A Look at the 2018 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra Series
Thirty years ago, Kawasaki stood on top the personal watercraft industry like Zuess atop of Mount Olympus. Today, the company’s Jet Ski brand has fallen from grace, struggling to compete with the likes of Yamaha and Sea-Doo.
For 2018, Kawasaki hopes to improve its standing with its mix of supercharged and normally-aspirated “Ultra” that evoke fun on the water.
Kawasaki’s flagship model is the supercharged Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310LX ($17,999). This model features the JETSOUND® audio system, a first from an OEM, which allows riders to listen to music via the 2×20-watt rated amplifier and 30-watt speakers.
The Ultra 310 LX is powered by a 1498cc engine and rides on an innovative deep-V hull that gives Yamaha a run for the money, and better in rough water than the hulls that Sea-Doo’s luxury watercraft ride on. For 2018, the Ultra 310 LX is available in Ebony/Candy Lime Green.
Also available is a normally-aspirated Ultra LX ($11,199) for riders who want the luxury and convenience of the flagship
Ultra 310 LX with less power. The Ultra LX is available in the new Ebony/Metallic Phantom Silver color.
The Kawasaki Ultra® 310R ($16,299) is the brand’s high-performance model. It features the same 1,498cc supercharged engine as the Ultra 310LX model. It also sports a motocross-style electro-polished stainless steel handlebar inspired by the Kawasaki KX motorcycles. The Ultra 310R also boasts race-inspired graphics as part of its Ebony/Metallic Stardust White color scheme.
The Ultra 310R recently lost its offshore racing crown to the Yamaha GP1800, but it continues to outperform the Sea-Doo RXP-X and RXT-X.
Completing the Ultra series is the Ultra 310X ($15,299) that features a bench seat while the Ultra 310X SE ($15,799) comes equipped with race-inspired graphics and a sport-styled seat. The 2018 Jet Ski Ultra 310X is available in Ebony/Metallic Surf Blue, and the Jet Ski Ultra 310X SE comes in an Ebony/Candy Burnt Orange scheme.