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AUCKLAND, New Zealand (May 21, 2018)– Mercury Marine has been awarded the 2018 Most Innovative Product for its all-new V-8 FourStroke outboard family.  The award was presented to the company during last weekend’s Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, the biggest and most popular boat show in New Zealand for the past 60 years.

The show marked the first time these new engines have been displayed in public as they were launched globally on May 18.  On display at the Mercury booth was the full range of V-8 4.6L outboards including the 250hp and 300hp FourStroke as well as the all-new Pro XS lineup.

“We are honored to win the Innovative Product award for our all-new V-8 4.6L outboard platform,” said Randy Caruana, Mercury Marine vice president of sales for the Americas and Asia Pacific. “These engines were a huge hit in New Zealand and this was a great market to showcase them for the first time.  Since we launched these engines last week, the response has been incredible from our customers around the world.”

Mercury’s new V-6 and V-8 outboard engine launch is the largest in Mercury’s history and 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 and rigging versatility, to the competitive edge that Pro XS provides serious sport fishermen.  Along with the 3.4L V-6 family released in February, the new V-8 engines fill out Mercury’s industry leading portfolio in the 175-300hp range.  

“The consumer is going to love Mercury’s new V-8 platform,” said Caruana. “Our customers who have been on the product said they couldn’t believe how lightweight and powerful these engines are.  When the new V-8’s make their way into the marketplace, this will fundamentally set a new bar for the 175-300hp range.”  

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (May 18, 2018)– Mercury Racing is pleased to debut all-new 250R and 300R outboards.  
 
Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the naturally aspirated, 4.6L V-8 fourstroke engines share Mercury Racing’s venerable Quad Cam Four Valve (QC4) sterndrive DNA – complete with aluminum four-valve cylinder heads and dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) valve train. The four valve heads and DOHC valve train is integrated with Mercury’s proprietary V-8 cylinder block, packed with high performance hardware. The new platform replaces the two-stroke V-6 250XS and 300XS models.  
 
No Replacement for Displacement The stout V-8 powerhead provides an astounding 44% in increased displacement compared to the legacy two-strokes. That, combined with four valves per cylinder and the DOHC valve train, enables the new four-strokes to generate unprecedented torque and unmatched acceleration from the lower end of the power band up to maximum engine speed. All of this on 87-octane (90 RON) pump fuel while maintaining a comparable weight as their legacy two-stroke cousins. The weight savings can be attributed to the state-of-the-art powerhead components including composite intake runners. Both models are backed by a three-year factory warranty. 
 
Repower Marvels Models accept either traditional throttle and shift cables or DTS (Digital Throttle & Shift).   Throttle and shift actuation, handled electronically on the engine for both traditional and  DTS rigging, replaces the lag and hesitation of mechanical throttle and shift cables with digital precision, resulting in smooth shifting and instant throttle response.  
 
The availability of either rigging system enhances the repower versatility of the engine.  
 
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The 250R pumps out 250 prop shaft horsepower and much higher torque than the 250XS it replaces. The efficient and durable Sport Master gearcase, in the correct application – will enhance boat handling, top speed and efficiency.  
 
300R 
The 300R is the most powerful engine in its class. The 300R powerhead features Racing specified intake cam shafts, valves and an exclusive short runner intake manifold. An integrated oil cooler keeps oil temps down throughout the Racing exclusive 5800-6400 rpm operating range. A multitude of models with two midsections and three gearcase options in varying shaft lengths are available to revolutionize nearly any boating experience.  
  

FOND DU LAC, Wisc. (May 18, 2018)– Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion and technology, is pleased to introduce multiple new 4.6L V-8 outboard engine models – the 250 and 300hp Verado®, 250 and 300hp FourStroke, and 200, 225, 250 and 300hp Pro XS® – plus the Pro XS® 175hp 3.4L V-6. 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. 

“In Miami, we said the V-6 was step one of our 2018 introductions and we are thrilled to officially announce step two,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president.  “These new V-8 engines, like the V-6, will set a new benchmark in the marine industry in the eyes of the consumer.”

Mercury’s new V-6 and V-8 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 and rigging versatility, to the competitive edge that Pro XS provides serious sport fishermen.  Along with the 3.4L V-6 family released in Miami, the new V-8 engines fill out Mercury’s industry leading portfolio in the 175-300hp range.  

“These engines are naturally aspirated, durable, powerful and provide options for the consumer that they’ve never had before,” said Pfeifer. “This new lineup aligns with what consumers are asking for and we are delighted to deliver it to them.”

New 250 & 300hp Verado

The new 250 and 300hp V-8 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 V-8 plaform provides exhilarating performance across the rpm range. Sea trials have shown the 300hp Verado is up to 20 percent quicker and two mph faster than the closest competitor, while still providing up to eight percent better fuel economy.  

The V-8 Verados are compatible with Mercury Joystick Piloting for Outboards for maximum maneuverability and control, 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 V-8 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. 

New 250 & 300hp FourStroke

The new 250 and 300hp V-8 FourStroke outboard engines are high-tech without being high-stress, delivering powerful performance while remaining quiet, efficient, reliable and strong. The high-displacement, quad-cam design of the new V-8 powerhead generates plenty of torque, especially at mid-range. The 300hp FourStroke delivers up to 9% more torque than the nearest competitor at 3500-4500 rpm. It boasts class-leading 4.6L displacement yet is the lightest in the 300hp class by more than 10 pounds. Combine ample power with lightest-in-class weight, and the result is exhilarating FourStroke performance from a highly reliable engine.

These new FourStrokes are also exceptionally versatile, offering consumers choices between mechanical or digital (DTS) controls and hydraulic or power steering.  This versatility makes them the ideal outboard engine choice for repowering a wide range of different hulls.  The new V8 FourStroke engines are also available in multiple colors and can be further customized with the addition of an accent panel, as detailed below.

Color Options

Mercury’s Warm Fusion, Cold Fusion and Pearl Fusion white cowl color options plus the popular Phantom Black, combined with five factory accent color panels and “paint-ready” panels, let owners mix and match or paint their own panels to further personalize their engine.  These colors are available for both the V-8 FourStroke and the V-8 Verado outboard engines.

New 175-300hp Pro XS

The new 175 V-6 and 200, 225, 250 and for the first time ever, 300hp V-8 Pro XS outboard engines are quite simply the next generation of tournament-winning performance. Featuring Mercury’s new compact cowl, these engines deliver everything the serious fisherman needs to stay competitive on the water, including ample torque from their high-displacement powerheads and superior acceleration due to their quad-cam design and Transient Spark technology. The 250hp V-8 Pro XS bested the leading competitor in both acceleration and top end in sea trials – and delivered up to 16 percent better fuel economy at cruise.  

All V-6 and V-8 Pro XS engines feature Adaptive Speed Control, which maintains the driver’s desired rpm regardless of load or condition, and 200-300hp Pro XS models are available with either mechanical or digital controls.

The Pro XS performance-tuned exhaust tone is engineered to deliver a brawny sound quality that is guaranteed to turn heads, yet is quieter than the competition at cruise and top speed. Dial in the new Pro XS models with a wide selection of Mercury propellers, and the fish had better watch out.

Watch as our dealers and boatbuilders experience the new V-8 engines for the first time: https://youtu.be/G1orFiYQYIs

Additional information on these engines can be found at MercuryMarine.com 

Members of the media can access high-resolution images of these engines at https://mercurymarine.widencollective.com/

FOND DU LAC, Wisc. (May 1, 2018)– Mercury Marine’s all-new 3.4L V-6 FourStroke outboard lineup has been selected as a 2018 Top Product by Boating Industry.  The award, which was officially announced today, honors Mercury for its commitment to innovation.

“The 3.4L V6’s versatility and ability to address multiple outboard market segments is evident,” said Tim Hennagir, Boating Industry editor. “The double-digit improvements in low cruise speed, fuel economy and high-speed fuel economy percentages are also impressive. The big boost in alternator capacity is a welcome addition for powering the increased electronics load that comes with today’s bigger boats.”

This is the second major award Mercury has won for its new engine platform which was officially unveiled during the 2018 Miami International Boat Show.  Mercury was also awarded the 2018 Innovation Award by the National Marine Manufacturers Association in the Outboard Engine category in February.    

“We want to thank Boating Industry for selecting our 3.4L V-6 FourStroke outboard lineup as a Top Product,” said Brian Meyer, Mercury Marine product manager. “The feedback on these engines has been incredible and consumers have been impressed with the new look, design and features that are designed to enhance the boating experience.  Winning this award is another indicator that our team has developed an engine that will set a new benchmark in the marine industry.”

The 3.4L V-6 employs a large displacement, naturally aspirated powerhead and proven mid‑section and drive-system designs. Additionally, the 3.4L V-6 outboards are exceptionally versatile, offering the option of mechanical or digital controls, hydraulic or power steering, and black or white cowls on FourStroke-branded products, as well as a variety of accent panel colors.  This versatility makes the new V‑6 an ideal engine for repower applications.

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FOND DU LAC, Wisc. (April 5, 2018) – Mercury Marine has officially broken ground on a new expansion at its global headquarters in Fond du Lac.  The two-story NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) facility’s first chamber, and the office space is scheduled to be completed by October 2018 while the second chamber is targeted to be completed by the end of the year.  The $10 million investment will add close to 20,000 additional square feet to the more than 2.5 million square-foot campus.  With this latest expansion, Mercury has now invested more than $800 million since 2009 in expansion and R&D with most of the work again being outsourced to Wisconsin-based companies.  Wednesday's event was attended by members of the Mercury team, community leaders and many of the partners who are working on the project.

NVH is the engineering practice of studying noise, vibration and harshness characteristics; these are integral to the boating experience, ensuring the quietest and most peaceful engine for the consumer.  The new technical center will contain two marine-specific hemi-anechoic chambers, structural dynamic testing bays, listening rooms, offices and workspaces. 

Further proof of Mercury’s commitment to NVH leadership is the company’s all-new 3.4L V6 200hp FourStroke outboard engine, which was launched in February 2018, is 15-30% quieter with 50% less vibration than the leading 200hp four-stroke competitor.

“One of the many things that sets Mercury apart from the competition is our investment and commitment to ensuring that every engine we manufacture is the quietest and most reliable engine in the world,” said Tim Reid, Mercury Marine vice president of product development and engineering.  “This new facility will allow us to continue to support NVH development and allow our engineers to study every noise, movement and performance indicator on every engine that enters the market.  In the end, our consumers will benefit from a fantastic experience with their Mercury engine.”

The new facility will be Mercury’s third major expansion in the last 18 months.  In early 2017, Mercury officially opened its new $24 million EDP paint plant and in April 2017, Mercury commissioned a 4,500-ton high-pressure die-cast machine, the largest in North America.

When completed, the two‑story, nearly 20,000 square-foot NVH Technical Center will contain:

Two marine-specific hemi-anechoic chambers designed to provide a consistent test environment that mimics being out on the open water without any outside noises present;

Structural dynamic testing bays for the measurement and analysis of the NVH properties of engines, components, and full configurations on boats of up to 45 feet in length and up to 12 feet in beam;

A listening (playback) room; and

Offices and workspaces for NVH engineers and technicians.

“We made a commitment to the community and the marine industry in 2009 that we would grow and invest in the company and we have more than exceeded those commitments,” said Reid.  “We will continue to delight boaters with world-class engines and continue to invest in the business.  This new facility is another example of our commitment to building the most refined and reliable engines in the marine industry.” 

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