Captain's ReportA Thrill to Ride--Tigé RZ2By Capt. Robert E. SmithA cool November day wasn’t enough to prevent us from having fun with the RZ2 on Lake Lanier in Central Georgia. Even with the winds howling and chilly air, the ride aboard the new Tigé RZ2 was still comfortable. This competition-ready inboard wakeboard boat was powered with an all-new 360-hp power plant from GM. While the 360 horses were fun, it was obvious even the 315-hp version provide a great ride.TEC TechnologyTigé’s new combined system puts it all together and makes creating the perfect wake a simple task. This sophisticated MEFI-5 system puts the power of electronics to work to control the throttle, engine, speed, and instrumentation so all you have to do is steer and keep an eye on the person on the line. A CAN bus (Controller Area Network) is the key data exchange component that feeds the necessary information and inputs down a two wire system to make it all work together. What you get is amazing function and precise, intuitive system that is easy to use.Tigé’s SpeedSet control is a digital speed control like no other device I have seen in the industry. Using a touchpad fingertip control, you deliver the commands and see their results on a “heads-up” display at the helm. No need to take your eyes off the water to make changes and the pad is right next to the throttle for outstanding safety and use. You can even program in the particular speed your buddy likes best and not have to re-enter everything each time they get on the end of the line. 600 data points per second insure no surges, just smooth, steady speed control!RZ2 Bow DesignThe RZ2 features a “pickle fork” shaped bow, but also has a typical bow rider hull entry, so tracking and performance isn’t hindered by the deck space the pickle fork design gives you. The bow area has wrap-around seating with storage below. Seat bottoms are quite comfortable and hinged to make sure they stay on board while underway. Continuing on aft, the walk-through windshield has a unique Lexan windscreen option to keep the cool morning air out of the cockpit. Seating in the cockpit wraps from just behind the helm seat to the companion station. Corner cushions have a neat flip-over that provides a safe, easy-to-clean step rather than stepping on the premium 34oz marine upholstery. The storage on the port side connects all the way to the bow, so you can easily store long boards and skis. Part of the bench behind the helm seat is drainable and can double as an extra cooler when needed, or a wet locker. If you want to serve snacks on board, an optional table fits in the corner. The companion corner is outfitted with stainless steel drinkholders and inside the glove box is where you will find the Clarion sound system and a 12 volt socket for portable gear.At the WheelIf you have the optional professional ballast system, the controls are mounted on the side wall next to the helm chair. An optional stereo remote mounts neatly in the side wall above the built-in armrest. There are three 12volt sockets to the left of the wheel for more portable gear and just above there is a jack for hooking up your MP3 player or iPOD. Lighted power control switches are grouped to the right of the wheel and the Speedset controller is just below. The instrument cluster is just above the wheel and the readouts on the digital gauges are large enough to see in just about any conditions.Moving AftThe engine is located under the aft section of the sunpad. The professional ballast system tanks are mounted across the stern of this compartment and the batteries are to the starboard side along with the battery switch. An optional swim platform can be added for more pleasure at anchor. The stern features two wet lockers and a center seat pad so your rider can have a comfortable and safe place to boot up in preparation for some fun.Our test boat came outfitted with a monster tower of power featuring a great sound system and swing away board racks.SpecificationsThe RZ2 measures 22 feet length overall with a beam width of 102 inches. The capacity plate claims 14 people can ride, but they better be great friends! The RZ2 is roomy and I am sure you will get all your friends on-board with room to spare. This model weighs in at 3700lbs and has a 47 gallon fuel cell. The prop on this boat was a CNC milled bronze 13.5 x 16.5 four-blade.If you are looking for professional quality ride, performance and engineering that is terrific, the RZ2 is going to thrill you. Whether you decide to use it with the standard package or upgrade to pure professional with a ballast system, the RZ2 delivers excellent wakeboard ride and performance.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Tigé RZ2 is 42.3 mph (68.1 kph), burning 39.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 149.51 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Tigé RZ2 is 25.3 mph (40.7 kph), and the boat gets 2.12 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.9 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 92 miles (148.06 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 360-hp GM 5.7L.
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