MERCURY DIESEL DEBUTS IN SYDNEY
Mercury Marine released a new line of compact V6, 3.0-litre diesel engines at the Sydney International Boat Show in August.
The common-rail, high-speed diesel is available in 150hp, 230hp and 270hp variants.
Three years of testing have confirmed class-leading acceleration, reliability and speed, says Mercury, made possible by a new water-cooled variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) design.
Working in tandem with Mercury’s sophisticated engine control management system, VGT provides reduced time to plane and outstanding overall performance. In addition, the new engine is designed for ease of installation and servicing and offers exceptionally low levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
These engines comply with tougher diesel emission standards being introduced in many countries.
Configured for inboard shaft-drive and waterjet or inboard sterndrive power, this compact design can fit virtually any vessel. Installation and maintenance are easy while low fuel consumption promises reduced operating costs and longer range.
The engine is based on a well-proven FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) VM Motori design, extensively modified for marine application. The 60o V6’s aluminium cylinder heads and compacted graphite-iron cylinder block deliver light weight and excellent heat transfer for optimal cooling. The timing system is chain-driven, so no belts to replace. The glow-plug system is standard, and the engine and exhaust system are closed-cooled for corrosion protection.
The new engines are compatible with Mercury Smartcraft technologies and they also integrate with Mercury’s Joystick Piloting for Inboards (JPI) and Joystick Piloting for Sterndrives (JPS).
In New Zealand, the engine has already been fitted to a Tristram 741 Offshore, delivering outstanding performance.
ABOVE The new V6 Mercury diesels are compact and lightweight.