Feb. 11, 2008 – PWC Digest

Former Hydrospace Firm Unveils New Line

Speculation might be rampant as to whether a U.S. dealer will ever see them in 2008, but nonetheless HSR-BENELLI, the former Hydrospace, unveiled a new line at the Paris Boat Show. And as expected, runabouts are in the mix.
Dubbed the HSR-BENELLI Series-R, four models make up the new sit-down series, two aimed at the recreational rider, and two reserved for the high-performance enthusiast. A 1098cc triple cylinder four-stroke will power the SERIES R Naked Edition, rated at 142 hp. It will be joined by the SERIES-R Pro Edition, a 1098cc triple that ups the horsepower output to 172hp. The big horsepower the company has long promised is reserved for the next two models in the line, dubbed the SERIES-R Prestige and SERIES-R Race Edition. Both will be powered by a first in the PWC industry, a V6 four-stroke engine. The Prestige is rated at 278 hp; the Race Edition will take things even further, promising in excess of 340hp.
Complementing the runabout line will be a retooled 142hp standup, now dubbed the SERIES-S Pro Edition. The new addition will be the 162hp SERIES-S Race Edition, again targeted at the high-end enthusiast.
Thus far, HSR-BENELLI representatives have said only that the company β€œwill be there, with a sales and after-sales structure,” about their U.S. plans. The company did away with their American distributor last year, and has yet to open their own distribution facility. A U.S. company presence, or U.S. distributor, is crucial to gain Coast Guard approval.

Daytona Freeride A Big Success

The Daytona Freeride, or as it is now known the β€œX Metalworks Daytona Freeride,” was held once again last month. And the party proved bigger than ever. An estimated 500-1,000 people were in attendance, covering the three-quarter-mile stretch of beach in front of the Makai Beach Club with plenty of stand-up skis, not to mention a few vintage WaveBlasters. The unsanctioned event, which still operates pretty much as one big party weekend, rivaled the World Finals according to some estimates. psb

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