Posted on June 2nd, 2008 by | posted in Boats, General, Media

2009 Malibu Wakesetter VLX

We’re fast approaching the release of the 2009 model year boats from every major manufacture, which is an exciting time for anyone that gets excited for the newest wakeboarding toys.  It will probably be a few weeks until manufactures start to release official pictures of their new product, but we’ve got the first shots of the 2009 Malibu Wakesetter VLX here, along with some additional information about Malibu’s new flagship wakeboarding boat.

Update: Sorry everyone, Malibu is throwing their weight around and forcing people to remove any images that are posted ahead of the official unveiling. Hopefully we’ll have press quality images from Malibu soon. 

Update #2: Pictures are back up. Official product pics will be releases shortly, and the pictures shown here do not represent the final product, so the production version of the 2009 Wakesetter VLX may be even better than what’s shown here.

We’ve used a variety of sources to compile the information given below, which we believe to be fairly accurate. Until the official announcement though, there’s no way to be sure exactly what the 2009 Wakesetter VLX will offer. With that out of the way, let’s dive into it!

Exterior
We’ve seen the new Malibu corporate design language used on the Wakesetter VTX in 2007, and the 23′ Wakesetter model in 2008, so it should come as no surprise that the 2009 Wakesetter VLX has very similar aesthetics to it’s two siblings.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the VLX appears to use the Cut Wake hull technology that has been employed on the VTX and 23 LSV.  Given the performance of those two boats, and the fact that Malibu has almost certainly made improvements in the process of implementing that technology on the VLX, wake size and shape, along with the boat’s general performance should easily better the previous models reputation.

Of interest are the unique reliefs molded into the hull on either side.  The look is reminiscent of the 2008 Malibu Corvette Limited Edition, which takes inspiration from the road-going Corvette’s cooling ducts aft of the front wheels.  It’s a different look, and one that we’ll reserve final judgement on until we see boats out on the water.

2009 Malibu Wakesetter VLX

Other external changes include a new integrated transom step/seat as seen on the 23 LSV last year, and the availability of the Illusion XS wakeboard tower which had previously only been available on Malibu’s 23′ and 24′ 7″ models.

Interior
On the inside, things are definitely more evolutionary than revolutionary, which is just fine, as Malibu builds some of the nicest interiors in the industry.  One of the first things you’ll notice is the additional interior room the new hull design offers, especially in the bow area.  More width at the front and back of the boat has increased the VLX’s already class leading interior volume, while at the same time creating more storage.

A new dash design that is much more attractive and functional than the tall and boxy look of the 23 LSV dash is also on tap.  Most of the technology at the helm is the same as last year, including Precision Pro speed control, Rider Presets and LCD switch panels.  A couple of key improvements are the inclusion of a new keyless ignition system we first saw on the Corvette Limited Edition, and a dedicated driver’s remote for the stereo.

Also new on the stereo front are different components that feature a new grill design.  No word on what make/model they are, and what we can expect from a performance standpoint, but we don’t anticipate there being much of an improvement in sound quality.

There are a few other minor changes to the interior, included new molded/vinyl covered side panels that replace the large plastic bins on the current model.  The new look is more upscale, and should promise just as much functionality with a multitude of drink holders.  Also new is the removal of the rear center seat cushion in favor of two larger pieces that span the entire width of the boat.  The result is a more uniform rear bench area that should be more durable at the expensive of easy access to the transmission for quick fluid checks.

2009 Malibu Wakesetter VLX

Overall, expect the 2009 Malibu Wakesetter VLX to build on the foundation of the previous model as one of the best wakeboarding boats in the world.  Changes are in line with what we would expect, and should mimic those found on the last two Malibu models to receive a massive overhaul.  Think Wakesetter 23 LSV scaled down to VLX side with a few minor improvements that Malibu’s engineers and R&D department have come up with over the last year.

That’s all of the information we have for now, so stay tuned for further updates, as well as the official release from Malibu in the coming weeks.  

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