At the stern, Versa-Lounge seating gives you independently articulating backrests, so you can face forward, lounge rearward or lay out in the sun.With this much power, launching without jerking a skier’s arms out of their sockets takes a deft touch, but the optional Scarab Digital Ride Management system lets you control the amount of ramp (acceleration).The system also includes cruise control, ECO mode, which can save up to 20 percent in fuel costs, and a docking mode for enhanced low-speed control. The 215 HO Impulse sports a deep-V, 21-degree hull with enough heft at 3,350 pounds to give it a really smooth ride in the chop, something that many jetboats have traditionally not had. Our test Scarab had the Wake Blast option, providing 1,000 pounds of ballast spread between three soft sacks, which pumped up the wake to respectable heights.
The name Scarab has long been associated with go-fast performance boats, and many avid fans have mourned the relegation of the venerable name to a line of outboard-powered offshore fishing boats built under the Wellcraft name. No worries, mate. Scarab’s glitz, glamour and performance are back, this time in a jetboat package that is best exemplified by the 215 HO Impulse. Powered by twin 250 hp Rotax 1503 engines, this Scarab is making up for lost time … quickly. When we hammered the throttle, it exploded out of the hole and reached plane in 2 seconds, ripped to 30 mph in just 4.6 seconds and jammed us back in the ComfortRide captain’s seats. Top speed was 56.3 mph as the intercooled, supercharged in-line three-cylinder Rotax engines ran up to a frantic 7900 rpm. Cornering was jetboat G-force crazy, yet smooth and controlled.Our test boat was decked out in Laser Red with tasteful yet striking graphics.
Inside, Scarab used premium pearlescent vinyl for some extra pop and the Impulse package added touches such as SeaDek padding on the swim platform, a black, fold-down forward-swept tower and Scarab Mat for the decks, which allows water to flow through easily, so it always feels dry.Seating is maximized with a U-shaped lounge that encircles the cockpit, while up front, twin recliner couches and a rearward-facing bow seat are deep for extra passenger security.