A lot of questions have arisen with the announcement of Sea-Doo’s new Spark Trixx. Most people can gather that the Trixx is somewhat similar to the Spark, but what exactly is the difference?
Essentially, the Trixx is just an upgrade package of the traditional Spark. However, there are a few key improvements worth noting that can make a huge difference performance wise.
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Before going into the differences between the two, it’s important to review the similarities.
The Sea Doo Spark Trixx is an upgrade package available for the classic Sea Doo Spark. It has all of the same features as the original Spark, but with a few significant upgrages.
Because the Trixx is an upgrade package, people can purchase the original Spark, then pick and choose which of its features they want without getting the entire package. If someone already owns a Spark, all of the essential attachments needed to turn it into a Trixx can be bought separately. There are really only 3 add ons needed, all of which are mentioned in detail below.
For starters, there is a $2,000 difference between the asking prices. The Sea Doo Spark has a starting price of $5,399 while the Sea Doo Spark Trixx has a starting price of $7,399. These are both the bare minimum prices. Most people end up paying more to get the upgrades they want. There are a ton of add ons for Spark models, although most aren’t necessary.
Other than the upgraded storage offered, most of the accessories are smaller items like anchors or handle bar grips. It’s definitely recommended that buyers go down the list and really consider which accessories are really needed.
Some of the more essential jet ski accessories aren’t always offered by manufactures, in which case they need to be found elsewhere.
Features and Design
The classic Sea Doo Spark comes in blue, red, green, white, and yellow, but over 25 graphics packages are available. The seating can be 2up or 3up, but 3up costs an extra $1,200. Even with the extended seat for the 3up option, the Sparks lean design makes a 2 seater preferable. Fitting 3 people on it can sometimes make the ride a little more awkward, but not necessarily uncomfortable. A list of the best 3 seater jet ski models can be found here.
The Sea Doo Spark Trixx comes in an exclusive color way of red and teal, but graphics packages are available for it as well. Seating on the Spark Trixx was originally limited to 2up only, but has since been made available in 3up as well.
At the very back of the footwells are angled step wedges that accommodate different riding positions and tricks. In addition to the footwells, the Trixx also has a built in extended VTS system that help make its unique abilities possible.
The Spark comes with the option to have Sea-Doo’s Rotax 900 ACE engine or their higher-horsepower, faster-accelerating Rotax 900 HO ACE engine. The standard Rotax 900 ACE engine is claimed to be the most fuel-efficient jet ski engine on the market, consuming only 1.94 gallons (7.34 l) of fuel per hour. The upgraded Rotax 900 HO ACE uses an incredibly low 2.4 US gallons (9 l) per hour given it’s power.
Because of its playful, sporty, build; it makes sense that Sea-Doo only makes the Trixx with the more powerful Rotax 900 HO ACE engine. Both engine options are small, light, and sporty, but the extra power is an essential part of the Trixx package.
The main differences between the Sea-Doo Spark and Sea-Doo Trixx is the add ons the Trixx package comes standard with. The Trixx package includes:
The premium handlebar with an adjustable riser made of aluminum is up to 150 mm higher than the regular Sea-Doo SPARK handlebar provide multiple positions that give you more leverage to move, lean and play with the watercraft. This system makes it easier to perform tricks and it makes anyone look like a pro on the water.
The step wedges are really just angled contact surfaces that make various riding positions much more comfortable. In addition, they also provide much needed stability when doing different tricks that would be very difficult otherwise. Without the step wedges, there likely wouldn’t be any of those pictures people see of the Trixx standing straight up on the water.
Extended Range VTS (Variable Trim System)
The VTS (variable trip system) typically adjusts the angle of the nozzle to change the behavior of the watercraft and improve parallelism to the water. Essentially this allows riders to adjust the performance of the watercraft according to water conditions and riding preferences. Simply put, VTS makes the nose of the jet ski go higher or lower, which affects the way it handles.
As the name suggests, extended range VTS has double the range of the regular VTS for the SPARK. This allows riders to exaggerate how high they can raise the nose or how deep they can bury it in the water, making performing tricks as easy as it can be.
The extended range VTS is really the Trixx’s secret sauce, and without a doubt plays the biggest role in making the jet ski stand up.
|Sea Doo Spark||Sea Doo Spark Trixx|
|Engine||Rotax 900 ACE engine|
or Rotax 900 ACE HO engine
|Rotax 900 ACE HO engine|
|MPG||1.94 US gal. (7.34 l) of fuel per hour||2.4 US gal. (9 l) per hour|
|Seating||2up or 3up for an additional $1,200||2up or 3up|
|Color||Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, White||Red and Blue with graphic kit options|
|Weight||2up: 405 lb / 184 kg |
3up: 421 lb / 191 kg
|422 lb / 192 kg|
The Sea Doo Spark has been the standard recreation-lite model jet ski since its release in 2014. It is approximately 25% smaller than traditional Sea Doo models and is one of the best starter jet ski’s. The new Sea Doo Trixx package is an amazing upgrade for an already excellent jet ski.
For more information regarding the comparison of these two models that this review may not have had, go to Sea Doo’s website.