2015 Can-Am Spyder F3 Breaks Cover!
After spy shots were leaked last week, BRP has released its first official photo of the new Can-Am Spyder F3 roadster, which will be introduced at the end of September. Compared to the Spyder RS, ST and RT models already in the lineup, the Spyder F3 features more aggressive, futuristic bodywork, with pronounced scoops flanking the sharply pointed upper fairing that houses the headlights and windscreen. It retains the large, sloped hood found on other Spyders, which normally includes a front trunk storage compartment.
The rider in the photo above (a model; we haven’t ridden it yet) is sitting in a feet-forward cruiser riding position, which differs from that of the sporty RS model, which has mid-mount footpegs and puts much more bend in the rider’s knees.
Like all Spyders, the F3’s wheels are in a Y-configuration, with two in front and one out back. The two front wheels appear significantly larger in diameter than on other Spyder models, and they carry minimalist fenders. And the rear swingarm has a new trellis design, suggesting that the rest of the chassis may also be new.
No technical details have been released, but given the F3’s name, it will probably be powered by the liquid-cooled, 1,330cc DOHC in-line triple that was introduced in the 2014 Spyder RT. Claimed output for the engine is 115 horsepower and 96 lb-ft of torque, which is tuned for generous low-end grunt. As with other Spyders, the engine will likely be offered with a choice of transmissions, either a 6-speed manual (SM6) or 6-speed semi-automatic (SE6), and both feature a reverse gear.
All Spyders built to date have featured double A-arm front suspension with an antil-roll bar, a single rear shock, triple disc brakes with ABS and a Vehicle Stability System that integrates the anti-locking braking system, stability control, traction control and Dynamic Power Steering.
More information should be released ahead of the Spyder F3’s press launch, so stay tuned. And following the launch, you’ll be able to read our impressions in Rider‘s first-ride report.
BRP is holding a month-long Facebook contest during September where fans can register to win one of the first rides on the new 2015 Can-Am Spyder F3 at Biketoberfest, held October 16-19, 2014, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Winners will be selected on October 2, and they’ll get a VIP all-inclusive experience that includes travel, lodging and spending money. For full contest details and to enter, click on the link below:
CORRECTION (9/4/14): In the original version of this story, we suggested that the Spyder F3 will be offered with a 5-speed transmission (SM5 or SE5). But, if the F3 is powered by the 1,330cc triple–likely, but just our best guess at this point–it will come with a 6-speed transmission (SM6 or SE6) like the Spyder RT.