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2014 YAMAHA VXR REVIEW: CLASS-TOPPING SPEED AND HANDLING AT A BARGAIN PRICE

 

Excerpted from PersonalWatercraft.com, January 2014
By Jeff Hemmel

“Sixty-five miles-per-hour has been the benchmark speed in PWC performance for years. It’s a speed, however, that always came with a catch. To reach it, you had to plunk down plenty of cash. That magic 6-5 was a speed reserved for customers with deep pockets. Yamaha’s VXR changed all that.”

“Power And Weight: A Magical Combo: Perhaps the best value in the industry for performance junkies, the Yamaha VXR's arm-stretching speed and lightweight hull will keep you smiling.”

“As you would expect, the boat boasts an advantageous horsepower-to-weight ratio. Grab a handful of throttle and you’ll reach 30 mph in as little as 1.8 seconds. Keep that throttle pinned and you’ll top out at 65 mph…just like the big boys. But you’ll do it for an investment of only $11,699. A significant amount for sure, but consider that you’d normally have to spend nearly $3,000 more to play in this arena.”

“The VXR’s handling also puts it solidly among the elite. Light and quick, it carves into a turn as tight as you can push it. In fact, the VXR is likely one of the most aggressive handling craft on the market.”

“Beyond that, however, it’s back-to-basics time. Except this basic runs with the big boys. Or maybe even outruns them…”