Mercury Marine has chosen to release its new 150hp FourStroke EFI outboard engine at the recent Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show in WA and says with its breakthrough design, the 150hp four-stroke offers unprecedented durability and delivers superb fuel efficiency and tremendous performance.
“We listened to what boaters were asking for and then set out to build the ultimate 150hp FourStroke outboard,” said Mark Schwabero, President of Mercury Marine. “I believe we accomplished exactly what we aimed for. This engine is a perfect addition to our wide breadth of four-stroke engines.”
The engine boasts a 3.0lt, 4-cylinder in-line configuration that creates superior power for single or twin applications. According to Mercury Marine, it has more displacement than any other 150hp four-stroke engine, yet delivers fuel efficiency at cruising speed that no other engine can beat.
Weighing 206kg, Mercury’s new engine is just 11kg heavier than its popular OptiMax 150 direct-injected outboard. Mercury Marine suggests this makes it the perfect option for owners wanting to repower their boats, especially older boat models with transoms not designed to accommodate the weight of conventional four-strokes.
Mercury Marine says the new 150 FourStroke will start and run consistently and last longer on any body of water anywhere in the world, having proved itself in field testing in conditions as varied as cold 20-foot saltwater swells off Canada, commercial fishing in the warm waters of the Bahamas and the unprotected seas around Guadeloupe in the French West Indies.
Mercury’s 150hp FourStroke comes with both Mercury’s standard 3+2=5 Year fully transferable non-declining engine warranty plus its three-year Corrosion Warranty. First shipments to Australia and New Zealand are expected in January 2012.
A detailed rundown and test of the new engine will appear in the December/January edition of Club Marine magazine.
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