The Watercraft Journal was the first to bring you a sneak peek at the 2015 Kawasaki JetSki line waaay back in August, and since that time, plenty of racers and riders have sunk their teeth into the new iridescent green machines across the globe. Almost completely unchanged from 2014 save for some graphics and color options, the 2015 lineup builds on the innovative improvements made to the Ultra’s powertrain for 2014 as well as some other key features.
By radically increasing internal oiling and cooling, improving combustion with new pistons and advanced timing, a new composite plastic intake manifold, and reducing internal friction and wear (ergo lower internal operating temperatures), the once 300-horsepower Ultra increased its output to 310 ponies as a mere byproduct of said improvements. Talk about a win-win, right?
Of course, other additions to the Ultra lineup were the 310R and 310X SE (Special Edition), the prior of the two featuring a custom two-tone painted hood and fairings, a motocross-style handlebar attached to cast aluminum neck offering variations in reach and height, a new narrows and scalloped race-inspired seat wrapped in a grippy new cover, and for 2015, neon-green sponsons (that are literally no different from the other Ultra’s black ones).
The latter of the aforementioned units is swathed in a burnt orange hue and also features the same 310R racy seat. The cream of the 310 lineup is of course, the LX which brandishes the surprisingly-yet-wildly popular Jetsounds on board sound system. The 310LX’s sound system is most notably marked by the large speaker pods fixed beneath the rear view mirrors. Controlled via a soft-touch head unit mounted in the handlebar pad, the Jetsounds system automatically increases and decreases the volume with the vehicle’s speed as well.
Below is Kawasaki’s own promo, which should help get your blood pumping even if your driveway is still covered in a foot of the nasty white stuff. Take heart, Spring is coming.