Yamaha announces updates to its premium V6 range

Yamaha Marine has announced a series of upgrades to its premium V6 outboard range.

The range has taken inspiration from the company’s flagship XTO, and now includes features such as Digital Electric Steering (DES), Thrust Enhancing Reverse Exhaust (TERE) and Yamaha’s exclusive TotalTilt. This function allows complete tilt up or down (until trim ram contact) from any position (a buzzer alerts bystanders to keep clear and an integrated tilt limiter prevents inadvertent damage).

The new 4.2-litre 300 – 250hp V6 engines feature a new one-piece top cowling with water-draining air duct moulding, a new bottom cowling, apron shape and a colour-matched lower unit.

Yamaha says the lower unit has also been improved with a new design for the gear tooth profile (improved contact and reduced surface pressure). In addition, the durability has developed by changing the oil flow inside the lower case and the bearings that support the gears.

DES is now built into the 300 – 250hp V6 engines. These are equipped with Steer by Wire, which Yamaha says delivers a smoother and more intuitive driving experience, with no hydraulic systems to bleed or steering cables to snag.

Augmenting the outboards reverse thrust and control, TERE keeps exhaust bubbles above the anti-ventilation plate and out of the propeller below 2500rpm ensuring the prop only bites bubble free water. Combining TERE with optional DES and the Helm Master EX joystick will enhance manoeuvrability around docks and confined spaces, says Yamaha.

New 225hp V6 engines are designed with the same styling as above and are compatible with optional DES, but include TotalTilt function and TERE.

Yamaha is also introducing a new Drive by Wire (DBW) 6X9 side flush mount control for single engine configurations from 150hp and above. The DBW side flush mount uses Yamaha’s latest electronic control system, said to bring smoother, more precise control through the power range.

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