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The V6 V MAX SHO® has transformed the game with its 4.2-liter big-bore displacement, signature four-stroke fuel economy and a hole shot that’s up to 13 percent faster than two strokes. Now that anglers have experienced the best of both worlds in one outboard, they won’t settle for anything less than V MAX SHO performance. Now, we’re raising expectations even higher—with a 25-inch shaft option for both the V MAX SHO 200 and 250 models. That makes it an even better choice for anglers fishing bigger waters on 25-inch-transom boats such as deep-V hulls, bay boats, flats boats and multi-species craft. Find a Demo Tour
Engineered with competition in mind, V6 V MAX SHO® outboards have a class-leading hole shot that’s up to 13 percent faster than competitive two strokes.
Plasma-fused sleeveless cylinders are lighter and 60 percent harder than steel. They also allow us to enlarge cylinder bores without increasing their dimensions--which creates 4.2 liters of big-bore displacement, without adding weight.
With a re-engineered cowling, engine bracket and lower engine pan, 20-inch-shaft models are a full 34 pounds lighter than their predecessor, the two-stroke V MAX® Series 2.
Yamaha's exlusive In-Bank Exhaust System exits downward through the center of the "V" rather than on the exterior side. This increases combustion efficiency, creating more power and torque, and also results in a more compact shape.
This superior design--with individual intake and exhaust camshafts, larger valves than previous designs and four valves per cylinder--delivers more precise valve timing and more efficient exchange of intake and exhause gases, for responsive power and increased fuel economy.
Midrange punch and instant throttle response created by Variable Camshaft Timing has to be felt to be believed.
Micro-textured cylinder walls increase breathing efficiency while Precision Multi-Point Fuel Injection ensures the precise amount of air and fuel necessary for optimum power and fuel efficiency. Together, they make the 4.2 liter big-bore V MAX SHO® four stroke up to 12% better fuel efficient than our two-stroke V MAX® Series 2.
A labyrinth exhaust routes gases through a maze before they exit above the water line through an idle exhause relief outlet. This, combined with a mufflerless design, results in unbelievably smooth and quiet operation, with a pleasing sound of power at idle.
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The competitive spirit of the outboard that changed it all runs deeper than ever, thanks to the availability of a 25-inch shaft on V MAX SHO® 250 models. Now, the multi-species crowd can discover that nothing compares to a V MAX SHO.
Engineered to exceed expectations, the V MAX SHO® 225 has a hole shot quick enough to outperform a two-stroke—and the bass game will never be the same.
Smart engineering makes V MAX SHO four strokes lighter and more powerful than even two-stroke competitors. Just like its big brothers, the V MAX SHO® 200 hits above its weight class.
† Weight refers to shortest shaft length, and is measured without motor oil, gearcase oil and propeller (except models 25 hp and under, which include a standard propeller). All Jet model weights include the jet pump assembly (weight estimated).