For years, the personal watercraft industry received a bad rap from environmentalists claiming that its products were noisy, polluting and prone to being driven recklessly. Yamaha is helping change all that with the introduction of its new four-stroke PWC.
The WaveRunner FX140 is cleaner burning, fuel-efficient and remarkably quiet for the amount of power it puts out. With seating for up to three people, it is capable of towing a waterskier or wakeboarder with ease.
This revolutionary watercraft features the Yamaha MR-1 engine, which is specially designed for personal watercraft. The MR-1 engine is a 140 hp, four-cylinder, dual overhead cam design with fuel injection and Yamaha's patented five-valve technology.
The compact, lightweight MR-1 engine features a remarkably linear power band with exacting throttle response. There is no throttle hesitation, and power rolls on smoothly throughout the entire rpm range.
Yamaha claims that the fuel efficiency of its four-stroke engine can save consumers $1,000 annually on fuel and oil costs. Of course, an added benefit is the elimination of having to mix oil with the fuel for engine lubrication.
Although it's easy to marvel at the MR-1's engine design, it's the sophisticated styling and sleek lines of the FX140 that catch the eye first. Under the waterline is a progressive, stepper-draft hull design that brings the FX140 on plane quickly and effortlessly.
The FX140 comes with a long list of comfort features that includes an all-new instrumentation design; a pneumatically assisted front storage compartment lid, a pneumatically assisted glove box with the industry's first self-draining beverage holder, an automatic electric bilge pump, an integrated reverse lever, a multiple position trim system and five-position tilt steering.
Certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in October 2001, the Yamaha FX140 exceeds CARB's stringent 2004 two-star "very low emissions" requirement, as well as all federal exhaust emission standards. It can be ridden everywhere in the United States that is open to personal watercraft.
No doubt, the Yamaha WaveRunner FX140 will take the sport of watercraft riding to a new level — where enthusiasts and nonusers alike can enjoy public waterways in harmony. It definitely exceeds our requirements for good, clean fun.
Yamaha FX140 Specifications
|Fuel capacity||18.5 gallons|
|Weight capacity||529 pounds (up to 3 people)|
|Engine||Yamaha MR-1 four-stroke with electronic fuel injection|
|Maximum engine speed||10,000 rpm|
|Displacement||399.2 cubic inches|
|Bore and stroke||2.96" x 2.32"|
|Impeller||17" pitch stainless steel three-blade|
For More Information
Yamaha Watercraft Group Company
1270 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144