The Yamaha V1 is a watercraft design for the first-time buyer and can accommodate up to three persons. It takes advantage of Yamaha’s extensive racing and manufacturing experience to provide a level of performance and features expected by today's demanding buyers. A key feature of this machine compared to other entry-level watercraft is the overall quality of the fit-and-finish, materials used, and its engine. The V1 is offered in two versions, the V1, which is the basic version, and the V1 Sport, which offers several additional features.
A large focus was placed on the performance of the V1 with the use of the proven 1052cc four-cylinder, 4-stroke engine that has been designed specifically for use as a watercraft engine. Entry-level PWCs tend to be under powered, but the V1 is not, thanks in part to the 155mm high pressure jet-pump unit that has been matched with the engine. Weight is also a factor in performance and the 736 lbs. (334 kg) of dry weight on the V1 is a good starting point, especially when factoring in a full 18.5 gallon (70 L) fuel tank at approximately 111 lbs. (50 kg), giving a rough operating weight of 847 lbs. (384 kg).
There were two clear results from this in our testing: the first of which was a top speed of 53.7 mph at 8000 rpm while burning 7.4 gallons per hour. The second was the feeling of power in the lower speed range with passengers on board. Although the 1052cc engine is slightly smaller in displacement than others in class, it’s a four-cylinder (not three) and has an exceptional computer mapping program which allows it to provide power and fuel economy in the midrange, normal operating speeds. For instance, during our test we spent most of our time driving around 25 to 35 mph between 5300 and 6500 rpm. At these speeds, the fuel burn was between 2.7 and 4.8 gallons per hour. This means a full tank of fuel will provide approximately five hours of normal operation.
The engine is connected via direct drive to a 155mm high-pressure jet pump unit. Direct drive means that there is no transmission involved and the output drive shaft from the engine connects with the impeller on it in the jet pump unit. The impeller itself is a three-blade design made from stainless steel. All the components of the jet pump unit are manufactured from an aluminum alloy which provides excellent anti-corrosion protection in salt water.
When it came to the looks of the V1, Yamaha stayed true to its existing design aesthetics and chose simple flowing lines. We should note that the color on the V1, as with all Yamaha WaveRunners, is achieved through premium automotive paint and a clear coat. This is important with regard to significantly reducing the effects of fading from UV exposure. It also holds its fresh color and looks longer than gelcoat. When it came to color schemes, there is only one, which helps Yamaha keep the costs down. Other features, such as a tow hook, wing mirrors and a digital helm display, come standard.
The seat design on the V1 also facilitates an observer as towing has become popular with watercraft. There is a handhold behind the seat so an aft facing observer can feel secure while keeping an eye on what’s going on at the end of the tow line. The large aft deck and the foot wells are covered in non-slip matting and aid in the re-boarding process.
Maintenance for the V1 is simple and easily performed. Other than checking some connection points on the jet pump nozzle each year, the annual oil and oil/air filter change are really all that is needed. Yamaha Watercraft has enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for reliability and very low maintenance over the years. The engine itself is very easy to work on with the oil filter positioned with plenty of room to remove and replace it. The air filter is up out of the way and a snap to change. The only maintenance outside of the obvious oil changes, really comes down to just a visual check of the components from year to year.
In addition to the NanoXcel hull, the V1 has a seat design that deserves some attention. The scalloped back for the driver and the width and angle of the seat were well-thought out by the Yamaha team. It allows the driver to be comfortable as well as providing an ergonomic way for the riders' legs to help hold on in the turns.
Just like an electronic car key, the Yamaha remote transmitter can electronically lock a V1 when left on the beach or at the dock, preventing anyone from being able to start it. It can also be used to engage Low RPM Mode. This limits the engine from revving over a certain RPM setting which will come in handy with new riders. It can even be used to help conserve fuel.
In lower priced models of PWCs, storage is usually the first thing to disappear, but not in the V1. There is a total of 15.1 gallons (57 L) of storage and the forward compartment is the largest, capable of holding several PFDs, line and other items.
Yamaha's Engine Management System
, is an integrated, computerized management system that controls and adjusts such functions as ignition timing, fuel injection, and engine diagnostics.
The ride of the V1 is smooth and controlled with plenty of kick off the line. Turns are precise and forgiving. For that reason it's hard to get in trouble. The hull throws the spray low and out to the sides, even in wind. At speed, the ride is firm and not loose in any way. We cruised along at 30 to 32 mph most of the time, which was right around 6000 rpm. At that setting we were burning 3.2 gph which means at least 5.5 hours of running time, calculated with a 10% reserve.
All of our speed runs averaged 53 mph, which is more than respectable for a 1052cc engine. For those wondering if there is enough power, the answer is yes. Newcomers to the sport should not have the feeling that they should have gone bigger.
The V1 after all is a Yamaha, a company that is hyper-obsessed with details, and this is evident in all parts of this PWC. All components are high-quality and hardware is aircraft grade aluminum or stainless. Something not widely known is that all Yamaha WaveRunners are painted, not gelcoat; they utilize a premium automotive paint for shine, durability and fade protection, as we have already mentioned above.
We think that the Yamaha V1 hits the mark when it comes to an affordable PWC that offers a balance between features and performance for the whole family. It is well-built and offers a state-of-the-art engine with proven reliability.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Yamaha V1 (2015-) is 53.7 mph (86.4 kph), burning 7.40 gallons per hour (gph) or 28.01 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Yamaha V1 (2015-) is 31.2 mph (50.2 kph), and the boat gets 10.06 miles per gallon (mpg) or 4.28 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 168 miles (270.37 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 1052cc Yamaha Marine engine.
- Time from 0 to 30 of the Yamaha V1 (2015-) is 2.7 sec. seconds.
Standard and Optional Features
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