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Mercury Marine Announces V-8 Outboard Models

The Verado and Pro XS outboard engines range from 175 to 300 horsepower.

June 8, 2018
Mercury Marine's new 4.6-liter V-8 outboard engine
Mercury Marine’s new 4.6-liter V-8 outboard engine models include 250- and 350-horsepower Verados; 250- and 300-horsepower FourStrokes. Courtesy of Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine has announced a lineup of 4.6-liter V-8 outboard engine models. They include 250- and 350-horsepower Verados; 250- and 300-horsepower FourStrokes; and 175-, 200-, 225-, 250- and 300-horsepower Pro XS engines.

The introduction of the V-8 models follows Mercury’s introduction of 3.4-liter V-6 models at the Miami International Boat Show earlier this year.

“In Miami, we said the V-6 was step one of our 2018 introductions, and we are thrilled to officially announce step two,” John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president, stated in a press release.

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Pro XS engines
The Pro XS engines — for the first time offered as a 300-horsepower V-8 — have a newly designed, compact cowl. Courtesy of Mercury Marine

The V-8 Verados are compatible with Mercury Joystick Piloting for Outboards, and have digital controls and electro-hydraulic power steering. Toggles let users switch from quiet operation to what Mercury calls a “throatier-sounding” sport mode.

The new FourStroke outboards, according to Mercury, deliver as much as 9 percent more torque than competing models at 3,500 to 4,500 rpm. Mechanical or digital (DTS) controls are available, with hydraulic or power steering.

The Pro XS engines — for the first time offered as a 300-horsepower V-8 — have a newly designed, compact cowl. Pro XS models can be fitted with a selection of Mercury propellers.

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The Pro XS engines — for the first time offered as a 300-horsepower V-8 — have a newly designed, compact cowl. Pro XS models can be fitted with a selection of Mercury propellers.

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