Captain's ReportThe 150 MSX Delivers On CommandTested by Capt. Brandon De NataleAll new for this year, is the 150 MSX from Polaris. Form has met function to combine one of the most exciting watercrafts on the market. Featuring the all new 150-hp four-stroke turbo Polaris marine engine and a radically designed modified-V hull, the MSX 150 is as much fun to ride as it is to look at. DesignThe two main building blocks for the new MXS line is the new Modified –V hull, which improves stability and handling, and of course the smooth and efficient 150-hp four-stroke engine. The hull features a very deep-V and incorporates a unique chine design. When riding the MSX 150 for the first time I was blown away with not only the stability of this craft, but also the performance it provided. Sure the 150-hp engine had something to do with the performance but without a solid hull design it wouldn’t do any good. Being able to cut handlebars over at full throttle and not spinout was amazing. I am use to the craft tending to slip its way through turns. Not anymore! If this is the wave of the future you better grab on. There are some other innovative features on this model that raise the bar. The new splash strake up forward helps to keep the ride drier than before and with its longer length and higher bondline you can expect more stability and comfort than previous models. InstrumentationAt the helm we find another striking feature that sets the MSX apart, which is its race bike appearance. The tank features indents to cradle your knees and the seat is comfortable and is contoured to hold you in place so you always feel safe and secure. The handle bars even feature a grab rail for smaller riders. This is great for small children, you can sit them in front of you and they can hold onto the rail, this way you don’t have to worry if they’re still behind you. All instrumentation is integrated into the design of the craft, being able to quickly glance at the fuel level, time, speed, RPM or trip distance. This is easily done without ever having to take your eyes off the road. Another great feature is the reverse lever that you will find on the port side of the tank. Simply pull it back to put the watercraft in reverse or leave it in the middle for neutral. This is a nice feature that makes getting off the trailer or maneuvering around a tight space an easy task. The helm also features side mirrors, which help the driver watch what’s going on all around them. Whether there’s a skier off the back or you’re in a crowded channel it’s nice to know where everyone is. And as with all of the Polaris watercraft you’ll find loads of storage. The helm houses a glove box that features a drink holder and is perfect for storing identification and other small items. StorageUp forward there’s 30 gallons worth of storage. The compartment liner can be removed to give you excellent access to the front of the fuel tank and fire extinguisher below. There is also another storage area under the rear part of the seat. This is a good place to store drinks and can even be used as a cooler. There's enough room for three adults and the wide side decks and large aft boarding platform in the back make it easy for everyone to maneuver and switch positions. This comes in handy when you’re out skiing or just want to change drivers. The back platform also features a step that folds down on springs to help you get onboard from shallow water.EngineThe new 150-hp four-stroke engine offers all the power of a two-stroke engine with all the benefits of the cleaner, quieter and more efficient four-stroke. The engine responds extremely well at all RPM ranges and the sound is smooth and hypnotic. Gone are those gas fumes and unbearable noise levels associated with two-strokes. Polaris has also gone one step further and made a closed loop cooling system. This feature keeps the engine cool without having to worry about clogging the intake with weeds and debris. Teamed up with the new dominator pump the MSX 150 has power and performance to spare.Test RunThe MSX 150 was a blast to ride. I loved the feeling of being able to track into a turn at 50-mph without worrying about slipping or being forced into another 360. The response from the four-stroke engine was impressive, and with the EPS technology there was ample steerage even at slow speeds, which helps keep the driver in control.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Polaris MSX 150 is 65.5 mph (105.4 kph), burning gallons per hour (gph) or N/A liters per hour (lph).
Standard and Optional Features
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!