The personal watercraft (PWC) industry has seen tremendous innovation and growth over the past few decades. One brand that has led the charge in bringing new technologies and features to PWCs is Sea-Doo. Their GTI model showcases Sea-Doo’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of PWC design and performance.
The Canadian business Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), which gave birth to the Sea Doo GTI, introduced the first mass-produced personal watercraft in the late 1960s. After halting PWC production in the 1970s, BRP re-entered the market in the late 1980s and introduced the modern Sea-Doo brand.
Over the years, Sea-Doo has continually improved the GTI with new features and innovations. Some key milestones include:
- 1988 – Sea-Doo SP model re-launches the brand with a new 2-seater PWC
- 1990 – Sea-Doo GT provides the first 3-seater PWC capable of pulling a skier
- 1995 – Sea-Doo HX introduces the first suspension seat for improved handling
- 1997 – Sea-Doo XP featured a breakthrough “hydrospace” hull design
- 2004 – Sea-Doo RXP exceeded 200 horsepower with a supercharged engine
- 2009 – Sea-Doo iControl technology integrates brakes, throttle control, and suspension
- 2016 – Rotax 1630 ACE engine pushes 300 horsepower in high-performance models
- 2021 – Sea-Doo Fish Pro explicitly designed for fishing with an extended platform and accessories
With each generation, the Sea-Doo GTI has gotten more powerful, comfortable, and feature-rich while retaining its accessible and fun character.
Key Features of the Sea-Doo GTI
The Sea-Doo GTI platform balances performance, comfort, and affordability. Here are some of the notable features that define the GTI models:
All Sea-Doo models are powered by Rotax engines, providing strong acceleration, high top speeds, and good fuel efficiency. The GTI is equipped with the Rotax 900 ACE – 130 engine, producing 130 horsepower from a fuel-injected, 1630cc 3-cylinder configuration.
The GTI hull is built using Sea-Doo’s lightweight Polytec material. This makes the craft handy and easy to handle while the wide, elongated shape retains stability. The hull has been refined over the years to improve ride comfort and tracking through turns.
Sea-Doo’s iBR system allows the craft to decelerate faster while maintaining control. With a squeeze of the left handlebar brake lever, the nozzle at the rear of the jet drive redirects thrust forward to slow down quickly. The iBR also enables neutral and reverse functions for precise maneuvering.
With storage compartments under the seat and in the front bow area, the GTI provides nearly 40 gallons of sealed storage. The spacious layout accommodates up to 3 passengers comfortably. There is also a reboarding step at the rear and an extended swim platform with LinQ attachment points.
What is the difference between the GTI 130 and GTI SE 170 models?
The main differences are the engine power output and features. The GTI 130 has a 130 hp Rotax engine, while the GTI SE 170 model produces 170 hp. The SE 170 also adds premium upgrades like a Bluetooth sound system, touchscreen display, cruise control, and other tech features the base 130 model lacks.
Most GTI models accommodate 600 lbs or around three passengers besides the rider/operator. The more diminutive GTI 90 2-seater has a lower weight limit of 350-400 lbs. Always consult the owner’s manual for official passenger and cargo limits.
With proper maintenance, the robust Rotax engines in Sea-Doo models can reliably log 2,000-3,000 hours or more over their lifetime. Issues like overheating, water ingestion, or negligent maintenance can shorten lifespan. Following the maintenance schedule and engine break-in procedure is critical to maximize hours of operation.
Sea-Doo dealers often offer financing specials and loan options to help buyers purchase new and pre-owned GTIs. Promotional financing rates under 5% are standard. Depending on the lender, customers with qualifying credit can finance a GTI purchase over periods ranging from 36-144 months,
The digital display provides vital information like speed, fuel level, and engine RPM. Riders can choose from modes like ECO Mode for improved fuel efficiency and Sport Mode for full power delivery.
In addition to the base 130 and upgraded 170 models, Sea-Doo offers other variants of the GTI:
- GTI SE 130 – A step above the base 130 with a touchscreen display, sound system, cruise control, and other features
- GTI Limited 155 – Provides mid-level 155 hp engine and extras like a wakeboard rack and depth finder
- GTI PRO – race-inspired model with 300 hp engine, launching system, and other performance upgrades
- GTI 90 – a more compact 2-seater GTI with a 90 hp engine
- GTI SE 200 – powered by a 200 hp supercharged engine yet keeps the recreational focus
With this diverse GTI lineup, Sea-Doo gives buyers plenty of options to find the right blend of power, features, and price points for their needs. From mild to wild, Sea-Doo has a GTI model fit for every style of PWC adventure.
Since first splashing onto the scene in the late 1980s, the has upheld its reputation as an accessible, fun, family-friendly personal watercraft. Yet it has continually improved over the decades thanks to Sea-Doo’s relentless innovation.
Adding new features like the iBR braking system, Polytec hulls, Ergolock seats, Bluetooth sound systems, and Rotax ACE engines have kept the GTI at the forefront of the PWC market. Sea-Doo’s willingness to experiment with new technologies and listen to customer feedback has paid dividends.
The 2023 Sea-Doo GTI lineup carries this spirit of innovation into the future. With fresh models like the GTI PRO demonstrating Sea-Doo’s performance pedigree and the Fish Pro tailored for anglers, the GTI continues to adapt to changing market needs and riding styles.
As the PWC market leader, Sea-Doo sets the pace regarding power, efficiency, comfort, and quality across recreational boating categories.