Can-Am Defender 6x6 Max Is a Unique Behemoth of a Build, Made for Cowboy Cerrone

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It's becoming harder and harder these days to own a truly unique vehicle. While one way of achieving that goal is spending a lot of cash on a brand new special edition hypercar, there's always the option of building something from the ground up. And having the manufacturer's support in such a project does come in handy.
While most people might be familiar with the Can-Am three-wheel motorcycle line-up, there is also another big part of their business, which is made up of their Off-road segment. Their current range includes five different Side-by-side vehicles and four different ATVs. Side-by-sides have been gaining quite a bit of popularity over the past few years, and they do seem like a lot of fun.

And I recently stumbled upon something that is a jaw-dropper: a one-off project, built for MMA star Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. This 2020 Can-Am Defender MAX 6x6 has been dubbed "Squatch", and it looks like it could fit in just fine in a "Starship Troopers" movie. The people over at S3 Power Sports worked closely in connection with BRP to deliver a custom build that would still look like it was created by the factory.

From the get-go, the idea was to build the largest OE Side-by-Side ever, a fitting approach considering the almost legendary status of its future owner. With this being a special project, it was kept secret throughout the build, and a lot of custom fabrication was required to achieve the result. This Defender 6x6 Max XMR now features an S3 Power Sports 8" suspension lift.

2020 Can\-Am Defender MAX 6x6
Photo: S3 Power Sports/ BRP
With the 20" custom billet BCR Wheels being wrapped in 37" Toyo Open Country M/T tires, this Side-by-Side now has a behemoth-like stance and it looks ready to take on any kind of terrain or challenge ahead. On the inside, there's an S3 Power Sports Custom Cage and a custom dash, that also integrates a multifunctional iPad. There are two rows of PRP seats that can accommodate up to 4 people, and there are also two sunroofs for an extra added cool factor.

Rolling around the desert at night won't be too big of an issue, with the Baja Designs S1 headlight kit being complemented by the 40" OnX6 Lightbar. With so much work being put into this vehicle, a special paint job was required as well, and SJ solutions brought forth a mix of matte and gloss finish, with extra hand pinstriping applied to make this stand out of the crowd.

As you would expect with something this complex, the builders did mention that "a lot of sweat and tears" were also required, but at the end of the day I'm sure that there are a lot of Side-by-side enthusiasts that would just love to get their hands on a 6x6 like this one as well. After all, getting a Brabus 6x6 is far from being accessible for most people, and you do get an additional sense of ruggedness and coolness with this Can-Am build, aside from the obvious financial accessibility.

The goal from the beginning was to provide Donald with a vehicle as tough as him, that he could enjoy driving around his BMF ranch, feeding the buffalos, dragging sleds around, and performing any other ranch-specific activity that he could think of, and the result is nothing short of fascinating, even if you're not that into side-by-sides from the beginning.

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About the author: Dragos Chitulescu
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The things Dragos enjoys the most in life are, in no particular order: cars, motorcycles, diecast cars, and drifting. He's seen (and driven) many vehicles since he started his writing career back in 2009, but his garage currently houses a 1991 Mazda RX-7 FC3S Turbo II and a 1999 Suzuki SV650-S.
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