Yamaha Introduces New Versions of F350, F250 and F225 Outboards

Yamaha Motor has announced new versions of its 5.3-litre, V8, the ‘F350C', as well as its 4.2L F250 and F225 V6 outboards.

The outboard [F350C] is now offered with five full years of Limited Warranty coverage, wrapped in a refined outboard package. "Extending limited warranty coverage to five years speaks to the confidence we have in the reliability of the 5.3-litre V8 F350,' said Jean-Francois Rioux, National Manager for Marine at Yamaha Motor Canada. "This added benefit offers even more value to customers purchasing Yamaha's most powerful outboard on the market.'

Yamaha's F350 first debuted in 2007. The first incarnation of the F350 presented boaters an outboard capable of delivering the raw thrust necessary for powering larger and heavier offshore boats.

The F350C's new graphics are said to represent the technology under its cowl. The "V' graphic not only defines the cylinder arrangement, but also denotes the way the engine delivers power. According to the company, the right side of the "V' graphic represents the flatness of the F350C V8 torque curve.

Like the original F350, the F350C also features:
• A 60-degree V8 with four valves per cylinder and double overhead cams
• Variable Camshaft Timing (VCT) to optimize the engine's torque at low and mid-range rpm
• Sequential multi-point fuel injection – eight long-intake tracks in the induction system to optimize power
• Less internal stress and friction, and lower internal engine pressures and heat build-up
• Accepts 89 octane fuel, unlike some high-performance engines requiring 91 octane for maximum performance.

New Mechanical F250 and F225 Outboards
In an effort to meet the needs of boaters seeking to repower their boats in the near future, Yamaha's 4.2-litre V6 offshore models will soon be available in mechanical versions: the F225XB Mechanical and the F250XB Mechanical.

"These outboards are a great repower option for boats that can take advantage of the light weight and high efficiency of Yamaha's 4.2-litre offshore platform, but don't require digital electronic control,' says Rioux.

V6 Offshore Mechanicals are more than 50 pounds lighter than Yamaha's 3.3-litre V6s. In addition, the Mechanicals offer better low- and mid-range punch, as well as better fuel efficiency.

When repowering with the Yamaha 4.2-litre V6 Mechanicals, there is typically no need to change over to a new control box, providing an economical solution for work boats or other craft where digital control is not needed or desired.

Yamaha says the F350C is expected to be available by the late summer of 2016.

Expected availability of Yamaha's 4.2-litre V6 Mechanicals is late summer 2016. The F250XB Mechanical will be available in both left- and right-hand rotation, while the F225XB Mechanical will be available in right-hand rotation only.