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2020 Bennington 25 QX Fastback

The 25 QX Fastback produces handling similar to that of a V-hull.

Bennington 25 QX Fastback running shot
Fiberglass-cladded rails are sharply faceted and devoid of traditional fencing.Bill Doster

In Bennington’s extensive array of floorplans, the letter Q designates luxury. While the 25 QX Fastback clearly fits the bill, the lasting impression is more like waterborne power. The molded fiberglass bow rakes sharply toward the water.

Fiberglass-cladded rails are sharply faceted and devoid of traditional fencing. Spanning the twin consoles, a low-profile, steeply raked walk-through windshield is deeply tinted, adding an air of mystery. At the stern, side panels finish in a mix of bright stainless steel and wire mesh.

Bennington 25 QX Fastback bow seating
Twin wraparound benches line both sides.Bill Doster

Add a swept-forward overhead arch, a Yamaha outboard color-matched to the new-for-2020 Monaco Blue exterior, a blacked-out trio of top rail, pontoon skirt and deck rail, and the 25 QX looks almost ready to rumble.

The interior’s clean graphite palette perfectly complemented the blue exterior. Forward, twin wraparound benches line both sides, converting into a full wraparound bench if you add the removable bow gate seat.

Bennington 25 QX Fastback cockpit
The interior’s clean graphite palette perfectly complemented the blue exterior.Bill Doster

The graphite theme continues at the helm, offset by complementary wood-grain accents. Chrome-clad rocker switches are arrayed across the bottom of the dash. Above, an optional Simrad GO9 GPS touchscreen display eliminated any gauge clutter.

To port, a cocaptain’s chair is perched behind the port console, the latter featuring granite-like counter space and optional stainless-steel sink with a faucet.

Aft, Bennington’s Quad Bench mixes seating capacity with lounge space, featuring twin couches that wrap toward a central gate and forward-facing backrests should occupants want to stretch.

On the sizable swim platform, additional cup holders, stereo and an oversize stainless-steel boarding ladder awaits.

Bennington 25 QX Fastback
An optional Simrad GO9 GPS touchscreen display eliminates any gauge clutter.Bill Doster

Our test boat had the ESP Performance Package, one of the most dramatic pontoon configurations on the market. The central tube is a sizable 32 inches in diameter and elliptical in shape.

Flanked by 25-inch outer pontoons, it produces handling similar to that of a V-hull. With our test motor, the craft powered onto plane in 4.4 seconds, reached 30 mph in 7.1, and topped out at nearly 48 mph.

High Points

⋅Fastback stern design works with the bow silhouette, adds open, airy feel.

⋅Optional cladded sport arch includes elevated tow point for watersports.

⋅Fiberglass, compound radius bow has storage compartments within.

Bennington 25 QX fastback performance data
Bennington 25 QX Fastback Certified Test ResultsBoating Magazine

Specs

LOA: 27′3″

Beam: 8′6″

Draft (max): 2′9″

Dry Weight: 4,154 lb.

Seat/Weight Capacity: 15/2,142 lb.

Fuel Capacity: 50 gal.

Price: $140,030 (with test power, Elliptical Sport Package)

How We Tested

Engine: Yamaha 350

Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha Saltwater Series XL 16 1/4″ x 15″ 3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.73:1

Fuel Load: 45 gal.

Crew Weight: 360 lb.

More Information

Bennington Pontoon Boats - Elkhart, Indiana; 888-906-2628; benningtonmarine.com