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Yamaha V MAX Sho V6 4.2L 250 / 225 / 200 HP

The second it hit the water, the V6 V MAX SHO® defied all expectations. It fused four-stroke efficiency with a hole shot that outperformed two strokes. Competitive fishing had never seen anything like it—and the V MAX SHO quickly became the power of choice for anglers on the circuit. More than a decade later, it’s still going strong—fresh off powering its fourth consecutive Bassmaster® Angler of the Year title in 2020.

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Compact & Powerful Powerhead

Plasma-fused sleeveless cylinders are lighter and 60 percent harder than steel. They also allow us to enlarge cylinder bores without increasing their dimensions–which creates 4.2 liters of big-bore displacement, without adding weight.

Thoughtful Engineering

Smart engineering throughout the V MAX® SHO saves weight, from the cowling to the engine bracket to the lower engine pan.

Smart Design

Yamaha’s exclusive In-Bank Exhaust System exits downward through the center of the “V” rather than on the exterior side. This increases combustion efficiency, creating  more power and torque, and also results in a more compact shape.

Overall Performance

This superior design–with individual intake and exhaust camshafts,  larger valves than previous designs and four valves per cylinder–delivers more precise valve timing and more efficient exchange of intake and exhaust gases, for responsive power and increased fuel economy.

Responsive Throttle

Midrange punch and instant throttle response created by Variable Camshaft Timing has to be felt to be believed.

Fuel Economy

Micro-textured cylinder walls increase breathing efficiency while Precision Multi-Point Fuel Injection ensures the precise amount of air and fuel necessary for optimum power and fuel efficiency.

Engine Type V6
Displacement 4.2L
Bore x Stroke 96 x 96mm (3.78 x 3.78 in)
Prop Shaft Horsepower 250hp at 5500 rpm / 225hp at 5500 rpm / 200hp at 5500 rpm
Full Throttle RPM Range 5000 ~ 6000 rpm
Alternator Output at W.O.T. 70 Amp
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Fuel Induction System EFI
Weight 240 kg (529 lbs) - 257 kg (567 lbs)
Recommended Fuel Octane 89
Recommended Engine Oil Yamalube® 4M (See owner's manual)
Recommended Fuel Filtration Yamaha 10-Micron Fuel/Water Separating Filter (external)

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