My Sea-Doo enthusiast friend, James Prisiak, drove five hours to Montreal in July for a first look at the 2012 RXP-X 260 at Club BRP. Call him crazy, but he’d seen the Sam Spade videos on the Sea-Doo website and wanted to see the star of the 2012 Sea-Doo line up for himself. He was blown away, and James is no pushover.

My reaction was the same. This muscular performer has killer looks in gleaming black with bright yellow highlights. The RXP-X’s sleek lines make it look fast even sitting in the Club BRP showroom and scream to be ridden hard. There’s no doubt just looking that the 2012 RXP-X 260 is a very special PWC.

In fact, this RXP-X promises to make every owner a better rider. That’s an ambitious undertaking, but one that is typically BRP. As an avid snowmobile myself, I know what the REV platform did for me on the snow and I look forward to what’s going to happen on the water for 2012.

I’m no motorhead or techno-geek, so when Sam Spade ran through the new innovations like the new T3 lean-in hull design and Ergolock seating with me at Club, I confess to not understanding the physics, geometries and mechanics that make this watercraft the ultimate performance machine. But while I may not get the why’s and wherefore’s, I do know that this advanced new RXP-X delivers all the goods, because I got to ride it at the BRP Ultimate Playground.

The 2012 RXP-X 260 is a rider’s dream. It corners on a dime, is incredibly nimble and stable, and best of all, gave me even more confidence – and I’m a very experienced rider. I’ve never felt so one with a PWC, as if it was custom designed to hold me securely in place during even my wildest manoeuvres. This takes my ability to ride and outperform my buddies up a huge notch, and that’s what this new RXP-X 260 is all about.

If you’re a performance enthusiast or want to be, this 2012 RXP-X 260 is the one for you. James drove all the way to Montreal for it and all you have to do is go to your local Sea-Doo dealer. And yeah, James has already placed his order for a 2012 RXP- 260, so now unless I do the same, that makes me the buddy who gets outperformed next summer! Talk to you next time.