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Mer­cury Marine, the world leader in marine propul­sion and tech­nol­ogy, is pleased to in­tro­duce mul­ti­ple new 4.6l V8 out­board en­gine mod­els – the 250 and 300hp Ver­ado®, 200, 225, 250 and 300hp Pro XS® – plus the Pro XS® 175hp 3.4l V6. These next-gen­er­a­tion out­board en­gines are part of the largest sin­gle new-prod­uct de­vel­op­ment pro­gram Mer­cury has un­der­taken in its nearly 80-year-his­tory, which has prompted a major in­vest­ment in ex­pand­ing its man­u­fac­tur­ing foot­print.

The four-stroke V6 was step one of our 2018 in­tro­duc­tions and we are thrilled to of­fi­cially an­nounce step two,” said John Pfeifer, Mer­cury Marine pres­i­dent. “These new V8 en­gines, like the V6, will set a new bench­mark in the marine in­dus­try in the eyes of the con­sumer.”

Mer­cury’s new V6 and V8 out­board en­gines are highly con­fig­urable to meet the needs of a wide va­ri­ety of boat­ing seg­ments, from Ver­ado’s re­fined per­for­mance, to the fourstroke’s fuel ef­fi­ciency, to the com­pet­i­tive edge that Pro XS pro­vides se­ri­ous sport boaters. Along with the 3.4l V6 fam­ily re­cently in­tro­duced, the new V8 en­gines fill out Mer­cury’s in­dus­try lead­ing port­fo­lio in the 175 to 300hp range.

“These en­gines are nat­u­rally aspi­rated, durable, pow­er­ful and pro­vide op­tions for the con­sumer that they’ve never had be­fore,” said Pfeifer. “This new line-up aligns with what con­sumers are ask­ing for and we are de­lighted to de­liver it to them.”

New 250 and 300hp Ver­ado

The new 250 and 300hp V8 Ver­ado out­board en­gines raise the bar for the marine in­dus­try – again. Con­tin­u­ing Ver­ado’s legacy as the most re­fined out­board en­gine on the wa­ter, the new high-dis­place­ment, quad-cam de­sign of the new V8 power head gen­er­ates plenty of torque, es­pe­cially at mid-range.

Across the rpm-range the V8 plat­form pro­vides ex­hil­a­rat­ing per­for­mance. Sea tri­als have shown the 300hp Ver­ado is quicker and faster than the clos­est com­peti­tor, while still pro­vid­ing bet­ter fuel econ­omy.

The V8 Ver­ado’s are com­pat­i­ble with, and fea­ture Mer­cury-en­gi­neered dig­i­tal con­trols and elec­tro-hy­draulic power steer­ing for smooth operation. Equipped with Adap­tive Speed Con­trol, they de­liver in­creased throt­tle re­sponse and a “sportier” feel.

The Ver­ado driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is fur­ther en­hanced by class-lead­ing NVH re­duc­tion for an ul­tra-quiet ride. The new V8 mod­els’ next-gen­er­a­tion Ad­vanced Mid-Sec­tion (AMS) in­cor­po­rates perime­ter mounts that de­liver the low­est vi­bra­tion in the in­dus­try, while sound bar­ri­ers make it the qui­etest out­board in its seg­ment. Ex­clu­sive Ad­vanced Sound Con­trol tech­nol­ogy al­lows users to tog­gle be­tween ul­tra-quiet operation and a “throat­ier”-sound­ing sport mode.

The new 250 and 300hp V8 Ver­ado will be avail­able with dig­i­tal (DTS) con­trols and power steer­ing, Mer­cury Joy­stick Pi­lot­ing for Out­boards for max­i­mum ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity and con­trol, and can be fur­ther cus­tom­ized with the ad­di­tion of an ac­cent panel, as de­tailed be­low.

Colour Op­tions

Mer­cury’s Cold Fu­sion white cowl colour op­tions plus the pop­u­lar Phan­tom Black, com­bined with five fac­tory ac­cent colour panels and “paint-ready” panels, let own­ers mix and match or paint their own panels to fur­ther per­son­al­ize their en­gine.

New 175 to 300hp Pro XS

The new 175 V6 and 200, 225, 250 and for the first time ever, 300hp V8 Pro XS out­board en­gines are quite sim­ply the next gen­er­a­tion of sport boat­ing per­for­mance. Fea­tur­ing Mer­cury’s new com­pact cowl, these en­gines de­liver ev­ery­thing to be com­pet­i­tive on the wa­ter, in­clud­ing am­ple torque from their high-dis­place­ment power heads and su­pe­rior ac­cel­er­a­tion due to their quad-cam de­sign and Tran­sient Spark tech­nol­ogy. The 250hp V8 Pro XS bested the lead­ing com­peti­tor in both ac­cel­er­a­tion and top end in sea tri­als – and de­liv­ered up to six­teen per­cent bet­ter fuel econ­omy at cruise.

All V6 and V8 Pro XS en­gines fea­ture Adap­tive Speed Con­trol, which main­tains the driver’s de­sired rpm re­gard­less of load or con­di­tion.

The Pro XS per­for­mance-tuned ex­haust tone is en­gi­neered to de­liver a sound qual­ity that is guar­an­teed to turn heads, yet is qui­eter than the com­pe­ti­tion at cruise and top speed.

The ProXS mod­els will be avail­able to the South African mar­ket in the com­ing months. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Craig Gut­teridge at Ruther­ford Marine on 011-878-2600 or visit the Mer­cury web­site www.mer­cury­ma­rine.com

Mer­cury 300hp V8 Ver­ado

Mer­cury 300hp V8 Pro XS

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