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Yamaha’s new F200 is the lightest four-stroke outboard in its class. At 487 pounds (20-inch shaft length), the four-cylinder engine weighs just 14 pounds more than Yamaha’s 200-horsepower HPDI two-stroke engine.
There’s more to like than just an impressive power-to-weight ratio. The F200 boasts more displacement than any other four-cylinder 200 and all but one six-cylinder 200. Combined with natural aspiration and Yamaha’s variable camshaft timing, this 2.8-liter (163 cubic inch displacement), 16-valve DOHC engine promises excellent top-end speed, as well as the ability to make maximum midrange torque and deliver blazing acceleration. The F200 comes with your choice of mechanical or digital controls, and Yamaha says the new F200 runs just fine on 89-octane fuel. The F200’s alternator puts out 50 amps, which is par for this class of engine.
Since the F200 offers slightly greater displacement than the previous Yamaha 2.7-liter four-cylinder F150 offers, you might think the F200 is simply a bored-out version of the same powerhead. You’d be wrong. Despite the similarity in displacement, the F200 is a totally new design, according to Yamaha engineers.
The F200 meets all current Environmental Protection Agency emission standards and has earned a California Air Resources Board (CARB) ultralow emissions three-star rating.