Yamaha FZR (2012-2013)
(w/ 1 x Yamaha 1.8L supercharged 1812cc 4-stroke)

All videos and test numbers for this model are archived.

To get full access to videos, please subscribe to our pay-per-view service.

Text Size: AAA
FZR (2012-2013)
Yamaha FZR (2012-2013) Test Video

This 2013 two-seater is one of Yamaha’s FZ WaveRunner series. Crank the telescopic handlebars into a tight turn at high speed and you’ll quickly feel the difference. The race-inspired hull was engineered with the aggressive, stand-up rider in mind. What this hot new musclecraft lacks in gadgets, it more than makes up for in handling and performance.

Key Features

  • NanoXcel hull and deck
  • 1.8 liter, supercharged, super high output Yamaha marine engine
  • Electronic fuel injection
  • One-piece cylinder and crankcase assembly
  • Wet sump lubrication
  • Reverse with traction control technology
  • High flow intake duct and grate
  • Racing-inspired fastback seat
  • Dual analog meters
  • 21.3 gallons of total storage
  • Re-boarding step
  • Available in Carbon


Yamaha FZR (2012-2013) Specifications
Length Overall 11' 0''
3.37 m
Dry Weight 807 lbs.
366 kg.
Beam 4' 0''
1.23 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft N/A Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 18.5 gal.
70 L
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity none
Deadrise/Transom N/A Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
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.

Engine Options

Yamaha FZR (2012-2013) Engine options
Std. Power 1.8 L supercharged 1812cc SHO
Tested Power 1 x Yamaha 1.8L supercharged 1812cc 4-stroke
Opt. Power Not Available

Yamaha FZR (2012-2013) Captain's Report

Yamaha FZR

A Supercharged Motor

The FZR is built around Yamaha’s 1812cc supercharged, 4-stroke engine. It’s said to be the biggest engine ever to be produced for a production personal watercraft. They don’t reveal the exact horsepower, but let’s just say that there’s plenty, and it delivers! I accelerated like a rocket, and my GPS and radar gun clicked off 68.1 mph on the straight-line runs. And the FZR, like all of Yamaha’s WaveRunners, is optimized to run on regular unleaded gas.

Yamaha FZR

An All-New Hull

To make this new model work as they wanted, the racing-minded guys at Yamaha’s watercraft division knew that a new hull design was necessary to deliver the kind of ride they had in mind. They put all their years of experience and know-how to work and it shows; from the keel to the rails. To start, there is an oversized intake duct to compliment the super high-output engine. It provides increased thrust, which improves acceleration and gives you much better hook-up through the turns. The nozzle has a trim adjustment on the left handgrip so you can trim-out the ride to suit the conditions. A full length dihedral keel offers directional stability and contributes to high-speed turning response. The full length lifting strakes appear to be slightly oversized in sectional dimensions. The lift means less total wetted hull surface which reduces drag. The angled outside chines are really effective. They give you a lean-in, edge-to-edge ride through the turns. This was the most noticeable difference in the ride; I was able to execute turns at a much higher speed on the FZs than I’ve been used to. And I’m sure that the hull material, Yamaha’s proprietary NanoXcel, makes a contribution to the ride as well. This stuff’s stronger and lighter than conventional fiberglass, and it looks great, too.

Yamaha FZR

Gadget-free, Except Where it Counts

Don’t expect to find the amenities that are included with Yamaha’s luxury models. That’s not what the FZR is all about. Like I said, the focus of this design process was on solo, stand-up riding, although not strictly limited to that activity. Tilt steering, it was decided, just didn’t cut it. Instead, they came up with a functional telescopic steering system which allows the rider to stand-up without hunching too far forward. The middle position lets you sit upright to cruise for a bit to catch your breath. If you’re the type who owns an all-out performance bike, get ready to sit real low and feel right at home, while edge-to-edge banking through the turns at high speed!

Yamaha FZR

“Muscle Car” Styling

The styling caters to my love of the classic muscle cars from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The instruments are set in rounded bezels in the curved forward console. On either side of the cowling is a chrome intake grill. It speaks to the builder’s racing heritage. Although the seat has a shorter, trimmed look, to match the rest of the lines, it accommodates two, should you want to bring someone along for the ride. The color also says Yamaha - a metallic version of their classic Racing Blue. They didn’t forget to give you some space to pack a lunch and refreshments either. There’s storage up forward, under the seat, and at the handlebars. When you’re standing or moving around the deck, Yamaha’s Hydra-Mat deck surface is easy on the feet while offering an aggressive non-skid quality on the big aft deck and in the deep footwells.

Yamaha FZR

A Thrilling Ride

Like I’ve said, the two seat FZR and its three seat sister the FZS were not designed for the luxury performance market. Forget about anything else, because the FZR is all about solo, stand up riding; going all out, hooking up through the turns and having pulse-pounding acceleration! You can still bring someone else along (when you have no other choice, that is!).

When I got to the test site, I was fully prepared by my hosts to expect something new and different. I got on the FZR and banged a few high-speed turns right away just to see if it was capable of delivering what they promised. I was immediately impressed. In fact, I was a little tentative at first, because the ride was somewhat different, but not in a bad way. I could maintain my speed while leaning into a turn, more so than I normally could. I felt like I was sticking to the machine instead of feeling like it was trying to throw me off. Before long I noticed that I was grinning as I carved up the lake.

Yamaha FZR

By now you’ve probably figured out that the FZR is not designed around family use. That’s not a bad thing because not everyone has a family who wants this kind of excitement. But, if you typically ride solo or two-up and you’re of the more athletic, performance and action oriented type, you really need to check out Yamaha’s all-new FZR.

Yamaha FZR

Yamaha FZR (2012-2013) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Yamaha FZR (2012-2013) 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 FZR (2012-2013) is 21.5 mph (34.6 kph), and the boat gets 5.38 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.29 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 89 miles (143.23 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x Yamaha 1.8L supercharged 1812cc 4-stroke.
  • Time from 0 to 30 of the Yamaha FZR (2012-2013) is 1.5 sec. seconds.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Yamaha FZR (2012-2013) Standard and Optional Equipment

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Yamaha FZR (2012-2013) Warranty

Yamaha FZR (2012-2013) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years 1 year limited warranty

Yamaha FZR (2012-2013) Price

Yamaha FZR (2012-2013) Price
Pricing Range $13,999.00
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 numbers for this model are archived.