Performance that elevates expectations


V6 V MAX SHO® Series

V6 V MAX SHO® Series

Mechanical: 250 hp, 225 hp, 200 hp

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 the V MAX SHO 250. 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

Owners Manuals
3yearlimitedwarranty
MotorBoatingBestoftheYear2010_
Ultra Low Emission

Experience rapid hole shot

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.

Power & Performance

 
Compact & Powerful Powerhead
Compact & Powerful Powerhead

Compact & Powerful Powerhead


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.

Lightweight
Lightweight

Lightweight


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.

Smart Design
Smart Design

Smart Design


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.

Overall Performance
Overall Performance

Overall Performance


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.

Responsive Throttle
Responsive Throttle

Responsive Throttle


Midrange punch and instant throttle response created by Variable Camshaft Timing has to be felt to be believed.

Outstanding Fuel Economy
Outstanding Fuel Economy

Outstanding Fuel Economy


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.

Reliability & Durability

Reliability & Durability

Smooth and Quiet


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.

Convenience & Control

Powerful Charging 

With 46 amps of total alternator power at 1000 RPM and a full 50 amps from 2500 ~ 6000 RPM, V MAX SHO® outboards offer the kind of charging power needed to  operate today's wide array of on-board electronic devices.

V MAX SHO® Series Propellers 

Designed exclusively for V MAX SHO® V6 20-inch-shaft outboards, V MAX SHO Series propellers are available in one-inch pitch increments from 22 to 27 inches, for fine-tuning wide-open-throttle RPM for tournament-level performance.

Real-Time Performance Data

Optional Command Link® gauges provide real-time outboard performance, boat systems and environmental data at your fingertips. Streamlined displays are designed to withstand the elements and are available in square or round style for single- or multi-engine applications.

Product Videos

 
V1: Yamaha 4.2L V6 V MAX SHO Technical Video

Meet the Line-Up

VF250

V MAX 4.2L 250 hp

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.

  • Super High Output 60-degree 4.2-liter V6 Design
  • Shaft lengths available: 20” and 25”
  • Minimum octane 89
  • Mechanical controls with optional Command Link® gauges
VF225

V MAX 4.2L 225 hp

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.

  • Super High Output 60-degree 4.2-liter V6 Design
  • 20” shaft only
  • Minimum octane 89
  • Mechanical controls with optional Command Link® gauges
VF200

V MAX 4.2L 200 hp

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.

  • Super High Output 60-degree 4.2-liter V6 Design
  • 20” shaft only
  • Minimum octane 87
  • Mechanical controls with optional Command Link® gauges

Specs & Compare

Engine Comparison
Engine Type V6
Displacement 4169cc
Bore x Stroke 96 x 96mm (3.78 x 3.78 in)
Prop Shaft Horsepower 250hp at 5500 rpm
Full Throttle RPM Range 5000 ~ 6000 rpm
Alternator Output at W.O.T. 50 Amp
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Fuel Induction System EFI
Weight* 229 kg (505 lbs) - 251 kg (555 lbs)
Recommended Fuel Octane 89
Recommended Engine Oil Yamalube® 4M (See owner's manual)
Recommended Fuel Filtration Yamaha 10-Micron Fuel/Water Separating Filter (external)

*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).

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Engine Comparison
Engine Type V6
Displacement 4169cc
Bore x Stroke 96 x 96mm (3.78 x 3.78 in)
Prop Shaft Horsepower 225hp at 5500 rpm
Full Throttle RPM Range 5000 ~ 6000 rpm
Alternator Output at W.O.T. 50 Amp
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Fuel Induction System EFI
Weight* 229 kg (505 lbs)
Recommended Fuel Octane 89
Recommended Engine Oil Yamalube® 4M (See owner's manual)
Recommended Fuel Filtration Yamaha 10-Micron Fuel/Water Separating Filter (external)

*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).

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Engine Comparison
Engine Type V6
Displacement 4169cc
Bore x Stroke 96 x 96mm (3.78 x 3.78 in)
Prop Shaft Horsepower 200hp at 5500 rpm
Full Throttle RPM Range 5000 ~ 6000 rpm
Alternator Output at W.O.T. 50 Amp
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Fuel Induction System EFI
Weight* 229 kg (505 lbs)
Recommended Fuel Octane 87
Recommended Engine Oil Yamalube® 4M (See owner's manual)
Recommended Fuel Filtration Yamaha 10-Micron Fuel/Water Separating Filter (external)

*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).

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