2012 Sea Doo Pwc Rxp-x 260 Test
|Tested||2012 Sea Doo Pwc Rxp-x 260|
|Make||Sea Doo PWC|
|Length||10 ft 8 in / 3.25 m|
|Beam||4 ft 0 in / 1.22 m|
|Engine Type||Jet Drive|
|Engine Model||1503 XHO Rotax 4-TEC|
|Price At Test||$ 15,999.00 CAD|
By Matt Spencer
The 2012 Sea-Doo RXP-X 260 is unlike any other watercraft I’ve ridden.
The name may be the same, but that’s about it. Rather than change a couple things here and there, Sea-Doo has changed it all - so much so that it’s hard to find a place to start.
Let’s begin with themost fundamental change resulting from an epiphany from BRP designers, who realized people were technically riding muscle crafts all wrong. Most of the time, you have to use your arms and shoulders to really ride aggressively. This can quickly lead to fatigue. Why not use your strongest muscles: your legs.
So they completely redesigned the seat, making it narrower with a flared profile at the top. Aptly named “Ergolock,” this system allows you to tuck your knees and thighs in and lock them into place. You’re now able to use your legs to muscle the craft and really power it into turns. But there’s more.
The RXP-X 260 now has Sea-Doo’s new T3 hull - tight, turning and T-shaped - which has a deep keel at the point of entry to the water that blends into a narrower running surface. Think of this as the base of the T. This keeps you down in the water on hard turns while the soft and hard chines to each side help carve you around.
Adjustable sponsons act like fins, same as a slalom skier, and a new ride plate and intake grate round out the ride.
So this isn’t your weekend cruiser. It’s a PWC made for cornering buoys at white knuckle speeds. I can tell you the feeling is incredible as you throw your body into the turn with your legs and the craft follows around. It stays stuck to the water as you follow through the turn and finally steer out.
It takes a bit to get used to, but after that it’s hard to stop. The new hull is great in rough water and stays true and predictable on calm water. But I can almost guarantee you’ll spend most of your time cornering buoys.
It’s really all too fitting that Sea-Doo’s design and engineering teams flexed their muscles with the newest head-turning musclecraft, the 2012 RXP-X 260.