Yamaha launches new outboard models

Yamaha XTO 450hp

Yamaha has launched the new XTO 450hp V8 and XTO 400hp V8 outboard engines, to offer users increased acceleration and faster speeds.

The new XTOs, which improve on Yamaha’s 425hp premium XTO outboard engine, are said to offer a new cowling design, sleek new graphics, enhanced user features and a superior power-to-weight ratio, making them well-suited for powering larger boats.

XTO stands for Xtreme Thrust Output, and Yamaha says these two direct injection 4-stroke outboards offer 300 per cent more reverse thrust and achieve new levels of torque and speed.

Designed to be used with Yamaha’s Helm Master EX boat control system, the firm says users will find it easier to link the XTO 450hp and 400hp to the Helm Master EX boat control system.

The latest XTO models also feature an integrated Helm Master EX functioning propeller light, and the outboards’ electric charging system had been upgraded.

A noise reduction silencer has also been added to promote quieter cruising at speed, while the in-water gear lubrication change system allows for on-the-water oil changing, making it quicker and easier to complete, saving on boat lifts and storage ashore, and valuable time spent on maintenance.

Yamaha XTO 450hp
Yamaha XTO 450hp

“At Yamaha, we have engineering excellence embedded in the very heart of everything we do, creating products that allow users to have memorable experiences out on the water while being reassured by our unrivalled reliability,” says Matt Taylerson, Yamaha’s divisional manager for marketing.

“We continuously strive to satisfy the needs of a wide variety of commercial and recreational users, and Yamaha’s new outboard engines represent another key step towards opening up outboard power for ever larger and heavier vessels and bringing cutting-edge technology within reach for more customers.”

Yamaha has also improved and launched new versions of its popular high-power 200hp and 150hp outboard engines, offering multiple options enhanced with exciting top-end tech, previously found exclusively in Yamaha’s Premium engines.

There are three versions of each engine model, all suited to either single or twin installations.

The models comprise mechanical controls, with a drive-by-wire and hydraulic helm pump and a drive-by-wire with an electric helm – this version is also compatible with Yamaha’s Helm Master EX boat control system.

The 200hp features a fuel-efficient EFI system, said to make nanosecond calculations to ensure an optimum fuel and air mix are compressed for peak performance and efficiency, along with reliable cold starting. Both engines are 2.8 litres, 4-cylinder, DOHC for improved airflow to boost power and speed.

New features include the TotalTilt function with integrated tilt limit, and integrated Digital Electric Steering (DES). Now built into the new versions of these models, DES offers boat owners a clear and spacious bilge and negates the need for a customer to purchase, and a dealer to install, a separate steering cylinder.

This range of new products from Yamaha is available to view on Yamaha’s stand (Hall 3/C90.1) at boot Düsseldorf 21-29 January 2023. All four of these new flagship engines will be available from Q3 2023, ready for 2024 boat packages.

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