MERCURY Marine has today announced its next generation of 25 and 30hp four-stroke outboards – the lightest and fastest 3-cylinder engines in their class.
The new engine platform, which will make its local debut at this month’s Sydney International Boat Show, is engineered from the ground up to be lighter, faster and easier to operate and maintain.
Starting at just 60 kilograms, these new 3-cylinder engines are 16 per cent lighter than the previous generation and offer class-leading fuel economy.
All versions boast a 500cc powerhead with electronic fuel injection while, for the first time, electric-start models in 25 and 30hp come standard with Mercury SmartCraft digital technologies, allowing boaters to connect to the most advanced digital gauges in the industry and to mobile devices through VesselView Mobile.
“Mercury’s new 25 and 30hp platform brings new capabilities and a better consumer experience to a wide variety of recreational and commercial boats,” said Chris Drees, Mercury Marine president.
“In addition to being lighter, faster and quieter, the new engines in this line-up deliver what boaters have asked for with exciting new options like digital technologies and an ergonomically positioned tiller handle.”
The outboards come in 25 and 30hp FourStroke, 25hp SeaPro and 25hp ProKicker models. The updated 25 and 30hp FourStroke and newly-introduced 25hp SeaPro models are ideal for 11- to 16-foot aluminium and inflatable boats while the introduction of a 25hp ProKicker addresses demand for better trolling control for larger boats.
Engines in the platform are available with electric or manual start, tiller or remote controls, manual or power trim and propeller or Jet propulsion. Tiller models are equipped with an award-winning, ergonomically-designed tiller handle that is adjustable for right- or left-handed operation and is intuitive to use.
Boaters will also welcome the option for total vessel integration with SmartCraft technologies, providing more information than ever in this horsepower segment.
“Vessels with SmartCraft integration creates a smarter, safer and easier boating experience,” said Jim Hergert, senior category manager.
“These fully coordinated technologies put gauges, sensors, vessel systems and computer-controlled features in one complete package.
“SmartCraft gauges provide vital engine data at a push of a button and anglers can dial in their trolling speed in 10 rpm increments with the Troll Control function.”
Visit the Mercury stand at the Sydney International Boat Show from July 28 to August 1 – or, if you can’t wait until then, check out www.mercurymarine.com.au.