Yamaha WaveRunner Models by Year [1986-2024]

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Yamaha hit the PWC market in 1986 with the introduction of the tiny WaveRunner 500. Since then, these amazing vessels have undergone tremendous changes and development and now they are among the most popular PWCs in the marketplace.

If you want to discover and compare Yamaha PWCs for each year since 1986, this post is for you.

We at JetDrift have compiled all the models ever produced into this one post!

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1986 Yamaha PWC Lineup

Yamaha released its first PWC in 1986, the WaveRunner 500 (WR500H), which was also known as Marine Jet 500T.

Although the Canadian Bombardier came up with the idea of sit-down type PWCs in the late 60s, their early attempts did not succeed.

Therefore, it’s safe to say that Yamaha’s WaveRunner 500 was the first commercially successful sit-down PWC.

This tiny machine was built on a very small hull, measuring 109.1 inches in length and 40.2 inches in width. This shell housed a purpose-built 2-stroke, 496cc, twin-cylinder Yamaha marine engine rated at 32hp.

1986 Lineup:

1987-1989 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 1987, Yamaha introduced its second PWC model, the weird WaveJammer (Marine Jet 500S).

Yes, you read correctly. Back in the day Yamaha PWCs were christened with different names like WaveJammer, WaveRaider, and WaveBlaster.

(As WaveRunners were by far the most popular models in the fleet, from the mid-2010s on the Japanese manufacturer decided to use this name for all their sit-down PWCs.)

Regarding the WaveJammer, this machine was unique in many ways since it was literally a mix of a stand-up and a sit-down PWC.

It shared its engine, pump, and many other features with the WaveRunner 500, but it was designed with a very high fixed steering column. This special design allowed you to ride the machine in both standing and sitting positions.

Compared to the WaveRunner 500, the Jammer was significantly smaller since it only measured 88.2 inches in length and 33.9 inches in width. The dry weight of this ski was as little as 287 pounds.

Unfortunately, the WaveJammer never became popular since this lightweight hull was very tippy, making the ski hard to reboard and operate at slower speeds.

Yamaha marketed the WaveJammer along with the WaveRunner 500 from ’87 through ’89 without any significant changes.

1987-1989 lineups:

1987-1990 Yamaha WaveJammer – NEW

1986-1993 WaveRunner 500

1990 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 1990, Yamaha released three new PWCs, namely the WaveRunner III 650, WaveRunner LX, and the SuperJet 650.

The WaveJammer and WaveRunner 500 were also carried over from the previous season, but the latter lost the “500” tag from its name.

The WaveRunner LX (a.k.a. 650 LX) was a more powerful configuration of the WaveRunner 500. They shared the same hull and features, but the LX was powered by a 633cc, 2-stroke twin rated at 42hp.

The largest member of this family was the 3-seater WaveRunner III 650 (Marine Jet 650TL). Although it was marketed as the “first 3-rider PWC,” it was really only suitable for two people.

It was built on a larger and more stable hull and shared the 633cc twin engine with the LX. What’s more, it was also the first WaveRunner that came standard with a manual reverse system.

Many riders claim that the WaveRunner III 650 was one of the most important PWCs ever built since it became the predecessor of today’s boat-like runabouts.

Another novelty of that year was the SuperJet 650, which was the first stand-up Yamaha PWC in history.

It soon became a worthy competitor of the extremely popular Kawasaki 550SX.

To sum up, the 1990 WveRunner lineup consisted of five models, which were as follows:

1990-1996 WaveRunner III 650 – NEW

1990-1993 WaveRunner LX 650 – NEW

1990-1993 Superjet 650 – NEW

1987-1990 Yamaha WaveJammer

1990-1993 WaveRunner 500

1991-1992 Yamaha PWC Lineup

Yamaha discontinued the unsuccessful WaveJammer for the 1991 model year.

In return, the company introduced the WaveRunner VXR 650 (a.k.a. Marine Jet 650TX), to be the flagship sit-down type WaveRunner.

Although its dimensions were identical to other WaveRunner models, its hull was slightly redesigned for a higher performance.

This innovative concave platform design was less prone to slipping out and offered tighter turns. Under the hood you could find the proven 2-stroke, 633cc twin.

All of these models were carried over unchanged for the 1992 season.

1991-1992 Lineups:

1991-1995 WaveRunner VXR 650

1990-1993 WaveRunner 500

1990-1996 WaveRunner III 650

1990-1993 WaveRunner LX 650

1990-1993 Superjet 650

1993 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 1993, the Yamaha PWC fleet was expanded with many new models, including the WaveBlaster 700, WaveRunner Pro VXR 700, and the base VXR.

The most exciting model in that year was arguably the WaveBlaster 700 (Marine Jet 700TZ).

As its advertising suggested, this ski was designed to offer a motorcycle-like riding experience.

It was built on a small hull that only measured 95.7 inches in length, 34.6 inches in width, and 35.8 inches in height.

The heart of this race-inspired ski was the all-new carbureted, 2-stroke, 701cc, twin-cylinder Yamaha marine engine rated at 73hp. This power source was an upgraded version of the proven 633cc twin.

Unlike the predecessor WaveJammer, the sporty WaveBlaster quickly became popular among performance-minded riders and won numerous competitions.

Believe it or not, you can still find many of these vintage WaveBlasters running on the waters today!

We also have to mention the WaveRunner Pro VXR 700, which was a more powerful (64hp) variant of the VXR 650.

1993 Lineup:

1990-1993 WaveRunner 500

1990-1993 WaveRunner LX 650

1990-1996 WaveRunner III 650

1990-1993 Superjet 650

1993-1996 WaveBlaster 700

1993-1995 WaveRunner VXR

1993-1994 WaveRunner Pro VXR 700

1991-1995 WaveRunner VXR 650

1994 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 1994, Yamaha introduced the WaveRaider 700, the FX-1, and the SuperJet 700.

The latter inherited its hull from the SuperJet 650 but enjoyed a more powerful 701cc twin engine. This model was commonly known as the “square-nose” SuperJet 701.

Its sibling was the all-new FX-1, which was a smaller and lighter stand-up Yamaha jet ski.

These models shared the same 2-stroke, 701cc, twin-cylinder engine rated at 62hp. Although the stock FX-1 never became widely popular, its hull was often used by freestyle jet ski builders.

Another new model in this model year was the all-new WaveRaider. This ski was known by many other names including WaveRaider 700 and Marine Jet 700RA.

It was built on an entirely new V-shaped hull that was 112.6 inches long and 44.1 inches wide. This platform was carried over to other WaveRaider models and established a new design standard for PWC hulls.

The popular WaveRunner III was offered in two configurations including the “GP” and base “non-GP” versions.

To counterbalance the plethora of new models, Yamaha discontinued the ancient WaveRunner 500, the III 650, the LX 650, and the SuperJet 650.

1994 Lineup:

1994-1995 Yamaha FX1 – NEW

1994-1995 Superjet 700 – NEW

1994-1997 WaveRaider 700 – NEW

1993-1996 WaveBlaster 700

1994-1995 WaveRunner III GP

1994-1997 WaveRunner III (Non-GP)

1993-1995 WaveRunner VXR

1990-1996 WaveRunner III 650

1991-1995 WaveRunner VXR 650

1993-1994 WaveRunner Pro VXR 700

1995 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 1995, the VXR Pro 700 was discontinued but its smaller variants including the VXR and VXR 650 remained part of the fleet.

The WaveRaider 700 was given two more advanced brothers, namely the WaveRaider 700 Deluxe and WaveRaider 1100.

The Deluxe was a more featured configuration of the base 700. It enjoyed an innovative SMC hull while the body of the base model was still being made of standard fiberglass.

The WaveRaider 1100 was designed with a much larger engine.

This power mill was a carbureted, 2-stroke, 1051cc, “63M” Yamaha marine engine. It produced a remarkable 110hp and offered an amazing top speed of 56-57 mph.

This unit was also used in the first 2-stroke Yamaha jetboat, the 1996 Exciter 220.

A new model was introduced in Yamaha’s 1995 PWC lineup, which was the WaveVenture 700 (Marine Jet 700VN).

This full-sized Yamaha was designed with beginner riders and rental companies in mind. It come with a 3-rider seat and offered a good rough water performance.

The deservedly popular WaveRunner III family was also expanded with a new 650cc model.

1995 Lineup:

1994-1995 Yamaha FX1

1994-1995 Superjet 700

1993-1995 WaveRunner VXR

1991-1995 WaveRunner VXR 650

1993-1996 WaveBlaster 700

1994-1997 WaveRaider 700

1995-1998 WaveVentrue 700

1990-1997 WaveRunner III 650

1994-1995 WaveRunner III GP

1994-1997 WaveRunner III (Non-GP)

1996 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 1996, Yamaha released a lot of new models and the body of the Yamaha SuperJet 700 was also heavily redesigned.

Its outdated “square nose” hull was replaced with a more modern, rounded design.

Due to its distinctive body, this model was commonly known as the “round nose SuperJet 700”.

Believe it or not, this model remained in production through 2020 before it was phased out by the all-new 4-stroke SuperJet.

Another new model in this lineup was the WaveBlaster II, which was often referred to as the WaveBlaster 760.

Compared to its predecessor, the redesigned hull of the WaveBlaster II offered more stability and predictability.

Its engine displacement was also enlarged from 701 to 754cc, which caused its performance to increase from 63 to 90hp.

Interestingly, the WaveBlaster 700 was still available during that season but it was phased out for 1997.

Other new models in the lineup were the WaveRaider 760 and WaveRiader 1100, as well as the WaveVenture 1100.

As their name suggest, these skis were more powerful versions of their 700 siblings.

This was also the year that Yamaha entered the boat market with the introduction of the Exciter 220 jet boat.

To the greatest regret of many freestyle enthusiasts, the tiny FX1 was discontinued, just like the VXR and VXR 650.

1996 Lineup:

1996-2007 Superjet 700 – NEW

1993-1996 WaveBlaster 700

1996-1997 WaveBlaster II 760

1994-1997 WaveRaider 700

1996 WaveRaider 760

1996 WaveRaider 1100

1995-1996 WaveVentrue 700

1996-1997 WaveVentrue 1100

1990-1997 WaveRunner III 650

1994-1997 WaveRunner III (Non-GP)

1997 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 1997, the legendary Yamaha GP series was revealed. The first models in this breed were the GP760 and the high-end GP 1200.

They shared the same semi-V GP platform, which measured 112.6 inches in length and 44.1 inches in width. This hull came standard with high-performance sponsons and a sharp keel for maximum performance.

In terms of power sources, the GP 760 housed a 742cc twin, while the GP 1200 enjoyed a 1131cc triple engine.

The latter was claimed to be the most powerful PWC engine in 1997, and with good reason. It produced 135hp out of the box and propelled the GP1200 up to 58mph.

Another new ski in 1997 was the WaveRunner 760 powered by a 754cc twin.

The WaveVenture 700 was phased out by the Wave Venture 760, but its 1100cc brother was still part of the lineup.

The WaveBlaster 700 was also discontinued, just like the WaveRaider 760 and 1100. Therefore, the only WaveRaider that remained in the 1997 lineup was the 700 model.

1997 Lineup:

1997-2000 GP 760 – NEW

1997-2000 GP 1200 – NEW

1997-1998 WaveVentrue 760 – NEW

1995-1998 WaveVentrue 700

1996-1997 WaveVentrue 1100

1996-1997 WaveBlaster II 760

1994-1997 WaveRaider 700

1990-1997 WaveRunner III 650

1996-2007 Superjet (700)

1998 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 1998, Yamaha revealed its first full-sized 3-seater PWC series including the XL 760 and the XL 1200.

They were still being powered by 2-stroke engines but enjoyed the large and stable XL platform, which was significantly more spacious than its predecessor.

Thanks to their great capacities, amazing power, and reliable engines the XLs instantly became popular among families and watersport lovers.

Furthermore, the GP family was also expanded with a new midrange model called the GP 800.

To make room for new models, many proven 2-stroke WaveRunners had to be discontinued including the entire WaveRaider, WaveBlaster, and WaveRunner III families.

1998 Lineup:

1998-2000 XL 760 – NEW

1998 XL 1200 – NEW

1998-2000 GP 800 – NEW

1997-2000 GP 760

1997-2000 GP 1200

1996-2007 Superjet 700

1998 WaveVenture 700

1999 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 1999, Yamaha introduced the incredible SUV 1200 as the world’s first 4-seater PWC.

This model offered outstanding stability and storage capacities, which made it a perfect fishing jet ski.

The short-lived XL 1200 was replaced by the more advanced XL 1200 Limited. This revamped model came standard with the more powerful power-valved 155hp engine and the redesigned XL platform.

The latter was carried over to the XLT line after the Millennium.

Unlike the flagship 1200, the XL 700 was released as the entry-level XL WaveRunner.

It was built on the “old” XL platform and the smallest (but most reliable) non-power-valved, 80hp 701 twin engine option but came without any gauges, mirrors, or other convenience features.

Except for some cosmetic changes, the XL 700 was basically manufactured unchanged from 1999 through 2004.

1999 Lineup:

1999-2004 XL 700 – NEW

1999-2000 XL 1200 Limited – NEW

1998-2000 XL 760

1999-2004 SUV 1200

1998-2000 GP 800

1997-2000 GP 760

1997-1999 GP 1200

1996-2007 Superjet 700

2000 Yamaha PWC Lineup

For the Millennium Yamaha launched the XL 800, featuring the revamped XL hull and the power-valved 784cc twin engine rated at 120hp.

(Two years later, this this model was rebranded as XLT 800.)

Unfortunately, this “power-valved 800” Yamaha marine engine proved to be less reliable than its simpler relatives without power valves. Many riders agreed that this unit was one of the most unreliable 2-stroke WaveRunner engines ever built.

Except for some new color schemes, the rest of the lineup was carried over unchanged from the previous year.

2000 Lineup:

2000-2001 XL 800 – NEW

1999-2000 XL 1200 Limited

1998-2000 XL 760

1999-2004 XL 700

1999-2004 SUV 1200

1998-2000 GP 800

1997-2000 GP 760

2000-2002 GP 1200

1996-2007 Superjet 700

2001 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2001, the Japanese manufacturer upgraded the XL 1200 Limited to the XLT 1200.

The new model was designed with more bells and whistles, but its hull and engine remained unchanged.

Other novelties in the 2001 lineup were the GP 800R and GP 1200R, which replaced the GP 800 and GP 1200, respectively.

They enjoyed the larger and more stable second-generation Yamaha GP platform, which was also much heavier than its predecessor.

While the 800 twin engine was carried over to the GP 800R without any changes, the GP 1200R got a more powerful big-bore (1176cc) engine.

Both of these power mills utilized the infamous power-valves, which increased performance but made the engines less reliable and fuel efficient.

The GP 760 and the XL 760 were discontinued at the end of that season, which meant the 760 engine completely disappeared from Yamaha’s offerings.

2001 Lineup:

2001-2005 GP 800R – NEW

2001-2002 GP 1200R – NEW

2001-2005 XLT 1200 – NEW

2000-2001 XL 800

1999-2004 XL 700

1999-2004 SUV 1200

1996-2007 Superjet 700

2002 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2002, Yamaha revealed the first 4-stroke WaveRunner ever built, the innovative FX140.

Although this model is often referred as the “world’s first 4-stroke PWC,” it was actually introduced on the same day that BRP revealed its first 4-stroke Sea-Doo, the GTX 4-TEC.

Therefore, first place had to be shared between these two competing models.

The large and stable hull of the FX140 was specifically designed for the all-new 4-stroke power source. This 140hp MR1 marine engine was derived from the R1 motorcycle but heavily redesigned for marine use.

The XL 800 was also rebranded to XLT 800 but the ski really didn’t get any noticeable changes.

2002 Lineup:

2002-2004 FX 140 – NEW

2002-2004 XLT 800 – NEW

2001-2005 GP 800R

2001-2002 GP 1200R

1999-2004 XL 700

2001-2005 XLT 1200

1999-2004 SUV 1200

1996-2007 Superjet 700

2003 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2003, Yamaha replaced the GP 1200R with the more powerful GP 1300R. The 1176cc engine was increased to 1297cc, which caused the engine power of the flagship GP to climb from 155 to 165hp.

Unlike its carbureted predecessor, this new engine was designed with an innovative fuel-injection system and a catalytic converter.

Unfortunately, these systems added a lot of complexity to the engine, which made the 1300R harder to troubleshoot or fix.

The FX 140 got a brother named FX Cruiser. The new variant featured a bolstered cruiser seat, and some more bells and whistles like pop-up cleats and a custom color scheme. Aside from these minor differences, the two skis were identical.

The rest of the lineup was carried over unchanged from 2002.

2003 Lineup:

2003-2008 GP 1300R – NEW

2003-2008 FX Cruiser – NEW

2001-2005 GP 800R

2002-2004 FX 140

1999-2004 XL 700

2002-2004 XLT 800

2001-2005 XLT 1200

1999-2004 SUV 1200

1996-2007 Superjet 700

2004 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2004, the 4-stroke FX family was expanded with two new members.

As the name suggests, the FX HO and FX Cruiser HO were the high-output versions of the FX 140 and FX Cruiser, respectively.

While the base models housed the 998cc, 140hp “small bore” MR1 engine, HO models enjoyed the big-bore MR1 engine configuration. Displacing at 1052cc, this enlarged version delivered 160hp at 10000 RPM.

Aside from the larger engine and some minor tweaks, the HO and non-HO FX WaveRunners were equivalent.

As 4-stroke runabouts become more prevalent in the lineup, the manufacturer slowly phased out their 2-stroke predecessors.

Eventually, the vast majority of 2-stroke WaveRunners were discontinued after the 2004 season.

2004 Lineup:

2004-2008 FX HO – NEW

2004-2008 FX Cruiser HO – NEW

2002-2004 FX 140

2003-2008 FX Cruiser

2003-2008 GP 1300R

2001-2005 GP 800R

1999-2004 XL 700

2002-2004 XLT 800

2001-2005 XLT 1200

1999-2004 SUV 1200

1996-2007 Superjet 700

2005 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2005, Yamaha revealed its all-new Recreation VX line including the VX110 Sport and VX110 Deluxe.

They shared the same first-generation VX hull and top deck, as well a de-tuned version of the 4-stroke, 1052cc, MR1 marine engine rated at 102hp.

These skis built their reputation on great durability and outstanding price-per-value ratio. Therefore, they quickly became Yamaha’s best-selling PWCs.

The 2001-2004 FX 140 was rebranded to FX but its features remained unchanged.

To the greatest regret of many 2-stroke enthusiasts, the legendary SUV 1200, XL 760 and XLT 800 were discontinued.

Their bigger brother, the XLT 1200, remained part of the fleet even until this last year.

2005 lineup:

2005-2006 VX 110 Sport – NEW

2005-2006 VX 110 Deluxe – NEW

2005-2008 FX – NEW

2003-2008 FX Cruiser

2004-2008 FX HO

2004-2008 FX Cruiser HO

2003-2008 GP 1300R

2001-2005 GP 800R

2001-2005 XLT 1200

1996-2007 Superjet 700

2006 Yamaha PWC Lineup

Interestingly, the 2006 WaveRunner fleet was launched without any new models.

Instead, Yamaha phased out two more 2-stroke WaveRunners to make room their 4-stroke successors.

The 3-seater XLT 1200 and the extremely popular GP 800R were also dropped from the lineup, but the 1300cc GP survived until 2008.

Other Yamaha WaveRunners, including the SuperJet, the VX, and FX models were carried over unchanged from 2005.

2006 lineup:

2005-2006 VX 110 Sport

2005-2006 VX 110 Deluxe

2005-2008 FX

2003-2008 FX Cruiser

2004-2008 FX HO

2004-2008 FX Cruiser HO

2003-2008 GP 1300R

1996-2007 Superjet 700

2007 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2007, the VX110 Sport and VX110 Deluxe were rebranded to the VX Sport and VX Deluxe, respectively.

Aside from their new name, these skis were equivalent to their 2005-2006 predecessors.

The Sport was intended to be the base model while the Deluxe came standard with more features. The most important of those were the security system with a remote key fob, and a manual reverse.

The VX line was completed with the VX Cruiser, which was literally a VX Deluxe with different graphics and a bolstered cruiser seat.

These skis utilized the same first-generation VX hull through 2014.

2007 lineup:

2007-2014 VX Sport – NEW

2007-2014 VX Deluxe – NEW

2007-2014 VX Cruiser – NEW

2005-2008 FX

2003-2008 FX Cruiser

2004-2008 FX HO

2004-2008 FX Cruiser HO

2003-2008 GP 1300R

1996-2007 Superjet 700

2008 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2008, the “round nose” hull of the SuperJet was redesigned but its twin-carb, 701cc, 73hp engine remained unchanged.

The SuperJet had been manufactured in this configuration from 2008 onwards but was phased out by its 4-stroke successor in 2021.

Another novelty in the 2008 lineup was the first supercharged WaveRunner engine debuting on the flagship FX SHO and FX Cruiser SHO.

Labeled as SHO (Super High Output), this unit was a supercharged and intercooled, 1812cc, inline-4 Yamaha marine engine rated at 210hp.

While the FX SHO models got this powerful engine and a refreshed FX deck, the rest of the FX line still had the 1052cc MR1 engine and an old deck. The body of each FX WaveRunner was already being made of NanoXcel, which reduced their dry weight by 55 pounds.

The last 2-stroke WaveRunner, the GP 1300R, was discontinued after that season.

2008 lineup:

2008-2011 FX SHO – NEW

2008-2011 FX Cruiser SHO – NEW

2008-2020 SuperJet 700 – NEW

2007-2014 VX Sport

2007-2014 VX Deluxe

2007-2014 VX Cruiser

2005-2008 FX

2003-2008 FX Cruiser

2004-2008 FX HO

2004-2008 FX Cruiser HO

2003-2008 GP 1300R

2009-2010 Yamaha PWC Lineups

Since the last 2-stroke WaveRunner was discontinued in 2008, the 2009 lineup only consisted of clean, fuel-efficient 4-stroke models.

The supercharged 1812cc SHO engine was released in a naturally-aspirated configuration. Labeled as the 1812cc “HO” Yamaha marine engine, this unit was rated at 180hp.

This engine replaced the MR1 power source in non-supercharged FX HO and FX Cruiser HO models. These skis also inherited the refreshed top deck from the 2008 FX SHO line.

New models in the 2009 lineup included the race-inspired FZR SHO and FZS SHO, which were designed for competition and performance-minded riders.

They were built on the race-intended FZ platform and housed the supercharged 210hp SHO engine option.

In 2010, Yamaha refreshed the top deck and features of its best-selling VX line, but their hull and engine remained unchanged.

The rest of the lineup also only saw smaller cosmetic changes.

2009-2010 Lineups:

2009-2013 FZS SHO – NEW

2009-2013 FZR SHO – NEW

2009-2011 FX HO

2009-2011 FX Cruiser HO

2008-2011 FX SHO

2008-2011 FX Cruiser SHO

2007-2014 VX Sport

2007-2014 VX Deluxe

2007-2014 VX Cruiser

2008-2020 Superjet 700

2011 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2011, the high-performance 2-seater VXS and 3-seater VXR were introduced.

These skis were built in the tiny VX hull but housed a naturally-aspirated version of the 1812cc engine rated at 180hp.

Unlike standard VXs, the body of the VXS/VXR was made of the strong but lightweight NanoXcel material.

2011 lineup:

2011-2014 VXR – NEW

2011-2014 VXS – NEW

2009-2013 FZS SHO

2009-2013 FZR SHO

2009-2011 FX HO

2009-2011 FX Cruiser HO

2008-2011 FX SHO

2008-2011 FX Cruiser SHO

2007-2014 VX Sport

2007-2014 VX Deluxe

2007-2014 VX Cruiser

2008-2020 Superjet 700

2012-2013 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2013, the body of the Yamaha FX was completely redesigned.

The revamped model returned with a longer rear deck and seat area, and its top deck was also heavily upgraded.

The new FX also utilized many innovative features like a stern storage and a neutral “gear.”

Except for some new color schemes, the rest of the lineup remained unchanged in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

2012-2013 lineups:

2012-2018 FX HO – NEW

2012-2018 FX Cruiser HO – NEW

2012-2013 FX SHO – NEW

2012-2013 FX Cruiser SHO – NEW

2011-2014 VXR

2011-2014 VXS

2009-2013 FZS SHO

2009-2013 FZR SHO

2007-2014 VX Sport

2007-2014 VX Deluxe

2007-2014 VX Cruiser

2008-2020 Superjet 700

2014 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2015, the more advanced SVHO (Super Vortex High Output) engine replaced the proven SHO (Super High Output) power mill.

This new engine kept the same 1812cc, inline-4 architecture, but enjoyed numerous performance upgrades that increased its power from 210 to 250hp. During its first years this unit suffered from a weak timing chain, which was fixed in 2016.

Yamaha used this engine in every SVHO WaveRunner, including the FZR SVHO, FZS SVHO, and FX SVHOs.

VX WaveRunners returned with a lighter NanoXcel body but their dimensions and engine specifications remained unchanged.

2014 lineup:

2014-2016 FZR SVHO – NEW

2014-2016 FZS SVHO – NEW

2014-2018 FX SVHO

2014-2018 FX Cruiser SVHO

2012-2018 FX HO

2012-2018 FX Cruiser HO

2011-2014 VXR

2011-2014 VXS

2007-2014 VX Sport

2007-2014 VX Deluxe

2007-2014 VX Cruiser

2008-2020 Superjet 700

2015 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2015, Yamaha introduced its electric RiDE brake and reverse system, which was heavily inspired by Sea-Doo’s iBR.

This innovative system replaced the outdated manual reverse across the entire lineup.

The VX line as well as the VXR and VXS were also completely redesigned for this season.

These revamped models were built on the second-generation VX platform, which enjoyed a more modern design, greater capacities, and many new features. Despite the new body, the VX line was powered by the outdated MR-1 engine.

The new models for this year were the base V1 and the more advanced V1 Sport, which were still being built on the first-generation VX hull. Designed with rental companies in mind, these skis only housed the most necessary components.

Another novelty of the 2015 model year was the upgraded NanoXcel 2 hull material, which was reserved for the performance FZS SVHO and FZR SVHO. (The new material ensured a 35-pound weight saving on these skis.)

2015 Lineup:

2015 V1 – NEW

2015 V1 Sport – NEW

2015 VX Sport

2015 VX Deluxe

2015 VX Cruiser

2015-2019 VXR

2015-2016 VXS

2012-2018 FX HO

2012-2018 FX Cruiser HO

2014-2018 FX SVHO

2014-2018 FX Cruiser SVHO

2014-2016 FZR SVHO

2014-2016 FZS SVHO

2008-2020 Superjet 700

2016 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2016, Yamaha released its all-new TR-1 marine engine, which was derived from Yamaha’s snowmobile lineup. This 4-stroke, 1049cc, triple-cylinder engine delivered 102-115hp depending on the model.

This engine debuted in the recently revamped VX line, but in the following years it found its way into the EX series as well.

The supercharged SVHO engine was also updated with a thicker timing chain and a new chain tensioner.

In the 2014-2015 model years this engine came with a weak timing chain, which was prone to blowing up, causing severe engine damage. Fortunately, those improvements fixed this design flaw.

New models in this lineup included the VX Limited and VX Cruiser HO. The former was the most featured VX model with the TR-1 engine option, and it came standard with some model-specific gadgets and the Limited accessory package.

Its larger brother, the all-new VX Cruiser HO, was released to be the most powerful VX WaveRunner. Just like its VXR/VXS relatives, this ski also housed the 1.8L, 180hp engine option.

2016 lineup:

2016-2020 VX

2016-2020 VX Deluxe

2016-2020 VX Cruiser

2016-2020 VX Cruiser HO

2016-2020 VX Limited

2016 V1

2016 V1 Sport

2015-2019 VXR

2015-2016 VXS

2012-2018 FX HO

2012-2018 FX Cruiser HO

2014-2018 FX SVHO

2014-2018 FX Cruiser SVHO

2014-2016 FZR SVHO

2014-2016 FZS SVHO

2008-2020 Superjet 700

2017-2018 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In response to Sea-Doo’s Spark PWC line, Yamaha introduced its Rec-Lite EX WaveRunner series in 2017. These skis enjoyed the tiny EX platform and a de-tuned (102hp) configuration of the TR-1 engine.

The EX family included three skis, namely the base EX, EX Sport, and EX Deluxe.

The luxury/touring FX line was also expanded with a new top-of-the-line model, labeled FX Limited SVHO.

You could also find a brand-new performance WaveRunner in the lineup, the GP1800. This ski was literally a supercharged VX WaveRunner, housing the 250hp SVHO engine option.

In return, the VXS disappeared from the lineup, but the VXR remained in the fleet until 2020 when it was rebranded to the GP 1800R HO.

To the greatest regret of many performance-minded WaveRunner enthusiasts, Yamaha also discontinued its FZR and FZS SVHO with no successors.

The “dedicated rental WaveRunner,” the base V1 was also discontinued, but its legacy was carried over to the 2019 VX-C.

Aside from some new color schemes, the 2018 WaveRunner lineup was carried over unchanged from 2017.

2017-2018 lineups:

2017- EX – NEW

2017- EX Sport – NEW

2017- EX Deluxe – NEW

2017-2018 FX Limited SVHO – NEW

2017-2018 GP1800

2015-2019 VXR

2016-2020 VX Deluxe

2016-2020 VX

2016-2020 VX Sport

2016-2020 VX Cruiser

2016-2020 VX Limited

2016-2020 VX Cruiser HO

2012-2018 FX HO

2012-2018 FX Cruiser HO

2014-2018 FX SVHO

2014-2018 FX Cruiser SVHO

2008-2020 Superjet 700

2019 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2019, the touring FX line was redesigned and returned with five different models. Compared to its predecessor, the new FX platform was 0.9 inches longer and 1.6 inches wider.

Thanks to their remarkable stability, modern design, and innovative features, the revamped FX WaveRunners increasingly became popular among buyers.

New models in the ‘19 lineup included the sporty EXR, which was a more aggressive configuration of the proven EX. It came standard with a NanoXcel 2 hull and a reflahsed TR-1 engine rated at 110hp.

Intended for rental companies, the VX-C also debuted as the simplest VX WaveRunner.

It was so heavily stripped down that it even lacked a reboarding step and a RiDE brake and reverse system. This simplicity translated into a low price and very easy maintenance.

The high-performance GP1800 was renamed to GP1800R but it didn’t have any mechanical upgrades.

2019 lineup:

2017- EX

2017- EX Sport

2017- EX Deluxe

2017-2018 FX Limited SVHO

2019- FX

2019- FX Cruiser HO

2019- FX SVHO

2019- FX Cruiser SVHO

2019- FX Limited SVHO

2019 GP1800R

2015-2019 VXR

2016-2020 VX Limited

2016-2020 VX Cruiser HO

2016-2020 VX Sport

2016-2020 VX Deluxe

2016-2020 VX Cruiser

2019- VX-C

2008-2020 Superjet 700

2020 Yamaha PWC Lineup

The 2019 Yamaha WaveRunner lineup remained mechanically unchanged for the 2020 season.

The only noticeable difference was that the VXR was rebranded to GP1800R HO. Its supercharged brother, the GP1800R, was also renamed to GP1800R SVHO.

The EX series got some new optional accessories like a stern storage, hatch storage, and a waterproof bow storage.

2021 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2021, Yamaha refreshed its deservedly popular VX WaveRunner family and expanded it with the VX Limited HO.

The top deck of this line was heavily redesigned and upgraded with a lot of convenient features including a more comfortable seat, extended rear platform, color LCD dashboard, large watertight glove compartment, and more.

Unlike its appearance and the new features, the hull design and powertrain of the VX series remained unchanged.

The EX line was also completed with the top-of-the-line EX Limited.

What’s more, two GP models were also upgraded for this season. They returned with a new deck and seat, and the lightweight NanoXcel 2 hull material. They also got some performance upgrades like a redesigned pump and intake, and the innovative auto trim system.

After many years of production, Yamaha phased out its legendary 2-stroke SuperJet. Its successor was built on a brand-new hull, which housed the 4-stroke, 3-cylinder, TR-1 marine engine.

Along with these new models, the manufacturer launched a wide range of optional OEM accessories like speakers, coolers, cargo bags, covers, fenders, tow sport accessories, and more.

You can find out more about the 2021 WaveRunner lineup here.

2022 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2022, Yamaha upgraded its EXR with some special accessories which were clearly inspired by the rival Spark TRIXX.

The model was also rebranded to JetBlaster and got a WaveBlaster-inspired color scheme. But this proved to be a marketing gimmick, since the capabilities of this ski was light years away from the original WaveBlasters.

We also saw many significant changes in the FX line. The 2022 models in this breed returned with standard SMC hulls instead of the lighter NanoXcel.

The top deck of the FX was heavily redesigned and upgraded with more bells and whistles, including a new optional accessory platform. Labeled as RecDeck, this system was meant to fulfill a similar function as Sea-Doo’s LinQ attachment system.

This detachable rear platform could be mounted on top of the rear deck, and it could be opted with various accessories like the multi-use rack, lounge package, top sport package, and the fishing packages.

You can discover the 2022 Yamaha WaveRunners by following this link.

2023 Yamaha PWC Lineup

Except for some “bold new color schemes” and minor cosmetic changes, the 2022 WaveRunner lineup was carried over to the following year without any mechanical changes.

In this year, the RecDeck accessory platform was already available on the VX and GP line.

The FX line was equipped with some new accessories like the USB port, LED-lit glove box, and a microphone for phone calls. The premium audio system also became a standard feature on each FX WaveRunner except for the base FX HO.

If you want to dig deeper, you may find our detailed 2023 WaveRunner lineup review useful.

2024 Yamaha PWC Lineup

In 2024, Yamaha improved its naturally-aspirated, 1.8L HO marine engine.

Its successor, the 1.9L HO featured a larger (+86cc) displacement, and was upgraded in many ways for higher performance. The claimed engine power of this unit was 200hp, 20hp more than the 1.8L HO.

As a rule of thumb, Yamaha used this engine in each HO model including the VX Cruiser HO, VX Limited HO, GP HO, FX HO, and the FX Cruiser HO.

Even though they remained mechanically unchanged, the GP 1800R HO and 1800R SVHO were also renamed to GP HO and GP SVHO, respectively.

You can discover the 2024 WaveRunner lineup here.

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