Case of The Mondays: Belassi Presents 333HP 2017 B3R Concept


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Nearly a month ago, we laid pretty hard on Belassi and the road its taken in getting the latest batch of prototypes in front of ever-hopeful personal watercraft enthusiasts. At the recent Top Marques Monaco manufacturers’ display event in Monaco within the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the Linz, Austria-based company displayed its most recent prototype: a polished, far more posh version of its current non-existent top tier machine, the B3R, a turbocharged 333-horsepower super runabout.

The 2017 prototype features almost inexplicable features that are so over-the-top that they’re almost superfluous on such a machine. The ’17 B3R’s top deck was highlighted by a sequence of pale blue LEDs wrapping around the utmost fairings as well as a tail marker presumably tied to the brand’s own version of Sea-Doo’s iBR.

The hardlined, angular contours of the craft were sumptuously wrapped in either soft, forgiving vinyl or deep, rich automotive-grade paint. The seat is almost explicitly for a single-seater, and the lack of stowage compartments makes this concept look less like a “proof of concept” and more a “we can dream, can’t we” effort.

Needless to say, the Belassi units drew quite a crowd but ultimately result in very little real world units, as Belassi’s presence at Top Marques Monaco was more to measure public interest, gather a quantity of hard committals (resulting in hopeful down payments), and lastly, to secure an “angel” investor to actually make the company’s aspirations become an albeit shaky reality.

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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