The duo of normally aspirated runabout models share the highly acclaimed liquid-cooled, 1,498 cm3 In-Line Four-cylinder Ninja supersport-based engine of the STX 160 Series but similarities end there. In addition to a deep-V hull, which offers a balance of smooth performance and precise handling in a variety of water conditions, above the waterline the ULTRA 160LX-S and ULTRA 160LX are loaded with innovative features and equipment such as electronic cruise control, power mode selection and launch control allied to innovations such as KSD (Kawasaki Splash Deflectors) tried and tested on the 2022 ULTRA 310 Series. Dynamic luxury styling shared with the supercharged flagship models drives home their position as class-leaders in the normally aspirated runabout segment.
Completely redesigned from the deck up, the new ‘23 ULTRA 160 Series models offer significantly higher levels of tech, comfort and convenience than their predecessors, the ULTRA LX, making them models of choice for touring in comfort and style. New seats and foot well designs contribute to more comfortable ergonomics, while taller bumpers offer increased splash protection. Kawasaki Smart Reverse with Deceleration (KSRD) enables one-handed thrust control plus a new seat with a front portion that is slimmer at the knees, greatly facilitates stand-up riding.
The ULTRA 160LX-S, or Luxury Sport boasts features such as a full colour 7” TFT offering multiple display modes, jog-dial control to select from three display modes, Bluetooth connectivity to Smartphones and other infotainment features.
Storage and docking convenience for both models is at premium levels with several Easy-Access storage compartments along with Easy-Access cleats allowing efficient docking. Another stand out trim feature for 2023 are LED bumper mounted accent lights which add a stylish touch while increasing craft awareness while afloat.
A rear-view camera is a standard fitment and the ULTRA deck (offering a broader staging platform and more room for stowing gear) acknowledges just how many aquatic recreational choices can be exploited. Finally, sporty graphics and bright Candy Steel Furnace Orange define the luxury highlights of the 160LX-S.
Taking things to the next specification level, the 2023 ULTRA 160LX, LUXURY is destined to be supplied by Kawasaki Jet Ski dealers with all the great equipment of the 160LX-S, plus JETSOUND 4s featuring no less than four speakers plus Bluetooth connectivity, an ERGO-FIT LXury Seat offering enhanced cruising comfort and three possible positions plus a stylish meter visor creating an additional touch of class cementing Kawasaki’s dominance of the normally aspirated personal watercraft class.
2023 Ultra 160 colour ways:
ULTRA 160LX-S: Ebony / Candy Steel Furnace Orange
ULTRA 160LX: Ebony / Metallic Shadow Gold