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Sea-Doo Spark VS Sea-Doo Spark Trixx

SeaDoo Spark Vs SeaDoo Trixx

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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Background

Sea Doo Spark Trixx

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.

Starting Price

Sea Doo Spark Price

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

Sea Doo Spark Trixx Graphic Decals

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.

Engine

Sea Doo Engine

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.

Key Differences

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:

Adjustable Handlebars

Sea Doo Spark Trixx Adjustable Handlebars

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.

Step Wedges

Sea Doo Trixx Step Wedges

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)

Sea Doo Spark Trixx 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.

Overview

 Sea Doo SparkSea Doo Spark Trixx
Price$5,399$7,399
EngineRotax 900 ACE engine
or Rotax 900 ACE HO engine
Rotax 900 ACE HO engine
MPG1.94 US gal. (7.34 l) of fuel per hour2.4 US gal. (9 l) per hour
Seating2up or 3up for an additional $1,2002up or 3up
ColorRed, Green, Blue, Yellow, WhiteRed and Blue with graphic kit options
Weight2up: 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.

30 Comments
  1. I’m looking to buy my first jet ski and I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Sea Doo Spark. I wasn’t sure what the difference was between the Spark and the Spark Trixx so this helped a lot. The Trixx seems fun but it is a little bit out of my budget. Is the normal Spark still good or is it out dated now?

    • The classic Spark is still a great jet ski! The Spark will still be around for years to come so don’t worry about not having the newest toy. Try testing out a Spark if you can, they’re always a blast to ride! If you have any more questions be sure to let me know!

  2. Buying my 3rd Spark sometime this season. You cant go wrong with Sea Doo.

  3. Is it possible to have Handlebars with adjustable riser, Step Wedges and -Extended Range VTS on a Standard Spark? To transform a Standard Spark… in a Trixx?

  4. I’m getting the Trixx this spring. I can’t wait to take it to the lake!

  5. Hi, So When you do choose all of the upgrade options for the Spark, Is it then exactly like the Spark Trixx? No difference at all if you do all the upgrades?

    I am just wondering this because the Trixx color isn’t really my flavour. I’d like to have the option of choosing my paint and maybe adding a graphics package but I don’t want to miss out on anything extra the Trixx has to offer (if any).

    Thanks!

    • It looks like the only thing you would be missing is the Extended VTS (variable trim system) that is on the Trixx, which has “double the range of the regular VTS for the SPARK”

    • Yes, when you add on all of the upgrades the Spark is the same as the Spark Trixx. Basically the Spark Trixx is just an upgrade package. They’re the same watercraft, but one comes tailored for doing more tricks and playful maneuvers.

      Hopefully that cleared things up a little. Let us know if you have any more questions!

  6. Hi do the Spark Trixx step wedges fit a 3up spark?

    • Hey there Paul!

      I can’t say for certain as I’ve never tried it, but I’ m fairly sure the step wedges would fit because the foot wells are similar between the 2up and 3up.

      The bigger problem at hand is getting the nose up on the 3up may be difficult without vts because of the added weight/length. Although certain maneuvers could still be done with the 3up, it wouldn’t be as easy as doing them on a 2up.

      I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a definite answer. I hope that helps a little though.

      Cheers

  7. Kinda makes me wonder what SeaDoos gonna come out with next year

  8. Good read. Thanks for the info

  9. After a ton of research I had my mind set on the Sea Doo Spark, but I’m kind of torn between the normal Spark and the Spark Trixx. Any advice on how to make a decision?

    • Hey Heath!

      Deciding on a jet ski for the first time can be a tough choice. The good thing is, you’ve got it narrowed down to just two options.

      When it comes down to it, they’re practically the same jet ski. The main difference between the two is the Sea Doo Spark Trixx can perform some cool manuevers that the classic Spark can’t. Wether the extra money is worth it comes down to your own opinion.

      The best advice I can give you is to try to schedule a test ride. With the weather warming up, dealerships will be in full gear trying to move models. I’m sure it wouldn’t take much to try one out.

      I really hope that helps. Thanks for the comment!

  10. No one will ever top the Spark

  11. Are you able to tow/wake board with the trixx? Also is the trix only for lakes ? I live on the ocean front I don’t want the theing to break down

    • Hey there Rafael. Thanks for the comment!

      Both the Spark and the Spark Trixx are able to tow a wake boarder. The stock versions can tow just fine, but Sea Doo also makes a ski pylon for even better performance. The pylon simply keeps the rope out of the water, and gives the person being towed a better angle.

      The Trixx can be used in both salt and fresh water, so you don’t have anything to worry about. The best way to avoid breaking down is to just keep up with regular maintenance. Often times people neglect their jet ski’s because they’re seen more as a toy than a vehicle. Simply hosing it down after every use and keeping up with oil changes can go a long way.

      The Trixx is a great first jet ski, be sure to tell us if you decide you get one!

      Cheers!

  12. So im about to buy my new Jetski! I am in love the the spark so that’s what I am gonna buy. Problem is.. all dealerships have sold out the trixx for now. They wont have any more for about 5 weeks. Which is a long wait. And the summer in sweden isn’t that long so I want to get started now! They do have alot of the 2ups and 3ups in tho.

    Is it worth to wait those 5 weeks for a trixx, or can you buy a normal spark. Add VTS, extended vts and step wedges and you basically have the Trixx? Maby add the handlebar too if that does add to the fun?

    Help me out. 🙂

    • That’s a good question Johan, and a very common one too.

      If you wanted to, you could definitely go with the regular Spark and just add on the features you want. Essentially the Trixx is just an upgrade package with preselected features. The problem is if you request all those features, they may have to special order one just for you, and you’ll end up waiting regardless. Either way it’s worth a try.

      As a side note, you can always extend your riding season buy getting a good wetsuit. Our guide on wetsuits walks you through everything you need to know. They can really be worth it if you live in a cold climate.

      Let us know how things work out for you!

      Cheers!

  13. Hello experts!
    I’m about to purchase a new trixx and I have a few questions:
    1. When was the latest model of the trixx was released?
    2. Are there any changes expected in the 2018 model?
    3. When will the 2018 model be released? (A specific month if possible)
    4. Is it designed for lakes/closed course like the YAMAHA stand up super jet or is it suitable for open sea/ocean use? (My main goal is to jump on waves the bigger the better).
    I heard that some trixx owners complained about a cable on the handle bar not being very durable in open sea use…
    If you can elaborate on my last question I’ll be very pleased.

    Thanks so much! You rock!

    Ben.

  14. What kind would be best for pulling a tube? Would it work with the spark trixx?

    • Hello Bradley,

      Either one of these PWC could pull a tube, but a 3 up Spark may work a little better than a 2 up Spark Trixx due to its size. If you really want to do some serious towing, check out the Sea Doo Wake Pro 230.

      Cheers

  15. Hello experts!
    I’m about to purchase a new trixx and I have a few questions:
    1. When was the latest model of the trixx released?
    2. Are there any changes expected in the 2018 model?
    3. When will the 2018 model be released? (A specific month if possible)
    4. Is it designed for lakes/closed course like the YAMAHA stand up super jet or is it suitable for open sea/ocean use? (My main goal is to jump on waves the bigger the better).
    I heard that some trixx owners complained about a cable on the handle bar not being very durable in open sea use…
    If you can elaborate on my last question I’ll be very pleased.

    Thanks so much! You rock!

    Ben.

    • Hello there Ben!

      We’d like to start off by saying that by no means is anyone at Jet Ski Tips an expert. We’re just some jet ski enthusiasts trying to share the information we have with others.

      As for your questions, a few of those would be better directed towards a dealership. We apologize for the delayed response, but please know that we receive a high volume of comments everyday and some of them slip through the cracks. Hopefully these answers help you out.

      1. The latest model released is the 2017.
      2. There are a couple a couple rumors floating around, but it’s hard to say for sure what’s true. Judging by their history there will most likely be some cool new color options, performance upgrades, ect.
      3. As far as we know there is no set date on it’s release yet.
      4. The Sea Doo Spark Trixx can be used on just about any waterway. The Superjet is confined to closed courses due to emissions standards.

      Sea Doo Sparks are extremely resilient watercrafts. Some people ride differently than others and that may be why certain people have had problems with the cable. Problems with the cable is news to us, but if it’s common than it’ll most likely be fixed in the coming year.

      Thanks for your comment Ben.

      Cheers.

  16. Why am I being ignored?

  17. Wierd that u don’t mention that u can only use the extended vts on a spark from -17?

    • Hey there Anton,

      We apologize for any confusion. When this article was written it was assumed that people would know it was the new models being discussed. Several people asked about the difference between the two from a buyers standpoint, so the goal was to compare the new models to help others make an educated decision.

      Sorry for any confusion!

      -JST Team

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