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WaveRunner Horsepower Chart [All 2020 Models]

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Yamaha WaveRunners are legendary for their performance, durability and reliability. That’s why so many buyers choose this company’s models year after year!

To make an informed decision, you probably want to compare actual WaveRunner horsepower specs and prices.

To help your buying process, we at JetDrift have compiled these specs and prices into one chart!

If you want to learn more about these models, don’t miss our 2020 PWC Browser and Comparison Tool. You can find more specs, pictures, videos as well as comparisons about each model!

But now let’s check the 2020 WaveRunner horsepower chart!

2020 WaveRunner Horsepower Chart

When it comes to Yamaha, this company surprisingly doesn’t publish official horsepower numbers for their models. However, owners’ manuals inform us clearly about each model’s specifications.

Don’t worry!  We did this job for you and compiled all of the new models’ horsepower ratings into the chart below.

If you’re curious about a specific model, just click the model name to find additional specifications, pictures, videos, and comparisons!

BrandModelHP MSRP($)
YamahaEX100$6 899
YamahaEX Sport100$7 899
YamahaSuperjet73$8 699
YamahaEX Deluxe100$8 899
YamahaVX-C125$8 999
YamahaEXR110$9 399
YamahaVX125$9 899
YamahaVX Deluxe125$10 699
YamahaVX Cruiser125$10 999
YamahaVX Limited125$11 399
YamahaVX Cruiser HO 180$11 799
YamahaGP1800R HO180$12 299
YamahaFX HO180$13 699
YamahaFX Cruiser HO180$14 199
YamahaGP1800R SVHO250$14 399
YamahaFX SVHO250$15 699
YamahaFX Cruiser SVHO250$16 399
YamahaFX Limited SVHO250$17 599

2020 WaveRunner Horsepower Ratings vs. Competitor PWCs

For fair comparison, we’ve also included the current Sea-Doo, Kawasaki Jet Ski as well as Krash models in this chart.

You can sort the rows by clicking on the header to organize the models by manufacturer, price or performance.

BrandModelHP Power to Curb weight ratio (HP/Lbs)
Sea-DooSPARK 2up 60HP600,15
Sea-DooSPARK 2up 90HP900,22
Sea-DooSPARK 3up 90HP900,21
Sea-DooSPARK 2up 90HP iBR900,22
Sea-DooSPARK TRIXX 2up900,21
Sea-DooSPARK 3up 90HP iBR900,21
Sea-DooSPARK TRIXX 3up900,21
Sea-DooGTI 90900,13
YamahaEX Sport1000,17
YamahaEX Deluxe1000,17
YamahaVX Deluxe1250,19
YamahaVX Cruiser1250,19
YamahaVX Limited1250,19
Sea-DooGTI 1301300,18
Sea-DooGTI SE 1301300,18
Krash50 CAL1300,42
KrashFootrocket Pro1300,43
KawasakiSTX 1601600,19
KawasakiSTX 160X1600,19
KawasakiULTRA LX1600,17
KawasakiSTX 160LX1600,18
Sea-DooGTI SE 1701700,20
Sea-DooWake 1701700,20
Sea-DooGTX 1701700,19
Sea-DooFish Pro1700,17
YamahaVX Cruiser HO 1800,20
YamahaGP1800R HO1800,21
YamahaFX HO1800,19
YamahaFX Cruiser HO1800,19
Sea-DooGTR 2302300,26
Sea-DooGTX 2302300,25
Sea-DooWake Pro 2302300,25
Sea-DooGTX Limited 2302300,24
YamahaGP1800R SVHO2500,28
YamahaFX SVHO2500,26
YamahaFX Cruiser SVHO2500,26
YamahaFX Limited SVHO2500,26
Sea-DooRXP-X 3003000,32
Sea-DooRXT-X 3003000,31
Sea-DooGTX Limited 3003000,31
KawasakiULTRA 310X3100,29
KawasakiULTRA 310X SE3100,29
KawasakiULTRA 310R3100,30
KawasakiULTRA 310LX3100,29

The Best WaveRunners 2020

If you look through the 2020 Yamaha WaveRunner lineup, you can see that the models are categorized into different groups based on their size, performance and features.

Let’s see these categories one-by-one!


Rec-Lite models are the smallest and most agile WaveRunners on the market. Since most of today’s watercraft models are too bulky, many current buyers consider a Rec-Lite model.

These PWCs have the smallest price tags as well as the lowest maintenance costs.

You can find the EX WaveRunner family in this category, which is powered by a 1049cc, four-stroke engine, which produces 100 horsepower. The EXR is a slightly more powerful and sporty model, so you can expect 110 HP on this PWC.

But Yamaha isn’t the only manufacturer which offers Rec-Lite models, as their models compete with the legendary Sea-Doo’s Spark and Spark TRIXX in this category.


The recreational WaveRunners are strongly recommended for beginners. These models are easy to ride and offer great seat and storage capacities.

You can find 5 different types of VX WaveRunners in this family with the same 125 HP, 1049 cc four-stroke power source, while the higher performance VX Cruiser HO comes with a 1812 cc, 180 HP non-supercharged engine.


Yamaha’s Luxury category means the high-end WaveRunner models with the most well-designed hulls, and the widest range of available bells and whistles.

The FX HO and FX Cruiser HO are available with the 180 HP non- supercharged engine option.

But are you wondering how much horsepower a Yamaha FX SVHO has?

TheYamaha FX SVHO WaveRunner is powered with a supercharged engine, which means both the FX Cruiser SVHO and the FX Limited SVHO are powered with 250 HP.


This year, you can find two performance WaveRunners in Yamaha’s fleet.

The GP1800R HO offers 180 HP, and surprisingly, this is the only personal watercraft on the market which is considered a performance model, though it’s powered with a non-supercharged engine. The higher performance version, the GP1800R SVHO, has a 250 HP supercharged Yamaha engine.

It’s good to know that these engines are a good base for further modifications due their durability and large (1812cc) displacement. That’s why many racers start to build their custom watercrafts based on a Yamaha performance model.

It’s not surprising that the world’s fastest PWC is a modified Yamaha WaveRunner!


Are you looking for a stand-up watercraft? Then you should look at the Yamaha SuperJet!

This PWC is still manufactured with a two-stroke, 701cc engine which produces 73 HP.

For many years, the SuperJet was the only “turn-key” stand-up PWC on the market, but a couple of years ago Kawasaki re-introduced their legendary SX-R. Or you can consider a Krash freestyle PWC, as their models are already available in the US as well.

FAQs About Yamaha WaveRunner’s Performance

As takeaways, we’ve collected the most frequently asked questions about Yamaha WaveRunner’s engines and performance.

How Does a WaveRunner Engine Work?

Yamaha Waverunners’ engines work pretty much the same way as the engine in your car. These PWCs are powered with regular, gas-powered, internal consumption four-stroke engines. The main difference is that WaveRunners have an open-loop cooling system to keep the engine’s temperature low, while cars have closed-loop cooling systems.

How Much Horsepower Does a WaveRunner Have?

Yamaha Waverunners are powered with engines from 100 HP up to 250 HP, depending on the model. The typical performance of non-supercharged Waverunner engines are 100, 110, 125, or 180 HP, while the supercharged engines are able to produce 250 HP.

How much horsepower is 1052cc?

The entry-level Yamaha WaveRunner models before 2016 were powered with 1052cc engines, which produced 110 horsepower. These models were the V1, VX, VX Cruiser, VX Deluxe, VX Sport. Since 2016, these WaveRunners were manufactured with a 1049cc, 125 HP engine version.

1812cc to HP – Yamaha 1.8 HO Engine Horsepower

How Much Horsepower is 1812cc?

This is a typical question when it comes to WaveRunner horsepower numbers. As Yamaha doesn’t release the horsepower data for their engines, many buyers are looking for the 1812cc engine’s HP ratings.

How much horsepower is 1812cc? The high-performance Yamaha WaveRunners are powered with the 1812cc engine, which offers 180 HP or 250 HP depending on the model. You can expect 180 HP on the non-supercharged performance WaveRunners  (powered with the Yamaha 1.8 HO engine option), while the supercharged 1.8 SVHO engines offer an amazing 250 HP.

You can find these 1812cc engine options in Yamaha’s FX family, as well as the legendary GP1800R models!

1049cc to HP

How Much Horsepower is 1049cc? The lower-performance Yamaha Waverunners are powered with a 1049cc, four-stroke, 3-cylinder engine that produces 100, 110 or 125 HP. You can find these models in the Rec-Lite (EX Family) and Recreation (VX Family) categories. Don’t hesitate to discover these models here!

What is the horsepower of a Yamaha VX Deluxe?

The Yamaha VX Deluxe offers 125 horsepower, as this WaveRunner is powered with a 1049cc, non-supercharged, four-stroke Yamaha engine.

How much horsepower does a Yamaha VX Cruiser have?

Since it’s powered by the same engine as the Deluxe, the Yamaha VX Cruiser also has 125 HP.

What’s the difference between the Yamaha VX and FX?

The difference between the Yamaha VX and FX line is that the VX is considered the “middle-sized” Waverunner, while the FX models are the “high-end” models in Yamaha’s fleet, since they’re powered with 180-250 HP engines. That’s why the VX family is categorized in the Recreation category, while you can find the FX among the Luxury models.

Vintage Yamaha WaveRunner Horsepower Specs

Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO horsepower: 210 HP

Yamaha FX SHO horsepower: 210 HP

Yamaha FZR horsepower: 210 HP

Yamaha FZS horsepower: 210 HP

Yamaha VXR horsepower: 210 HP

Yamaha VXS horsepower: 180 HP

Yamaha V1 horsepower: 110 HP

Yamaha V1 Sport horsepower: 110 HP

Yamaha GP 1800 horsepower: 250 HP

Yamaha GP 1300R horsepower: 170 HP

Yamaha XL 1200 horsepower: 155 HP

Yamaha GP 1200 horsepower: 155 HP

Yamaha FX 140 horsepower: 140 HP

Yamaha SUV 1200 horsepower: 135 HP

Yamaha WaveBlaster 700 horsepower: 63 HP

Yamaha WaveBlaster 760 horsepower: 90 HP

Yamaha WaveJammer 500 horsepower: 32 HP

But again, please note that these horsepower ratings are considered “unofficial” specifications, as Yamaha doesn’t publish official horsepower numbers for their models.

These pieces of information above come from the model’s owner manuals, which always seem like a pretty solid source when it comes to specifications!

This was our short Yamaha WaveRunner horsepower overview, we hope you find it useful!

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