To be perfectly clear, the VXS and VXR are identical machines with one or two features. The team at Yamaha tells us that the mission of the VXS it to provide the best possible high-performance watercraft in a no-frills low-cost package. With this in mind, we set out to test and review the VXS. The first thing we noticed was that the production weight of this watercraft was only 765 lbs. (347 kg) and that the 1812cc 4-stroke, four-cylinder marine engine was NOT supercharged. What's more the dash and handle bars were not decorated like a Christmas tree with lots of things to look at and fiddle with. Yamaha certainly got the no-frills part right, but what about the performance and handling and who is the VXS really designed for?