Although outboard engines and PWCs may come to mind first when one hears the name Yamaha, this company also has a boat-building division that’s dedicated to one thing: building jet-powered runabouts. In fact, Yamaha is the best-selling brand of jet-boat in the country. A dozen boats up to 24’ make up the Yamaha line, with a mix of runabout and watersports-oriented models.
At the 2013 Miami International Boat Show Yamaha won an NMMA Innovation Award for the development of their Thrust Directional Enhancement feature, which improves control at slow speeds; used boat buyers should be aware that in some older jet boat models wandering at slow speeds was regularly an issue, which this new feature addresses. And although these are jet boats, Yamaha encourages boaters to compare them against prop-driven runabouts. Reduced draft and the elimination of propeller dangers are the most obvious advantages, but in many cases, the Yamaha jet boats are also less expensive than comparable propeller-drive runabouts.
For those who crave ultra-fast, affordable fun – the VXR delivers a quick burst of speed and lightweight agility unlike anything else. Feasting on open water and hairpin turns, this energetic race boat is rewriting record books and cranking out fun. The VXR rolls off the line with a 1.8 liter normally aspirated high output Marine engine that outperforms the competition’s supercharged engines at a price to value ratio that’s untouchable. This affordable powerplant is precision matched with an ultra-lightweight NanoXcel® hull, engineered for blasting through turns while maintaining a controlled ride. The VXR is the first choice for enthusiasts who want off-the-line quickness, lightweight agility and affordability.
Offered with race-inspired coupe seat
Available in Black Metallic or Crimson Red Metallic
3 ft 10 in
Max Seating Capacity
Yamaha VXR Details
Designed to appeal to PWC racers and serious enthusiasts alike; the lightweight, agile VXR and VXS feature the latest engine and hull technology to deliver an athletically-challenging experience that hardcore riders have sorely missed for some time.
The offspring of the light, compact Yamaha VX Series and the ultra high-performance Yamaha FZ Series, these hyperactive WaveRunners® dominated the IJSBA racing scene in their freshman year, winning world and national titles. Sans the unwanted bells and whistles that do not add to the craft’s performance, the VXR and VXS are all about heart-pounding power, nimble closed-course handling, and race-tested reliability.
Powerful Yamaha 1.8L High Output Marine Engine
The heart of the Yamaha VXR and VXS is the industry’s first 1.8L marine engine that is the largest displacement motor ever designed for a personal watercraft. This normally-aspirated Yamaha marine engine produces awesome power, and when coupled with the ultra-light NanoXcel® hull and deck; delivers faster top-end speed than competing supercharged models. Still, this engine is also exceptionally fuel efficient and optimized to deliver the utmost performance using regular unleaded fuel.
Engine features include:
Same lightweight, compact engine platform as Yamaha’s FZ SHO models without the added weight and expense of a supercharger and intercooler
High-torque for excellent acceleration
Open loop cooling for best performance, reliability and low maintenance
Throttle by wire reverse system controls RPM in reverse gear for maximum thrust efficiency
Low maintenance costs
Yamaha NanoXcelHull and Deck
The VXR and VXS feature the industry’s first and only nanotechnology-engineered hulls, decks, and liners that are the lightest and strongest in the market today. This is the same material featured on Yamaha’s flagship high-performance FZR and FZS models. The result is a state of the art watercraft that is quick, nimble, and with the balance and maneuverability that truly connects the rider to the machine.