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The Yamaha FZR and FZS are race ready high-performance watercrafts designed to take advantage of Yamaha's race experience and bring this experience to the recreational PWC market. The SVHO engine is a truly impressive power-plant and when mated with the race inspired hull, creates a top-of-the-market watercraft. Our tests have shown that the performance, ride and handling of these two WaveRunners is exceptional.

Key Features

  • Available in Pure White with Torch Red Metallic Hull
  • 1 to 2 persons capacity
  • Glove box with dual cupholders
  • Two-tone Hydro-Turf mats
  • Fastback seat and two-tone custom seat
  • Telescopic steering
  • Reboarding step
  • Dual mirrors
  • Watertight storage under seat
  • Reverse with mechanical with traction control
Length Overall 132.7''
3.37 m
Beam 48.4''
1.23 m
Dry Weight 791 lbs.
359 kg
Tested Weight N/A
Draft N/A
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance 45.7''
1.16 m
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity 2
Fuel Capacity 18.5 gal.
70 L
Water Capacity none
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Std. Power 1 x 1812cc SVHO 4-stroke supercharged Yamaha Marine Engine
Tested Power 1 x 270-hp Yamaha 1.8L SVHO (est. hp)
Opt. Power Not Available
The Yamaha FZR SVHO's subtle graphics help to show off the many flowing lines of the forward portion of this PWC.


In the sport performance PWC category, details matter. In our review of the FZR we found quite a few major features we would like to point out. First are the color scheme and graphics which blend very well to create a balance of aggressiveness and modern style. Next, the color is not gel-coat, it is high-end automotive paint. We have always been fans of paint over gel-coat for watercraft and boats alike as this adds to the durability and means the color fading that happens with gel-coat is delayed by years.

Yamaha FZR
With a dry weight of 791 lbs. (359 kgs), one person onboard, a ½ tank of fuel and 5 lbs. of gear, the FZR had a test weight of 1,073 lbs. (487 kg).

The Engine.

But perhaps most important of all is the "next generation" SVHO 1.8L supercharged engine. Added to that is a new jet pump unit, ride plate and sponsons. This is the exact machine that the race team drives. (See below for more details.) But there are many more important refinements in the FZR, so let's take a look--

The FZR SVHO incorporates a two-tone color scheme in the Hydro-Turf deck material which covers the back deck and footwells. This adds a soft foam feel and also provides non-slip traction when wet.

Deck and Seating

The deck and seating are other areas we like to scrutinize, since these are going to take the brunt of the wear and tear. Yamaha has used Hydro-Turf for years which we have found to keep the deck and footwells from ever being slippery. They also provide a soft comfortable foamy feeling. The seat is what takes the majority of the wear and here Yamaha uses a high-end textured marine vinyl which is slightly thicker than what will be found on most other PWCs. We also like the overall ergonomics with the narrow knee grab area forward, the backrest for the driver and raised passenger area with grab handles.

Ergonomic seating design covered in high-end marine vinyl.
All seams are overlapping French stitches to ensure durability. A detail we like is the use of vinyl with different textures.


The display is designed to look like a throwback to the muscle car days with simple round, deep-set analog gauges that provide speed, rpm, fuel level with low-fuel warning, low oil pressure warning, hour meter and check engine light with self-diagnostic functions. But let’s be honest, how often are we looking at the gauges on a PWC? There is also a digital display between the two larger gauges.

The display and console of the Yamaha FZR SVHO.


Just above the display is the release button to open the forward storage area which has plenty of room for additional PFD’s, towels, snacks, and lines for a day on the water. There is additional storage aft of the handlebars as well as dry-storage under the aft seat for a total of 21.3 gallons (81 L). Also notice the positioning of the wing mirrors -- they are in close for better visibility and that also prevents them from striking the dock.

A Racing Hull

The hull of the FZR SVHO is often an overlooked detail, but this is actually one of the most important. The design, with its curving elliptical chines on the bow and strakes leading aft of the running surface are what provides the handling and turning performance that the FZR series has become known for. The images on this page demonstrate very well the vehicle's water contact profile as the driver is powering out of a turn. The design also distributes the contact area in a way that provides a relatively softer ride. With more power from the SVHO engine, Yamaha has also added new sponsons to the FZR, for additional control in aggressive turns.

Design of the NanoXcel hull for the FZR SVHO.

Side and aft view of the new sponsons for the Yamaha FZR SVHO watercraft.
FZR SVHO in competition with the Super Vortex High Output 1.8L supercharged engine.

Heart of the Beast

It sounds cliché, but the heart of the FZR SVHO really is the engine, and the new Super Vortex High Output 1.8L supercharged 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, purpose-built watercraft engine has several advancements over previous engines. Yamaha tells us the SVHO produces more than 20% more power and torque than its predecessor, the SHO engine. This has been achieved through engineering which includes a larger intercooler, larger supercharger intake, redesigned oil cooler, newly designed forged pistons, and a race-inspired 8-vein 160mm pump impeller. This engine is fed by an 18.5 gallon (70 L) fuel tank tucked up neatly under the forward console, leaving excellent room and access in the engine compartment. For a full report on the SVHO engine - 

Redesigned FZR SVHO intake grate is intended to direct more water into the jet pump unit.

New Water Intake.

Yamaha has redesigned the intake grate with what it calls a new top loader version intended to increase water flow to the jet pump to increase pump output and efficiency. The jet pump unit has a diameter of 160mm and its 8-vein impeller mounted in a 75mm hub, provides more thrust than the previous pump units. All of the drive components are manufactured from an aluminum alloy and have no painted surfaces, which helps to reduce the threat of corrosion, according to Yamaha.

Yamaha FZR SVHO 160mm 8-vein impeller section with a 75mm hub.
The complete transmission unit showing the direct drive shaft from the engine, the intake grate, and the 160mm impeller and nozzle sections. All manufactured from aluminum alloys with no painted surfaces dramatically reduces the threat of corrosion.

Some of the standard features of the FZR SVHO include:

• Telescopic steering
• Fastback seat
• Reverse, with Traction Control

• Quick Shift Trim System
• Yamaha Engine Management System
• Reboarding step
• Multifunction instrumentation panel
• Analog meter
• Digital meter
• Security mode
• Remote transmitter
Yamaha FZR
Best cruise for the Yamaha FZR was 26.6 mph at 4000 rpm, giving the boat 6.32 gph. It also reached 30 mph in 1.3 seconds.


Given the track record of the Yamaha watercraft engines and the 1.8L block, we expect that the FZR SVHO will continue to add to the reliability legacy that Yamaha enjoys. In fact, the vast majority of PWC rental companies choose Yamaha vehicles for their reliability.* Given the FZR's overall quality and design, and its improved performance over her predecessors, we feel it is worth the nearly $15k price tag. Our overall impression is that this is a machine that allows all weekend-warriors to feel like they race.

Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Yamaha FZR SVHO (2016-) is 69.1 mph (111.2 kph), burning 18.65 gallons per hour (gph) or 70.59 liters per hour (lph).
  • Time from 0 to 30 of the Yamaha FZR SVHO (2016-) is 1.3 sec. seconds.


Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!


Pricing Range: $14,799.00

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
1200 3.8 3.3 0.5 8.4 7.3 141 122 0
2000 5.5 4.7 1.0 5.5 4.7 91 79 0
3000 7.7 6.7 1.7 4.5 3.9 75 65 0
4000 26.6 23.1 4.2 6.3 5.5 105 92 0
5000 41.0 35.7 7.5 5.5 4.8 92 80 0
6000 53.7 46.7 10.5 5.1 4.4 85 74 0
7000 64.3 55.9 16.4 3.9 3.4 65 57 0
7300 69.1 60.1 18.7 3.7 3.2 62 54 0
1200 122 227 6.10 1.70 3.59 0
2000 79 146 8.90 3.79 2.32 0
3000 65 121 12.40 6.44 1.91 0
4000 92 169 42.80 15.90 2.69 0
5000 80 148 66.00 28.20 2.34 0
6000 74 137 86.40 39.75 2.17 0
7000 57 105 103.50 62.08 1.67 0
7300 54 100 111.20 70.60 1.58 0

All speeds are measured by a hand held Stalker PRO radar gun and a hand help digital timer, so the human elements is a factor. Temperature, saltwater versus fresh, load, and water conditions are all a factor and the reason why test results may vary.