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For weeks, BRP has been teasing its 2018 Sea-Doo lineup on social media, showcasing a collection of hallmark craft to show just how far offerings have come since the first bright-yellow Sea-Doo model hit the water in 1968. Tonight (September 20, 2017), the company put all the speculation about the 2018 model year to rest with a familiar, yet at the same time innovative collection of models broken into four distinct platforms — the Spark, GTI, GTX/RXT, and RXP-X. Initial details follow; we’ll update the story throughout the coming days as more details are revealed.
The primary buzz for ’18 will no doubt center on the Sea-Doo GTX and RXT segment, now highlighted by both a new hull and deck design. The GTX 155, GTX 230, GTX Limited 230, GTX Limited 300, RXT 230, RXT 300 and WAKE Pro 230 now measure in at 135.9” in overall length and 49.4” in width, and feature a design that Sea-Doo emphasizes will be just as fun to “hang out on as it is to ride around on.” To that end, the three-passenger seat is now reconfigurable. The aft section can be removed completely to create a large deck area that can be used as anything from a casting platform to a on-water picnic site.
As to the hull, the company claims the new, deep-V ST3 design will set new industry standards for stability, both at rest and high speed, as well as for rough water handling. The hull is also tuned to improve offshore performance. The ErgoLock seat is still shown in the bolstered, tiered saddle profile. The engine remains the Rotax 1503 NA for the 155; 1500 HO ACE for the 230, Limited 230, and WAKE PRO 230; and Rotax 1630 ACE for the Limited 300 and RXT 300.
Storage has been completely reconfigured. Nearly every PWC owner knows the hassle of trying to access the bow storage area out on the water, stretching over the handlebars while trying not to end up in the drink as they try to dig something from the depths of the bow tub. New 2018 Sea-Doo models feature what Sea-Doo is referring to as “direct access front storage.” Essentially, the entire handlebar console now raises to reveal stowage conveniently located directly in front of the driver, keeping all your gear quite literally within arm’s reach. Included in the expanded glovebox above is a watertight, shockproof phone box compartment.
Aft, the swim platform reveals the new LinQ Attachment System, a quick-attach system that allows for easy installation of various accessories including a cooler, fuel caddy and retractable ski pylon. Other accessories seem sure to follow, as well as be offered through the aftermarket. Sea-Doo has also gotten into the music business. BRP Audio Premium is an optional manufacturer-installed Bluetooth sound system that the company promises will be truly waterproof. Speakers are integrated into the design forward of the footwells.
Finally, Intelligent Brake & Reverse (iBR) now enters into its third generation, still promising to stop craft 160’ sooner when applied at speed.
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