by Dom Wiseman

Yamaha Motor Australia has announced the release of their 2019 WaveRunner line-up with new model additions, existing model upgrades, and new colour and styling options.

One of the most anticipated moves is the redesign of the flagship luxury-performance and feature-packed FX Series WaveRunners. They have built an enviable reputation in the racing, long-distance touring and fishing scenes.

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Jason Harris, Divisional Manager Marine, Yamaha Motor Australia said, “We are thrilled to be launching the new 2019 FX Series, one of the most exciting personal watercraft product developments in recent years. This new design takes one of our most popular WaveRunner platforms to the next level, with a complete update of the hull, deck and control systems.”

“The 2019 Series retains the industry’s largest displacement and proven, 1.8 Litre, four-cylinder marine engine, while bringing new and innovative design features for a more aggressive, fun and overall improved riding experience and performance,” he said.

The 2019 FX Series hull and deck have undergone a complete style makeover. The changes have delivered a more aerodynamic performance and edgier look, while retaining much of the design heritage from previous FX models. An innovative industry first new feature, which answers the prayers of many personal watercraft enthusiasts, is the inclusion of drains which efficiently remove water from the foot well.

The stability and handling owners have come to expect from the FX Series are still there despite the totally new hull design. The integrated bow chines is claimed to deliver an even dryer and more comfortable riding experience. For easier boarding, the new FX comes with a deeper, flatter and softer reboarding step.

In another industry first, the FX Series incorporates a new 4.3-inch colour LCD touch-screen instrument panel, giving the rider better fuel information, drive controls, diagnostics and screen customisation.

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This upgraded control system has a new features including advanced reverse assistance, for easier launching off trailers, more control over speed and acceleration settings for learner riders, towing and fuel management, new ultra-slow speed manoeuvring mode and three No Wake Mode settings to meet different speed zone restrictions.

The new 2019 craft also include the introduction of a multi-mount system for the attachment of third-party camera, speaker, GPS, fish finder or phone devices. The 2019 model also sees the inclusion of a new extra-large watertight glove box, increasing the overall storage from 125 to a massive 153 litres.

The 2019 FX Series WaveRunners come in four model variants, the naturally aspirated FX HO and FX Cruiser HO models and the supercharged FX SVHO and FX Cruiser SVHO models.

In the racing department there is a newcomer in the EXR race ready model. It is based on Yamaha’s Rec-Lite EX series WaveRunners. The EXR combines the ultra-lightweight and proven NanoXcel2 hull and deck with the more powerful one-litre TR-1 High Output engine, to deliver a very affordable racing package. With a compact size and excellent performance, the EXR will ensure Yamaha continues to dominate the Rec-Lite Stock Classes on the Australian racing scene.

Elsewhere in the race ready line-up are performance upgrades to the multiple Australian Championship winning GP1800 and VXR race ready models. Both skis receive new top loader intake grates and race designed ride plates. This will dramatically improve their performance for sharper and more predictable handling and better hook up in rough water and cornering. The VXR also steps up to the ultra-lightweight NonoXcel2 hull and deck for improved acceleration and overall power-to-weight performance.

The popular VX Series range of WaveRunners sees the introduction of two new model variants. The VX Cruiser which comes with Yamaha’s luxury cruiser seat and the VX Cruiser HO, which comes with the cruiser seat and much larger 1.8 High Output marine engine and high-pressure jet pump for increased power and performance.

2019 prices are still being finalised.