Yamaha rolls out F200 outboard
“The 200 makes tremendous sense because there are so many boats that can take that kind of power and benefit from a lightweight 200, as opposed to a heavier V6,” Yamaha communications manager Martin Peters says. “It is also a great motor for repowering because it fits on 26-inch centers. It is a narrow motor and easily could replace a lot of 2-strokes in the marketplace right now.”
At 487 pounds the F200 is 119 pounds lighter than Yamaha’s V6 F200 and 14 pounds heavier than Yamaha’s 2-stroke Z200 HPDI outboard. The F200 is built around a four-cylinder, 2.8-liter, 16-valve dual overhead camshaft powerhead “that breathes easily and responds quickly,” Peters says.
Yamaha unveiled the engine, along with a 150-hp 4-stroke — the V MAX SHO 150 — and its Helm Master joystick-equipped control system at a press event earlier this week in Bridgeport, Ala. It was the company’s largest new-product introduction since the 2009 debut of its F70 and V6 series of 4-strokes.