Mitch, I've had the boat at sprint speed a couple of times, but I don't have a clue as to how fast I was going (no GPS). The kayak is for "touring paddlers" (that's me) in the Epic literature, offering "a unique combination or stability, maneuverability and speed". I was out with the 16X today, under the most severe conditions I've yet had it in--15-knot SSW wind, with gusts to 20 knots (anemometer). Handled just fine, no weathercocking at all, reasonable progress into the wind, then fine surfing on the return run. Just running downwind with my paddle across my shoulders to catch the wind was about the fastest I've run downwind yet. Had to be ready to brace, though, as conditions were squirrelly, but the windsurfers and kite board sailors were out in full force (Barnegat Bay, NJ).
Colors: the hull comes only in white, but you have a choice of red (me), yellow, or white deck.