Differences Between Models
The two models of the FZ Series are both designed for pure speed and performance. Subtle differences separate the two. Let’s take a look at the differences first.
The FZR has a more contoured seat, the Fastback seat. It not only provides better ergonomics but also improves lateral support when cranking through the turns. On the flip side, the FZS has a more passenger-friendly 3 person seat.
Tow and Wake Sports
The FZR has no accommodations for towing, while the FZS has a tow hook under the rear of the seat.
The FZR is only available in Pure White with a Torch Red Metallic Hull. The FZS is offered in either Azure Blue Metallic with Pure White, or Pure White with Electric Green.Otherwise, the two models share all the same performance features. Let’s go through them.
This is the heart of the beast. This is a 1.8L, 1812cc supercharged 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, Super Vortex High Output Yamaha Marine Engine.
Now it’s even been given a shot of adrenaline with some key features--
Intercooler improves efficiency by 25%. Power from any engine comes from expansion of gasses when igniting fuel. Simple enough. And warm air expands more than cold air. We’ve known this since grade school physics. But what if colder air was injected into the engine. That air would be less dense so we could fit more of it into the same space. And when it’s heated it would expand greater and provide more power. Cooling the air is the intercooler’s job. This not only improves power but reduces the amount of fuel needed. This latest intercooler is larger and 25% more efficient.
Newly designed forged pistons are 30% stronger to increase performance.
Supercharger air intake volume increased by 20%. The Yamaha supercharger, long considered the best in the industry, was made even better by taking another cue from the race team. Now it features a 7-blade, 86mm impeller increasing the boost by 22%.
Oil cooler efficiency improved by 110%.
Modified to increase fuel flow with larger injectors.
The SVHO engine is the largest displacement engine in the personal watercraft industry at 1812cc.
NanoXcel has long been a proprietary technology used by Yamaha in the development of its WaveRunners. It’s an interesting technology where the hull form starts out as a flexible sheet. Under extreme pressure, the NanoXcel hardens into a solid. In the case of the Yamahas, the extreme pressure is applied from a press molded into the shape of the WaveRunner hull. When the two pieces are separated, out comes the formed hull that is stronger, and up to 25% lighter than its fiberglass counterpart.Refining the process even more led to the NanoXcel 2 hull and deck. This latest generation of the technology further reduces hull weight by another 35 lbs. (16 kg), thereby providing more speed, quicker response and livelier action. Running strakes grip the water and provide instant response to driver input.
Additional Performance Features
Carbon Fiber Visor
This water-dipped visor helps reduce weight even more while still maintaining strength.
Quick-shift Trim System
Trim capability is an essential feature of any race machine and on the FZ Series, a manual trim allows for shifting on the fly. Simply squeeze the left trigger and rotate the handle to change the trim of the jet exhaust nozzle. This system offers 24-degrees of total trim range.
A release lever under the handlebar allows for adjusting the steering height for different riders and rider styles. Three positions are available to dial in the comfort level that’s desired.
Additional General Features
These mats cover the decking of the FZ Series of WaveRunners and allow for better gripping. As an added benefit, they also stay cool to the touch even in direct sunlight.
The FZ Series of WaveRunners have 21.3 gallons (81 L) of storage in three separate compartments. The front compartment is the largest and is accessed from releasing a latch at the front of the visor. Another compartment is just ahead of the driver and is idea for holding smaller items such as sun screen, glasses and vessel registration. It includes a set of beverage holders and a separate storage area. Lastly, there’s a watertight storage bin under the seat. This one is accessed from a screw-on top fitted with an O-ring to prevent water intrusion. Grabbing the handle and lifting will remove the entire bin for transport.
Swim Deck/Reboarding Step
In the case of the FZ Series, there’s a swim deck at the rear and a spring-loaded flip-down reboarding step eases reboarding from the rear deck.
A manual reverse is offered on the FZ models. To the right side of the body, there is a handle that gets lifted to lower/engage the reverse bucket and deflects the jet thrust forward, thereby reversing the WaveRunner. Having this on the right side is not an afterthought. Due to its location, the throttle is by default de-activated before reverse is engaged.
Pricing and Observations
For everything needed to get maximum performance out of a WaveRunner, just as the Yamaha team has, the price is a cool $14,799. Be advised, the FZ Series is not for beginners. There are plenty of other Yamaha models that can and will be more appealing to newcomers. But for those looking to get the best performance possible from a watercraft, this is it.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Yamaha FZS (2016-) is 68.1 mph (109.6 kph), burning 20.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 76.46 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Yamaha FZS (2016-) is 21.3 mph (34.3 kph), and the boat gets 5.33 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.27 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 89 miles (143.23 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 1812cc Yamaha supercharged four-stroke.
- Time from 0 to 30 of the Yamaha FZS (2016-) is 1.5 sec. seconds.
Standard and Optional Features
1 year limited warranty