During its first sea trial in Bristol, R.I., this morning, the new Outerlimits Super Leggera 36 reached a top speed of 99 mph. That's the word from Mike Fiore, the founder and owner of the Bristol-based custom high-performance powerboat company.
The stepped V-bottom 36-footer isn't just a new model for Outerlimits. It's the first boat—outside of Mercury Racing test boats—to be equipped with Mercury Racing' new 520 engines, which were released at the end of August.
"We were on the rev limiters at 99 mph with 32-inch pitch props," said Fiore. "Put some 34s on there and it's a 103-mph boat. It definitely went faster than we expected. It was on rails at that speed, too. You could fall asleep driving it."
Fiore said he was impressed by the new 520-hp engines, which come standard with the Fond du Lac, Wis., company's first-ever two-year limited warranty. "The 520 is a great motor," he said. "Throttle response was tremendous, and the DTS (Digital Throttle and Shift system—standard on the 520) is a vast improvement over the old cable systems.
"The new Mercury throttle design is also phenomenal—I can't say enough good about it," he added. "The throttle handles are shorter so you can rest your hand on the base and throttle with your fingertips. That will really cut down on driver fatigue. It's awesome."
The open-cockpit 36-footer reportedly is on its way to Kentucky for tomorrow's Lake Cumberland Poker Run, where the public will get its first official view of it.