The brief was clear - blend together all the advanced technology, superior performance and handling, exclusive innovations and sheer reliability for which WaveRunners are renowned the world over, but in an even more affordable, even more powerful and even more stable 3-seater package. A tough call you might say.
The result, Yamaha's new VX, is set to introduce a whole new generation of riders and families to the fun of watercraft riding - and to open up an exhilarating world of enjoyment.
Powered by Yamaha's award-winning TR-1 engine
The VX is powered by a High Output version of Yamaha's award-winning TR-1, a 3-cylinder marine engine that despite its punchy torque and impressive power, is 40% smaller, 20 percent lighter, and provides even better fuel economy than the legendary 4-cylinder Yamaha MR-1.
Advanced Throttle Control on the VX - that's RiDE®
Despite its affordable price, the VX features Yamaha's unique and exclusive RiDE® system, the most intuitive driving experience on the water. Squeeze the right handlebar lever to go forward. Squeeze the left lever for reverse. At speed, the left handlebar lever will also slow you down. Simplicity itself, even for novices.
Stable, easy-handling hull
Even with the huge advantage of the RiDE system, less experienced or younger riders will appreciate the extra confidence and comfort that a solid-feeling hull design gives them. So the new VX, like our popular EX models, has a strong and stable SMC hull - proven in the toughest conditions.
Very practical features
The clear, easy-read multi-function instruments are a joy to use and keep the rider informed of key functions, as well as the status of the RiDE system. There's plenty of practical watertight storage (even twin cupholders) together with comfortable deck mats and a re-boarding step. For even more added fun, a towhook comes as standard - and for safety, the large dual mirrors help the driver see what's happening behind.
Exclusive, game-changing features keep WaveRunners in front as the machines of choice
What really makes the difference when it comes to choosing a watercraft? According to our loyal owners, its knowing that they are buying the best of the best - the one with the sort of innovative features and performance that no other watercraft can offer them.
Riding made easier and more relaxing
A great example is Yamaha's unique and exclusive RiDE® system, standard on most models, which is a complete revolution in control and makes it unlike any other watercraft. Ever.
At the heart of RiDE are the industry's first dual handlebar throttle levers that deliver new levels of precision and control, whether you're moving forwards, in reverse - or just having fun carving some turns.
It's the most intuitive driving experience on the water. Just squeeze the right handlebar lever to go forward. Squeeze the left lever for slowing down from speed - and squeeze the right handlebar lever for selecting neutral. Squeeze the left lever again for great control in reverse. No shifting. No gears. The only thing to think about is how much fun it is to RiDE.
Try finding another watercraft that's so relaxing and easy to handle - or one that offers models with push-button remote security, electronic or manual quick-shift (QSTS) trim systems, electronic throttle control and a host of features like clear, accurate multi-function instruments, comfortable re-boarding facilities and practical, spacious storage options. It won't be easy.
Power and performance for fun
At the heart of every WaveRunner is a technically advanced marine engine that has earned a legendary reputation for smooth, impressive power, reliability and economy. Whether it's the award-winning 1049cc 3-cylinder TR-1 unit or the supercharged High Output version of our 1812cc engine that powers the awesome GP1800, it has been designed to deliver a level of power and performance unequalled in the industry. Our owners know that - it's yet another WaveRunner advantage that 'makes the difference' - and makes it the right choice.
The Yamaha WaveRunner line-up for 2018
Leading the way is the much-admired FX Series that combines exhilarating performance levels with ultimate luxury. This is an impressive 4-model line-up and includes the FX SVHO, FX Cruiser SVHO, FX HO and FX Cruiser HO.
With its focus firmly on family fun, the 3-model EX Series brings an amazing level of affordability to the 3-seater watercraft sector with gutsy performance, combined with stable, easy handling and economical running costs.
Yamaha's 14-model line-up also includes the four fully-featured, yet value-packed VX Series models, which for 2018, includes the brand new VX.
High Performance and Racing
The mega-performance, supercharged GP1800 is the undisputed star at the head of the pack and in demand worldwide, alongside its sister high-performer, the VXR. The unique and unmistakeable SuperJet, yet another Yamaha legend of the racing world, is exclusively for competition use, and is as much in demand as ever.
And at a glance …
FX Cruiser SVHO®
FX Cruiser® HO
VX Cruiser® HO
For the availability of the models please contact your national Yamaha press officer for more detailed information and the local retail price.