Yamaha Marine has revealed six new outboard motor models it will release in 2015, four of which will expand its line of high-performance V MAX SHO high-performance models.

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The new Yamaha V MAX SHO VF115 gets both a power boost, and a new look.

V MAX SHO VF115: Based on the four-cylinder, 1.8-liter F115, this motor gets a different set of camshafts and recalibrated fuel delivery to bump its output to the top of rating rage, I’m guessing to about 126 horsepower. New graphics include a black cowl and lower unit, and help this middle-weight look like the bigger SHO models. Offered only with a 20-inch shaft, the VF115 has a dry weight of 377 pounds. Its 5300 - 6300 rpm WOT throttle range gives it some propping flexibility; even if you drop down a size in pitch for better acceleration, top speed will be competitive. When I ran this motor I was especially impressed with its smooth, quiet operation. It will be a good fit for smaller bass boats, pontoons, and even small flats skiffs, and can also be rigged with a tiller control. The VF115 will reach dealers in April.

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Bass boat owners should find the SHO 175 of interest.

V MAX SHO 175: This new model is based on the 2.8-liter four-cylinder powerhead that’s also used for the F200/F175 models. It will be offered only with a 20-inch shaft, and only for manual controls. It’s designed slot above the VF150 on mid-size bass boats that are not rated for a 200. Yamaha anticipates real potential for the VF175 as a re-power option for owners of boats still running an older V6 two-stroke outboard. The VF175 is compatible with any style instruments and older controls, although it must be rigged with the Yamaha Command Link gauge to enable the VTS trolling speed control system. Yamaha predicts the VF175 will deliver a significant performance gain over a 150. It will reach dealers in March.

V MAX SHO “X-Shaft” 150 and 250: Yamaha finally makes the V Max SHO 150 and 250 available with a 25-inch shaft, and thus available for pontoons, multi-species boats and some bay boats that require a longer motor. Each receives a heavy-duty transom bracket and mid-section, and will only be offered with cable controls to enable affordable re-power projects. The VF150X arrives in April; the VF250X in July.

F150B: The popular 2.7-liter F150 is refreshed and given the “B” model status. A new cowl and pan formed of SMC (sheet molding compound) is styled to look like the 4.2-liter Offshore model outboards, and weighs two pounds less than the previous parts. A new eight-tooth clutch dog shifts more smoothly than the six-dog unit it replaces, and this motor now has VTS when rigged with the Command Link gauge.


Offered with a 15-inch or 20-inch shaft, the lightest version of the new F8 weighs 88 pounds.

F8: A new F8 model shares its twin-cylinder, 212cc powerhead with the F9.9 that debuted in 2007, a 7.5 percent displacement increase. Its carry handle was designed to provide good balance when it’s time to tote it down the dock. The tiller handle has been shortened, according to Yamaha, to better fit the larger American consumer, and it now folds all the way over so the motor takes up less space when stored. This motor also now has support pads on the back to it can be stored with the rear side down.

Pricing for all of the new Yamaha models has not yet been released. Yamaha has also announced that production of its last direct-injected two-stroke models, the V MAX 175 HPDI and V MAX 150 HPDI, has ceased and that when current inventories of these motors are gone, the HPDI era will be over.

More News from Yamaha:

The Yamaha Helm Master system, which includes a drive-by-wire joystick control for low-speed maneuvering, will soon be available for four-engine applications. It has previously only been available for twins and triples. The quad-engine Helm Master system shifts, throttles, and steers each motor individually, rather than in port and starboard pairs. A neat feature: one button will start all four outboards at once. In 2015 Yamaha will also make Helm Master compatible with the four-cylinder F200 outboard, so it can be rigged on boats running twin F200 motors.

Finally, Yamaha has announced expansion of its propeller lines. The Shift Dampening System, which eliminates the “clunk” in the drivetrain when the motor is shifted into gear, has been revised to eliminate the special keyed washer required by the original SDS system. That function is now built into the hub cushion. The Reliance propeller is now offered in 13 and 14 pitch models, SDS has been added to the Talon stainless-steel props for mid-range motors (with the 4.25-inch gearcase), all Saltwater Series XL props for the F350 outboard now have SDS, and more pitch options have been added to the Performance 3, Performance 4 and Performance XT prop lines.

For more information, visit Yamaha.