Glastron’s bold design heritage is reflected in the new outboard-powered GTR 160 Collector’s Edition, one of four closed-bow models created to celebrate the brand’s 55th anniversary.
The bow has the styling of a sports-car hood complemented by a roadster-style windshield. Inside, a pair of tritone racing-style bucket seats adjusts fore and aft. There’s also a bench seat across the stern.
Highlighting the dash is a pair of retro-style 5-inch multifunction gauge pods — one for the tachometer and the other for the speedometer — as well as fuel and volts. The steering wheel is also classic, with — anodized-aluminum spokes and padded grip. It was bolted to an optional Teleflex Bay Star hydraulic-steering system with a tilt helm.
Powered by an optional Evinrude 115 E-Tec (75 hp is standard), our test boat was rocketlike in the midrange, as though we had given it a shot of nitrous. Top speed in the low 40s was exhilarating, and Glastron’s SSV hull responded exceedingly well to trim. The GTR 160 cornered smoothly and smartly.
Our GTR 160 boasted options such as chrome accent vents, a Sony two-speaker stereo, a pair of forward-facing blue LED lights, a ski pylon, an optional 18-gallon fuel tank and a deluxe single-axle trailer.
-Bucket seats and optional multitone carpeting complete the sports-car feel.
-Glastron’s SSV hull results in superb handling for a 16 1/2-footer.
-Sleek, retro styling makes this boat an attention-getter wherever it goes.