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January 14, 2014

Yamaha Broadens Its Line with 175-hp Four-Cylinder Outboard

Yamaha Outboards complements its four-cylinder stable with a new F175.

Yamaha Outboards has announced the addition of the F175, a new outboard that uses the same 2.8-liter in-line four-cylinder four-stroke block as the popular and lightweight F200 and VMax SHO 150. The F175 features 16 valves, dual overhead camshafts, a 50-amp alternator and mechanical throttle and shift controls. It is expected at dealers by mid-year.

“This motor will broaden the line and be particularly valuable for all boats with transoms limited to 175 hp, as well as some inshore applications,” said Ben Speciale, Yamaha Marine Group president. “The F175 is another super versatile motor, with great repower potential for a variety of boats from bay to deep V, aluminum and more.”

The F175 uses a single-throttle intake valve and Yamaha’s long-track intake tubes for easy breathing. A knock sensor allows the engine to run at peak efficiency and performance at all rpm, according to Yamaha. Though it has mechanical controls for easier rigging, the outboard is compatible with Yamaha’s Command Link gauges and hardware, as well as Y-COP theft deterrent systemThe outboard also includes Yamaha’s Variable Trolling RPM Switch (VTS).

To minmize corrosion, the F175 uses Yamaha’s Phaze Five paint system, which involves the electro-deposition of anti-corrosive paint on both the outside and inside passages of the engine block. MSRP for the long-shaft (20-inch) version of the F175 is $16,050; the extra-long shaft (25-inch) model is $16,430.