2013 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX

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Luxury meets performance in the new Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300 LX. This unique jet ski is equipped with a long list of modern features especially developed to offer you a comfortable and fast riding experience.

In terms of performance, the Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX is built around a supercharged and intercooled 1,498 cc, liquid cooled inline four cylinder engine that puts out a maximum output of 300 hp. The engine is fed by a generous 21 gallons fuel tank which, by the way, is the biggest in its class.

As far as the ergonomics are concerned, the Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX is equipped with a luxurious seat that can accommodate up to three persons. You also get a modern handlebar which is combined with a classy instrument panel and an integrated GPS-mountable handlebar pad.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX.

Overview

Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX

Incredible Power Meets Serious Luxury

Demanding enthusiasts know exactly what they want: the perfect combination of power, handling, and superior luxury. The Jet Ski® Ultra® 300LX personal watercraft delivers all that and more. With luxury manners and serious power, the Ultra 300LX is a PWC enthusiast’s dream, whether your journeys include an easy ride around the lake or an extended ocean cruise. And thanks to world class Kawasaki engineering, the Ultra 300LX will continue to serve you season after season.

The Ultra 300LX is the most powerful personal watercraft in the world, pumping out 300 horsepower! The 1,498cc powerplant is enhanced by an intercooled supercharger with power put out by a 160mm-diameter impeller. But it’s still the ultimate luxury ride, complete with a comfortable cockpit and a roomy seat built for three.

The 300LX screams “deluxe” from bow to stern. Its special luxury features include large chromed trim pieces, a special paint scheme and the LXury seat, a scalloped seat designed for the ultimate in rider and passenger comfort. Contoured for a superb fit, the two-tone saddle is thickly padded for exceptional plushness. A GPS-mountable handlebar pad – which allows the use of a wide range of popular GPS devices to be mounted using accessory hardware – is also standard equipment on the Ultra 300LX.
Power and thrust are what owners are looking for in a larger personal watercraft, and the 300LX packs plenty of both, along with strong internal engine parts to handle all that power and help ensure typical Kawasaki reliability. Advanced technology in the form of a high-tech supercharger and Kawasaki’s Electronic Throttle Valve system and the race-derived hull both give the kind of top-tier handling hardcore enthusiasts expect.

Its roots-type Eaton Twin Vortices Series (TVS) supercharger features a pair of four-lobe rotors and offers truly impressive performance compared to other supercharger systems. Roots-type superchargers are known as fixed-displacement units, which produce large quantities of boost at all rpm, even right off idle, for a flat torque curve and usable, step-free power across the rev range. That’s a good thing.

This supercharger is capable of a smooth power delivery, due to its ability to channel compressed air through at a steady rate, instead of in waves, as other superchargers do. A liquid-cooled intercooler helps keep the compressed intake charge cool, which stops power-robbing heat from sapping the system’s efficiency.

There’s more. Strong internal engine parts assist power production and help maintain the high level of reliability you’ve come to expect from Kawasaki. An efficient oil cooler helps minimize temperatures when the action gets really hot upstairs by sandwiching oil between two cooling jackets. The result is class-leading horsepower.

Controlling all this substantial power is made easier via the 300LX’s array of futuristic electronics, which include a highly advanced digital fuel injection system controlled by a high-tech Electronic Control Unit (ECU), the “brain” of the entire system. The ECU not only commands the injectors and throttle body to route a precise amount of air/fuel mixture into the combustion chambers with help from the Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV) system (which converts throttle lever inputs into electronic signals that are then passed on to the throttle body), it also allows a host of other technologies. These include a range of varied riding “modes” such as Fuel Economy Assistance mode (for maximum economy during slower going), One-Touch 5 mph mode (for use in no-wake zones), the 300LX’s handy Electronic Cruise Control system (for steady cruising speeds when touring) and the Smart Learning Operation (SLO) mode, which allows newer riders to become familiar with the watercraft’s handling and response at a more relaxed pace. The setup also includes a digital dash display called the Economical Riding Indicator that shows the rider when riding conditions are most efficient (such as at planing speed, where hull resistance is minimal).

Another example of advanced design is the 300LX’s Electronic Trim Control (ETC) system, which controls the nozzle angle of the 160mm jet pump to adjust hull attitude to suit water surface conditions and riding style. The system has a plus-or-minus range of eight degrees, and along with the hull, allows quicker turning characteristics. An advanced impeller design matches the engine’s performance, while the horizontal guide “vanes” on the propulsion grate increase hook-up during acceleration. It all adds up to the most advanced watercraft powerplant in the industry.

The race-derived, fiberglass-reinforced plastic hull is both incredibly strong and incredibly light. Special reinforcements inside help strengthen the hull while its overall thickness keeps weight down. This highly maneuverable hull has a cleaning system with a two-circuit design, which each have a dedicated flushing port for easy maintenance. Its radically edged contours and nose trim add up to an aggressive look at the bow.

Ultra 300LX’s cockpit and rider accommodations feature a high-visibility instrument panel that features an all-LCD info screen and visor that’s not only futuristic but wildly informative. The highly legible LCD display accommodates the aforementioned riding-mode displays along with a range of other functions, including clock, time, trip and hour meter, digital or bar-graph tachometer, water and air temperature gauges, speedometer and max-speed functions. You’ll always know what’s what when aboard the 300LX.

The 300LX’s comfortable ergonomics help increase rider comfort. The five-way adjustable handlebar fits a range of riders and riding styles. A wide bar allows for easy maneuverability and makes even long rides comfortable. The two-tone LXury seat offers roomy accommodations for three people and the highest possible comfort levels. The ergonomic deck design gives all riders plenty of legroom for increased comfort, and a reverse lever on the left side of the craft features an ergonomic design and light operation.

And with nearly 21 gallons of fuel capacity – the most in its class – the 300LX allows plenty of range for long-distance voyages. A convenient storage bin with 54 gallons of capacity hides under the front cowl, and a dual drink holder keeps refreshments just a reach away. Total combined storage capacity is an industry-leading 60 gallons.

Lightweight, powerful, blessed with superb handling, and featuring comfort and luxury features rarely seen in the personal watercraft world, the Ultra 300LX is the ultimate Jet Ski model – bar none.

Key Features

Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX
  • Supercharged, intercooled 1,498cc engine puts out incredible power but is still designed for durability and reliability
  • Plush, scalloped luxury seat enhances comfort during high-speed cruising. Two-tone upholstery accentuates the functional bolsters for rider and passenger
  • GPS mounting area is built into handlebar pad for convenient placement of navigation devices
  • Stylish upper deck enhanced by rich metallic titanium color with luminous vintage red graphics
  • Massive, industry-leading storage capacity lets you bring your gear with you
  • Largest fuel tank in class keeps the fun going longer
  • Five-position adjustable handlebars accommodates a range of riders
  • Separate keys for full power operation and Smart Learning Operation

300-horsepower Supercharged Engine

  • Supercharged and intercooled 1,498cc, liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine
  • Cast pistons with machine finishing for excellent durability
  • Stronger hardened nickel valves offer superior heat resistance and enhanced reliability
  • 33.4mm intake and 28.3mm exhaust valves
  • Two-layer oil cooler for efficient cooling
  • Reinforced crankcase adds to engine’s durability and reliability
  • Plastic intake manifold for weight savings
  • Optimum cylinder wall temperature is maintained by a check valve between the cylinder jacket and water muffler that shuts water flow off above 2,000 rpm, keeping the cooling water inside the cylinder jacket
  • Precise power adjustments are easy with a throttle lever designed to prevent finger fatigue on longer rides

Eaton Twin Vortices Series (TVS) Roots-type Supercharger

  • Four-lobe design offers significant performance increase over standard roots-type unit
  • System force-feeds the engine two liters of air with every revolution, providing a constant supply of high-pressure intake air at all rpm
  • Delivers compressed air continuously, not in waves, for smoother power delivery
  • Produces large amounts of boost even at low rpm for instant and powerful acceleration right off idle
  • Provides a very flat and meaty torque curve with step-free power across the entire rev range without any of the lag associated with turbochargers
  • Produces more low rpm boost than competitive or aftermarket systems, with a maximum of 17 psi of boost pressure
  • Two different air bypass valves are used to prevent over boosting at low and medium rpm

Air-to-Water Intercooler

  • Efficiently cools high-pressure intake air, as cooler air is denser and makes more power
  • Cooler air results in higher combustion efficiency and high engine output
  • Liquid cooling allows the intercooler to maintain consistent thermal performance

Digital Fuel Injection System

  • High-flow fuel injectors with four orifices are fitted for combustion efficiency
  • Single throttle body per cylinder features a large, 60mm bore diameter

Exhaust

  • 4-into-2-into-1 powerboat-style exhaust system routes the exhaust pipe upward
  • Allows the smoothest path for exhaust gases, maximizing exhaust efficiency

160mm Jet Pump

  • Efficiently converts the Ultra 300LX’s massive horsepower output into thrust using a 160mm-diameter jet pump
  • Developed from Kawasaki’s racing machines, this pump was specially designed to deliver consistent output and good “bite” even when riding on rough water
  • Impeller features a 3-blade design that translates the 300X’s engine output into superb acceleration performance and quiet operation
  • An eight-vane intake guide is used to smooth and regulate the flow of water from the impeller for efficient and powerful propulsion
  • Left-side reverse lever offers easy operation

Ride Plate

Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX
  • Features a groove from the center to the rear of the plate to enhance straight-line tracking

Electronic Trim Control System

  • Allows the angle of the jet pump nozzle to be controlled to adjust the attitude of the hull to suit water surface conditions and riding styles
  • Adjustment range is plus or minus 8 degrees from standard

Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV) with Cruise Control

  • Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) converts throttle lever input to an electronic signal that’s used to control the throttle valve via an electric motor for optimum throttle response and smoothness
  • Redundancy in the system helps ensure control is maintained in case of failure
  • One-touch 5 mph mode allows push button no-wake zone riding
  • Fuel Economy Assistance mode allows maximum fuel efficiency when going slow
  • Economical Riding Indicator mode can be viewed on a graph on the LCD info screen
  • Cruise control smoothly holds the 300LX at a set speed from 5 mph up to top speed

Kawasaki Smart Steering®/SLO Mode

  • Kawasaki Smart Steering® (KSS®) monitors steering input and engine speed and, when certain conditions are met, raises rpm to help initiate a turn
  • Smart Learning Operation (SLO) allows newer riders to become familiar with the handling and response of this JET SKI watercraft at a more relaxed pace
  • Two separate keys, one for SLO mode and one for full-power operation, help prevent confusion over which setting is in use

Strong, Light Hull Design

Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX
  • Feedback from Kawasaki’s IJSBA championship-winning racing machines integrated into design enables it to cope with the engine’s horsepower
  • Hull offers a combination of straight tracking and responsive handling in both calm and rough-water conditions
  • The lower hull is designed to distribute the engine and power delivery loads over a wide area
  • The 300LX’s deep-V hull enables a high bank angle and motorcycle-like turning performance. This reduces the lateral G-loads imposed on riders during turns, allowing them to better concentrate on riding
  • The ideal 22.5-degree V-angle at the bottom of the hull helps reduce unwanted spinouts during sharp turns
  • Delivers the neutral handling and turning characteristics for which Kawasaki JET SKI watercraft are famous
  • The bottom of the hull slants upward steeply from the center section to the bow, so the Ultra 300LX can penetrate swells and waves with less shock, pushing through waves rather than bouncing over them at high speeds
  • Integrated sponsons extend from the hull, providing wallow-free straight-line performance and contributing significantly to the 300LX’s excellent maneuverability while helping to retain the narrow hull design

Quattro KSD

  • The Ultra 300LX’s Kawasaki Splash Deflector uses three bottom-mounted ridges and an additional deflector mounted at the top to deflect water splashing forward from under the hull
  • Whether turning or rocketing forward, at high speeds or low, the Quattro KSD minimizes spray, allowing greater rider concentration

Luxury, Comfort and Convenience

  • Five-way adjustable handlebars allow operation while standing or sitting and suit a wide range of riders
  • Two-tone LXury seat is ultra comfortable whether riding stand-up, seated or with passengers
  • Seat offers roomy accommodations for three people
  • Ergonomic deck design gives plenty of legroom
  • GPS-mountable handlebar pad accommodates a variety of GPS devices
  • A long rear boarding step and dual grab handles make it easy to climb onboard, and the step retracts inside the bumper to prevent damage
  • A quick and easy hose connection allows a simple method to flush sea water out of the engine
  • Mirrors are mounted to the upper deck to facilitate opening of the hatch cover

Capacious Storage

Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX
  • The Ultra 300LX offers 60 gallons of total storage capacity
  • The large-capacity, fully sealed storage area with a detachable storage tray has plenty of room for recreational equipment
  • A detachable drink holder with space for two drink bottles is mounted on the center console
  • Ideal for small items like a ski rope, a compact storage area is integrated with the under-seat rear grip

Extra-large Fuel Capacity

  • 20.6-gallon fuel tank has more fuel capacity than any machine in its class

Digital Instrumentation

  • Highly legible LCD screen
  • Instrumentation includes riding modes, as well as external water and air temperature; clock; time, trip and hour meters; tachometer (in digital or graph displays); speedometer and max speed functions
  • Eco Indicator shows when the 300LX’s speed and throttle opening is in its most efficient range

Specifications

Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX
EngineSupercharged and intercooled, four-stroke, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement1,498 cc
Bore x Stroke83 x 69.2 mm
Compression Ratio8.4:1
InductionTwin Vortices Roots-type supercharger with air-to-water intercooler
Maximum Boost17.0 psi
Maximum Horsepower300hp **Horsepower measured in PS at the crankshaft under controlled conditions. Actual performance may vary.
Cooling systemInducted water
Fuel SystemDigital Fuel Injection
IgnitionTCBI with Digital Advance
Starting SystemElectric
LubricationSemi-Dry Sump system
CouplingDirect drive from engine
Propulsion system160mm jet pump, axial-flow, single stage
ImpellerThree-blade, oval-edge stainless steel
Thrust1,769 lbs.
Overall Length132.7 in.
Overall Width47.0 in.
Overall Height45.3 in.
Curb Weight1,040.8 lbs.** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)
Load Capacity496 lbs.
Storage Capacity56 gal.
Fuel Capacity20.6 gal.
Oil Capacity5.3 qt.
Color ChoicesMetallic Titanium
Warranty12 months
Good Times™ Protection Plan12, 24, 36 or 48 months
MSRP$15,499

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