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May 14, 2007 – Buyer’s Guide

May 14, 2007
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SEA-DOO
Three-Passenger Models
RXT
MSRP: $11,599
Engine: 215 hp, 1494cc four-stroke supercharged with intercooler
Did you know?: The RXT was the first attempt at a performance-minded three-up, and remains one of the hottest boats on the market.
GTX LIMITED
MSRP: $13,449
Engine: 215 hp, 1494cc four-stroke supercharged with intercooler
Did you know?: The GTX Limited includes a host of extras luxury buyers would typically add after the fact, including a full-featured Garmin GPS unit.
GTX
MSRP: $10,099
Engine: 155 hp, 1494cc Four-Stroke
Did you know?: New, more upright handlebars have given the GTX a more aggressive feel, and offer far more comfort to standing riders.
WAKE
MSRP: $10,699
Engine: 155 hp, 1494cc four-stroke
Did you know?: Thanks to an innovative tow pylon and dual board racks, the Wake is the premier craft for tow sports.
WAKE 215
MSRP: $11,999
Engine: 215hp, 1494cc four-stroke supercharged with intercooler
Did you know?: The versatile Wake is now offered with the potent, supercharged engine rated at 215 hp.
GTI SE 155
MSRP: $9,199
Engine: 155hp, 1494cc Four-Stroke
Did you know?: The bigger power of the GTX trickles down to the popular and playful GTI hull.
GTI SE
MSRP: $8,499
Engine: 130hp, 1494cc four-stroke
Did you know?: Rearview mirrors, footwell traction and a built-in boarding step make the SE a notch above the standard GTI.
GTI
MSRP: $7,699
Engine: 130hp, 1494cc four-stroke
Did you know?: Sea-Doo intended the GTI to have more of the playful feel of yesteryear, allowing it to hook sharply in turns or spin on demand.
Two-Passenger Models
RXP
MSRP: $11,199
Engine: 215 hp, 1494cc four-stroke supercharged with intercooler
Did you know?: The supercharged RXP was one of the first two-passenger four-strokes, and remains the epitome of musclecraft.
RXP 155
MSRP: $9,999
Engine: 155hp, 1494cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The RXP 155 offers all the advantages of the popular RXP but with a tamer, less expensive 155-hp engine.
Single-Passenger Model
3D DI
MSRP: $8,299
Engine: 130hp, 951cc two-stroke with fuel injection
Did you know?: The 3D DI has five different possible personalities, including a kneeboard and go-cart style mode.
YAMAHA
Three-Passenger Models
VX CRUISER
MSRP: $8,299
Engine: 110 hp, 1052cc four-stroke
Did you know?: Yamaha has taken its popular cruiser seat, and brought it to the inexpensive VX line.
VX DELUXE
MSRP: $7,999
Engine: 110hp, 1052cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The Deluxe boasts a slew of extras, including reverse, mirrors and a keyless security remote that also functions as a rev limiter.
X SPORT
MSRP: $7,599
Engine: 110hp, 1052cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The VX series is currently the best selling line on the market, with a reliable four-stroke engine and stable hull.
VX
MSRP: $7,399
Engine: 110hp, 1052cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The cost-conscious VX is a favorite of rental operators, who value its low price and reliable performance.
FX CRUISER HIGH OUTPUT
MSRP: $11,299
Engine: 160hp, 1052cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The FX Cruiser remains Yamaha’s flagship model, and features a dash console design reminiscent of an automobile.
FX CRUISER
MSRP: $10,499
Engine: 140hp, 998cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The FX Cruiser was the first model to introduce a comfortable, bolstered touring seat, a savior for touring rider’s lower backs.
FX HIGH OUTPUT
MSRP: $10,499
Engine: 160 hp, 1052cc four-stroke
Did you know?: Yamaha’s proven MR-1 engine is tweaked to add 20 horsepower.
FX
MSRP: $9,699
Engine: 140hp, 998cc four-stroke
Did you know?: Yamaha is one of the few manufacturers to build horsepower with RPM, rather than displacement.
Two-Passenger Model
GP1300R
MSRP: $9,499
Engine: 170 hp, 1296cc two-stroke with fuel injection
Did you know?: The GP1300R might be one of the lone remaining two-strokes, but fuel injection and a catalyst give it the cleanliness of some four-strokes.
Single-Passenger Model
Super Jet
MSRP: $6,499
Engine: 73 hp, 701 cc two-stroke
Did you know?: The Super Jet has retained the same proven design since 1996, and remains a favorite for both racing and recreation.
HONDA
Three-Passenger Models
F-12X GPScape
MSRP: $11,449
Engine: 165-hp, 1235 cc four-stroke turbocharged with intercooler
Did you know?: Honda’s integrated GPS system might be simple, but boasts one huge advantage over competitors — it doesn’t need batteries.
F-12X
MSRP: $10,749
Engine: 165-hp, 1235cc four-stroke turbocharged with intercooler
Did you know?: Honda remains the lone manufacturer to offer turbocharging, which significantly boosts this boat’s top end speed.
F-12
MSRP: $9,749
Engine: 137-hp, 1235cc four-stroke
Did you know?: Dream Demo testers continuously rave about Honda’s level of fit and finish.
Two-Passenger Models
R-12X
MSRP: $10,749
Engine: 165-hp, 1235 cc four-stroke turbocharged
Did you know?: The R-12X offers the closest feeling yet to a motorcycle on the water, and features a drop nozzle to enhance its turning ability.
KAWASAKI
Three-Passenger Models
ULTRA 250X
MSRP: $11,499
Engine: 250hp, 1498 cc four-stroke supercharged with intercooler
Did you know?: Kawasaki’s Ultra 250X is the highest horsepower production PWC ever made, and the first to use a Roots-style supercharger.
ULTRA LX
MSRP: $9,799
Engine: 160hp, 1498cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The Ultra series has pushed capacity limits to
newfound levels, with more than 50 gallons of stowage and 20 gallons of fuel.
STX-15F
MSRP: $9,499
Engine: 160hp, 1498cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The STX-15F is geared to deliver much of its power delivery on the low end, making it ideal for tow sports.
STX-12F
MSRP: $7,999
Engine: 125 hp, 1199cc four-stroke
Did you know?: The STX-12F reached the vaunted Three Star emissions rating five years before it was mandated.
Single-Passenger Model
800 SX-R
MSRP: $5,999
Engine: 781cc two-stroke
Did you know?: Kawasaki’s 800 SX-R remains the favorite of race enthusiasts, who value its unprecedented ease of handling.
HYDROSPACE
One-Passenger Model
S4
MSRP: $12,995
Engine: 110-hp, 749cc four-stroke turbocharged with intercooler
Did you know?: The S4 has dominated all others on the race course, racking up an unprecedented 12 world titles in 2006.

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