Sea-Doo has released their 2020 line up of watercraft. So let’s go over all the good, the bad, and the ugly for the 2020 Sea-Doo line up.
I’m also going to talk about the one cool thing they’re doing at the end of this article that really needs to be brought to light.
The two biggest things Sea-Doo has done for 2020 is the new GTI body and upgrading the 155HP engine to 170HP.
New 170HP Sea-Doo Engine
The engine upgrade is even bigger than the new GTI Hull if you ask me.
That 155HP is the most bulletproof engine Sea-Doo has ever made, and they made it even better with more power and ACE Tech. Not only will the GTI get the new engine but the GTX 155 and the WAKE 155… or I should say now the GTX 170 and WAKE 170.
This amount of power is ideal for pull sports which have become the norm for jet skis lately. You get the right amount of power without the worries of a supercharger. It’s the Goldilocks of engines.
New Sea-Doo GTI Hull – Polytec 2
With 2020 all GTI models, GTR, and Wake 170 will be using the Polytec hull Gen 2.
This new hull has a woven fiberglass inner skin along with the Polytec material. What this means is that you get the benefits of both fiberglass and Polytec. The rigidness and strength of fiberglass but the impact and scratch-resistance of Polytec.
The move to Gen 2 also helps confirm that Sea-Doo is all in on Polytec and will for sure bring it to all their models. You can’t blame them, lighter and more durable just makes sense. It also puts the competition years behind.
Anyone who has owned a jet ski for more than a month knows that stability of a PWC is essential. With the new GTI hull, Sea-Doo has made it an inch wider and lowered the center of gravity for passengers. This will make riding more than one person so much nicer and getting on and off the PWC easier too.
If coming from a Spark, this hull will be a night and day difference in comfort.
More Storage on Sea-Doo GTI Hulls
It has to be said, storage does matter, and Sea-Doo is giving us more on the new GTI, GTR, and Wake 170 models.
It’s 12 gallons more than last year, that is 42.5 Gallons total with 40 of that being the front. This is close to the amount of total storage you get on more expensive luxury models from the competition.
It’s like finding out your Kia Rio has as much storage as the Ford Expedition. It’s kind of a big deal.
Fully Integrated PWC Sound System Option
I’ve got to be clear, not all Sea-Doo GTIs come with a sound system, but you can get one added from the factory. This means your dealership will have to order them like this from the factory and dealers only order models a couple of times a year.
Even if you get a model without the sound system, you can always add it later as it’s made for that PWC.
It’s not an afterthought like other manufacturers try to pass on.
Watertight Phone Storage
Just like the bigger GTX and RXT models, all the GTI + WAKE + GTR’s will come with a watertight phone holder located in the glovebox.
It’s crazy that it’s 2020 and this is not a standard across the industry.
Everyone today has a phone, and jet skis are bumpy. It only makes sense to have a safe place to store your phone during your ride on your jet ski. Sea-Doo has done well on this one, and the competition should pay attention.
New Sea-Doo GTI Seat
With the new GTI hull, you’re also getting an Ergolock seat. It’s not as nice as the bigger GTX or RXT seat but lightyears better than last years and the competition.
The Ergolock seats are made for humans to sit on; they model the curves around a real person sitting on a watercraft. It hugs the knees the best and gives the best lower back support.
This is important for anyone who wants to ride for more than an hour.
The Timing of the Sea-Doo GTI Release
Just want to make note that the timing of the new GTI is perfect. They released the Sparks back in 2014, and the next natural progression for them will be the GTI.
With the new body and all the new features, it makes the upgrade to GTI from Spark very logical. I’m sure you’re going to see a lot more people trading in there Sparks for GTIs.
The new hull of the GTI is bringing many of the features that it’s bigger brother already delivers.
The ability to remove the back seat for lounge seating. Quick connects for gas, ski pylons, and coolers. Along with the stereo system option, it’s like having a slightly smaller and more affordable GTX or RXT.
With this much ability to upgrade the PWC and do it super easy, it puts Yamaha and Kawasaki miles behind. Sure, they can scramble to make clip on this or that, but it will always be an afterthought. Sea-Doo has it planned out and hitting all the marks that a rider will ever need.
The GTR is based off the GTI line up, it’s just a GTI with a bigger engine and more racing features. It makes sense for it to get the new hull too.
What is even more exciting is that it has a lighter Polytec hull. With the same 230HP engine this thing is going to be a blast.
Not only that but you get all the extra’s that come with a GTI like more storage and the Quick Linq system.
The little WAKE is also based off the GTI hull and will get the new hull too.
What is most exciting is that the WAKE will get the new 170HP engine. The WAKE 170 and the GTX 170 are the two that will benefit the most as both needed this bigger engine. Not saying the 155HP was lacking but the WAKE does a lot of pull sports and needs the extra power. The GTX is a bigger ski and needed it for the extra weight.
I also love the new colors this year for the WAKEs. I really love the WAKE PRO’s new color better as the blue hull is a nice touch.
GTX and RXT
Sea-Doo is sneaking this one in, for the GTX and RXT bodies they now have the same 18.5 Gallon gas tank as the Fish Pro. Coming from 15.9 Gallons last year this is a nice upgrade. This puts it in line with the Yamaha.
All I have to say, it’s about time.
GTI VS GTX
I’m looking over the specs of the new GTI hull and GTX; I see something interesting.
GTI Width = 49.2″
GTX Width = 49.4″
GTI Height = 44.8″
GTX Height = 44.8″
GTI Legnth = 130.6
GTX Length = 135.9
The height of both is the same.
The width matters when you’re docked and boarding the PWC and both numbers are very similar. So similar it makes you wonder why buy a GTX if you only care about stability?
The GTX is 5.3 inches longer, and yes that does matter a lot for rough water.
In 2019 the GTI was 48.5 inches wide, that little bit extra does help a lot. The closest competitor is at 48 inches.
All I’m pointing out is that the GTI is a fantastic bargain for what you get hull-wise.
The biggest bad, no love for the RXP-X.
Though it’s to be expected as Sea-Doo will do the GTX and RXT first. Then move to the GTI and lastly the RXP-X.
Some good that is to come from this is that the GTI new hull hints to us what the new RXP-X hull will be for either 2021 or 2022.
The RXP-X bottom hull is its own beast but takes sizing and clues from the GTI. If the GTI is rocking a Polytec hull, this means an RXP-X will too.
An even lighter RXP-X with an already stupidly powerful engine is what everyone wants.
Where’s My RXT?
It looks like Sea-Doo got rid of the RXT, my personal favorite Sea-Doo.
I can’t blame them for this as it did not fit well and the GTX was the better value.
We still have the RXT-X, and that is fine. A decluttering of models is what all these manufacturers should do.
The gauges, especially on the GTX and RXT models, is just flat out wrong.
It’s a gauge they use for their off-road and Spyder line up. You end up getting people asking why there are turn signals on their brand new Sea-Doo!
Not only that but Yamaha is killing them with the Colored Touch Screen on the FX.
I can understand this on the GTI, GTR, or even Spark series but the higher-end models there is no excuse.
I know a touch screen is not practical on a bumpy jet ski and they don’t work well with wet fingers but still. Even if it was not touchscreen but a colored display it would be better.
I have one more ugly, why no Spark-X?
The Trixx has been proven a huge hit so why no Spark-X or Trixx with a 110HP engine? We know you can do it and the people want it, so why not?
I’ve never had a cool section before, but Sea-Doo is doing something so cool that I need to talk about it.
During the 2020 keynote, Sea-Doo showed us the electric prototypes (pic above) they’re working on. With Tesla and renewable energy talk, it’s only reasonable to expect more companies to go down this route.
I know at first glance an electric Sea-Doo sounds stupid. Everyone knows water and electricity doesn’t mix.
This fear is misguided, and when Sea-Doo does it, they’ll for sure do safety first. I’m not concerned about this, especially since we already have batteries and electronics on boats for years and it hasn’t been a big issue.
Out of all BRP’s electric prototypes, the electric jet ski makes the most sense. You have a lot of customers who live on a body of water and have their own dock. A jet ski is not used for long travels but rides around the local body of water for most people.
They can charge the Electric Sea-Doo at their dock, and be ready for the next ride. No need to fill up or pay for the expensive lake gas.
Electric Solves The Gas Problem
One of the biggest hurdles for new jet ski owners is figuring out how to put gas in their PWCs. It may sound simple, but many of these people don’t live close to a gas pump. This means carrying heavy gas cans down to the dock. These gas cans come in 5-gallon sizes, and with many watercraft having over 15-gallon tanks this means 3 trips. Many of these docks are often located several flights below their homes.
Not having to carry gas down every time you want to ride or the kids forgetting to put gas in the PWC when you want to ride is a huge benefit.
Less Maintenance On Electric Jet Skis
An electric jet ski would also cut down on the maintenance. The dealerships might not like that, but the customer will.
Due to EPA regulations, many dealers can’t change the oil on the water, if electric jet skis are like electric cars they won’t need motor oil. This boils down to the dealership being able to do more service work at the dock; thus, the customer not having to bring their PWC in as often.
The Range Of Electric Jet Skis
The only downside will be the range. Jet skis are already limited to 70mph, but most people like to stay under 60mph which an electric jet ski should hit no problem.
The truth is that it requires a lot of energy to move an impeller in water. Just think about yourself in a pool and trying to move your legs back and forth – it’s not easy when you’re in the water.
No one is going to buy an electric Sea-Doo if they can only get 30 minutes of ride time out of it. Maybe 2 hours because people tend to stop and go. If you think that is not enough time keep in mind that the average jet ski consumes 10 gallons of gas at wide-open throttle and has a 15-gallon gas tank. This means 1.5 hours of ride time, but you get more than that because most people don’t ride for 1.5 hours straight without stopping.
If Sea-Doo can hit the range just right for the electric PWCs, it will for sure be a winner for a big part of their market. Sure, it won’t do well in rentals (maybe?) or long-distance riders, but it will do well for the majority of people who live on a body of water and who ride every few days.
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This article is really helpful Steven. Interested to buy a Seadoo for weekend cruises with my wife and am in Canada. May also tow a tube as well. I have rented a Seadoo before but never owned a jetski. I’ve heard that a GTX is better for cruising as its more stable but also $4k more than the GTI. GTX also has a fiberglass hull which I read is easier to repair. Given that I also need to spend on a trailer and as its my first jetski, a GTI 130 maybe enough for me? But I dont want to regret my purchase and it being unstable for two riders. What would you recommend for me? Thx!
I say start with the GTI 130 or 170. The rental jet skis are always speed limited and never as fast as the ones you can buy, so speed should not be an issue. I have many people get a jet ski and never go beyond 30MPH because it feels too fast, doing 30 on a jet ski feels like doing 60 in a car. All jet skis are fast, it just some get to top speed a little quicker, the GTI is more than fine for most people. As for the body, the GTX is more stable, but the new GTI body is closing the gap. It used to be a much more noticeable difference with the old body, but the GTI is almost the same size as the GTX.
Hey Stephen,i have a 2019 gti130 that i love,in your opinion would it be worth it to move to 2021 gti170 se,I don’t tow or anything.
The new body that came out in 2020 is worth the change but if you do no pull sports or don’t want 5mph extra top end it’s a tough call. The new body is more stable and a better ride than the 2019 body. You also get more features like the speed limiter mode and more. I go over more details of all 2021 here. https://www.steveninsales.com/2021-sea-doo-vs-yamaha-vs-kawasaki/
Thanks for all the information! It has helped me a lot making my decision last year when I returned to jetskis after 25 years of absence. I eventually ended up with a Spark Trixx 3 up since I loved the playfulness of the smaller 2-stroke jets back in the days (94 XP). Riding by myself I had the time of my life in the Baltic Sea riding chop, larger waves and just playing around.
So why am I here again?
It turns out being a father of two sons that love tow sports I ended up pulling wakeboards and kneeboards or using the Spark as a diving platform for more than 80% of the time, so I feel the need for more space and rider capacity.
For this season I am thinking of trading the Trixx in for a larger platform more suitable for these types of applications.
Sticking with Seadoo I am pondering GTI SE 170 ( GTR230) vs. GTX 170 or one of the two Wake models.
What is your advice, will the larger ST3 hull feel boring/not playful enough when I ride alone?
Is the better acceleration (don‘t care so much about top speed above 55 miles/h) worth the running costs of the supercharged engine?
Any comments or thoughts would be appreciated.
For your needs I would say the GTI SE 170 would be the best fit. The new GTI body is a real nice upgrade and going to the GTX body is not needed if you’re used to the Spark.
Thanks for your reply.
Still thinking about playfulness:
Does the Hull (GTI vs ST3) more or less dominate the handling or are sponsons or other elements a noticeable factor?
For example are there significant handling differences between the GTR, GTI an the Wake 170 or between the Wake Pro 230 and a GTX 230?
The GTR, GTI, and Wake 170 will all ride the same. The GTI hull is more playful and the GTX hull is more stuck in the water. I will say the GTI hull is more forgiving to new riders and the GTX hull wants to go fast and not go slow.
I am looking at a 2009 Seadoo GTX 155. Ad states….Recently been serviced. Runs 55-60 mph. In great condition has been garage kept, and has less than 80 Hours. Comes With a trailer. Asking 7,400. I will be a first time owner of a watercraft. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
That’s a great Sea-Doo! The best advice I can give is to keep the battery on charge when you’re not using it, a solar charger works very well for this, and I have a post on it here. https://www.steveninsales.com/pwc-battery-charger-buy/
Also, get it serviced once a year, and winterize it if it gets cold where you live. And always keep a cover on it when not riding if you want the seats and fiberglass to stay looking good. This is one of the best Sea-Doo’s made especially in that 155HP engine.
Thanks for all the info. I am trying to decide between GTI SE 170 and the GTX 170.
First, is there any difference in top speed and takeoff speed? I would think the deeper hull of the GTX may have a bit more surface area and a bit slower? Will both be faster than the GTX 155 (my son is very concerned as his cousins have that model and he wants to be faster!)
As far as cutting through the chop, we live on one of the bigger lakes in Michigan, so the waves can kick up. But we are not out in the ocean. How much difference is there here. Will the GTI SE be a jarring ride in two foot waves?
The GTI SE 170 will be a little slower as the Polytec hull is rougher than fiberglass. The GTX will handle the waves better than the GTI.
Thinking of getting a Wake. Would be pulling an adult and have an adult spotter and driver. total lbs of about 500 lbs. Would the 170 be able to get up and really get some speed with all that weight?
It’ll do it but the 230 will do so much better with that much weight.
We are trying to decide between the 2021 GTX 230 or GTR 230. We do some long lake rides, but will pull skiers, boards, and tubes. We also liked to play around and do spins on our old GTX. Will the hull design of the GTX allow for spins? Thanks
Yes, for sure the GTX can do spins. Put it in sport mode and it’ll do what you want it to do. It won’t be as agile as a Spark but compared to a GTR it’s about the same.
Im buying my first ski. I come from a enduro motorbike background, so use to performance machines. My mates have the GTR230 and 215 models. We will be exploring around the ocean, water ski on the lake and then there is the family that will use it. My question, Im stuck between the GTI 170 and GTR 230.
GTI 170 look like it will be less maintenance and kore efficient , but will I be left behind, or lack power in tough sea conditions. The GTR 230 was my first pic, but Im worried about the supercharger being a issue down the line and they sound pretty thirsty.
The GTI isn’t that much slower (about 5mph) but the takeoff and the playfulness are noticeable. The GTR does have different modes to help give you better gas mileage so I would not let that keep you from getting one. Since you ride mostly with other GTR’s I would lean more towards getting a GTR. The superchargers in the new ACE engine blocks are better than the old ones that is for sure.
Great information and knowledge on all the post. Will the GTX 170 be playfull? Seems like everyone says GTI 170 is the best choice. Also, firberglass (GTX) vs plastic (GTI) difference.
The GTI will be more playful than the GTX but put the GTX in Sport Mode and it’s still playful enough. If you want more comfort then go with the GTX, if you want more playful then go with the GTI. I feel the future for Sea-Doo is Polytec, I tell people to think of it as Tupperware vs glass plates. Drop both and the Tupperware bounces and the glass breaks. Not a perfect analogy but Polytec has a lot going for it and will be the future for all boats if Sea-Doo opens up the patents. Trust me, if Yamaha could find a way around the patents they would have the EX and VX using the same material.
Hi.. I have the 2021 GTR and the fenders do not fit around the hull. The hull is a lot thicker from the previous GTR models. Any suggestions.
If you’re talking about the snap-in fenders you’ll need the new adaptor as the GTR got the new body as so did the GTI’s in 2020.
hi there, just want to ask if you still have to get the engine rebuilt due to it being supercharged after 100hrs or so
just tossing up between the GTR 230 and the GTI SE 170 considering I have found the pricing to be the same
Any Sea-Doo 2016 or older needs to get the supercharger inspected at 200 hours. If it needs to be repaired only the supercharger is rebuilt, not the engine. I personally would go with the GTI over a GTR as the 5mph speed difference is not worth it as the GTI SE will have more features in comparison.
Hi steve. Reading your informative page from Perth West Australia. We have always no to supercharge but then heard they were “Maintenance free, just need the usual servicing” from 2018. Now we are considering between a GTX230 or a GTR230 but having read your info is it likely a rebuild is still Needed at 200 hours? Maybe we better off with GTi 170. Currently have 130 but usually two adults on it and easily towa kids on biscuit etc but we we’d like a bit more speed…
They still recommended getting it checked at 200 hours and if they find that it needs to be rebuilt they’ll let you know. The supercharger issues is not as big of a deal as it was back in 2007 so if you want one go for it. If you like the GTI body go for the GTR but if you want more comfort go for the GTX.
Found your page very helpful. Trying to decide..
New 2020 GTI SE 170 (with sound system) or new 2020 GTR230. Same price.
I’ve used Ski’s many times. Largely cruising and towing some people around. What do you think is the better option?
I would go for the 2020 GTI SE 170 (with sound system) as it’s the better deal and can do what you want. The extra 5mph on the GTR is not worth it compared to getting a sound system if you ask me.
hey man im looking at 2 jet skis wich seem really similar, but what are the biggest differences between gtx 230 2020 and gtr 230 2020? i guess acceleration. but i think gtx looks better, looks more comfortable and goes better in the water. which would you choose to both be playfull but still have a godd cruiser and travel machine?
The GTX is a bigger body than the GTR. The GTR is meant for racing and playfulness where the GTX is more luxury and comfort. If you value playfulness more then the GTR is the one you want.
Can you provide a little background on the newer Sea-Doo superchargers? The oldest ones were recommended to be rebuilt at 100 hours. The newer ones were recommended to be rebuilt at 200 hours. And now, the newest ones, are supposedly “maintenance free”? Can you explain this “maintenance free” concept and what it REALLY means? And here’s why I ask. I was under the impression that if a supercharger fails, worse-case scenario, there is a chance that it basically blows chunks of metal all throughout your engine and you could end up with a complete engine rebuild, which is very costly With the latest and greatest superchargers that are “maintenance free”, is there still a chance they can completely come apart and cause an engine rebuild? And with these latest “maintenance free” superchargers, do they still need to eventually be rebuilt, or do they just get completely replaced vs rebuilt?
This is just marketing talk and they still expect you to get the maintenance-free supercharger checked out at 200 hours. This honestly goes for any manufacturer and not just Sea-Doo.
Which GTR 230 is more playful 2019 or 2020 and Is there that much difference in the motor ?
Both will be the same amount of playful and both have the same engine.
Wanting to buy a jetski to take the young kids (8 and 10yrs) out on but also have a bit of fun myself. Will be in the ocean more than the lake so will be on choppy water alot. Not too fussed about top speed but i do like a bit of acceleration. Im torn between the GTR 230 and the GTX 230. Which would you recommend?
Go with the GTX if you want comfort and stability especially in the ocean. Go with the GTR if you want small and nimble. You’ll have more fun on the GTR but you’ll keep the GTX for longer because it’s a better all-around jet ski.
As someone looking to purchase for the first time, and minimal riding experience on various older models, any suggestions on a model to pursue? One or two people just out there to have fun, no towing needs but very unsure if a Spark Trixx is cheap crap?
The Sparks are super playful and light machines. They’re not the best for cruising or long rides. I still have my 2014 Spark 3up and had no issues and I ride it hard. But if you’re starting out it’s not the one I recommended people get, I talk more about this here https://www.steveninsales.com/best-jet-ski-beginners-not-think/
Sorry Steven one last follow up – a dealer just told me that the 170 would feel underpowered in towing an adult on a wake board. Is he just trying to upsell me then? thanks!
I’ve pulled a 280-pound man out the water with the WAKE 155 so the 170 should be no problem. There are videos on YouTube of adults being pulled with the 155HP engine with no problem… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC1j7KIrRHs
I think he’s trying to upsell you.
I’m interested in towing kids and adults (slalom, wakeboard and tubes). I’ve been looking into the Wake Pro 230 w/ sound system and would love your thoughts on that machine and other alternatives that would meet my requirements. I’d also like to be able to go out on short rides (20-30 minutes) with the wife from time to time. I know the WP 230 has enough power for what I want, but is it also nimble enough to provide a fun ride when not towing others? Thank you.
Oh yes, the WAKE 230 sounds perfect for your needs. You’ll like the bigger WAKE 230 if you plan on having someone else on the ski with you, its a little more stable. And the 230HP is more than enough for pull sports. It’s not as nimble as the GTI body but put it in Sport mode and it can get around just fine. In Sport mode, it can knock a person off if they’re not careful, don’t let its size fool you. If you have trouble finding a WAKE 230 then a GTX or RXT will be the same body and you can add the features like the ski pylon to them.
Thanks for your great content. We are wanting to tow kids on tubes and likely adults on a wakeboard. Is the GTI 170 suitable for that?
Yes, the GTI SE 170 is more than enough power for your needs.
Thanks! Would the 130 work as well then?
You can get away with the 130 but you’ll start to feel it with adults, it lacks the gusto that the 170 has.
all my friend are getting RXT-X 300 for sea touring and since i dont have the same budget
is the 2020 GTI SE 170 powerful enough to keep up with them? (im a first time buyer)
They’ll definitely beat you in a race but if they all are cruising then you’ll keep up. Most people don’t go full throttle all the time especially if the water is rough. One advantage you’ll have with the GTI is storage so they’ll more than likely need you if you do long rides. You’ll also get a lot better gas mileage too.
Great info. What are your thoughts regarding the GTI vs the GTX. Speed isn’t a big concern, it would be used for cruising and fishing in the bays, and ocean when it’s calm enough. I know there’s a fishing model but don’t want to spend that much. They’ll be two of us on the ski most of the time, I’m 6ft 230lbs my wife is 5-11. Is the GTI too small? Would the GTX be that much better in the ocean to warrant spending the extra money. Trips in the ocean would probably be 2-3 miles out at the most, fishing the local reefs for a couple of hours.
The way Sea-Doo has made the 2020 GTI it’s super similar in size to the GTX. The only thing the GTX has is that it’s a little longer which is better for the chop. The GTI’s are huge now and a better deal than a GTX. I personally would get a GTI unless you want more power than what the GTI can offer.
Hey Steven, I am looking into buying the 2020 Rxp-x 300. Is the rxp-x 300 better than the yamaha gp1800 r ho becuase here in Canada the rxp x 300 is 2000 cheaper and it has 50 hp more
That’s a tough one, The GP1800R SVHO is an amazing jet ski and Yamaha has hit it out of the park with it. The 300HP ACE engine in the RXP-X has a feeling to it that you can’t get anywhere else – the best way to describe it is the same feeling you get when in a fast electric car. If the RXP-X 300 is cheaper by that much then for sure go with that, you won’t be missing much. If the GP1800R SVHO was cheaper then go with that, either way you’re going to have a super-powerful jet ski!
Hi Steve, I’m trying to decide between the GTI or GTR. 3 kids and will be riding on long island sound in CT.
I’m a newbie and my 17 year olds will be doing a lot of riding with their friends. Should i pay the extra $1500 for the GTR? Thanks,
Unless you want to go 5mph faster the GTR is not worth it compared to a GTI SE 170. Both ride the same, its just the GTR is supercharged which means more maintenance down the line.
Thanks Steven. I purchased a 2020 GTI SE 170 yesterday. Your page is very helpful and helped me with this purchase. I appreciate you.
I wonder between the gtr 230 2020 vs gtx 230 2020 what will you choose is it gonna be the same fun factor ? If i want to jump wave and do quick turn . I have some windy day here and a lot of wave .i just sell my spark cause my ass can t take it anymore
I would go with the GTR 230 for sure if you want one that is playful. The GTR will be a way better ride than your old Spark.
Hello I just sold my 2010 GTX limited 260; We do mostly towing sports tubes wakeboard and then do some cruising. I was looking at the Git or wake 170 but not sure going down from 260hp to 170hp…I did find a New 2018 GTX 230 for little less than the price of a 2020 GTI 170 not sure which one I should go for? Or should I be looking at a wake 170 or 230?
Going from 260hp to 170hp will be noticeable but going 260hp to 230hp for sure won’t be much noticeable at all. If it was me I would go with the 2018 GTX 230 if everything is fine on it over a GTI 170 current year especially if you do a lot of pull sports.
Loved your article. I’ve owned (parents did while growing up) several sea Doo’s I have 3 kids and a bunch of nieces and nephews. Mine are 5 3 and 1 years old. Looking at the gtr, and the gti se 170 and maybe the gtx for one machine and thinking about a spark or spark trixx for the other. We won’t be doing a lot of tow sports as we have a boat for that. Just fun machines to rip around inland lakes in Michigan. Any recommendations or things to think about? Thank you so much in advance.
If you ask me the best option is to get a Trixx with a GTX 170 or a GTI SE 170. One machine is super playful (Trixx) and you won’t get bored of it and the other (GTX or GTI) is a nicer ride and made for cruising. You get the best of both worlds.
I like the article as I’m in the market to buy. I’ve ridden many over the years but never owned one. I like the sea doo’s and most my riding would be ocean riding (south florida), some intercoastal. I’m considering the 2020 GTI SE 170, 2020 GTR 230, What would be best for ocean riding in south florida.
Both have the same body so the ride will be the same. The only difference is that the GTR is much faster on take-off and top speed. Unless you want speed the GTI SE 170 is a fine option. I find the 170HP engine is more than enough for most people.
I am also considering a purchase on a set of 170s or 230s but can’t decide. Can you share some advice please?
If it’s your first watercraft then go with the 170 for sure. The only benefit the 230’s will have is more top end and slightly more power for pulling tubes. For the average person, the 170 is more than enough. Plus, it’s easier to sell the 170 in the future than a 230 if you want to upgrade.
I find your articles incredibly informative. As a 50 something buying his first ski, and is not going to tow, just me and the mrs. cruising the lake, would you prefer the 2020 GTI SE 170, or a 2019 GTX 230 if they were the same price (and basically, after rebates, the 2019 GTX is the same price.) Does the 2019 GTX have an all fiberglass hull, or????
Thanks so very much.
I would go with the 2019 GTX 230 for sure! If you can get it for the same price as a GTI 170 than that is a great deal. The 230 is a lot of engine but you have different driving modes and keys to help you ease into it. The GTX has the new ST3 hull that came out in 2018 and it’s fiberglass.
Good article Steven! For a bigger rider at 235 pounds, what is the real difference in the ROTAX 1630 ACE – 130 ROTAX versus the 1630 ACE – 170?
The real difference is in take-off power. If you’re going to do a lot of pull sports you want the 170HP. If you do a lot of cruising the 130HP will be fine.
i watched the Seadoo 2020 presentation and it was just the worst presentation i ever watched.
And nothing about what i was intrested of, the GTX 300 limited and RXT-X300.
The GTX 300 limited was just horrible when i saw it, now boring silver all over and a little blue color.
Now after some time when i got used to the silver and brown 2019 version and now find that one really nice they made it just awful.
The RXT-X 300 most beautiful color ever the neonyellow is now gone but the neongreen was very nice too but i do not understand why they do not have black instead of the grey color allways, was the same on the neonyellow, that would be much nicer, there they can learn by Kawasaki their green and black is really nice.
But thank god they do not follow Yamaha their models are just different colors all over the place and noone looks any good.
The neon vibrant ones Seadoo have are much better looking.
And why did they not have a colordisplay – the one Yamaha has on some models is very nice but to small in size.
Have you seen any more changes on the GTX 300 limited then 18,5 gallons tank
on the display you can also now see average and top speed and glovebox 0.4 liter more but the frontbox 4 liters less ?
Thank you for your page