Yamaha Launches New High Horsepower Outboards

The new F150, F175 and F200 models feature innovative integrated steering and a sleek new design, while the powerful XTO Offshore range has been boosted with the addition of a new 450 horsepower model to complement the existing XTO 425. The manufacturer says the XTO 450 delivers new features to round out one of the most comprehensive high horsepower offshore powerplants ever built.

Integrated steering

Yamaha’s new inline four-cylinder high horsepower outboards are based around the existing 2.7L (F150 mechanical) and 2.8L (F150, F175 and F200) platforms in the current engine lineup, which are proven performers over thousands of on-water hours. To take these engines to the next level, Yamaha has added two innovative integrated steering options. Skippers now have the choice of either complete digital control with Integrated Electro-Hydraulic Steering or more traditional hydraulic steering – which is now completely integrated within a sealed cylinder on the transom bracket of the engine rather than being a third-party component for cleaner rigging and appearance.

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Integrated Digital Electro-Hydraulic Steering is a plug-and-play system that utilises an electric helm connected electronically to the steering control unit within the engine. Skipper input at the helm is transmitted to an electric pump which actuates the hydraulic steering. The result is smooth and responsive steering with the additional benefit of customisable steering settings for steering friction and sensitivity at the helm.

Integrated steering and clean rigging are two of the new features of the just-released Yamaha F150, F175 and F200 range.

Clean rigging

Rigging is simple and clean creating an uncluttered bilge and transom area. F150 and F200 models fitted with Integrated Digital Electro-Hydraulic Steering can be easily connected to all the features of Yamaha’s Helm Master EX system. Boats can be equipped with Yamaha’s Autopilot and even Joystick control, with the ability to use SetPoint features that automatically hold the vessel’s GPS heading or position at the push of a button.

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The Integrated Hydraulic Steering as the name suggests is an integral part of the outboard’s design and is available for the new F150, F175 and F200 range. Yamaha has matched these steering options with two throttle and shift choices – mechanical or electric.

This cutaway shows how the integrated steering has been implemented in the F150-F200 range.

Keeping the innovation going, Yamaha has fitted TotalTilt which allows the complete tilt up of the engine from any position with a double click of the trim’s ‘UP’ button. Conversely, the motor can be trimmed fully down with a double click on the ‘DOWN’ control.

Optional propellor light

When paired with Yamaha's industry-leading Helm Master EX Autopilot and Joystick boat control system, there is now the option of having a propeller light installed directly into the rear apron of the outboard motor, rather than requiring independent installation on the transom. These lights clearly indicate the boat is actively in Helm Master EX SetPoint mode to anyone approaching the vessel’s stern.


There are three levels of engine to choose from, depending on the specifications:

Mechanical Throttle and Shift Control with Integrated Hydraulic Steering 

• F150, F175 and F200 

• Signature Grey 

• RRP $28,015 - $32,875 

Digital Throttle and Shift Control with Integrated Hydraulic Steering 

• F150, F175 and F200 

• Signature Grey 

• RRP $33,315 - $37,995 

Digital Throttle and Shift Control with Integrated Digital Electro-Hydraulic Steering 

• F150 and F200 

• Choice of Signature Grey or Pearlescent White 

• RRP $33,955 - $42,755

The new F150, F175 and F200 models are due to hit NZ shores from April onwards.

New XTO Offshore XF450 

Yamaha adds to the line-up of its high-power XTO Offshore models with the addition of a new 450-horsepower model to complement the existing XTO 425. The new XTO Offshore features the same 5.6L, direct-injected V8 engine and the same features as the original XTO 425. The engine delivers big torque and thrust to push big offshore boats. Along with an additional 25 horsepower, the new XTO 450 introduces new features which Yamaha says enhances one of the most ground-breaking offshore engines ever built.

The motor’s looks have been sharpened with the addition of raised chrome graphics on the sides, a re-styled panel at the rear, a new flush-mounted manual flush connection upfront and hidden external wiring near the bracket; all adding to the XTO 450’s premium look. 

Yamaha offers two prop options for the XTO 450, as well as the TotalTilt feature.

To help meet the extreme electrical demands of today’s larger boats, the Yamaha XTO Offshore 450 features a three-phase, simultaneous charging system that delivers an incredible amount of net amps at lower rpm, for where it’s needed most. Using Phase Angle Control (PAC) componentry and a super-strong magnetic field, XTO Offshore 450 models produce up to 96 net amps per engine in neutral. That’s plenty of power to meet today’s popular, high-demand devices like gyro stabilizers, air conditioning, sound systems and more.

The XTO Offshore 450 is equipped with Yamaha’s exclusive TotalTilt feature for faster, easier engine tilting. When enabled, it allows complete tilt up from any position with a simple double-push of the ‘UP’ trim/tilt button, or full tilt down (until trim ram contact) by the same double push of the ‘DOWN’ trim/tilt button. A warning horn will sound just before and during these operations. Movement and the horn can be stopped anywhere in between by pressing the tilt button again.

Yamaha has added an extra 25 horsepower to its XTO range with the arrival of the XTO 450, a 5.6 litre direct-injected V8.

Yamaha has also released two additional XTO prop options. A new XTO EC® prop has been designed to reduce ventilation which can occur when pushing big heavy boats due to the extreme thrust produced by this engine. A new 27-inch pitch prop is also available for lighter vessels, providing increased RPM at wide-open throttle for potentially more top-end speed. 

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There is also the option of a prop light when the engine is paired with the Helm Master EX Autopilot and joystick control system.

The XTO 450 Offshore is available in Signature Grey or Pearlescent White. The RRP range is $$70,500 - $73,310, with the motors available from March.

For more info: https://www.yamaha-motor.co.nz/outboards


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