Yamaha Marine’s revamped 4.2-liter VMax SHO outboards produce 40 percent more battery-charging power and sport new styling that clearly distinguishes these high-performance from the rest of the line.
This vaunted line of V-6s, one of the first to prove that four-stroke technology could replace two-strokes in the high-performance bass-boat market, now boast 70 amps of battery-charging capability, up from 50 amps on previous SHOs. That extra juice delivers more electrical power for today’s boats equipped with a growing number marine electronics.
The new motors come in 200, 225 or 250 hp versions, and with select models available with 25-inch shafts for saltwater and walleye boats with deeper transoms. Yamaha also offers an optional isolator lead to better charge house or trolling batteries.
In addition, Yamaha’s new SHO models feature TotalTilt functionality, which makes it easier for trailering or trimming the outboard up in shallow situations. With a double tap of the trim button, the outboard will tilt from current position to full up (or to the tilt-limit setting, whichever is lowest). In addition, a double tap of the down toggle will trim the engine all the way down. A simple push of the tilt button can a stop movement anywhere in between.
The newly upgraded 4.2-liter V MAX SHO retains mechanical throttle and shift controls and uses hydraulic steering (no electric steering) for high-performance applications. It will also easily adapt to cable-driven foot-pedal applications popular in the bass-boat market. Yamaha’s new V MAX SHO is scheduled to be available in May. To learn more, visit yamahaoutboards.com.