Sea-Doo greets 2016 with an assortment of new technological developments set to benefit models from its PWC lineup.
The company announced its new 300-hp Rotax 1630 ACE (Advanced Combustion Efficiency) engine, which will be powering its 2016 Sea-Doo RXT-X 300, RXP-X 300 and GTX Limited 300 models. The PWC juggernaut also added a new Ergolock seat to all of its RXT and GTX models.
Many of Sea-Doo's existing models have also received redesigns of their storage area, providing up to three times more overall storage volume.
All 2016 models featuring the Sea-Doo's trademark iBR (intelligent Brake and Reverse) system, will now benefit from the second-generation of iBR. Meanwhile, the company's entry-level Spark PWC adds three new colour schemes this year.
Rotax 1630 ACE
Sea-Doo says its new Rotax 1630 ACE engine is nine percent larger and efficiently creates 15 percent more power, becoming the most powerful 300hp engine ever produced by Rotax.
The Rotax 1630 ACE engine has a longer stroke compared to the Rotax 1503, raising displacement to 1.6L and increasing efficiency through friction reduction and better cooling.
The ACE system includes a new plasma coating technology for aluminum-block engines that was developed by a Rotax team in Gunskirchen, Austria. The coating involves a thermal spraying process that deposits a protective layer on the engine's cylinder liners to create a metallic barrier that provides a hard and durable surface to withstand piston friction forces. Also adding to power efficiency is a reengineered cooling system that includes an additional heat exchanger and larger, more efficient engine oil cooler.
To feed the larger engine more air, a new re-designed supercharger with a faster spinning 32-blade wheel (double the blades of the previous version) has been added, reportedly producing 30 percent more intake boost. A new larger intercooler provides a more dense air charge and aids in increased airflow as well as features a new air fin design for improved heat transfer. New ignition curves have been developed to match the increased air boost with the output of the larger fuel injectors, which Sea-Doo claims produces a 15 percent increase in horsepower in the 2016 Sea-Doo RXT-X 300, GTX Limited 300 and RXP-X 300 models.
Ergolock Seat on More Models
Based on lessons learned from its recent closed-course racing experience, Sea-Doo has adapted the Ergolock seat of the RXP-X model to more models for 2016.
The seat is optimized to fit a variety of riders and utilizes a narrower, slim profile design between the legs with body-molded knee pockets. The design is said to allow riders to sit in a more natural position while enabling the driver to leverage leg muscles to grip the watercraft. Riders connect with the watercraft better and use their entire body to hold on rather than only the upper-body, reducing upper body fatigue.
The new Ergolock seat is available on all Sea-Doo RXT and GTX models and the WAKE PRO 215 model.
Second Generation iBR
All 2016 Sea-Doo models featuring the iBR system will be equipped with the second-generation iBR. Sea-Doo says the latest incarnation of iBR allows riders to stop sooner than deceleration without braking.
New Spark Colours
In 2016, Sea-Doo offers new ways to personalize its Spark PWC. The entry-level unit is offered in three new colours; Blueberry, Key Lime, and Chili Pepper, joining the Pineapple and Vanilla as well as six new graphic kits joining the dozens of existing graphic kit options.
For 2016, models equipped with the iBR system will also come with the Convenience Package Plus that includes the Sea-Doo SPARK Front Storage Bin Kit; the Sea-Doo Step for easier reboarding; and the Digitally Encoded Security System (RF D.E.S.S. Key) that allows for greater security from theft and unauthorized use.
Palm Rest Grips
Every 2016 Sea-Doo model will be equipped with new handlebar grips that feature a flared surface acting as a palm rest for a better ergonomic fit.