2024 Bennington 27Q Fastback

2024 Bennington 27Q Fastback

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The Bennington 27Q Fastback is one head-turning pontoon. With twin Merc 300s, a big, beautiful arch, and a styled sweptback perimeter with dual consoles, the 27Q looks more like a fiberglass runabout than a pontoon. It has the zoom to back up the attitude; the twin Verados propelled us to a tick shy of 60 mph. Low-end acceleration is a rush, and 30 mph comes up in just 4.5 seconds. The 27Q’s most economical cruising speed of 2.3 mpg (that’s almost 9 gph) is 20.4 mph.

Bennington 27Q Fastback cruising smoothly
The 27Q looks more like a fiberglass runabout than a pontoon.
Bill Doster

The 27Q features Bennington’s performance package, including huge 32-inch-diameter pontoons with lifting strakes on all three logs, extruded splash guards and an underdeck wave shield. The aluminum is 0.125 inch thick. The decking is through-bolted with fanged (toothed) elevator bolts with locking nuts. The feel and response are solid.

Bennington 27Q Fastback bow seating
Bow seating features twin facing curved loungers.
Bill Doster

The bow seating features twin facing curved loungers with recessed lumbar pocketing for small-item storage. The main interior color is Anthracite, and the inset color of the perforated diamond stitching is Metallic Carbon. The flooring is Seagrass Silver vinyl. 

Bennington 27Q Fastback helm
The dash is dominated by a 12-inch Simrad digital display/control panel.
Bill Doster

The tech is what you’d expect from Bennington. The dash is dominated by a 12-inch Simrad digital display/control panel, customized with Bennington’s own program and CZone switching. RGB lighting is segregated into three separately controllable zones: interior, exterior and underdeck. Dual binnacle and joystick controls master the ­Mercury Verados for the ultimate ease in docking and slow-speed maneuvering. New for ’24 are heated and cooled high-back ­captain’s and co-captain’s chairs.

Bennington 27Q Fastback cockpit seating
Aft, the seating arrangement features traditional facing loungers.
Bill Doster

Aft, the seating arrangement features traditional facing loungers, with more storage under the seats. The extended stern deck has plenty of room for watersports prep, cooling down or just hanging out. The center-mounted aluminum boarding ladder and beefy twin engine mounts are great for easy water access. Whether you’re on a big lake or a small pond, the Bennington 27Q Fastback is an investment that will provide endless hours of quality ­water time.

Bennington 27Q Fastback engines
Twin Mercury Verado outboards provide ample power.
Bill Doster

High Points

  • Low-profile windshields give protection and look sleek and stylish.
  • Huge, plush bow seating section is rich and inviting.
  • Custom consoles surround the pilot and co-pilot with tech and luxury.
Bennington 27Q Fastback performance data
Bennington 27Q Fastback Certified Test Results
Boating Magazine

How We Tested

  • Engine: Twin Mercury Verado V-8 four-stroke 300 hp
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Revolution 14.6″ x 20″ 4-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 1.85:1 Fuel Load: 31 gal. Crew Weight: 260 lb.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $329,257 (as tested)
LOA: 28’3″
Beam: 8’6″
Draft: NA
Dry Weight: 4,791 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 15/2,454 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 83.4 gal.

Bennington Marine – Elkhart, Indiana; benningtonmarine.com

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