1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Specs and Review [Video]
The Sea-Doo XP 650 (a.k.a. XP 657) replaced the deservedly popular XP 580 in 1993. This second-generation Sea-Doo XP featured a new hull and top deck plus a 650cc, 2-stroke, 2-cylinder Rotax 657 engine rated at 70 HP.
If you want to learn all about this legendary machine, this post is for you.
We at JetDrift have compiled all you need to know into this 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 review!
1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Review
The history of Sea-Doo’s legendary musclecrafts started in 1991 when the manufacturer revealed the all-new XP line. This popular series underwent several major upgrades over the years, including:
- 1991-1992 Sea-Doo XP 580 (587) – 1st GEN
- 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 (657) – 2nd GEN
- 1994 Sea-Doo XP 657x (657x)- 2nd GEN
- 1995 Sea-Doo XP 720 (717) – 3rd GEN
- 1995 Sea-Doo XP 800 Limited (787x) – 3rd GEN
- 1996 Sea-Doo XP 800 (787) – 3rd GEN
- 1997 Sea-Doo XP 800 (787) – 4th GEN
- 1998-2002 Sea-Doo XP Limited (951) – 4th GEN
- 2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DI (951) – 4th GEN
You can learn all about the other generations by following the links above!
The second-generation Sea-Doo XP was known by several different names, such as Sea-Doo XP II, Sea-Doo XP 650, or Sea-Doo XP 657.
The hull and top deck of this new model were both completely redesigned. This new platform featured modern rounded lines and eye-catching decals unlike its predecessor. The handlebars and seat also got sleek, more advanced designs.
For better stability, the hull became 4 inches longer than first-generation models. Regarding dimensions, the Sea-Doo XP 650 measured 100 inches in length, 41.5 inches in width, and 36.2 inches in height.
Under the seat, you could find the all-new powerful Rotax 657 engine rated at 70 HP. This 650cc, 2-stroke twin featured two Mikuni BN-38 carburetors, an open-loop cooling system, electric starter, CDI ignition, oil injection system, and a tuned exhaust pipe.
Engine power was delivered towards the axial-flow, single-stage jet pump featuring bronze vanes and an innovative electric trim system.
Standard features of the 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 were as follows:
- Watertight front storage
- Safety lanyard
- Dual mirrors
- Rear grab handle
- Integrated vents
- Electric trim system (VTS)
- Tow hook
- Front and rear eyes
- Electric tachometer
- Electric fuel level gauge
- Low-oil warning light
- Overheating beeper
- Bilge drain plug
- Tool kit
Its minimalist handlebars featured only a throttle lever, engine stop button, and VTS (Variable Trim System) button. The latter was there to change the position of the jet nozzle.
A trim system indicator knob was mounted on the left side of the top deck to show the actual position of the nozzle. This caused some confusion among riders, as on the previous model, this knob was meant for setting the trim, but it only functioned as an indicator on the new XP.
Under the front hood, you could find a tiny storage compartment with a removable plastic basket.
Thanks to its lively dual-carb engine, the top speed of the 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 was about 45-47 mph out of the box.
Its 8.7-gallon fuel tank offered a cruising time of 1.2 hours if you hammered the throttle.
Even though the body of the ski was slightly larger and heavier than its predecessor, it was still very nimble and offered a ton of fun. On the other hand, the hull came without sponsons, which hurt the riding experience when cornering.
The dry weight of the 1993 XP 650 was only 373 pounds, which indicates a negligible weight gain of 8 pounds over the XP 587.
Although the ski was rated for two riders, riding it double was hard to impossible. But let’s face it, this craft was an ancient “musclecraft” designed for performance-minded riders and racers.
According to Sea-Doo Blog, the XP 650 was very successful on the racecourse, which resulted in stunning sales figures.
Therefore, it was no surprise that Sea-Doo made some significant upgrades to this model for the following season! The upgraded model was released under the model name Sea-Doo XP 657x.
(Besides the all-new XP 650, the dual-carb 1992 XP was still available in the 1993 season under the model name SPX.)
1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Specs Chart
For your convenience, we’ve compiled the 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 specifications into these charts!
1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Dimensions
|1993 Sea-Doo XP 650||Dimensions and Capacities|
|Number of passengers||1 operator and 1 passenger|
|Overall length||244 cm (96 in)|
|Overall width||105 cm (41.5 in)|
|Overall height||92 cm (36.2 in)|
|Weight||166 kg (365 lb)|
|Load limit||160 kg (352 lb)|
|Hull Material||Composite (fiberglass)|
|Fuel tank||33 L (8.7 US gal)|
|Impeller shaft reservoir - Capacity||65 mL (2.2 US oz)|
|Impeller shaft reservoir - Oil level height||up to plug|
|Injection oil reservoir||2.8 L (95 US fl oz)|
1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Engine Specs
|1993 Sea-Doo XP 650||Engine Specs|
|Engine type||Rotax 2-stroke, type 587|
|Induction type||Rotary valve|
|Exhaust system||Water cooled/water injected|
|Lubrication - type||Oil injection|
|Lubrication - oil type||Sea-Doo Injection Oil|
|Number of cylinders||2|
|Bore||76.0 mm (2.992 in)|
|Stroke||64.0 mm (2.520 in)|
|Displacement||580.7 cm3 (35.43 in3)|
|Compression Ratio (corrected)||5.9 : 1|
|Maximum Power (approximately)||42 kW (56 HP) at 6250 RPM|
|Maximum Torque (approximately)||65 Nm (48 lbf.ft) at 5750 RPM|
|RPM Limiter Operation @||6550 RPM ± 100|
|Cooling Type||Water cooled, total loss type - Direct flow from propulsion unit|
|Overheating Beeper, Switch On @||96-99 °C (205-210°F)|
|Fuel - type||Regular unleaded gasoline|
|Carburetor - type and number||Diaphragm type P/N 270 500 151 (MAG side)|
|Diaphragm type P/N 270 500 150 (PTO side)|
|Carburetor adjustments - Low-speed mixture screw||~ 1- 1/4 ± 1/4 turn|
|Carburetor adjustments - Idle speed||1400 RPM|
1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Propulsion
|1993 Sea-Doo XP 650||Propulsion|
|Propulsion system||Bombardier Formula pump|
|Jet pump type||Axial flow, single stage|
|Impeller Rotation (seen from rear)||Counter-clockwise|
|Coupling Type||Crown Splines|
|Impeller shaft reservoir oil type||Sea-Doo synthetic oil polyolester 75W90GL5 - P/N 293 600 011|
|Pivoting angle of direction (nozzle)||~ 26°|
|Pivoting angle of variable trim system||± 10°|
|Minimum required water level for jet pump||60 cm (2 ft)|
|Impeller Diameter||139.5 mm (5.49 in)|
1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Electrical Features
|1993 Sea-Doo XP 650||Electrical Features|
|Magneto generator output||160 W @ 6000 RPM|
|Ignition system type||Capacitor Discharge Ignition (Breakerless)|
|Spark plug - Make and type||NGK BR7ES|
|Spark plug - Gap||0.5 - 0.6 mm (0.020-0.024 in)|
|Starting system||Electric starter|
|Ignition timing - BTDC||2.65 mm (0.104 in) (21 ° ± 1°)|
|Ignition timing - Note||Checked with engine cold. Marks must align @ 6000 RPM)|
|Battery||12 V, 19 A|
|Starting system Fuse||5 A|
|Charging system Fuse||15 A|
|Gauges Fuse||2 A|
|Fuse - VTS system||-|
|Fuse - Holder relay||-|
1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Performance
|1993 Sea-Doo XP 650||Performance|
|Cruising time at full throttle - Fuel tank without reserve||~ 1.20 hours|
|Cruising time at full throttle - Fuel tank reserve||~ 13 minutes|
|Maximum Speed *||72 Kmh (45 mph) (39 knots)|
|* Top speed may vary depending on operator and passenger weight, water conditions, wind, current, altitude etc.|
These charts are for informational purposes only! For exact specifications, please refer to the factory manual.
Sea-Doo XP Comparison Chart
We’ve also compared the key specs of the different Sea-Doo XP models head-to-head in one chart:
|Gen.||Name||Year||Engine||cc||HP||Top Speed (mph)||Weigth (lbs)||Hull Design|
|I||XP 580||1991||"Yellow" 587||580||55||45||365||I gen. SP|
|I||XP 580||1992||"White" 587||580||56||45||365||I gen. SP|
|II||XP 650||1993||657||650||70||45||373||II gen. SP|
|II||XP 650x||1994||657x||650||80||50||412||II gen. SP|
|III||XP Limited 800||1995||787x RAVE||786+||110||56||434||X-4|
|III||XP 800||1996||787 RAVE||781||110||56||434||X-4|
|IV||XP 800||1997||787 RAVE||782||110||56||525||Parabolic|
|IV||XP Limited||1998||947 RAVE||951||130||60||551||Parabolic|
|IV||XP Limited||1999||947 RAVE||951||130||60||551||Parabolic|
|IV||XP Limited||2000||947 RAVE||951||130||60||561||Parabolic|
|IV||XP Limited||2001||947 RAVE||951||130||60||561||Parabolic|
|IV||XP Limited||2002||947 RAVE||951||130||60||561||Parabolic|
|IV||XP DI||2003||947 DI||951||130||60||561||Parabolic|
|IV||XP DI||2004||947 DI||951||130||60||605||Parabolic|
Vintage Sea-Doo XP 650 For Sale
If you are considering purchasing one, you probably want to know where to find a Sea-Doo XP 650 for sale. As this model vanished from the market in 1993, it’s already a collectible item, so finding one is not an easy task!
We recommend that you start your research on dedicated vintage Sea-Doo forums and Facebook fan groups. Aside from some good deals, you may find some valuable info there about this ski.
Besides these sources, you may also find some used Sea-Doo XP 650s for sale on Craigslist, PWC Trader, and other dedicated jet ski swap sites.
As a takeaway, we’ve answered the most common questions about the 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650!
What is a Sea-Doo XP 650?
The Sea-Doo XP 650 was a performance 2-stroke sit-down jet ski manufactured by Bombardier.
What Year did Bombardier Make the Sea-Doo XP 650?
The Canadian manufacturer marketed the Sea-Doo XP 650 in the 1993 model year. (The model was replaced with the XP 657x in 1994.)
What Kind of Engine Did the 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Have?
The engine of the 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 was a 2-stroke, 650cc, “Rotax 657” twin featuring dual Mikuni carbs.
How Much Horsepower Did a 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Have?
The 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 provided 70 HP at 7,050 RPM.
How Many People Could Ride a 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650?
The tiny Sea-Doo XP 650 was rated for two riders, but riding with a passenger on this tiny ski was virtually impossible!
How Much Weight Could a 1993 Sea-Doo XP 650 Hold?
The total weight capacity of the Sea-Doo XP 650 was 352 pounds.
What Size was the Sea-Doo XP 650?
The Sea-Doo XP 650 was 100 inches long, 41.5 inches wide, and 36.2 inches high.
How Much Did a Sea-Doo XP 650 Weigh?
The dry weight of the Sea-Doo XP 650 was only 373 pounds.
Did the Sea-Doo XP 650 Have Reverse?
No, the Sea-Doo XP 650 was manufactured without reverse.
Was a Sea-Doo XP 650 a 2-Stroke Ski?
Yes, the Sea-Doo XP 650 utilized a 2-stroke twin engine.
What Size Storage Compartment Did a Sea-Doo XP 650 Have?
The Sea-Doo XP 650 featured only a tiny front storage bin.
How Much Fuel Did a Sea-Doo XP 650 Hold?
The Sea-Doo XP 650 utilized an 9-gallon fuel tank and a 1.2-gallon oil reservoir.
How Much Fuel Did a Sea-Doo XP 650 Use?
The Sea-Doo XP 650 fuel consumption was about 8 GPH at WOT.
How Fast Did a Sea-Doo XP 650 Go?
The top speed of a Sea-Doo XP 650 was 45-47 mph under ideal conditions.
Could the Sea-Doo XP 650 Tow a Skier or a Wakeboarder?
Although it was equipped with a tow eye, the Sea-Doo XP 650 was not recommended for tow sports.
How Much is a Sea-Doo XP 650 Worth?
It’s hard to tell the exact price of a Sea-Doo XP 650, as it strongly depends on its year, condition, and location. But as a rule of thumb, the prices typically range from $300 up to $2,000.
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