Yamaha has matched the most powerful WaveRunner engine in history with the world’s first dual throttle handlebar control system and a new generation NanoXcel2 hull to create the ultimate personal watercraft. Exclusive upgrades include a new electric trim system, Command Link for easy access to onboard instrumentation, Cruise Assist/No Wake Mode for consistent engine RPM levels and the largest reboarding platform in the industry.
What’s so astonishing about going 71.5 mph on an FX model is how utterly comfortable I felt at that speed. Halfway through one run I encountered an unexpected set of wakes that would typically produce a few anxious moments. Instead, the FX hull charged over them with ease. With the right body positioning and anticipation, I was also able to rail the boat into corners at near full throttle and not get launched, and punch it out of the hole and hit the 30 mph benchmark well under two seconds. While a stopwatch and GPS pale in comparison to a legitimate radar gun and acceleration-testing software, I’m calling the ballpark figure as quick as 1.5 seconds.
Make no mistake, that’s scary speed in the hands of a novice rider, and I would strongly urge the boat stay in the hands of experienced pilots no matter how well the hull handles it. But in the hands of an experienced watercraft enthusiast, the FX SVHO is arguably downright thrilling.
Engine Type: Supercharged 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, Super Vortex High Output Yamaha Marine Engine
Pump Type: 160mm High-pressure
Fuel Type Recommended: Unleaded Premium
Electronic Fuel Injection: Yes
Low-RPM Mode™: Yes
Rider Capacity: 1-3 persons
Dry Weight: 833 LBS
Fuel Capacity: 18.5 GAL
Storage Capacity: 33.2 GAL
Glove Box: with Dual Cupholders
Hydro-Turf® Mats: Two-tone