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Familiar models and innovative new accessories

The 2020 Yamaha WaveRunner lineup has been unveiled and though it lacks any big new model announcement, refinement of the line and the addition of key accessories continue to give PWC enthusiasts reason to be excited.

Few expected big changes to the 2020 Yamaha WaveRunner lineup, as 2019 saw a top-to-bottom makeover of the FX platform, the addition of a new accessory system, and the introduction of the “pocket rocket” EXR. Sales proved strong, not only with these models but also the EX series, which continued to bring in new customers without cannibalizing the existing VX line. Yamaha also continued to find success on the race course, with both the FX and GP1800R flying high on the P1 AquaX series.


So what’s in store for the 2020 Yamaha WaveRunner family? The WaveRunner line will continue to be divided into three body platforms, the EX, VX and FX. Engine platforms include the 1,049cc triple, 1,812cc four cylinder, and 1,812cc four-cylinder supercharged offerings. Specific changes include the former VXR, now renamed the GP1800R HO to reflect the 1,812cc HO engine within. The former GP1800R will now be known as the GP1800R SVHO to denote its supercharged, Super Vortex High Output variation of that same mill. This performance segment also incorporates the SuperJet, still available for competition-use.

The mid-size VX platform will again feature the entry-level VX/VX-C, VX, VX Deluxe, VX Cruiser and VX Limited with watersports-oriented extras and audio system. Yamaha’s VX Cruiser High Output also returns, now enjoying the status of being the number-one selling model for Yamaha in 2019.

The popular EX platform again features the EX, EX Sport, EX Deluxe, and EXR. As to the flagship FX, models once again are the HO, Cruiser HO, SVHO, Cruiser SVHO, and SVHO Limited. Expect some cool colors and graphics in the mix, with the most notable being the all black FX SVHO and similarly black with limited blue accents on the SVHO Limited. Like the VX Limited, the FX Limited includes its own unique set of extras, including custom cover, 12-volt outlet, dedicated cooler bag, two ExoXGear speakers, Garmin GPS/fishfinder, pull-up cleats, fenders, and custom watersports kit of single-rider tube, inflator, tube holder, tow rope and upgraded tow hook.

All FX models continue to offer the multi-mount system for accessories.


The biggest excitement may just be reserved for the refinement of several key accessories for the 2020 Yamaha WaveRunner lineup. The FX Audio Package ($399.99) now includes new speakers from EcoXGear that are exclusive to Yamaha. Unlike the box-like original models, the new speakers sleekly integrate into the dash area where they now become far more part of the FX’s overall styling. The IP67 waterproof, shock-resistant, floating speakers feature a 30watt 4” subwoofer with separate tweeter for dynamic frequency response, 15-plus hours of playtime, marine-grade construction, and EcoTalk button for Siri and Google Voice. They also pair out of the box, and stream via Bluetooth from up to 100’ away should you want to bring them onto the beach or dock.

The EX/VX Audio Package ($349) is also all-new, with similarly styled 2.5” 15-watt speakers and RAM Mount hardware.

Other new accessories include a stern storage add-on for VX models. The zippered compartment is insulated, big enough for 18 cans plus ice, and includes both carrying handle and shoulder strap for carrying on and off the boat.

Additional storage options for the 2020 Yamaha WaveRunner models include a compatible cooler that also fits in the bow storage of FX and VX models, a roll-top dry bag for EX models bow storage, an external storage bag with transparent window for the top of the front storage hatch on EX models, and an EX storage trunk perfect for a watersports towrope or other damp gear.

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