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

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

The Yamaha VX Sport was the successor of the proven VX110 Sport. This ski was released to be the entry-level model in the deservedly popular VX family. The VX Sport shared its 4-stroke, 1052cc, 102hp, inline-3 engine with other VX models, but it lacked some features like mirrors, reverse system, security system, and L-mode.

The Japanese manufacturer marketed this model with the same hull and engine from 2007 through 2014.

If you want to find out more about this recreation WaveRunner, you’ve come to the right place.

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

2007-2014 Yamaha VX Sport Review

The Yamaha VX Line

Yamaha revealed its widely popular VX series in 2005 with the introduction of the VX110 Sport and Deluxe.

In 2007, these skis were rebranded to VX Sport and VX Deluxe, respectively. The line was also completed with the top-of-the-line VX Cruiser.

Three years later, their more powerful brothers, the much sportier VXS and VXR hit showroom floors.

These skis remained in production with the same “first generation” VX hull from 2007 through 2014.

In summary, the list of the first-generation Yamaha VX WaveRunners is as follows:

Yamaha VX Sport Hull and Top Deck

The 2007-2014 VX Sport shared its first generation VX platform with the rest of the VX series.

This shell debuted on the 2005 VX110s and was carried over unchanged to VX models.

In terms of dimensions, this early VX body measured 126.8 inches in length, 46.1 inches in width, and 45.3 inches in height.

The top deck also remained unchanged through 2010, when the VX returned with a more spacious deck design. In contrast, the hull design of the VX remained unchanged until 2015.

Regarding capacities, the VX Sport had a 15.9-gallon fuel tank and three storage compartments, including a 16.4-gallon bow storage and a 1.4-gallon glovebox.

Interestingly, the weight of the VX Sport had changed many times over the years. In 2005, the ski weighed 703 pounds, which climbed up to 736 pounds for 2013.

In the 2014 season, the hull and top deck on the VX were made of the Yamaha-exclusive NanoXcel1. This lightweight material reduced the weight of the VX Sport to 672 pounds, which represented a 65-pound weight reduction.

The fuel capacity of the ski was also increased from 15.9 to 18.5 gallons.

Yamaha VX Sport Engine

The power source of the Yamaha VX Sport was a 4-stroke, 1052cc, DOHC, inline-3 Yamaha marine engine derived from the R1 motorcycle series. This unit was also known as the “big bore” MR1 engine, since its small-bore variant displaced at 998cc.

Even though the big bore MR1 was often referred to as a 110hp engine, according to the original operator’s manual it only delivered 75kW (102hp) at 8000 RPM.

(You could find the unrestricted version of this engine in FX HO WaveRunners, where it cranked out 160hp at 10,000 RPM.)

Thanks to its de-tuned performance and lower RPM limit, the restricted MR1 engine of the VX line was one the most durable Yamaha PWC engines ever built.

In a nutshell, the key specifications of this unit 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 Sport Features

The VX Sport lacked a manual reverse system, dual mirrors, security system, and the L-mode, which came standard on its Cruiser and Deluxe counterparts.

Other shared features between these skis included:

  • 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 Sport shared its digital multifunction gauge with other VX models, and displayed the following information:
  • 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

Yamaha VX Sport Top Speed and Performance

Despite its restricted engine power, the top speed of the VX Sport was 52-54 mph on GPS, which showed about 56-58 mph on the speedo. Depending on the model year, this ski burned 7.4-8 gph at WOT and offered a cruising range of 2.14-2.3 hours.

According to Yamaha, the 2014 model with the lightest NanoXcel body and enlarged fuel tank could cover 155 miles between fuel stops.

Its relatively stable hull ensured easy and predictable handling, which made the model popular among novice riders.

Besides individual buyers, rental companies also appreciated the simplicity, durability, and affordability of the VX Sport.

Yamaha VX Sport Problems

Even though the VX Sport built its reputation on its legendary reliability, it still had some common issues.

Based on our research, the entire VX series suffered from corroded spark plugs, and the VX Sport was no exception. If the threads of the plugs weren’t coated with some anti-seize grease, they easily corroded and broke off into the head.

Also, the throttle cable of this ski was prone to getting stuck or cracking, causing throttle malfunctions.

’07-’14 Yamaha VX Sport Specs Charts

For your convenience, we’ve compiled the key specs of the 2007 Yamaha VX Sport into these charts:(Please note that this model had been manufactured from 2007 through 2014, and the specs may vary by the model year.)

Yamaha VX Sport Engine Specs

2007 Yamaha VX SportEngine 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 Sport Drive Unit

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

Yamaha VX Sport Performance

2007 Yamaha VX SportPerformance
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 Sport Dimensions

2007 Yamaha VX SportDimensions
Overall Length126.8 in (3,220 mm)
Overall Width46.1 in (1,170 mm)
Overall Height45.3 in (1,150 mm)
Dry Weight703 lb (319 kg)
Maximum capacity3 riders/530 lb

Yamaha VX Sport Fuel and Oil

2007 Yamaha VX SportFuel 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 Sport:

What is a Yamaha VX Sport?

The VX Sport was an entry-level 3-seater Yamaha runabout PWC.

When did the Yamaha VX Sport Come Out?

The Yamaha VX Sport was revealed in 2007.

What Years Did Yamaha Manufacture the VX Sport?

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

What Size was a ’07 – ‘14 VX Sport?

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

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

The dry weight of the Yamaha VX Sport was 672-736 pounds depending on the model year.

How Many People Could Ride on a ’07 – ‘14 VX Sport?

The Yamaha VX Sport was rated for three riders.

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

The Yamaha VX Sport was powered by a 4-stroke, 1052cc, fuel-injected, inline-3, “big-bore” MR1 Yamaha marine engine.

Was the ’07 – ‘14 VX Sport Supercharged?

The Yamaha VX Sport utilized a naturally aspirated engine configuration.

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

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

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

The Yamaha VX Sport featured a fuel injection system.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Fast Did a ’07 – ‘14 VX Sport Go?

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

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

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

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

The VX Sport was designed without a manual trim.

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

The VX Sport came standard without a reverse system.

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

The Yamaha VX Sport was manufactured without a brake system.

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

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