Performance that elevates expectations



V6 V MAX SHO® Series

V6 V MAX SHO® Series

Mechanical: 250 hp, 225 hp, 200 hp

The second it hit the water, the V6 V MAX SHO® defied all expectations. It fused four-stroke efficiency with a hole shot that outperformed two strokes. Competitive fishing had never seen anything like it—and the V MAX SHO quickly became the power of choice for anglers on the circuit. More than a decade later, it’s still going strong—fresh off powering its fourth consecutive Bassmaster® Angler of the Year title in 2020. It’s still a competitive choice, and it’s getting even better. The V6 V MAX SHO now offers 40 percent more charging power, wrapped in a striking, new cowling design.

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FOUR CONSECUTIVE ANGLER OF THE YEAR TITLES

The V6 V MAX SHO has left a trail of trophies, titles and prize money in its wake. And after more than a decade on the water, it’s still got it. In 2020, it powered its fourth consecutive Bassmaster® Angler of the Year. 

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.

Thoughtful Engineering
Thoughtful Engineering

Thoughtful Engineering


Smart engineering throughout the V MAX® SHO saves weight, from the cowling to the engine bracket to the lower engine pan.

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.

Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy

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.

Reliability & Durability

Outboard with cowling Outboard without cowling

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

Charging Power 

The V6 V MAX SHO now produces up to 70 gross amps of charging power. This exciting, 40 percent increase in charging is more than enough juice for your growing array of on-board tech. They can also be equipped with an optional isolator lead to better charge house or trolling batteries.
 

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 digital backlit 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.
 

Fast, Easy Tilting

A new, Yamaha exclusive, TotalTilt™ performs a quick, full trim up or down with the fast, double-tap of a button. This makes trailering quick and easy and is handy when a complete up or down tilt is needed.

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The New 4.2L V6 V MAX SHO

Meet the Line-Up

VF250

V MAX 4.2L 250 hp

The new, V6 V MAX SHO 250 features 40 percent more charging power and an aggressive new cowling design. Added to its lightning-fast hole shot and blistering top speed, the VF250 has everything a tournament angler needs to win.

  • New alternator output: up to 70 gross amps
  • Super High Output 60-degree 4.2-liter V6 Design
  • Minimum 89 Octane
  • Shaft lengths available: 20” and 25”
  • New Saltwater Series II™ HP propellers can increase top speed on 25” models in lightweight applications
VF225

V MAX 4.2L 225 hp

Originally engineered to exceed expectations, the V6 V MAX SHO® 225 has done it again. It’s now sporting 40 percent more charging power and a striking new cowling design. On top of its instant hole shot and exhilarating top speed, it has all the tools in the tackle box to compete.

  • New alternator output: up to 70 gross amps
  • Super High Output 60-degree 4.2-liter V6 Design
  • Minimum 89 Octane
  • 20” shaft only
VF200

V MAX 4.2L 200 hp

With an impressive top speed and hole shot, the V6 V MAX SHO 200 has always hit above its weight class. Now armed with 40 percent more charging power and an intimidating new cowling design, it’s a weekend warrior’s dream.

  • New alternator output: up to 70 gross amps
  • Super High Output 60-degree 4.2-liter V6 Design
  • Minimum 87 Octane
  • Shaft lengths available: 20” and 25”
  • New Saltwater Series II™ HP propellers can increase top speed on 25” models in lightweight applications

Specs & Compare

Engine Comparison
Engine Type V6
Displacement 4.2L
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. 70 Amp
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Fuel Induction System EFI
Weight † 240 kg (529 lbs) - 257 kg (567 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)
C.A.R.B. Rating 3-Star
Exhaust Through Propeller
Intake 24
Ignition TCI Microcomputer
Spark Plug LFR6A-11
Alternator Output 50 Amp
Starting System Electric
Lubrication Wet Sump
Engine Oil Capacity 6.7L/6.4L
Recommended Cooling Thermostatic Control
Ethanol Blend Limit 10% Maximum
Gear Ratio 1.75:1
Gear Shift Forward, Neutral, Reverse
Shaft Length 20" - 25"
Degree of Tilt 66°
Degree of Trim -4° through +16°
Dry Weight 20" shaft / 240 kg (529 lbs), 25" shaft / 257 kg (567 lbs)
Mounting Centers N/A
Steering Angle (maximum) 35° from center, either direction
Warranty Limited 3-year Pleasure, 3-year Government, 1-Year Commercial

† 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 4.2L
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. 70 Amp
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Fuel Induction System EFI
Weight † 240 kg (529 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)
C.A.R.B. Rating 3-Star
Exhaust Through Propeller
Intake 24
Ignition TCI Microcomputer
Spark Plug LFR6A-11
Alternator Output 50 Amp
Starting System Electric
Lubrication Wet Sump
Engine Oil Capacity 6.7L/6.4L
Recommended Cooling Thermostatic Control
Ethanol Blend Limit 10% Maximum
Gear Ratio 1.75:1
Gear Shift Forward, Neutral, Reverse
Shaft Length 20"
Degree of Tilt 66°
Degree of Trim -4° through +16°
Dry Weight 240 kg (529 lbs)
Mounting Centers N/A
Steering Angle (maximum) 35° from center, either direction
Warranty Limited 3-year Pleasure, 3-year Government, 1-Year Commercial

† 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 4.2L
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. 70 Amp
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Fuel Induction System EFI
Weight † 240 kg (529 lbs) - 257 kg (567 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)
C.A.R.B. Rating 3-Star
Exhaust Through Propeller
Intake 24
Ignition TCI Microcomputer
Spark Plug LFR6A-11
Alternator Output 50 Amp
Starting System Electric
Lubrication Wet Sump
Engine Oil Capacity 6.7L/6.4L
Recommended Cooling Thermostatic Control
Ethanol Blend Limit 10% Maximum
Gear Ratio 1.75:1
Gear Shift Forward, Neutral, Reverse
Shaft Length 20" - 25"
Degree of Tilt 66°
Degree of Trim -4° through +16°
Dry Weight 20" shaft / 240 kg (529 lbs), 25" shaft / 257 kg (567 lbs)
Mounting Centers N/A
Steering Angle (maximum) 35° from center, either direction
Warranty Limited 3-year Pleasure, 3-year Government, 1-Year Commercial

† 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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