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Sea-Doo announces 300 hp engine among 2016 model year updates

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BRP charges into 2016 building on the successful launch of the Sea-Doo SPARK as the industry’s most accessible watercraft and introduces new technologies and designs that take riding to the next level emphasizing the Sea-Doo legacy of being on the forefront of innovation.

BRP continues to perfect the Science of Fun with the introduction of the new 300-hp Rotax 1630 ACE engine powering the 2016 Sea-Doo RXT-X 300, RXP-X 300 and GTX Limited 300 models and adding the Ergolock seat to all RXT and GTX models with many models receiving a redesign of the storage area providing up to three times the overall storage volume. All 2016 models featuring the iBR (intelligent Brake & Reverse) system will now have the new second-generation iBR and new, trend leading coloration including three new delicious colors for the 2016 Sea-Doo SPARK.

PSB Managing Editor Liz Keener spent some time on the 2016 Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 earlier this week in Nashville. Photo by Ronny Mac.

PSB Managing Editor Liz Keener spent some time on the 2016 Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 earlier this week in Nashville. Photo by Ronny Mac.


The new Rotax 1630 ACE engine is 9% bigger and efficiently creates 15% more power with a boosted 300 hp, becoming the most powerful 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 increases efficiency in two areas; friction reduction and better cooling. The ACE (Advanced Combustion Efficiency) technology includes a new plasma coating technology for aluminum-block engines developed by a Rotax team in Gunskirchen, Austria. The plasma coating technology is a thermal spraying process that deposits a protective coating on engine cylinder liners to create a metallic layer that provides a hard and durable surface to withstand piston friction forces. It improves surface durability, while keeping lighter and more compact engines with better heat transfer and superior performance, and reduced use of chemicals. Adding to the power producing 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 producing 30% more intake boost. The new supercharger design has been improved to the point it is maintenance free1. A new larger intercooler provides a more dense air charge and aids in increased airflow and features a new air fin design for improved heat transfer utilizing a smart design with long life aluminum alloys for better corrosion protection. New ignition curves have been developed to efficiently match the increased air boost with the output of the larger fuel injectors leading to the 15% increase in horsepower in the 2016 Sea-Doo RXT-X 300, GTX Limited 300 and RXP-X 300 models. The 2016 RXP-X 300 sets the new standard at the next level now with industry’s best power-to-weight ratio.

2016 Sea-Doo RXP-X 300

2016 Sea-Doo RXP-X 300


BRP designers have applied the science of rider centric ergonomics learned in the laboratory and from the recent Sea-Doo closed-course racing success as the race-proven Sea-Doo Ergolock seat of the RXP-X model has been adapted to more models for 2016. The Ergolock seat is optimized to fit a variety of riders and utilizes a narrower, slim profile design between the legs with body-molded knee pockets allowing riders to sit in a more natural position and leverage leg muscles to grip the watercraft. It also allows the rider to connect with the watercraft better and use the entire body to hold on rather than only the upper-body, thus improving comfort, confidence and reducing upper body fatigue.

The new Ergolock seat is available on all Sea-Doo RXT and GTX models and the WAKE PRO 215 model. On the RXT and WAKE PRO 215 models, the Ergolock seat lets riders leverage leg muscles to grip the watercraft for better control. The GTX models feature the Ergolock seat with stepped design for more comfort while touring and confidence while turning. The stepped design implements sculpted, rising seat levels for better passenger vision and lateral support. Added surrounding lumbar cushioning for up to three riders holds them in place better with more comfort in all conditions.

The 2016 Sea-Doo RXT-X 300 receives the full Ergolock system. In addition to the sculpted seat optimized for better transition between sit-down riding and standing, it includes the Adjustable Ergonomic Steering (A.E.S.) handlebar and angled footwell wedges, that have been proven to benefit in aggressive cornering and are equally beneficial in connecting to the watercraft in choppy, open-water, straight-line riding. The added ability for the rider to feel better connected to the RXT-X 300 delivers better control and less fatigue allowing the rider to utilize the available power more efficiently and more confidently. The WAKE PRO 215, non-suspension RXT and GTX models with new Ergolock seat also adds wet storage under Sea-Doo’s exclusive removable watertight storage bin for over three times more total storage capacity than the previous generation with 162 liters (42.8 US gallons) and a new larger glove box.


All 2016 Sea-Doo models featuring the iBR system will be equipped with the second-generation iBR that sets the standard for intuitive operation and improves on the industry’s first braking system. The new iBR allows you to stop near 48.75 m (160-feet)1 sooner than deceleration without braking. The Sea-Doo iBR system is the first and only braking system recognized by the USCG since 2009 for contributing to recreational boating safety and is now even better with a stronger gear drive motor and larger, reengineered brake gate. The intuitive iBR system adds to the rider centric design approach providing maximum control and a more natural reaction in all situations.


All 2016 Sea-Doo models will be equipped with new handlebar grips that feature a flared surface acting as a palm rest for a better ergonomic fit for the hand added comfort during extended riding.



The Sea-Doo SPARK continues to be the industry’s most accessible and affordable watercraft making the dream of owning a watercraft possible now. The Sea-Doo SPARK has contributed to 20% industry growth in its introduction year3 and returns in 2up and 3up4 models and is available with the Rotax 900 ACE and Rotax 900 HO ACE marine engine packages. In 2016, the Sea-Doo SPARK is easy to personalize with three new delicious colors; Blueberry, Key Lime, and Chili Pepper, joining the Pineapple and Vanilla colorations and six new graphic kits expanding on the dozens of graphic kit options available. 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 that flows with contours of the design, 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.

The Sea-Doo SPARK watercraft is more affordable5 and more fuel-efficient6 than any other model in the industry. Plus, the durable Polytec material of its hull and deck is solid while being recyclable, making it a more eco-friendly watercraft. The compact design of the Sea-Doo SPARK and lightweight construction makes it easy to own, easy to tow, simple to store and a blast to ride.


The engineering and design team at Sea-Doo introduces the leading edge Element Jacket and Pants for 2016, offering riders warmth and protection to extend riding season beyond the summer months. Brand advocates of both genders will transition from land to water in chic styling. The windproof material with Teflon water-repellent treatment has a laminated membrane that is designed to be both water resistant and breathable. For added comfort during colder days, the jacket and pants are lined with brushed-knit polyester thermal fleece. A relaxed fit allows enough room for the rider’s favorite Sea-Doo boardshorts and the pre-shaped legs are designed for multiple riding positions. The Element Pants add on to the functionality and styling of the Element Jacket with additional exterior pockets to carry essentials. The new Element Jacket and Pants offer Sea-Doo enthusiasts casual and functional gear that matches the unique design of Sea-Doo watercraft and will get their hearts pounding.

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