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2012 Sea-Doo RXP-X 260 Preview


by Guillaume Rivard ,

Standing atop BRP's 2012 musclecraft lineup is the all-new Sea-Doo RXP-X 260, a machine that was meticulously designed to give the rider every advantage on the water. Hailed as the ''ultimate performance watercraft,'' it promises exceptional agility, speed and muscle.

Championship-winning design
Exclusive to the RXP-X, the deep V-shaped T3 hull is completely new and allows superior handling, stability and cornering at a sharper angle. This hull was actually used by factory racer James Bushell in 2011 to win two of the most prestigious world championship titles in all of personal watercraft racing.

''James' efforts showed the world that BRP's innovations on the new Sea-Doo RXP-X work better than any other design,'' said Yves Leduc, vice president and general manager, North America division.

The T3 hull goes hand in hand with the new Ergolock system, which consists of a new gradually narrowing seat, angled footwells, and a fully adjustable ergonomic steering (handlebar width, grip angle and tilt). It keeps your body locked onto the watercraft, thereby minimizing fatigue and providing more leverage.

Moreover, the 2012 RXP-X 260 shares the ''flowing facet'' design style of the recent Sea-Doo RXT and GTI platforms but with an aggressive flare. Add a striking colour scheme (Black and Dayglow Yellow), a muscular hood and a transparent front panel, and you get one mean-looking machine.

Powerful engine

Each Sea-Doo watercraft benefits from the legendary Rotax 4-TEC engine. Here, we're talking about a 1,494cc supercharged, intercooled, four-stroke unit that provides reliable ultra-high performance in fresh or salt water, increased torque at low revs, and optimized power at all RPM levels and throttle positions.

The engine relies on Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) technology to improve situational awareness as well as an exclusive closed-loop cooling system that uses coolant instead of corrosive salt water to keep the engine running at ideal temperatures.

At the touch of a button, riders can go from sport to touring mode. An ECO mode is also available to reduce fuel consumption by up to 46% (according to internal testing). In fact, the RXP-X is reportedly 20% more fuel-efficient than the Kawasaki Ultra 300X at full throttle.

2012 Sea-Doo RXP-X 260 side view
Photo: BRP
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