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2006 Buyer’s Guide – May 15, 2006

May 15, 2006
Filed under Features

Here’s a look at 2006 models, their MSRP, engine size and something you may have not known about them.
YAMAHA WAVE RUNNER
Three-Passenger Models
VX110 DELUXE
MSRP: $7,899
Engine: 110hp, 1052cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The Deluxe adds reverse, while also throwing in dual mirrors and a remote that serves as security system and RPM limiter.
VX 110 SPORT
MSRP: $7,199
Engine: 110hp, 1052cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The boat that brought four-stroke technology to the masses, the Sport combines a solid engine package with a surprisingly good hull.
FX CRUISER HIGH OUTPUT
MSRP: $11,099
Engine: 160hp, 1052cc four-stroke
Did you know?: Performance-oriented touring riders will love the combination of gutsy engine with laid-back, cushy ergonomics.
FX CRUISER
MSRP: $10,399
Engine: 140hp, 998cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The boat that proved a butt-hugging seat and backrest were far more than a marketing gimmick, especially on those longer rides.
FX HIGH OUTPUT
MSRP: $10,299
Engine: 160 hp, 1052cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The exterior may be more market-friendly, but underneath still beats a potent, hopped-up variation of Yamaha’s proven MR-1 engine.
FX
MSRP: $9,599
Engine: 140 hp, 998cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The market’s original four-stroke gets a top-end makeover that adds an automotive-like familiarity at the helm.
Two-Passenger Model
GP1300R
MSRP: $9,299
Engine: 170 hp, 1296cc two-stroke with fuel injection
Did you know?: A combination of fuel injection and an exhaust-scrubbing catalyst gives the racy two-stroke GPR a cleanliness that rivals a four-stroke.
Single-Passenger Model
SUPER JET
MSRP: $6,499
Engine: 73 hp, 701 cc two-stroke
Did you know?: The light and nimble SuperJet remains a favorite of stand-up purists.
BRP SEA-DOO
Three-Passenger Models
RXT
MSRP: $11,499
Engine: 215 hp, 1494cc four-stroke supercharged with intercooler
Did you know?: Sea-Doo’s biggest gun returns, combining the size and versatility of a three-up with the highest horsepower engine on the market.
GTX LIMITED
MSRP: $13,299
Engine: 215 hp, 1494cc four-stroke supercharged with intercooler
Did you know?: The power of the RXT and its list of amenities — including handheld GPS, depthfinder and cover — is aimed at the person who has it all.
GTX SC
MSRP: $10,799
Engine: 185 hp, 1494cc four-stroke supercharged
Did you know?: The boat that proved the advantages — read no low-end lag — of supercharging.
GTX
MSRP: $9,699
Engine: 155 hp, 1494cc four-stroke
Did you know?: Still one of the cushiest hulls in the business, the GTX mixes comfort with the power of the original 4-TEC engine.
WAKE
MSRP: $10,499
Engine: 155 hp, 1494cc four-stroke
Did you know?: Aimed squarely at all those Gens at the end of the alphabet, the Wake adds a tow pylon and board racks to the versatile GTX platform.
GTI SE
MSRP: $8,399
Engine: 130hp, 1494cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The premium price brings a host of amenities, including adjustable rearview mirrors, footwell traction mats and built-in reboarding step.
GTI
MSRP: $7,599
Engine: 130hp, 1494cc four-stroke
Did you know?: Sea-Doo throws its hat into the low-priced, four-stroke ring with a hull that mixes cutting edge with memories of yesteryear.
Two-Passenger Model
RXP
MSRP: $10,999
Engine: 215 hp, 1494cc four-stroke supercharged with intercooler
Did you know?: Lots of horsepower in a nimble, two-passenger hull makes the RXP the choice for the true speed and performance junkie.
Single-Passenger
3-D
MSRP: $8,299
Engine: 130hp, 951cc two-stroke w/fuel injection
Did you know?: The most innovative machine currently on the market, the 3-D boasts multiple personalities, including mega-stable stand-up.
KAWASAKI JET SKI
Three-Passenger Models
STX-15F
MSRP: $9,499
Engine: 160hp, 1498cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The largest physical powerplant on the market, the 15F shines on the low-end, while offering an aggressive, race-derived ride.
STX-12F
MSRP: $7,999
Engine: 125 hp, 1199cc four-stroke
Did you know?: A one-time flagship, Kawasaki has now positioned the aggressive, premium 12F as an ultra-clean, entry-level heavyweight.
900 STX
MSRP: $6,999
Engine: 100 hp, 891cc two-stroke
Did you know?: A proven two-stroke engine within an equally proven hull design, the 900 keeps the cost of entry into the market ultra low.
Single-Passenger Model
800 SX-R
MSRP: $5,999
Engine: 781cc two-stroke
Did you know?: The 800 finds a way to thrill hard-core enthusiasts, while making it easier than ever for the novice rider to get off the couch.
HONDA AQUA TRAX
Three-Passenger Models
F-12X GPScape
MSRP: $11,449
Engine: 165-hp, 1235 cc four-stroke turbocharged with intercooler
Did you know?: Honda integrates a simple, but effective GPS into the existing display of its powerful, turbocharged flagship, no batteries required.
F-12X
MSRP: $10,749
Engine: 165-hp, 1235cc four-stroke turbocharged w/intercooler
Did you know?: Forced air induction goes the turbo route, giving the F-12X a thrilling surge in the upper ends of the powerband.
F-12
MSRP: $9,749
Engine: 137-hp, 1235cc four-stroke
Did you know?: Honda may have clearly seen the four-stroke future, but the F-12 proved the company paid equal attention to hull design.
Two-Passenger Models
R-12X
MSRP: $10,749
Engine: 165-hp, 1235 cc four-stroke turbocharged
Did you know?: The turbo boost is much appreciated, and only improves this machine’s lean-in personality through the turns.
R-12
MSRP: $9,749
Engine: 137-hp, 1235cc four-stroke
Did you know?: A boat that epitomizes the idea of bringing motorcycle-like handling to the water, without requiring the balance of a gymnast.

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