"It's Time to Spank the Spark again in 2018"
The Yamaha product line is arguably the strongest it’s ever been. In an industry that’s already enjoying an 11% bump in the October 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017 sales period, the brand is enjoying its own impressive 18% increase in sales, with the VX and EX lines proving particularly strong.
Introduced for the 2017 model year, the EX series continues to consist of three boats for 2018– the EX, EX Sport, and EX Deluxe. All shorter in length, lighter in weight, and more affordable than any three-passenger model the company has offered before, EX models are powered by a slightly tamed version of the 1,049cc three-cylinder TR-1 engine, a compact powerplant with exceptional fuel economy.
Now the midrange offering in the 2018 Yamaha WaveRunner Lineup, the VX models continue to shine in sales. The VX ($9,599), VX Deluxe ($10,399), VX Cruiser ($10,699), and VX Limited ($11,099) all utilize the TR-1 engine High Output engine; the VX Cruiser HO ($11,299) opts for the high output version of Yamaha’s familiar naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter. All feature RiDE, a system that enhances low-speed control with dual throttles for forward and reverse, as well as the ability to rapidly decelerate at speed.
The GP 1800, VXR and SuperJet all return as the performance cornerstones of the 2018 Yamaha WaveRunner lineup.
The GP 1800 ($13,999) has quickly made its mark. Combining the Super Vortex High Output variation of the supercharged 1.8-liter motor with a second-generation NanoXcel 2 hull, the craft is the epitome of power-to-weight ratio. The hull’s defined strakes, soft bow chines and race-proven keel design combine to give the craft a lean-in, aggressive ride that arguably make the craft the hardest-cornering model currently available. The RiDE system and electronic trim round out the offerings. One new addition? A “sticky” seat material to give riders better grip.
The VXR ($11,999) continues to go the naturally aspirated route, using that same 1,812cc engine but foregoing the supercharger and opting for the first generation of NanoXcel. Otherwise, it’s like the GP 1800 Lite, also offering both RiDE and electronic trim.
At the top of the food chain in the 2018 Yamaha WaveRunner lineup, the FX series continues to include the FX HO ($13,299), FX Cruiser HO ($13,799), FX SVHO ($15,299), FX Cruiser SVHO ($15,999) and FX Limited SVHO ($16,899). All feature RiDE, and five-position electronic trim control. The Limited SVHO, Cruiser SVHO and FX SVHO feature the second-generation NanoXcel 2 construction in hulls, decks, and liners. Yamaha notes the switch to Nano2 alone reduces weight of an SVHO model by 46 pounds