Kawasaki STX 15F Jet Ski 2013 Review

Posted onMay 14, 2013


Boasting the most powerful engine in its class, a composite hull that offers sporty handling, plenty of rider-friendly features, and serious value, the Jet Ski® STX®-15F will have you looking for reasons to get out on the water more. It’s the perfect personal watercraft to complement all your summer fun.

Details & Features

Key Features
• 160-horsepower engine is the most powerful in its price range
• Digital fuel injection provides smooth performance and excellent fuel economy
• Agile hull facilitates sporty handling
• Digital instrumentation includes a speedometer, tachometer and fuel gauge
• Class-leading storage lets you take all your gear with you

160 horsepower* 1,498cc Engine
• Four-stroke engine provides incredibly strong low and mid-range torque
• The most powerful engine in its price range
• Dual overhead cams (DOHC) are light and compact for less valve train inertial mass
• Large valves provide better intake and exhaust flow to improve torque and power
• Intake and exhaust valve lift, as well as cam timing, are optimized to reduce exhaust emissions
• Large capacity airbox cuts down engine noise and provides good air intake flow
• Intake tract designed for maximum performance
• Digital fuel injection provides great throttle response, smooth engine performance, quick acceleration, easy starting and excellent fuel economy
• Tip-over protection shuts engine off if craft tilts more than 61 degrees
• Waterproofed ECU and ignition coils protect the ignition system from electrical shorts
• Unique semi-dry sump oil system lowers the crankshaft in the engine, eliminates the need for scavenging pumps, and keeps the oil from flooding the crankcase if the craft is capsized
• Kawasaki’s patented oil separator provides fail-safe venting for the crankcase and prevents oil from flowing into the intake tract if the craft is capsized
• Has earned a Three-Star Ultra-Low Emissions rating, meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s strictest standards, as well as the California Air Resources Board’s standards *Horsepower measured in PS at the crankshaft under controlled conditions. Actual performance may vary.

Steering System
• Kawasaki Smart Steering® (KSS®) monitors steering input and engine speed and, when certain conditions are met, raises rpm to give enough thrust to maneuver
• Reverse bucket is designed for more precise direction control when backing and is made of injection molded material to prevent corrosion
• Reverse increases maneuverability in tight places

Composite Hull
• Hull size is optimized for a sporty and nimble ride
• Injection-molded sponsons deliver ultra-responsive turning, while enhancing tracking
• Durable three-blade oval-edge stainless steel impeller provides maximum efficiency
• Shielded jet propulsion system offers greater protection from damage
• Kawasaki Splash Deflector (KSD) helps keep spray off the operator and passenger
• Boarding step retracts automatically and eases boarding in deep water
• Large capacity fuel tank allows more time on the water

• Integrated storage compartments offer the largest storage capacity in its class
• Stylish hatch cover keeps with muscular look
• Handle position makes aggressive “stand-up” riding easier and provides ample room for a wide range of riders
• Spacious, close-to-the-water open rear deck provides plenty of room for putting on skis or a wakeboard and easy deep water boarding

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