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Why Is The Mercury Racing 1350 So Damn Expensive?

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With a list price of a little more than $200,000, the Mercury Racing 1350 engine and M8 drive is the high-performance powerboat world’s most expensive piston power package. If a more expensive, fully integrated and computer-controlled single-manufacturer engine-and-drive package for go-fast boat exists, I sure haven’t heard of it. And keep in mind that most of the quad overhead cam, twin turbocharged 1,350-hp engines are sold in pairs. We’re talking big bucks.

For that kind of dough, you could have a small fleet of really nice cars in your driveway. What the heck, toss in the price of the boat—you know, the pretty thing they build around those engines—and you could have a home with a garage big enough to shelter those cars.

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