New boats: Malibu Response LXR crossover


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New boats: Malibu Response LXR crossover
Is it a skiboat? A wakeboat? The Malibu Response LXR does it all.

Malibu Boats is the latest skiboat builder to throw its hat in the ring, launching an all-new model for the popular Malibu Response range, but this is no dedicated skiboat.

The Malibu Response LXR is described as "… a compact, high-performance skiboat with serious multisport DNA."

Meaning of course, she’s equally adept being a wakeboard when the skiers are done carving up the lake.

Sure, you might not want to take the Malibu LXR deep-sea fishing, but let’s just be satisfied that the crossover term refers to various boardsport disciplines.

So if you like your wakes flat for slalom and big for boarding, this could be one boat that fits the bill.

Built upon the popular Malibu TXi and LX Response platforms, the Malibu LXR saw the design team aiming for a compact, high-performance package with a practical open bow and attractive price tag.

The result is a 20ft (6.1m) sports towboat that is both agile and versatile, and equally capable of world-class slalom flats and big, clean wakes.

We’re told the Malibu LXR tracks true, handles beautifully and lays down perfect competition-level slalom flats.

And with a beam slightly narrower than the Malibu TXi, it also offers clean, rampy wakes for wakeboarders – after adding the Manual or Power Wedge – making it an ideal crossover towboat for families and multisport enthusiasts.

The Malibu LXR was launched last month in the USA where Malibu pro team skier Will Asher took his first run behind the new model.

 "Malibu put a brilliant twist on the Response line," Asher said. "The size, the open bow, and multisport hull make the LXR an extremely versatile towboat, plus you can hang out with more friends and get around the boat more easily from bow to stern."

Standard power for the Malibu LXR is the 330hp Indmar Monsoon multiport fuel injected engine, with options including either the 350 Monsoon or a thumping 410hp 6lt L96.

Among standard equipment are a Rockford Fosgate stereo, Precision Pro speed control, sports steering wheel and Livorsi throttle, plus 10 metallic gel colours in addition to 15 standard gel colours.

Upgrade options include stainless steel exhaust tips, driver’s bolster seat, heater, dual batteries, stereo upgrades, wakeboard tower and more. For more information, visit malibuboats.com.au

Malibu Response LXR price: $61,538 with trailer (excluding dealer delivery).

 

MALIBU RESPONSE LXR SPECIFICATIONS

MATERIAL GRP

TYPE Towboat

LENGTH 6.1m

BEAM 2.29m

DRAFT 0.56m

PEOPLE 8

FUEL 125lt

WEIGHT 1134kg

REC. HP RANGE 350 to 410

 


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