Yamaha introduced new models, redesigns, and upgrades to its WaveRunner Line of personal watercraft. From lighter hulls to revamped technology intended to improve the overall rider experience, the announcements were made at the company’s annual dealer meeting in San Diego, California, where Yamaha set out its strategy for continued growth.
Key announcements included:
For 2019, Yamaha added the EXR to the most affordable series of WaveRunner personal watercraft. Yamaha says it is the most powerful and lightweight Rec Lite watercraft on the water today. With a three-cylinder TR-1® HO marine engine, the EXR comes with a modified engine control unit (ECU) that increases horsepower by ten percent compared to the rest of the EX line, according to the manufacturer. The EXR weighs 540 lb. (245 kg), 60 lb. (27 kg) less than the EX Deluxe, owing to its construction using lightweight NanoXcel® 2 hull and deck material, according to Yamaha.
The builder says the EXR also features a top-loader intake grate and a 40mm pump extension for more agile handling and performance, and couples it with Yamaha’s RiDE® dual-throttle system for exceptional maneuverability. “No one has developed a watercraft quite like the EXR,” said Scott Watkins, Yamaha WaterCraft’s WaveRunner product planner. “With its combination of high performance and ultra light weight, it offers the best power to weight in its class, and customers are going to find that it’s a blast to ride, unlike anything else on the water today.”
Yamaha’s series of luxury performance personal watercraft has some changes in store for the 2019 model year.
Yamaha added upgraded top-loader intake grates that feed water to the top end of the impeller to improve prop traction and keep the pump hooked up to maintain maximum thrust when turning, and in rough water, according to the company. Yamaha says race-designed ride plates are not just for reducing bow rise during quick acceleration – they also provide more predictable handling in rough water.
The planing surface is angled to give the GP1800R the correct running attitude for top speed, while the edges help the PWC track straight, the builder says. The VXR has those new attributes, as well as a weight-reducing NanoXcel 2 hull. “With the 2019 performance upgrades, we took designs that were proven on the race course by the best riders in the world, and made it something customers can get right out of the box,” said Watkins. “The result is a whole new character to these WaveRunners, that recreational riders and racers alike will find fuels their desire for ultra-high-performance experiences on the water with unbelievable handling.”
2019 Yamaha Sport Boat Models:
Yamaha FX Series:
FX Limited SVHO®, FX Cruiser SVHO®, FX SVHO®, FX Cruiser® High Output, FX® High Output
Yamaha VX Series:
VX® Limited, VX High Output, VX Cruiser®, VX Deluxe, VX, VX-C™
Yamaha EX Series:
EXR™, EX Deluxe, EX Sport, EX®
Yamaha Race Series:
GP1800R™, VXR®, SuperJet™