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BRP unveils shift-and-throttle propulsion option

BRP is calling its new Intelligent Shift and Throttle option on Rotax jet propulsion system engines a game-changer that brings electronic control to formerly mechanical functions in jet propulsion.

Developed by the manufacturer’s marine propulsion systems division, the option will be available on nearly all Scarab jetboat models and Chaparral Vortex models. It allows boaters to optimize low-speed maneuverability in a variety of environmental conditions.

“Our new iST system is more than just electronic actuation of the reverse gates; the iST system allows the operator to adjust the neutral position on the fly,” Michael Carter, director of North American business development for jet propulsion systems, said in a statement. “Reducing the shifting effort was great, but not until we married that to our lateral thrust control and provided for natural adjustment from the helm did we truly revolutionize the jet propulsion industry.”

The system is scheduled to begin production in November.