Making Waves: 2014’s hottest personal watercraft

Published on Thu, 06/26/2014 - 2:09pm

July means vacations for many, and what better way to enjoy the summer season than a leisurely—or spirited—trip around your favorite body of water on a personal watercraft, or PWC.

This month, we take a look at several high-end, high-performance options currently on the market. These are machines that can easily handle two passengers at a minimum with plenty of horsepower leftover. In addition, we take a look at a couple of other options: one for the cost-conscious and another for those looking for old-school thrills.    

 

Kawasaki / Jet Ski Ultra 310X
MSRP: $15,299

This revamp of 2013’s Ultra 300X ups the horsepower from 300 to 310, making sense of the new model name and giving the Kawasaki the highest horsepower rating in the industry. A new three-bladed impeller design offers even quicker take-offs, while new instrumentation gives at-a-glance fuel-consumption function, boost meter scale, and riding mode information.
Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA
Santa Ana, CA / 800-661-RIDE / www.kawasaki.com

 

Sea-Doo / GTX Limited 215
MSRP: $14,499

The GTX Limited 215 is all about comfort and convenience—the focus here is on luxury. Where Sea-Doo breaks from the fold is in the industry’s only on-water braking system along with intelligent brake and reverse (or iBR), and intelligent throttle control, or iTC. Other high-end amenities include a depth finder, dry storage bag, and bow organizer.   
BRP Sea-Doo / Valcourt, QC / www.sea-doo.com

Yamaha / WaveRunner FX SVHO  
MSRP: $14,799

Featuring their supercharged four-cylinder, four-stroke, “Super Vortex High Output” engine, Yamaha isn’t shy about the market they’re targeting—it’s all about performance. Still, there are plenty of features to add convenience to the performance equation: tilt-steering, cruise assist, no-wake mode, and reverse with traction control to name a few.  
Yamaha Motor / Corporation, USA
Cypress, CA /  www.yamaha-motor.com