With a high-performance engine and NanoXcel 2 Technology – the EXR makes for nimble handling and enough agility and speed for adrenaline-seekers. Read why Boating World’s writer Alan Jones loves the new 2019 EXR.
“Rec-Lite is a relatively new category of personal watercraft and is used to describe sleds that are smaller and less expensive than a full-sized PWC.”
“Yamaha is blowing up that deficiency with the introduction of its new EXR. How did its engineers do it? First, they used Yamaha’s NanoXcel 2 technology, which is stronger and lighter than fiberglass, for the deck and hull. “
“Previously only used on higher-end models, NanoXcel 2 reduced the EXR’s weight to 540 pounds, which is 60 pounds less than the EX Deluxe. Then, they boosted the 1049 CC TR-1 engine by 10 percent and created the TR-1 High Output, which cranks out about 110 hp. The result is a WaveRunner with some attitude: a 0-30 mph time of 2.4 seconds and a top speed of 54 mph. “
“At 124 inches — 8 inches shorter than the VX hull — the Yamaha EXR is relatively short, but that helps it achieve nimble handling. And it’s remarkably stable. When we were shooting video, I did figure-8s in one spot for the camera, and it handled the resulting chopped up water in a very predictable manner.”
“Its price is a budget-friendly $9,299, and buyers get plenty of extras, including a large two-tone padded rear deck and a reboarding ladder. “