Sea-Doo ignites Spark, and it’s a game-changer. This new Sea-Doo watercraft is playful, nimble and colourful – and way lighter on the water and the wallet. With a price point far below most other watercraft (starting at $5,599 CDN), Spark is attracting big time attention and is already the hot seller of the 2014 model year.
Anyone riding Spark will immediately harken back to the glory years of the early ‘90’s when you could really throw a Sea-Doo watercraft around on the water. But to achieve this new playfulness, Sea-Doo went far, far ahead, not back.
My first question after the Spark launch was “With a price that low, what did they leave out?” But Spark isn’t some stripped down version of existing models, it’s a totally re-invented watercraft, a true paradigm shift. So in many ways, comparing Spark to other models is like comparing apples and oranges.
Spark has a state of the art new Exoskel and an advanced, deep-V hull made from recyclable Polytec, for lightweight strength. It’s powered by the best new 4-stroke on the water, the Rotax 900 ACE engine, capable of decent power and up to an amazing 35% fuel savings.
Spark also comes with many Sea-Doo exclusives found on their premium models, like Intelligent Throttle Control (ITC), D-Sea-Bel sound suppression system, Closed Loop Cooling, Multifunction Digital Info Center, Off-Throttle Assisted Steering (O.T.A.S.) – and Intelligent Brake & Reverse (IBR) is an available option. Plus, Spark comes in five colour choices and a multitude of wrap designs that make customizing options almost endless. And all of this comes in a feather light package that weighs up to 50% less than existing models, easily towable behind even a compact car.
My second question was “What kind of ride can I expect?” Riding Spark is an out and out blast. It captures the essence of fun on the water, where body English, angle and attitude enable any rider to put Spark through whatever exciting paces you can handle. Miraculously, Sea-Doo has achieved this remarkable manoeuvrability without sacrificing stability or ride confidence for those who just want to toot around their lake.
Best of all, Sea-Doo designers and engineers have met the ambitious challenge of delivering consumers a ridiculously affordable 2-for-1 opportunity – to buy two Spark watercraft + a 2-bed Move trailer for the price of one premium model! Apparently, many of us are taking BRP up on their offer, so the waterways will be going Spark crazy this summer.