Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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.
NEW ROTAX 1630 ACE ENGINE
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.
BRP enters the utility-recreation segment of the off-road market with the all-new Defender family of side-by-side vehicles. The Defender side-by-side vehicle brings tough features, capable performance with control and clever adaptability to consumers looking to reach remote locations to work, farm or hunt.
The Defender family features two, new rear-mounted, Rotax V-twin heavy-duty utility engine options – a HD10 delivering up to 20% more torque at 4,000 RPM than the top selling competitor, and a high-torque HD8, an all new PRO-TORQ Transmission, high-precision chassis with TTA-HD rear suspension and automotive technology. The Defender family is engineered for hard work, but offers exceptional performance with control to provide the driver with the confidence to go practically anywhere. The vehicle’s 4-mode traction system, three selectable driving modes (Eco / Normal / Work) optimized tight turning radius (2-foot shorter than its top-selling competitor on a full circle) and specific Dynamic Power Steering enhances both its performance and handling for recreational use and tough jobs. An ample ground clearance, a plush suspension and class-leading towing and loading capabilities simplifies hunting, farming and ranching tasks. To afford owners more time for work and less for service, the Defender family offers also an easy and cost-effective maintenance.
The Defender side-by-side vehicles supply clever and adaptable solutions to work smarter and enhance the ease of use. From the industry’s most versatile and functional cargo box to its class-exclusive modular dash adaptable system to its VERSA-PRO bench seat, the Defender vehicles supply industry-leading storage, a roomy, intuitive cockpit for various types of users. Customization is necessary in this segment and the Defender lets users make it their own with multiple LinQ quick-attach system points to welcome a wide choice of accessories, plus various cabin options and factory-installed features for its profiled cage.
Furthermore, BRP adds to its industry-leading family of specialty X mr mud vehicles with the all-new, ultra-aggressive, 89-hp Can-Am Renegade X mr 1000R model. The mud-ready 4x4 ATV is purpose-built for mud with class-leading performance, key components and an intimidating appearance.
A new Commander MAX DPS 800R, with its proven recreational-utility design, is the most affordable four-seat side-by-side in the Can-Am family.
For more information, visit the Can-Am Off-Road website.
This article originally appeared on PowerSportsBusiness.com.