Top 5 Fastest Jet Skis | 2021 Guide (Yamaha, Sea-Doo)

With the growing popularity of powered watercraft such as jet skis, which one do you think can give adrenaline junkies and ski enthusiasts the most exhilarating speed? 

In today’s market, there are three brands that manufacture the fastest jet skis that reach a speed of 67 mph — Yamaha, Sea-Doo, and Kawasaki. If you’re looking for a brand new model straight from the factory, these are the companies you should be eyeing for. 

In this guide, you’ll find out the fastest jet skis model (without modifications) from these top-tier manufacturers. Because speed matters when it comes to these vehicles, we’re also going to talk about how you can you make a jet ski go faster!

Top 5 Fastest Jet Skis

Whether for recreation purposes or water adventure, a jet ski’s speed is important as much as its performance; however, with the US coast guard limitations, manufacturers are only allowed to produce jet skis with a maximum speed limit of 67 mph.

When determining a PWC’s top speed, there are some things you need to take into account like performance specs, speed limitations, and curb weight. Take a look at our top picks below for the fastest jet skis you can get straight from your local dealerships. 

  1. Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO
  2. Yamaha GP1800R SVHO
  3. Sea-Doo RXP-X 300
  4. Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300
  5. Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310R

Yamaha

#1: Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO

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Specifications: 

  • Price: $17,499.00
  • Top Speed: 67 mph
  • Acceleration Speed: 5-30 mph in 1.5 seconds
  • Seating Capacity: 1-3 persons
  • Dry Weight: 860 lbs.
  • Length: 140.9″
  • Category: Luxury/Performance
  • Horsepower: 250 HP
  • Fuel Capacity: 18.5 gallons

From the makers of rally cars, outboard motors, and dust bikes come the Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO. This high-performance jet ski is from the famous ‘Waverunner’ series that holds the record for the fastest modified jet ski that reaches up to 127 mph!

Speed

The Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO is a luxury jet ski that features the latest Waverunner technology. While you can get this model straight off the factory, it doesn’t shy away from its modified counterparts as it is also able to reach an impressive speed of 67 mph and accelerates from 0 mph to 30 mph in just 1.5 seconds! 

Drive Control/ Design

Another added feature of the Yamaha FX Cruiser is the drive control that gives it better steering and enables this watercraft to maintain its speed when cruising. With this, you’d also be able to rapidly decelerate when approaching tight corners. 

The Yamaha FX Cruiser’s innovative RiDe technology provides you with more control of the two different throttles for forward and reverse driving. Meanwhile, the lightweight and responsive NanoXcel2 material of the hull and deck keep the jet ski stable and easy to maneuver even in rough wave conditions.

Engine

The Yamaha FX Cruiser boasts a 1,812 cc Super Vortex High Output intercooler/supercharged marine engine with 260 horsepower. This powerful motor produces more displacement and torque than its other competitors in the market. 

Features

Among the Yamaha FX Cruiser’s awesome highlights is the 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen with GPS, along with different information you can access on it such as rpm, speed, fuel consumption, and other acceleration profiles. This model also includes a waterproof integrated audio system that enables you to take calls and ask for directions. Not to mention the amazing EcoXGear speakers to complete your whole jet skiing experience.

Facilities

Three’s definitely not a crowd! This watercraft has a saddle that’s specially designed for comfort and can accommodate up to three persons without slowing down. Under its bow, you’ll find a large storage capacity of 30.3 gallons where you can put your stuff to keep them dry. Our favorite is the the soft-sided cooler that keeps drinks chilled even during hot days. 

For its facilities, the 2022 Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO includes the Recdeck —an all-new innovative platform and reboarding ladder that allows easy lounging and easy boarding when coming out of the water. Aside from that, there are also the footwell drains and mats (exclusive to this model only) that prevents water from puddling inside the craft’s hull. 

ProsCons
Comes with a package that includes fenders, tow rope, etc.Lower horsepower than its competitors
Has grips and reboarding ladderSlightly dim LCD 
Cheaper than its competitors
Large storage capacity

#2: Yamaha GP1800R SVHO

Fastest Jet Skis
Image from www.yamaha-motor.eu

Specifications: 

  • Price: $15,349.00
  • Top Speed: 69 mph
  • Acceleration Speed: 5-30 mph in 2 seconds
  • Seating Capacity: 1-3 persons
  • Dry Weight: 754 lbs.
  • Length: 131.9″
  • Category: Racing/Performance
  • Horsepower: 250 HP
  • Fuel Capacity: 18.5 gallons

Do you like high-performance race jet skis? If yes, the Yamaha GP1800R SVHO is one of the best options in today’s market when it comes to real speed with smaller price tags. This model is also known as the ‘Choice of Champions’, and it represents the #1 race series in the stock market.

Speed

The Yamaha GP1800R is the former VXR that was rebranded last 2020. Although it comes cheaper than the luxury model of Yamaha, which is FX Cruiser, the GP 1800R has a much impressive speed that can reach up to 69 mph. Its acceleration speed, on the other hand, is half a second slower than its high-end counterpart, reaching 30 mph from 0 mph in 2 seconds. 

Drive control/ Design

This jet ski features an Auto-trim technology that is separated from the handlebar controls. When the Auto-trim is activated, it automatically shifts the trim during deceleration and prevents the bow from rising, giving the jet ski a tighter steering and a more racy feel. Aside from the Auto-trim, this jet ski also features the RiDe technology with a dual throttle system for forward and reverse maneuverability. 

Since the Yamaha GP1800R is designed as a racing jet ski, its hull and deck designs feature a wider platform, an ergonomic saddle, a knee grip, and a footwell for its rider’s comfort. To keep this watercraft lightweight, Yamaha also made use of its innovative NanoXcel2® fiberglass as its construction material.

Engine

When it comes to engine specifications, the Yamaha GP1800R has a 1.8L 4-cylinder, 4- stroked supercharged Super Vortex High Output marine engine. Compared to its previous model, this model has a bigger displacement and has 20% more power.

This jet ski also includes a redesigned, high-performance intake grate for better speed acceleration, and a jet pump to keep the water flow stable and reduce turbulence for smoother rides.

Features

For this model’s infotainment, the Yamaha GP1800R features an LCD Connect touch screen that’s fully customizable, with an added security mode to disable any unauthorized uses. In its touchpad’s control system, you’ll also be able to control the mobile’s speed limit and choose between its acceleration profiles. 

It also has integrated speakers with a minimalist design for that seamless and clean overall look, with 4½ inch waterproof marine speakers, two integrated channels, and an amplifier for the best audio system you could ever have in a jet ski. 

Facilities

Compared to its predecessor, VXR, the Yamaha GP1800R has a 15% larger storage capacity. There’s also a designated space for the cooler, a glovebox, and waterproof storage below the saddle to keep your personal things dry. 

Although its saddle is designed for two racers/riders, this jet ski can also carry up to three persons with a maximum weight of not more than 530 pounds. Reboarding after swimming is also made easier with this craft’s retractable step that can also double as a lounging seat. 

ProsCons
Seamless integrated audio system with twin speakersSlightly slower acceleration speed than its competitors
Stable in rough water conditionsHandlebars are not height adjustable 
Large storage capacity
‘Cruise Control’ is not available
Mid-range price level

Sea-Doo

#3: Sea-Doo RXP-X 300

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Image from www.sea-doo.com

Specifications: 

  • Price: $16,099
  • Top Speed: 67-70 mph
  • Acceleration Speed: 5-60 mph in 3.85 secs
  • Seating Capacity: 2 persons
  • Dry Weight: 780 lbs.
  • Length: 130.6″
  • Category: Racing/Performance
  • Horsepower: 300 HP
  • Fuel Capacity: 18.5 gallons

Sea-Doo is one of the leading brands in the market when it comes to personal watercraft’s speed and reliability. They’re from the Canadian company, Bombardier Recreational Products, a manufacturer of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles who’s been in the business of making groundbreaking vehicles since 1942.

Speed 

Not only is the Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 the fastest jet ski in all Sea-Doo’s products, but it’s also the fastest accelerating PWC among its competitors. With its manufacturing speed limit of only 67 mph, this PWC is also able to reach an astounding speed of 70 mph depending on certain conditions. (See below: How To Make a Jet Ski Go Faster).

This jet ski literally zooms; hence why it may be a little too extreme for novice and more recreational riders. 

Drive Control/ Design

The 2021 Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 features IBR or Intelligent Brake and Reverse propulsion system, a safety feature that’s exclusive to Sea-Doo watercraft which enables this jet ski to decelerate when maneuvering through tight corners or pulling into a brake. With the IBR, you can also move forward, go neutral or reverse at lower speeds. Meanwhile, the Variable Trim System (VTS) enables you to control this vehicle’s acceleration through the handlebar. 

This craft’s hull has a T3-R deep-V design that’s made from fiberglass construction material. With its Shark Gill design, the Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 breaks the water surface’s tension smoothly, giving full-throttle control and the most seamless acceleration in any water condition.

Engine

Speaking of engines, nothing comes close to this jet ski’s powerful 1630 cc, 3-cylinder, 4-stroke supercharged Rotax that’s really unlike any other. The Sea-Doo RXP-X 300’s engine also includes an external intercooler — the Advanced Combustion Efficiency (ACE) technology that allows this jet ski to accelerate and reach 60 mph from 0 mph in just 3.85 seconds!

Features

Having a corroding engine is such a hassle, that’s why Sea-Doo has integrated this jet ski with the exclusive IDF (Intelligent Debris Free) and Closed-Loop cooling system technology to prevent debris and saltwater from entering and damaging its engine.

For its other features, the Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 also includes seat straps, trim tabs (for parallelism and improvement of tracking), wide-angle mirrors, and footwell carpets.

In its 7.8 inches LCD screen, you’d be able to connect your Bluetooth or smartphone and access music, weather, and GPS; see the vehicle’s information such as the speedometer, fuel consumption, and compass; and choose from its three performance options — Standard, Eco, and Sports mode. 

Like music? Great! When it comes to entertainment, this sweet ride has a league of its own. It features a fully integrated and waterproof audio system where you can play your favorite tunes via Bluetooth or other external devices. 

Facilities

Since this Sea-Doo jet ski is built for speed and racing, it features an ergonomic saddle built for a solo rider only; however, an extra seat can be easily mounted on its back to accommodate an extra rider. For added comfort, it’s also designed with deep knee pockets and an adjustable backrest.

ProsCons
Has a lighter weight compared to other PWCsThe stock model has only one seat configuration
Large storage for its sizeIDF technology may not be totally effective
Accelerates quickly

#4: Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300

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Image from www.sea-doo.com

Specifications: 

  • Price: $18,299
  • Top Speed: 67 mph
  • Acceleration Speed: 5-60 mph in 3.6 secs
  • Seating Capacity: 1-3 persons
  • Dry Weight: 849 lbs.
  • Length: 135.9″
  • Category: Luxury/Performance
  • Horsepower: 300 HP
  • Fuel Capacity: 18.5 gallons

As regards to premium jet ski experience, nothing beats the luxurious feel of Sea-Doo’s high-end model — the 2022 Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300. So what are the specs that make it ‘limited’, and what gives this watercraft more edge over its jet ski alternatives? Let’s find them out one by one. 

Speed

The Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 may not be a racing PWC, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack up good pace. This model has a top speed of 67 mph, which is on the same level as the fastest jet skis on this list. In comparison, the Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 also has an acceleration rate of 5 mph to 60 mph in 3.85 seconds — a comparatively higher rate than the fastest jet ski of the Sea-Doo lineup. 

Drive Control/ Design

The exclusive features of all Sea-Doo’s products are also integrated with the Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300. 

For instance, there’s the US Coast Guard-recognized IBR brake system feature that allows this jet ski to decelerate to a stop slowly when cornering. This also gives it better handling when engaging forward and reversing at minimum speeds. Its other driving features include tilt steering, no-wake drive and cruise control. 

As to its construction, the GTX Limited 300 is made from fiberglass material that features a wider and more spacious hull design. It also showcases a lowered center of gravity for more stability and easy maneuvering when turning at a higher speed. 

Engine

This top-of-the-line jet ski is packed with a high-performance 1630 cc engine, 3-cylinder, supercharged Rotax marine engine. It also features a Closed-Loop Cooling System (CLCS) that’s exclusive to this brand that uses antifreeze instead of water to cool down its 300 HP powerful engine. 

Features

As this is the premium model of the Sea-Doo brand, you can expect to have the ‘limited’ features in this unit that you won’t be able to find in their other products. One of those is the 100-watt BRP Premium Bluetooth connect audio system that’s compatible with both USBs and smartphone apps. With this, you can listen to your favorite music whichever its source may be. Of course, there’s also the panoramic 7.8” LCD touchscreen with a clear and vivid color display that’s easy to see even in direct sunlight. 

The Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 also includes the VTS or the Variable Trim System that lets you adjust how high you’ll raise the nose of your jet ski or how deep you’ll bury it in the water when doing tricks. 

This model is also integrated with a much more improved IDF system that’s exclusive only to Sea-Doo PWC. This prevents any debris like plastic, twigs, or seaweeds from entering and damaging the pumps and the engine. A watercraft cover to keep your jet ski shielded from dust or direct sunlight when not in use is also included in its package. 

Facilities

The Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 is possibly the best storage innovation on this list with its direct and easy-access front storage that opens simply by lifting its handlebars. Talk about quality and convenience! 

ProsCons
The package already comes with accessories and coverExpensive
Has more advanced technology and features
Fast acceleration speed
Sleek design

Kawasaki

#5: Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310R

Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310R
Image from www.kawasaki.com

Specifications: 

  • Price: $16,499
  • Top Speed: 67 mph
  • Seating Capacity: 1-3 persons
  • Curb Weight: 1,047.4 lbs.
  • Length: 132.7″
  • Category: Racing/Performance
  • Horsepower: 310 HP
  • Fuel Capacity: 20.6 gallons

Kawasaki is one of the pioneers in making personal watercraft with their first mass-produced JS400 jet ski being released in the United States in the 1970s. Until today, they’re continuously working in innovating their technology and features to create the fastest and most durable PWC available in the stock market.

For their racing jet ski entry in this list, we have the ever reliable — Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310R.

Speed

With a horsepower of more than 300 HP and a production of 1,890 pounds of thrust, the Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310R also holds the title for one of the most powerful jet skis in the world. It has a top speed of 67 mph that you can feel and hear, including an impressive acceleration speed that hits 0 to 60 mph in just under 4 seconds!

Drive Control/ Design

The Kawasaki brand pride themselves on their PWC’s performance and features, and with regards to the Ultra 310R’s driving control specs, this jet ski is packing! 

The Jet Ski Ultra 310R includes a Smart Steering feature with handlebars that can be adjusted into 18 different positions. It also possesses ETC or the Electric Trim Control technology that allows you to handle the watercraft’s jet pump nozzles according to your riding technique or wave conditions.

There’s also the cruise control setting that you can choose for a steady and more laidback kind of ride. It also has an eco mode for less fuel consumption, and a no-wake mode setting that doesn’t usually come with other racing watercraft. 

Now, this jet ski’s deep-V hull design was inspired by the award-winning race watercraft of Kawasaki. The hull is angled by 22.5 deadrises, which allows it to penetrate and displace water more evenly. Along with its tuned sponsons, these features make the jet ski faster, stable, and grippier when turning corners. 

Engine

The Jet Ski Ultra 310R’s engine is proof of how powerful and fast this watercraft can be. It has an astounding 1,498 cc, 4-cylinder, 4-stroke DOHC that makes it a real beast in water when it comes to acceleration. It also features the Eaton Twin Vortices Series or ETVS supercharger with an air-to-water intercooler for induction. 

 Features

As the Kawasaki Ultra 310R focuses more on performance, they don’t offer a lot of technical features to play with. No LCD, audio systems, or Bluetooth connections — think of driving a regular motorcycle.  

Facilities

Thankfully, what they lacked in features, they’ve compensated for their storage capacity with up to 56 gallons of free space. You can find storage in the front bin, the glove box, and in the nook under its seat. Additionally, the Kawasaki Ultra 310R has a safety magnetic key feature to prevent your PWC from getting stolen when not in use. 

ProsCons
Has a magnetic key anti-theft featureNot suitable for novice riders
Powerful engine with a good gripNo infotainment

How Can You Make Your Jet Ski Go Faster?

The US Coast Guard only approves the maximum speed limit of 67 mph for Personal Watercraft manufacturers; however, if that speed doesn’t satisfy, you can tweak your jet ski a little bit to make it go faster than its set speed limit. 

Lose the extra pounds

A jet ski’s weight contributes to its speed and performance, so if you’re looking for a zooming watercraft, you need to remove the unnecessary gears you have in its storage locker like coolers, extra fuel, ropes, and other spare items. 

Get modifications done

The record for the fastest customized jet ski is by Uva Perez who has a top speed of 123.2 mph. If you’re craving for that kind of speed rate and you have extra bucks to spend, you can ask your dealership about extra modifications and services to improve your jet ski’s speed. 

In estimation, you’ll have to spend at least $1,000 to have an increased speed of 1 mph. Among the services and updates you can ask your jet ski’s manufacturer are the following: 

  • Upgrading the intake grate
  • Change the type and angle of the impeller
  • Getting a full service and tune-ups
  • Replacement or swapping of the turbo system
  • Adding turbos and Nitros 

Enhance your riding style

It all comes down to your riding style and techniques. Even with all the upgrades in your jet ski, it won’t reach its maximum efficiency and speed if you don’t know the right way to use it. To know some riding tips for advanced riders, check out this video below. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the fastest speed of a jet ski?

Uva Perez holds the record for the fastest jet ski ever recorded with a top speed of 123.2 mph with his modified Yamaha Waverunner. As for the stock model units, the fastest speed limit can only reach a maximum speed of 67 mph according to the US Coast Guard regulations. 

Q: Which jet ski brand/model is the fastest?

The best brands in the market are Yamaha, Sea-Doo, and Kawasaki if you’re searching for a race performance PWC. For luxury jet skis, the Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 offers a lot of innovative and high-technology features. 

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