What's New for 2004 from Yamaha Outboards
High Pressure Direct Injected Outboards Z300 — In response to the growing demand for offshore fishing boats in the 30- to 40-foot range, Yamaha introduces the new Z300 — the first 300 hp direct injection outboard in the marine industry. The Z300 now provides a practical alternative to inboard power with its improved reliability, fuel economy and quieter operation. The heart of the new Z300 is Yamaha 3.3-liter, 204-cubic-inch, 76-degree block that develops the tremendous low-end torque that’s needed to power larger displacement boats. In addition, the new Z300 incorporates the second generation of the durable, award-winning High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) technology. Using twin high-pressure fuel pumps, the HPDI system delivers fuel at an industry-high 1,000 psi. This higher fuel-delivery pressure produces a much finer atomization of the air/fuel mix. The result is more complete combustion and better acceleration and speed out of every ounce of fuel.
VZ300 — Featuring the same rugged features and fuel-friendly technologies as the Z300, Yamaha also introduces the VZ300 HPDI. With bass anglers wanting larger boats with more storage space, greater comfort and larger casting decks, the need for a higher horsepower to effectively move the longer and wider bass boats became apparent. The VZ300 was designed to meet those needs.
F150 — For 2004, Yamaha introduces the world’s first 150 hp four-stroke outboard, establishing a new class of outboard marine power. Yamaha brings its award-winning four-stroke technology to anglers who run boats from 17- to 21-feet with single installations and boats from 23- to 26-feet with dual installations. The new four-stroke F150 features an all-new inline-4 powerhead that actually sports a larger displacement than Yamaha’s two-stroke V6 150 horsepower outboards. Weighing in at only 466 pounds, the F150 features lightweight forged pistons and specially heat-treated crankshaft and connecting rods for additional durability and strength.
Besides introducing new models for 2004, Yamaha has made several enhancements to its line:
On all two-stroke V6 outboards, the built-in water separator filter features a new spring-clip retainer for quick and easy service rather than having to unbolt the entire retainer.
All 2004 2.6-liter HPDI engines will now have reversible power trim and tilt switches for dual-engine installations so the switch will be easily accessible.
All four-stroke Yamahas from the F60 and up will now be California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star Rated. These models include: F60 Jetdrive, F90 Jetdrive, F115 Jetdrive, F60, T60, F75, F90, F115, F150, F200 and F225.
New gauges for 2004 include a 75 mph speedometer, a 50 mph speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, trim gauge, water pressure gauge, water temperature gauge, volt meter and hour meter. All the new gauges are available with black or white faces.
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