By: Scott Way
Cobalt has ambitious plans for 2022, starting with the release of the all-new R4 Outboard. The family-sized sport runabout carries an LOA of 24'3" with an 8'6" beam and manages impressive seating for 13 with a host of premium amenities.
The new R4's outboard configuration offers improved fuel efficiency, not to mention a quiet and comfortable ride for families looking to make the most of their days on the water. Power options for the R4 will go as high as 350 hp from a choice of either Yamaha or Mercury engines. The new design layout of the R4 also includes acoustic baffling for the outboard configuration to further improve Cobalt's renowned smooth ride. Other benefits to the outboard setup include easier maintenance access and lower upfront costs.
“The innovative R4OB elevates the outboard experience with Cobalt’s trademark combination of performance, comfort, reliability and luxury appointments,” said Jason Turner, Cobalt’s VP of Operations and Engineering. “And with its rigid liner construction and outboard-optimized hull, it quietly delivers the smooth Cobalt ride."
An impressive list of standard options also highlight the R4's capabilities. The list includes a 6-speaker audio system with AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth and an iPod/USB/MP3 port, a dual Garmin glass cockpit, gloss black switch panels with illuminated switches, accessory and USB power plugs, a depth and water-temp package, removable aft, cockpit and bow carpet, a walk-through bow door.
Topside amenities include an aft sunpad with folding backrest, a flip-backrest passenger seat and a Delmar captain’s chair. Standard exterior perks include an anchor locker, stainless bow scuff plate, ski pylon and a swim platform with flip-down swim step.
The list of available options also gives owners the chance to customize their boat from bow to stern. Some notable choices include a cockpit heater with pull-out vent, a removable cooler, LED interior lighting, a dinette table, air compressor, Sea Grass or Soft-Trac floor covering, an electric helm seat and an array of aluminum towers, covers, wake-board racks and shades, and a transom shower. Available exterior upgrades include a folding tower with bimini or rotating sunshade and electrically powered actuators.
The 2022 R4 is already available for order from your nearest Cobalt dealer.
You can get a full walkthrough in the video below: