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    Yamaha announces the latest versions of six key outboard engine models for the 2013 season: F9.9, F50, FT50, F60, FT60, F350.

    F9.9 models
    Yamaha’s popular portable F9.9 is now smarter and even more user-friendly. The stylish new rounded top cowling – a compact design concept used on the current generation of state-of-the-art Yamaha four-stroke outboards – will now be a feature of the latest new look F9.9 model and its High Thrust partner, the FT9.9.

    The F9.9 has been the focus of other recent development work at Yamaha, with the intention of making the latest version of this popular engine more appealing to owners who love its strong combination of power and reliability, with ease of handling - both on the water and on shore.

    First, Yamaha engineers have created a new ergonomic design for the tiller handle, which is now a more convenient shorter length and features a comfortable, easy–to-use forward-mounted gear shift lever within easy reach. The FT models will continue with the longer tiller arm design which is better suited to sailboat auxiliary usage.

    Next, the latest F9.9 has been made easier to handle physically, with design refinements such as a large, comfortable carrying handle built into the steering bracket – and a new rest-pad for storing the engine on its “back” (propeller side down) when required.

    Together, these advantages add up to make this popular, portable and ultra-dependable engine the ‘smart’ choice for any leisure or professional user. Above all of course, it’s a Yamaha 4-stroke – and they don’t come ‘smarter’ than that.

    The latest F9.9J will arrive in Europe in Spring 2013.

    F50 and F60 models
    Fresh new look for Yamaha’s range of F50 and F60 outboards for 2013.

    The popular and proven range of Yamaha F50 and F60 outboards will adopt the latest stylish new rounded cowling design for the 2013 season.

    This mid-sized, 996cc SOHC, purpose made marine engine recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, having been introduced in 2002 and remains largely unchanged today, with the only major modifications during this period being the introduction of EFI and a single throttle body system in 2006, whilst more notably it was also the first engine to feature a full NMEA 2000 data feed output with a multi-function DNG digital instrumentation network.

    The four cylinder F50 and F60 engines enjoy an enviable reputation for durability and for their smooth running and good all-round performance.
    However since the introduction two years ago of the F70, which is based on the same engine block, the F50 and F60 have fallen behind in their looks.

    For 2013 the F50H, FT50J High Thrust, F60F and FT60G High Thrust models will all feature the same cowling as the F70 with the latest rounded design and new Yamaha graphics.

    F350, V8 model
    Yamaha announces updates for the world’s largest production outboard engine. Advanced engineering program brings 14kg weight reduction for the F350.

    Since its launch, the F350 has established its market position as the largest displacement outboard available – heading Yamaha’s 4-stroke line-up.

    The latest F350 update is the result of an engineering program which has incorporated the latest Yamaha weight saving technologies, similar to Yamaha’s latest V6 engine range. Yamaha’s engineers have achieved a significant reduction in the weight of the F350 of 14kg taking the weight down to 356kg, while maintaining the engines power and performance.
    Among the most significant changes is the redesigned in-bank exhaust system. By integrating the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head, savings have been made in weight with the added benefit of more efficient combustion.

    Another update is the change from forged to cast pistons. Here, yet more weight is saved.

    Materials have been changed too; lighter, corrosion-resistant resin is now used for the cylinder head cover instead of aluminium, while on the fuel delivery system a high density polymer replaced the heavier stainless steel of the previous system. Small and unseen though some of these changes may be, they all make a contribution to delivering a weight saving of 14kg and a higher power–to-weight ratio.

    The latest F350 update is available in UK from autumn 2012.
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