The Sea-Doo customer is loyal to the BRP brand but it doesn’t end there! After the huge response we had following a social media post on our customer’s choice between the RXP-X 260 and RXT-X 260 we felt that we had to explore the subject further. The main difference between these two performance models is the seating capacity and hull design. The RXT-X features the S3 hull designed to be stable and predictable with great rough water penetration, comfortable for cruising and riding 2-or 3up. The RXP-X however, features the T3 hull, a configuration Sea-Doo named T3, for tight-turning.
RXT-X 260 RXP-X 260
Following the launch of the RXT-X 260 back in 2010 we saw, perhaps for the first time, the impressive manoeuvrability of the S3 hull design. It features a deep V to cleave through chop and produce a softer ride, as well as a step to aid in top speed. Perhaps its greatest strength is its ability to satisfy in nearly all water conditions. Head offshore and you’ll appreciate the soft and stable response and big-wave ability. Find a calm spot and you’ll marvel at the high-speed turns carving an aggressively sharp corner almost as quick and confident as a full-fledged race boat.
In comparison the RXP-X 260 is the epitome of high-performance on the water. The most innovative design element is the one you can’t see when on the water, the T3 hull. The T3 hull stands for tight-turning and outstanding tracking through chop. The hull provides a very different handling experience that calls for a different manner for the rider to connect to the watercraft and this is why the Ergolock system was developed in unison. This concept moves the rider forward allowing a narrower seat to be utilised, which creates a locked-in feel. This means you can confidently lean the boat into high-speed corners without fear of ejection which provides handling closer to a high performance street bike than a traditional watercraft.
S3 Hull® (Stepped, Stable and Strong) T3 Hull™ (Tight-Turning T Hull)
Of course, part of snapping off those precise turns has to do with horsepower. What makes this comparison interesting is that both watercraft have the same 1494cc Rotax 4-TEC engine topped off with a supercharger and intercooler to extract an added dose of performance but deliver a very different experience. Ultimately the level of power is the same but each watercraft has been designed to utilize this in very different ways.
We all have our personal preferences and it often comes down to this, do you want a boys toy that you just want to turn and burn or something just as powerful and a practical all rounder Let us know what you choose and why!