BRP announced several updates to its 2012 model year lineup of Sea-Doo jet propulsion boats at its Club BRP being held in Montreal, QC this week. Among the updates is a new, more entry-level power option for Sea-Doo’s 210 Challenger series.
The new 210 Challenger and 210 Challenger S models are now available with a single Rotax 4-TEC 1.5L power packages (in addition to the 210 Challenger S twin engine version) offering more choices in the company’s 21-foot (6.4 meters) boat category.
“We wanted to have a good family package,” describes José Boisjoli, BRP President and CEO, in an exclusive interview with Boating Business. “There are a lot of people today who are looking for a good family boat that doesn’t necessarily go 55 mph. We had the idea to put the single Rotax engine behind a 21-foot boat. It’s not a killer at top speed, but that wasn’t our intention. It has very good acceleration and can easily pull a tube or a water skier. It’s a lot of fun and the boat looks good. It’s a good value boat that’s perfect for a new comer who wants to get into boating. There’s no doubt that these boats will have competitive price points.”
The single-engine 210 Challenger is said to accelerate from 0-to-30 mph in 6.4 seconds, with a top speed of 42 mph. Stepping up to the 210 Challenger S, the boat gains a see-through door to the bow section, cockpit table, snap-in carpeting and Bimini top.
BRP has also refreshed the design of its 150 Speedster model. The 2012 model now comes in two vibrant colour options, Lucky Green and Orange Burst. The 150 receives a top deck redesign, ‘flowing facet’ design styling and receives the company’s iTC (Intelligent Throttle Control) system – that offers the driver customizable power delivery modes.
The Sea-Doo 2012 180 Challenger receives the addition of the iTC system as well as functions found on the 210 and 230 Challenger models including, Ski mode, ECO mode, cruise control and docking mode.
BRP’s 210 and 230 Wake models receive the addition of a new touch-screen info centre. With it, operators can control nearly all of the boat’s operational functions including, the iTC system, enhanced sound system and Wake Boost system. Sea-Doo has also re-engineered and relocated the 210 and 230 WAKE models’ Wake Boost system, creating more storage space and ability to better fine tune wake shapes. Both Wake models’ folding arch tower accessories have been upgraded in 2012 with swivel board racks, an adjustable halogen light bar and a four-tower speaker system (part of the Wake models’ 10-speaker sound system).
BRP plans to deliver some of its new marine product to its Canadian dealers earlier in the year. “For 2012, for the first time, we’re going to be advancing our delivery dates for selected models,” reveals Adrien De Alexandris, Sea-Doo Brand Manager. “Some selected models will start being delivered towards October or November to Canadian dealers with the rest towards January or February, which is a more traditional time for product delivery.”