No one with a clue was surprised that Mercury Racing didn’t pull the sheet off a shiny new 450- to 500-hp Verado outboard engine yesterday during day one of the Miami International Boat Show. Of course, it’s possible—Verado project manager Claus Bruestle said as much when the first Verado outboard, a 200-hp offering, was introduced in 2004. But with the unprecedented and ongoing success of the Verado 400R, the folks at the Fond du Lac, Wis., outfit are in no hurry to slow the sales momentum of the most successful engine release in company history.
Mercury Marine adds a new family of four-stroke outboards (click image to enlarge).
So buyers craving a more-powerful Verado will have to wait for something new. On the other hand, consumers looking for something a bit more mild in the four-stroke, naturally aspirated category have a few fresh options, new V-6 FourStroke 175-, 200- and 225-hp outboard engine family.
According to press materials from Mercury Marine, the new Mercury FourStroke outboards are built on Mercury’s new 3.4-liter V-6 platform, which is designed to be powerful, light, compact and fuel-efficient. The new V-6 engines are “precision engineered from skeg to cowl,” the release stated.