Yamaha VX-C Specs and Review [Video]

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The Yamaha VX-C is a downgraded configuration of the popular VX WaveRunner. Designed for rental companies, this model comes with a simpler design and lacks some features like a reboarding step and the RiDE brake and reverse system.

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

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

Yamaha VX-C Review

Powersport rental companies often seek the most durable and affordable machines, and jet ski rental shops are no exception.

Yamaha grabbed the opportunity by releasing the VX-C in 2019 as the first purpose-built rental WaveRunner (C here stands for Commercial).

It’s safe to say that this model is almost identical to the base VX, except that it has a simpler design featuring a completely black hull and fewer decals on the top deck. The VX-C also lacks reboarding steps and the advanced RiDE brake and reverse system. On top of that, it’s $1,200 cheaper and slightly lighter than the base VX.

Thanks to the absence of the RiDE brake and reverse system, the VX-C is more durable and reliable than its more advanced counterparts.

On the other hand, renters can expect a poorer riding experience on these skis. Why?

In a nutshell, without RiDE the ski doesn’t have brake and reverse and it also lacks a “neutral” gear. This means that the machine starts slowly moving forward when you fire up the engine, without you even touching the throttle.

To keep its price down, the manufacturer released the VX-C without a reboarding step, which would have made reboarding the ski much easier. The good news is that the ski can be equipped with an OEM or aftermarket reboarding step if needed.

Besides these differences, the commercial VX-C inherited its other features from the base VX.

Both of these models share the same SMC hull measuring 131.1 inches in length, 48.8 inches in width, and 47.2 inches in height.

The dry weight of the VX-C is only 701 pounds, which translates to a curb weight of 823 pounds.

Under the hood, you can find the proven TR-1 Yamaha Marine engine inherited from the R1 motorcycle series.

This 1049cc, 4-stroke, 125 HP, fuel-injected, non-supercharged triple is used across the entire EX and 1049cc VX models, as well as the Superjet.

Engine power is delivered to a 155mm axial-flow jet pump via a direct driveshaft.

Thanks to its powerful fuel-efficient engine, the VX-C can reach a top speed of about 53 mph and gets about 8.5 GPH at WOT.

Standard features of the VX-C include:

  • Multifunction gauge (speedo, tacho, volt, fuel level, warning lights)
  • Front storage bin
  • Glovebox with LED lighting, USB port, and 12 V outlet
  • Underseat storage box
  • Tow hook
  • Sponsons
  • Dual mirrors
  • Passenger grab handle
  • 2-piece ergonomic seat
  • Mooring cleats
  • Footwell drain

The main competitor of the VX-C was the 2019 Sea-Doo GTI PRO, which is no longer being produced.

What are the differences between the Yamaha VX-C and the VX?

In a nutshell, the key differences between the VX and the VX-C are that the latter:

  • Features a much simple design and graphic kits
  • Comes without the RiDE brake and reverse system
  • Lacks a reboarding step
  • Is 18-pounds lighter
  • Is more affordable ($9,999 vs. $11,199)

Yamaha VX-C Specs Chart

For your convenience, we’ve compiled the key specifications of the VX-C into these charts:

Yamaha VX-C Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions and weightYamaha VX-C
Overall length3.33 m (131.1 in)
Overall width1.24 m (48.8 in)
Overall height1.20 m (47.2 in)
Dry weight318 kg (701 lb)
Maximum people on board3 person
Maximum load capacity240 kg (530 lb)

Yamaha VX-C Performance

PerformanceYamaha VX-C
Maximum Output74.6 kW at 7300 r/min
Maximum Fuel Consumption29.1 L/h (7.7 US gal/h)
Cruising Range / at full throttle2.41 hour
Trolling speed1500 +/-100 r/min

Yamaha VX-C Engine Specs

EngineYamaha VX-C
Engine typeLiquid cooled 4-stroke (DOHC)
Number of cylinders3
Engine displacement1 049 cm³
Bore x Stroke82.0 x 66.2 mm (3.23 x 2.61 in)
Compression ratio11.0 : 1
Lubrication SystemDry sump
Cooling SystemWater
Starting SystemElectric
Ignition SystemT.C.I.
Spark plugNGK - CR9EB
Spark plug Gap0.7 to 0.8 mm (0.028 to 0.031 in)
Battery typeYTX20L-BS
Battery capacity12 V, 18 A•h
Charging SystemFlywheel magneto

Yamaha VX-C Drive Unit

Drive unitYamaha VX-C
Propulsion systemJet pump
Jet pump typeAxial flow single stage
Impeller rotationCounterclockwise
Jet thrust nozzle angle24 + 24°

Yamaha VX-C Fuel and Oil

Fuel and oilYamaha VX-C
Recommended fuelRegular unleaded gasoline
Fuel Recommended OctaneMinimum octane rating (PON): 86 - Minimum octane rating (RON): 90
Recommended Engine OilYamalube 4W or 4-stroke motor oil
Recommended Engine Oil Type SAESAE 10W-30, 10W-40, 20W-40, 20W-50
Recommended Engine Oil Grade APIAPI SG, SH, SJ, SL
Fuel tank total capacity70 L (18.5 US gal)
Engine oil quantity with oil filter replacement3.4 L (3.59 US qt)
Engine oil quantity without oil filter replacement3.2 L (3.38 US qt)
Engine oil total quantity 3.7 L (3.91 US qt)

These charts are for informational purposes only! For exact specifications, please refer to the factory manual.

Takeaway

As a takeaway, we’ve answered the most common questions about the Yamaha VX-C!

What is a Yamaha VX-C?

The Yamaha VX-C is a purpose-built rental WaveRunner manufactured by the Japanese Yamaha.

When did the Yamaha VX-C Come Out?

The Sea-VX-C was introduced in late 2018 for the 2019 model year.

What Size is a Yamaha VX-C?

The Yamaha VX-C measures 131.1 inches in length, 48.8 inches in width, and 47.2 inches in height.

How Much Does a Yamaha VX-C Weigh?

The dry weight of the Yamaha VX-C is 701 pounds, while its curb weight is 823 pounds.

How Many People can Ride on a Yamaha VX-C?

The Yamaha VX-C can carry 3 adult riders.

What Kind of Engine is in the Yamaha VX-C?

The Yamaha VX-C is powered by a TR-1 Yamaha Marine engine. This unit is a 4-stroke, fuel-injected, DOHC, 1049cc triple.

Is the Yamaha VX-C Supercharged?

The Yamaha VX-C utilizes a naturally-aspirated (non-supercharged) engine.

Is the Yamaha VX-C a 4-stroke?

Yes, the Yamaha VX-C is powered by a 4-stroke engine.

How Much Horsepower Does a Yamaha VX-C?

The Yamaha VX-C produces a remarkable 125 HP.

How Much Fuel Does a Yamaha VX-C Use?

The fuel economy of the Yamaha VX-C is about 8,5 GPH at WOT.

How Much Fuel Does a Yamaha VX-C Hold?

The Yamaha VX-C is equipped with an 18.5-gallon fuel tank.

How Much Weight Can a Yamaha VX-C Carry?

The load capacity of the Yamaha VX-C is 530 pounds while its total storage capacity is 31.1 gallons.

How Fast Does a Yamaha VX-C Go?

The top speed of a Yamaha VX-C is about 53 mph under ideal conditions.

Does the Yamaha VX-C Have Reverse?

Unfortunately, the Yamaha VX-C comes without a brake and reverse system.

Does Yamaha VX-C Have Speakers?

The Yamaha VX-C doesn’t feature speakers.

How Much is a Yamaha VX-C?

The Yamaha VX-C is marketed for $9,999 in the 2023 season (USD, MSRP).

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