From 40 to 120 MPH: The Top Speed Of Jet Skis [See Chart]

Watercraft top speed has got to be the most common question I get asked.

The top speed can vary from 40 to 70 mph, depending on the model.

The fastest a stock model can go is 70 mph due to a gentleman’s agreement with the US coast guard. However, ones delivered outside the United States don’t always have this 70 mph limit and can often go slightly faster.

The average speed is 57 mph, but many new riders never go beyond 40 mph as they learn the ropes. Doing 40 mph feels like doing 80 mph in your car and shocks many new riders.

Modified racing machines can reach speeds over 100+ mph.

The fastest modified PWC goes a little over 140 MPH:

Speed Chart

2024 Sea-Doo, Yamaha and Kawasaki top speed (MPH), price, and horsepower rating.

Sea-DooSpark 2UP 60HP$6,9996040
Sea-DooSpark 2UP 90HP Convenience$8,3999050
Sea-DooSpark 3UP 90HP$8,2999050
Sea-DooSpark 3UP 90HP Convenience$8,9999050
Sea-DooTrixx 1Up$9,0999050
Sea-DooTrixx 3UP$9,6999050
Sea-DooFISH PRO SCOUT$15,09913050
YamahaEX SPORT$9,09910050
YamahaEX DELUXE$10,19910050
YamahaEX LIMITED$10,79910050
Sea-DooGTI 130$11,49913052
Sea-DooGTI SE 130$12,29913052
Sea-DooGTI SE 170$12,89913052
Sea-DooFISH PRO SPORT$17,39917052
Sea-DooFISH PRO TROPHY$20,49917052
Sea-DooExplorer Pro 170$18,89917052
YamahaVX DELUXE$12,39912553
YamahaVX CRUISER$12,79912553
YamahaVX LIMITED$13,99912553
Sea-DooWAKE 170$14,09917054
KawasakiSTX 160$11,99916057
KawasakiSTX 160X$12,59916057
KawasakiSTX 160LX$14,29916057
Sea-DooGTX 170$15,19917058
Sea-DooGTR 230$14,09923063
YamahaVX LIMITED HO$15,29920064
Sea-DooWAKE PRO 230$18,39923065
YamahaVX CRUISER HO$13,59920065
YamahaFX HO$15,69920065
YamahaFX CRUISER HO$16,99920065
Sea-DooGTX 230$16,19923066
YamahaGP HO$14,49920067
YamahaFX SVHO$19,29925068
YamahaFX CRUISER SVHO$19,79925068
YamahaFX LIMITED SVHO$20,39925068
Sea-DooGTX 300$17,89930070
Sea-DooGTX Limited 300$19,69930070
Sea-DooGTR-X 300$16,99930070
Sea-DooRXP-X 325$19,19932570
Sea-DooRXT-X 325$19,99932570
YamahaGP SVHO$16,79925070
KawasakiULTRA 310X$19,19931070
KawasakiULTRA 310LX-S$20,19931070
KawasakiULTRA 310LX$21,19931070

The top speed numbers come from personal experience and research.

Top speed may vary 5+/- mph with weight, altitude, fuel quality and water condition.

Fastest Production Jet Skis

All manufacturers have their top of the line, fastest models, from the factory as listed below.

  • Sea-Doo RXP-X 325
  • Yamaha GP SVHO
  • Kawasaki ULTRA 310X

These models are the “racing” models and are the fastest in not only top speed, but also take-off speed.

The hulls on the Sea-Doo RXP-X 325 and Yamaha GP SVHO are smaller and tuned for racing. In the US, all 3 watercraft are capped at 70 MPH, but outside the US they don’t have the top-speed-limiter and can go beyond 70 MPH.

These are racing watercraft, but other models feature the same engines. For instance, the Sea-Doo RXP-X 325’s larger counterpart is the RXT-X 325, which has the same engine but a larger body. The bigger body enables it to better handle choppy waters and perform more efficiently in straight-line racing.

If you want the fastest straight line watercraft, then it will be the Sea-Doo RXT-X 325 followed by the Kawasaki ULTRA 310X.

How To Go Faster!

There are several ways you can make your jet ski faster, from easy to hard, let’s cover them!

Easy Speed Increases

  1. Use the correct key or driving modes.
  2. Remove extra weight.
  3. Make sure the wear ring and impeller are not damaged.
  4. Make sure the supercharger is working if you have one.
  5. Run premium, non-ethanol gas.
  6. Get race sponsons.
  7. Speed control bypass, some models computers won’t let you go over a certain speed, so you need a module that bypasses the GPS signal.
  8. ECU Tuning. May require you to ship the ECU out or go somewhere to get it reprogrammed.

Hard Speed Increases

  1. RIVA kits.
  2. Buy a faster model, some will only go so fast.
  3. Replace intake grate.
  4. Get a new impeller.
  5. Cold air-intake.
  6. Performance exhaust system.

If you have a supercharged jet ski, especially one that uses GPS for speed like a Sea-Doo, then getting the speed control bypass will be the easiest and fastest way to increase your top speed.

Keep in mind, some of these modifications will void your warranty.

Go Slower?

Most models today have speed limiters that allow you to restrict the top speed.


For example, Sea-Doo has an ECO mode that limits top speed to 45 mph.

Learning Modes

A lot of models even have a learning mode or learning key that can be programmed from 32 mph to 50 mph. The jet skis that can’t be programmed are stuck at 35 mph.


You also have more modes, like touring that makes the jet ski slower to take off but still gets to top speed. This is nice if you want to cruise and not launch out of the water.

These modes are not new; for example, Sea-Doo has Touring and Sport mode since 2009 and became more available after 2011.



I began working at a jet ski dealership in 2007, initially in the parts and service area. I then transitioned to the technician side before eventually joining the sales team in 2013. I've done it all! While in sales, I created this website in 2014 to assist others with their common questions about watercraft. I now manage this site full-time, where I answer common questions, offer advice, and assist others with their PWC needs.

I've owned several watercraft and continue to buy, sell, and repair them. Currently, keep my Sea-Doo Spark as my main PWC. Additionally, I have developed tools like a used watercraft value calculator, a pricing calculator, an hour calculator, and more to better assist my readers.


  1. I agree. At 45 mph on water, I feel like I am flying. 99% of my time on the water is spent going 35-40mph tops.

    I realize there is a segment that is solely focused on speed. But when I am on a lake, most jet ski riders I observe are not going wide open. Most are cruising around, especially if they have a rider with them.


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