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Yamaha introduced its 2010 lineup to dealers last night in the Bahamas, and the highlight of the coming year’s craft is a refresh of the industry’s best-selling models, the VX line.
Originally designed as the cost-conscious, entry-level model for Yamaha, the VX series has attracted a broader range of consumers in recent years. As such, Yamaha continues to borrow a little more of the look and feel of the high-end FX line. The most notable change is a roomier cockpit. Yamaha increased the VX seat length by 4”, which should better accommodate taller drivers. New mirrors are now also repositioned to provide improved visibility, the glove box has been expanded, and the reverse lever is now larger and, Yamaha claims, more convenient to operate.
Passengers should also benefit from a larger bolster to the seat, as well as a greater padded surface area on the aft boarding platform.
Yamaha also promises the ride itself will be more fun, and more dry, thanks to tweaks below the waterline. The VX series craft now feature a new ride plate design, repositioned new sponsons, and a revised weight distribution that should produce a sportier feel on the water.
“We created the VX Series to offer the entry level buyer a fun, fuel efficient and feature-rich WaveRunner at an affordable price,” explained Scott Watkins, product manager for Yamaha’s WaterCraft Group. “Since then, it has completely changed the personal watercraft industry, bringing new buyers into the lifestyle and raising the bar for entry level watercraft. With the launch of the new VX series today, we are further raising that bar offering new levels of comfort, space, ergonomics and a fun ride that is unlike any other personal watercraft.”
Elsewhere, the FZ and FX series also return, the FZR receiving a new retractable boarding ladder. The SuperJet also continues to fly the stand-up flag.
The entire 2010 line can currently be viewed at Yamaha-Motor.com. PersonalWatercraft.com will have in-depth reviews of all models as soon as they are made available to the press.
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