We see a lot of ski and wakeboard boats in our testing schedule, but every once in a while a boat comes along with such unique style and such obvious flair that it can’t help but stand out among the rest. That’s the case with the Centurion Enzo. In some ways, it’s a typical V-drive (high wakeboarding performance, plenty of seating and storage). But in so many ways — from the extended wraparound lounge to the sports-car-inspired lines — it’s a boat all its own.
With so many V-drives on the market these days, it’s hard to offer a design that’s truly unique. But that’s exactly what Centurion managed to do when they introduced the Enzo.
The wakes behind the Enzo were the best we saw from the Centurion line. We used the Switchblade (an optional hydraulic wake-producing/shaping hydrofoil) to sculpt some pretty sweet wakes that were big enough to keep even our advanced riders happy. We changed the settings to adjust the degree of lip, but found we liked it best when the Switchblade was set at 5. We used the same technique to play with the transition, starting out steep and then mellowing out a little bit when we tweaked the Switchblade. The landing zones were long and predictable, and offered up smooth landings that less-experienced riders will appreciate. We walked away from our test excited with the wakes we were able to create behind the Enzo, and sure that even advanced riders would be stoked as well.
The Enzo has been our favorite boat in the Centurion lineup since its introduction in 2004, so we were pleased to see that its handling performance has remained true to its reputation. Where some boats might struggle to track straight when loaded for wakeboarding, the Enzo held a good line even with the Switchblade employed. The boat’s 102-inch beam and deep-V design give it enough bulk and depth to hold solid through choppy water and slice through serious double-ups. Our test boat was powered with the optional MerCruiser MX 340-horsepower engine, which gave us a reasonable hole shot and top-end speed.
We loved riding in the Enzo. Not only do the sweeping lines that widen at the bow and swoop down to the swim platform make us feel like we’re riding in a unique sports-car/V-drive hybrid, but there are also plenty of thoughtful luxury touches to make sure the ride is comfortable. The wraparound seating swings around the interior in an extension of the usual L-shape, opening up room for a couple more passengers than standard wraparound lounges. The open bow is remarkably spacious, with room for three people to sit comfortably.
Base price: See local dealer
Length: 23 ft.
Beam: 102 in.
Seating capacity: 12
Fuel capacity: 46 gal.
Test Prop: Acme 13.5 x 16 4-blade
Test Engine: MerCruiser Black Scorpion MX 6.2L, 340 hp
Top Speed: 44 mph 5,500 rpm
Accel. To 30 mph: 6.1 sec. 149.9 ft.
Accel. To 36 mph: 8.1 sec. 244.6 ft.
Noise Levels (db): Neutral 64 D 65 R, 36 mph 89 D 90 R