s 1330cc inline three-cylinder engine with a Rotax-developed turbocharger and intercooler, pieces similar to what you’d find in the Can-Am Maverick Turbo or 300-horsepower Sea-Doo RXP-X. On the Spyder F3, this pushes power output to around 150 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 137 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. It also brings the three-wheeler’s 0-to-60 time to right around 4.3 seconds, and drops its quarter-mile time to around 12.3 seconds.
Because power is nothing if you can’t have a little fun with it, Can-Am has also equipped the Spyder F3 Turbo Concept with an all-new Sport mode that allows for “controlled” rear-tire drifts. Even more, the F3 Turbo Concept gets sport-oriented FOX shocks, a specially designed Akropovic 3-to-3 straight-pipe exhaust, oversized hood and air intake, NASCAR-inspired front spoiler, and racing slicks.
Obviously, if Can-Am did ever intend to push the F3 Spyder Turbo Concept (or any three-wheeled variant) into production, some of those pieces would go the way of DOT’s/EPA’s trash bin (we’re looking at you, slicks and straight exhaust). And while that could have an effect on the F3 Turbo’s overall cool factor, it’s still fun to look at the concept and think, “What if?”
And that thought begs the question, would you consider a three-wheeler if it was turbocharged, made 150 horsepower and 137 pound-feet of torque, plus had a mode that enabled rear tire drifts?
If you’re even remotely leaning towards yes and want more information, be sure to visit BRP.com (http://www.brp.com/). You can also get a more detailed look of the standard Spyder F3 here: 2016 Can-Am F3 Spyder F3-T and F3 Limited – FIRST LOOK. And in case you just want to see the Spyder F3 Turbo Concept in person, Can-Am will have it on display with other Can-Am products at NASCAR races throughout the season. Check it out and see what you think.