>> New Mercury Outboards
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.
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