After not producing a truly new craft since 2003, many view Honda's introduction of the F-15X as confirmation of how much the company values its AquaTrax brand. And while the colors and graphics might still err on the side of understatement, the 15X hull design is dramatic. Consider the bow: It's wide and aggressive, giving the craft an instantly distinguishable look. Then let your eyes follow the bond line. Raised at the bow and sweeping dramatically as it travels aft, it artfully blends form and function. The form is obvious; the function is revealed on the water. That raised line helps knock down spray and results in one of the driest rides on the water. It also protects the boat at the dock. Where most PWC slip below the average dock beam, inviting scratches and dings, the Honda's beefy rub rail protects the craft.
On the water the machine feels solid, wide and utterly predictable. The 15X is longer, wider and heavier than the previous Honda F-12, a combination that gives it a stable presence both underway and at rest, and makes it a good choice for the family cruiser. The 1470cc, turbocharged engine below, however, is ready to run with the big boys. Sixty-five mph has become the de facto standard for the market's flagships, and despite a 197 hp rating, the 15X achieves its goal. More importantly, it avoids the dreaded turbo lag that plagued previous Honda models. Honda has placed both the turbocharger and intercooler closer to the throttle body, and boost pressure now kicks in as low as 2,500 rpm. Combined with an intake grate that more effectively loads the top of the pump and a reduced diameter of the jet nozzle, the result is the nearly instantaneous throttle response enthusiasts demand.
Bonus Tip: On any PWC, passengers often feel less than secure. Try holding onto an aggressive driver's PFD straps rather than a seat strap or grab handle. Where they go, you'll follow.
• Countdown Fuel Display: Fuel-consumption display details the remaining riding time based on current speed and fuel.
• Instrument-Based Security: Program your keyless ignition with up to 999 PIN options.
• Access Panels: Removable side panels make service access easy.
• Performance: Expect top speed around 64 mph and a 0-30 acceleration time in a little more than two seconds.
- Numerically Speaking
- Length: 133.8"
- Beam: 49"
- Dry Weight: 933 lb.
- Engine: 1470CC, Turbocharged/Intercooled 4-cylinder, 4-stroke
- Fuel Capacity: 18.5 gal.
- Storage Capacity: 23.1 gal.
- MSRP: $13,999