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2007-2014 Yamaha VX Deluxe Review and Specs [Video]

2007-2014 Yamaha VX Deluxe Review and Specs [Video]

The 2007-2014 Yamaha VX Deluxe was the midrange model in the extremely popular VX family. Its brothers were the base VX Sport and the high-end VX Cruiser. These skis were built on the first-generation VX hull from 2005 through 2017.

If you want to find out more about this popular Recreation WaveRunner, this post is for you.

We at JetDrift have compiled all you need to know into this Yamaha VX Deluxe review!

2007-2014 Yamaha VX Deluxe Review

The Yamaha VX Line

The Yamaha VX line was released when the innovative VX110 Sport and Deluxe hit the market in 2005.

Two years later this family was rebranded as “VX” and expanded with the high-end VX Cruiser.

The much sportier VXS and VXR were also released in the early 2010s, as the most powerful VX WaveRunners available.

In a nutshell, these first-generation VX WaveRunners were as follows:

Yamaha VX Deluxe Hull and Top Deck

Each 2005-2014 Yamaha VX was built on the first-generation VX hull, and the VX Deluxe was no exception. (The VX deck was revamped in 2010, but the hull remained unchanged from 2005 through 2014.)

This innovative PWC platform was specifically engineered for the 4-stroke MR1 marine engine.

Compared to its predecessors with 2-stroke engines, this shell was larger, heavier, and much more stable. On the other hand, it was smaller and more nimble than the bulky FX platform.

As far as dimensions go, this first-generation VX hull was 126.8 inches long, 46.1 inches wide, and 45.3 inches high.

Just like the hull, the top deck was carried over unchanged from the VX110, but it got a refresh for the 2010 season. The new VX deck was more spacious and enjoyed a fresh design.

Regarding capacities, the VX Deluxe could carry three persons and plenty of gear up to 530 pounds.

Its storage capacity was 17.8 gallons, divided into a 1.4-gallon glovebox and a 16.4-gallon front storage compartment.

Even though the design of the ski didn’t significantly change, its weight varied greatly by the model year.

For example, the dry weight of the 2005 VX Deluxe was 710 pounds, which increased up to 745 pounds for 2013. In the following season, the weight of the ski dropped to 681 pounds thanks to the new lightweight NonoXcel1 material.

For the 2015 model year, Yamaha redesigned the VX line, which returned with a second-generation VX hull and a refreshed top deck.

Yamaha VX Deluxe Engine

The Yamaha VX Deluxe shared its big-bore MR1 Yamaha marine engine with the rest of the VX family. This unit was a 4-stroke, 1052cc, DOHC, inline-3 powerhouse that offered a restricted performance of 102hp at 8000 RPM.

Just like its small-bore, 998cc sibling, this 1052cc MR1 engine was also a marinized sportbike engine, coming from the Yamaha R1 motorcycle series.

Hence the name “M(arine)R1”.

The most important specifications of this 1052cc MR1 engine were as follows:

  • 4-stroke, Inline-3 architecture
  • Bore x stroke: 76 x 58 mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.4:1
  • Dry sump lubrication
  • DOHC
  • TCI ignition system
  • Fuel injection system
  • Electric start
  • Open-loop cooling system
  • NGK CR9EB spark plugs

Yamaha VX Deluxe Features

Unlike the base VX Sport, the VX Deluxe came standard with a manual reverse system, dual mirrors, beverage holder, and a security system featuring a remote key fob and a Low-RPM mode.

The features shared between these models were as follows:

  • Front storage compartment (16.4 US gal)
  • Glovebox (1.4 US gal)
  • Fire extinguisher container
  • Tool kit
  • Deck mats
  • Bow and stern eyes
  • Engine cut-off switch
  • Engine shut-off cord (safety lanyard)
  • Tilt steering
  • Drain plugs
  • Rope holes
  • Rear grab handle
  • One-piece saddle
  • Fuel cock knob
  • Ski tow eye
  • Sponsons
  • Finger throttle lever
  • Cooling water pilot outlet
  • Visibility spout
The VX Deluxe was also equipped with a digital information center, which displayed a lot of useful information, including:
  • Speedometer
  • Tachometer
  • Fuel level meter
  • Hour meter/Voltmeter
  • Check engine warning indicator
  • Fuel warning indicator
  • Oil pressure warning indicator
  • Engine overheat warning indicator
  • “WARNING” light
  • “SECURITY” indicator

Yamaha VX Deluxe Top Speed and Performance

Thanks to its lively engine, you could expect the top speed of the VX Deluxe to be in the ballpark of 52-54 mph on GPS or radar. At this speed, the engine used 7.4-8 gph and offered a riding time of 2.14-2.3 hours

As reported by the manufacturer, the 2014 VX Deluxe with the 18.5-gallon fuel tank and lightweight NanoXcel platform could reach 155 miles on one tank of gas.

Not bad from a Recreation WaveRunner!

Regarding riding experience, the VX hull proved to be fairly stable and predictable, making the ski appealing for novice riders and rental shops.

Its manual reverse was also a nice addition that made docking and launching much easier.

Yamaha VX Deluxe Problems

There’s no question that the first-generation VX Deluxe was one of the most reliable Yamaha WaveRunner ever built.

Its larger displacement MR1 engine was de-tuned for 102hp, which translated into outstanding durability. (As a comparison, the same engine in the early FX HOs cranked out 160hp!)

Despite this, the VX Deluxe had some minor design flaws, which were as follows:

  • Spark plug corrosion: The threads of the plugs in the MR1 engine were prone to rusting. In unfortunate cases, the corroded plugs could even break off into the cylinder head. This issue could be prevented by applying some anti-seize grease on the threads before each installation.
  • Weak throttle cable: The throttle cable of the VX Deluxe was also fairly weak and tended to bend or crack over time, causing throttle malfunctions.
  • Defective mirrors: The mirrors on the Deluxe were not only placed in an awkward position, but also tended to break over time.

Yamaha VX Deluxe Specs Charts

For your convenience, we’ve listed the main specifications of the 2007 Yamaha VX Deluxe in these charts:(Please note the specs may vary by the model year.)

Yamaha VX Deluxe Engine Specs

2007 Yamaha VX DeluxeEngine Specs
Type4-stroke
Number of cylinders3
Displacement1052 cm³ (64.2 cu in.)
Bore and Stroke76 × 58 mm (2.99 × 2.28 in)
Compression Ratio11.4:1
Lubrication systemDry sump
Cooling SystemWater cooled
Starting SystemElectric starter
Ignition SystemT.C.I.
Spark Plug Gap0.7-0.8 mm (0.028-0.031 in)
Spark Plugs TypeNGK CR9EB
Battery Capacity12 V 19 Ah
Charging systemFlywheel magneto

Yamaha VX Deluxe Drive Unit

2007 Yamaha VX DeluxeDrive System
Propulsion SystemJet pump
Jet Pump TypeAxial flow, single stage
Impeller RotationCounterclockwise
Jet Thrust Nozzle Horizontal Angle24 + 24 degree

Yamaha VX Deluxe Performance

2007 Yamaha VX DeluxePerformance
Maximum Output102hp (75.0 kW) @ 8,000 RPM
Maximum Fuel Consumption7.4 US gal/h (28 L/h)
Cruising Range at full throttle2.14 hr.
Trolling speed1,650 +/-50 r/min

Yamaha VX Deluxe Dimensions

2007 Yamaha VX DeluxeDimensions
Overall Length126.8 in (3,220 mm)
Overall Width46.1 in (1,170 mm)
Overall Height45.3 in (1,150 mm)
Dry Weight710 lb (322 kg)
Maximum capacity3 riders/530 lb

Yamaha VX Deluxe Fuel and Oil

2007 Yamaha VX DeluxeFuel and Oil
FuelRegular Unleaded Gasoline
Minimum Octane Rating86 PON /90 RON
Recommended engine oilSAE 10W-30, 20W-40, 20W-50, API SE, SF, SG, SH, SJ, SL
Fuel tank capacity15.9 US gal (60 L)
Engine oil quantity (w/ oil filter)2.33 US qt. (2.2 L)
Engine oil quantity (w/o oil filter)2.11 US qt. (2.0 L)
Total Amount4.55 US qt. (4.3 L)
These charts are for informational purposes only! For exact specifications, please refer to the factory manual.

Takeaways

As a takeaway, we’ve answered the most common questions about the Yamaha VX Deluxe:

What is a Yamaha VX Deluxe?

The VX Deluxe was a 3-seater Recreation Yamaha PWC.

When did the Yamaha VX Deluxe Come Out?

The Yamaha VX Deluxe was revealed in 2007.

What Years Did Yamaha Manufacture the VX Deluxe?

Yamaha manufactured the VX Deluxe from 2007 through 2014 with the first-generation VX hull.

What Were the Differences Between the Yamaha VX Sport, Deluxe, and Cruiser?

In a nutshell, the key differences between these models were as follows:

  • VX Sport: This ski was the entry-level model in the fleet. It came with minimal graphics and fewer bells and whistles.
  • VX Deluxe: The VX Deluxe shared its hull, deck, engine, and pump with the base VX Sport, but it enjoyed custom graphics, a manual trim system, dual mirrors, a beverage holder, a security system, a remote key fob, and the built-in L-Mode (low-RPM mode).
  • VX Cruiser: The VX Cruiser was basically a VX Deluxe upgraded with the deeply bolstered Cruiser saddle.

What Size was a ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe?

The Yamaha VX Deluxe measured 126.8 inches in length, 46.1 inches in width, and 45.3 inches in height.

How Much Did a ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe Weigh?

The dry weight of the Yamaha VX Deluxe was 681-745 pounds depending on the model year.

How Many People Could Ride on a Yamaha VX Deluxe?

The Yamaha VX Deluxe was rated for three riders.

What Kind of Engine was in the ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe?

The Yamaha VX Deluxe had a 4-stroke, 1052cc, fuel-injected, inline-3, big-bore MR1 Yamaha Marine engine.

Was the ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe Supercharged?

The Yamaha VX Deluxe utilized a naturally aspirated engine configuration.

Was the ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe a 2-stroke?

The Yamaha VX Deluxe was powered by a 4-stroke engine.

Was the ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe Fuel Injected?

The Yamaha VX Deluxe featured a fuel injection system.

How Much HP Did a ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe Have?

The Yamaha VX Deluxe delivered 75kW (102hp) at 8,000 RPM.

How Much Oil Did a ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe Hold?

The Yamaha VX Deluxe held 4.5 quarts of engine oil, of which 2.3 quarts were replaceable (w/ filter).

How Much Fuel Did a ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe Hold?

The Yamaha VX Deluxe was equipped with a 15.9-gallon fuel tank (18.5-gallon in 2014).

How Much Fuel Did a ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe Use?

The claimed fuel economy of the Yamaha VX Deluxe was 7.4-8.0 gph at WOT.

What was the Fuel Range of the ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe?

The cruising range of the Yamaha VX Deluxe was 2.14-2.33 hours at full throttle.

How Fast Did a ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe Go?

The top speed of a Yamaha VX Deluxe was about 57-58 mph on the speedo or 52-54 mph on the GPS.

Could the ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe Tow a Wakeboarder?

Thanks to its three-seater saddle, the VX Deluxe could legally tow a wakeboarder or skier.

Did the ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe Have a Trim System?

The VX Deluxe was designed without a manual trim.

Did the ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe Have a Reverse?

The VX Deluxe came standard with a manual reverse system.

Did the ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe Have a Brake?

The Yamaha VX Deluxe was manufactured without a brake system.

How Much Does a ’07 – ‘14 VX Deluxe Cost?

The asking price of a used 2007-2014 Yamaha VX Deluxe varies between $2,000 and $7,000 depending on the year and its condition.