2014 YAMAHA WAVERUNNER FZR: A PWC POWERHOUSE
The new Yamaha WaveRunner FZR delivers intoxicating performance, more power, and a bigger jet pump.
22nd March 2014
By Charles Plueddeman
To pull the trigger on the new Yamaha WaverRunner FZR is to experience unrelenting acceleration, the kind of get-up-and-gone that never, ever gets old. Updated for 2014 with an all-new powertrain that Yamaha claims is “race ready,” this highest-performance WaveRunner delivers performance that demands constant respect.
The FZR throttle controls a new Yamaha Super Vortex High Output (SVHO) engine, a tuned-up version of the four-cylinder 1.8-liter SHO motor that was the previous top performer in the WaveRunner stable. Yamaha says the SVHO engine produces 20 percent more horsepower and torque than the SHO thanks to a larger supercharger and a 60 percent increase in boost pressure, a 25 percent more-efficient intercooler, a larger oil cooler, updated fuel injection and forged pistons.
If all these updates sound like a shopping list of aftermarket speed equipment, well, that’s sort of the point. Yamaha has essentially fitted the FZR with the key components typically selected to build a stout competition-ready boat, parts it says are worth about $3,000. Unlike a home-built race boat, this FZR has been factory engineered, and comes with a warranty. Note that this engine does require premium fuel.
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