Malibu Boats Introduces GM-Powered 2022 Wakesetter 21 LX


Malibu Boats has introduced its new 2022 Wakesetter 21 LX, a 21-foot towboat that offers a naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 engine developed in part by GM Marine.

The 2022 Wakesetter 21 LX is available with two engines: the Malibu Monsoon M5Di engine, or the Malibu Monsoon M6Di engine. The Monsoon M5Di is based on a GM 5.3L V8 engine and makes 360 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, while the M6Di is based on a GM 6.2L V8 and makes 430 horsepower and 460 pound-feet. Both of these engines were co-developed by Malibu Boats and GM Marine with boat-specific applications in mind.


It’s worth noting that other, higher-end offerings from Malibu Boats are available with a supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8, which produces 607 horsepower and 606 pound-feet of torque, however the Wakesetter 21 LX is an entry-level offering in the Wakesetter model lineup and thus only offers the M5Di and M6Di. Like the naturally aspirated motors, the marine version of the 6.2L LT4 V8 was engineered by Malibu Boats and GM Marine, was first deployed in certain Malibu Boats models for the 2020 model year and serves as the range-topping engine option across its product portfolio. The LT4 is a road car engine that was first offered in the C7 Corvette Z06 and remains the go-to powerplant for the Chevy Camaro ZL1 and the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

Apart from the engine, the Wakesetter 21 LX has a large 21-foot hull capable of producing a pro-level wake or wave. The standard “G5” tower can also hang board racks and speakers, while an available folding TXi tower is available for owners who want to store the boat in their garage. A wraparound lounge provides seating for 12 and is joined by other comforts like Malibu Soft Grip flooring, eight-inch speakers, and cupholders.

The 2022 Wakesetter 21 LX is available to order now.