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Bold New Look for Proven Performers!

Bold new graphics adorn the classic 250 XS and 300 XS outboards. The model shown here is the popular 20-inch 300 XS Sport Master with integral power trim.
Bold new graphics adorn the classic 250 XS and 300 XS outboards. The model shown here is the popular 20-inch 300 XS Sport Master with integral power trim.

Bold new Mercury Racing graphics, emphasizing the horsepower rating and the latest Racing word mark, provide a powerful new look for our classic 250 XS and 300 XS outboards. They continue to show steady demand amongst performance enthusiasts from performance bass to catamaran hulls.  In addition, their combination of high power and torque with ultra-light weight make them excellent for repowering older performance boats. Both models are well proven with documented success as performance leaders in their respective categories.

Record Breaking Speed

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250 XS models come exclusively with the legendary Sport Master gearcase.

 

The 250 XS holds a colorful past. The low-emissions 2-stroke was a game changer the moment it was released. It outperformed competitive 250 horsepower engines in a variety of categories including fuel economy, mid-range acceleration and top speed. The 250 XS also holds an APBA Pro Stock Bass World Kilo Speed Record.

250 XS models come exclusively with the legendary Sport Master gearcase. Designed for lighter weight hulls capable of speeds in excess of 85 mph, the Sport Master features a crescent leading edge housing with low water pickups. This enables the 250 XS to run at elevated transom heights for maximum engine rpm, hydrodynamic efficiency and top-end speeds.

Versatile Performer 

a 300XS model featuring the heavy-duty swivel clamp bracket assembly ansd trim cylinder on a 20-inch mid section fitted with the Sport Master gearcase.
A 300 XS model featuring the heavy-duty swivel clamp bracket assembly and trim cylinder on a 20-inch mid section fitted with the Sport Master gearcase.

The 300 XS is our most successful 2-stroke consumer performance outboard. Not only does it outperform all competitors at the same horsepower node – it does it no matter what the application.

Models are available in 20-inch, 25-inch and 30-inch mid sections. A custom designed exhaust adapter plate with built-in appendages for mounting after-market steering wing plates enable the 300 XS to be used safely on high-speed multi-engine catamaran and vee-bottom boats. Offshore models come standard with a heavy-duty swivel/clamp bracket assembly and trim cylinder. The race-proven remote mounted trim pump provides a quicker trim-out speed and enhanced durability.

Gearcase Options

The 300 XS fitted with the Torque Master II is designed for use on heavier loads that rely on power trim to carry the bow.
The 300 XS fitted with the Torque Master II gearcase is designed for use on heavier hulls that rely on power trim to generate extra lift.

A multitude of gearcase options are available for virtually any application. Models fitted with the 20-inch mid-section are available with the Torque Master II and Sport Master gearcases. Both feature purpose-built housings packed with race-proven heavy-duty components. Applications include single-engine bass, flats and bay boats as well as catamaran and vee-bottom sport boats. The Torque Master II is designed for use on heavier hulls that rely on power trim to generate extra lift.

300 XS Offshore models come with 25-inch and 30-inch mid sections fitted with the 1.75:1 - 4.8 Verado gearcase.
300 XS HD Offshore models, designed to withstand the rigors of the tough salt water environment, come standard with a heavy-duty swivel clamp bracket assembly and the 1.75:1 Verado 4.8 gearcase.

The Torque Master II and Sport Master gearcases are available with 1.62:1 or 1.75:1 gear ratios. The Torque Master II, designed for single engine applications, is available in right-hand rotation only.

New for the 2017 program year is the adaptation of the 1.75:1, Verado 4.8 gearcase. The gearcase, standard on 25” and 30” offshore models, is designed to withstand the rigors of the tough salt water environment and is ideal for performance center consoles. 300 XS models fitted with Verado gearcases are available in right-hand and left-hand rotation.

Performance Propellers

The 250 XS fitted with a Mercury Racing Lightning E.T. propeller.
The 250 XS fitted with a Mercury Racing Lightning E.T. propeller.

Performance Propeller Manager Scott Reichow has a variety of propellers designed specifically for 250 XS and 300 XS applications. Popular performance props include the Pro MaxLightning E.T.Bravo I XSBravo I OC.

The low emissions 2-stroke 250 XS and 300 XS outboards continue to prove their durability and reliability. Both are backed with a two-year standard factory warranty with three years of optional MPP (Mercury Product Protection) coverage available.

 

 

 

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Overachiever!

First launch of the Skater 318 with twin Verado 400R outboards.
First launch of the Skater 318 with twin Verado 400R outboards.

I recently experienced Skater’s new 318 catamaran. What a sweet ride! It is the first new Skater to be factory rigged with our hot new Verado 400R ouboards.

Mike Griffiths stops for a pose prior to testing.
Mike Griffiths stops for a pose prior to testing.

Our Product Integration Manager Mike Griffiths invited Skater to bring the boat to Fond du Lac to have it dialed in. The engines are one of the first to be equipped with our factory installed rear tie bar mounting kits. Read more

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Cat Nip!

The very first Skater catamaran powered by Verado 400R outboards.
The very first Skater catamaran powered by Verado 400R outboards. Photo credit: speedonthewater.com

The Verado 400R has fueled the resurgence of the outboard performance boat market. Multiple outboard (two or more) installations capable of speeds in excess of 85 mph require the use of an external rear tie bar assembly to keep the motors parallel and equalize loading. 

Factory Installed Tie Bar Kit

Verado 400Rs destined for go fast cats come with a factory installed rear tie bar mounting kit.
Verado 400Rs destined for go fast cats come with a factory installed rear tie bar mounting kit.

400Rs destined for go fast duty on catamaran hulls are equipped with a custom Mercury Racing designed rear tie bar kit. The factory installed kit includes custom rear engine mounts and a heavy duty, stainless steel tie bar wing plate.  The engine mounts feature an addendum for the mounting of the wing plate. A tie bar is not included.

A view of a port rear engine mount.
A view of a port rear engine mount.

The custom rear mounts are critical for safe and secure installation of the wing plate. They serve a function and –  at the same time – maintain the integrity, form and function of the 400Rs’ Advanced MidSection. Most people mount aftermarket rear tie bar wing plates via the powerhead studs. This places a great amount of stress on the studs, engine mounts and the powerhead which could lead to cylinder distortion and possible engine failure.

A view of the starboard engine mount.
A view of the starboard engine mount.

Verado 400Rs with factory installed tie bar kits are backed with a full warranty.  The Mercury product warranty does not cover any damaged related to the use of tie bar kits or other accessories not manufactured by Mercury Marine.

Sport Master

The 400R is the first Verado available with the race proven Sport Master gearcase.
The 400R is the first Verado available with the race proven Sport Master gearcase.

One of the features which differentiates the Verado 400R from all other four stroke outboards is the availability of the Sport Master gearcase. Designed  for boats capable of speeds in excess of 85 mph, Sport Master 400Rs deliver fresh adrenaline pumping excitement to the go fast cat world.

The factory installation process includes cutting custom slots into the AMS covers to allow room for the tie bar wing plate.
The factory installation process includes cutting custom slots into the AMS covers to allow room for the tie bar wing plate.

We are excited to see our high performance boat builders embrace the 400R. The response thus far has been phenomenal. The biggest kick I get is people seem to be as awestruck by the pure power and torque of the engine as they are its  drivability and and overall  quietness. People are as excited to be able to carry on a conversation at 80 mph as they are going for the big number. These are exciting times for sure.

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A Case for Prop Protection

The all-new Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver Propeller Case.
The all-new Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver Propeller Case.

I’m excited to introduce our all-new Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver Propeller Case.

We’ve tried prop cases from reputable vendors in the past.  While they served a function – they were not up to par in terms of product protection.

I feel very fortunate to work with a team internally who  developed the case specifically for our five and six-blade CNC Cleaver propellers used with NXT1, NXT6 and M8 sterndrives. Featuring a durable double walled composite construction, the reusable case protects props from shipping damage. All new Mercury Racing CNC props are shipped in the new case.

If you want to protect your current inventory of Mercury Racing CNC props – you can purchase the new case from your local Mercury Racing dealer or OEM boat builder. The part number is 8M0107970. Retail pricing is $368.75.

Safe Travels:

The new case features a durable, double walled composite construction.
The new case features a durable, double walled composite construction.

The propeller is secured in the case by a nylon dowel and receiver. The prop hub sits snugly on a receiver in the center of the base. High density foam, mounted on the dowel, fits between the propeller hub and top cover. The dowel – secured on the top half fits within the receiver to interlock the propeller in place. The top and bottom halves of the case are secured by four steel locking clasps.

Form Follows Function:

The case is stackable thanks to the built in interlocking ribbing.
The case is stackable thanks to the built in interlocking ribbing.

Multiple recessed channels within the composite top and bottom covers enhance impact resistance for protection during  shipments and when transferred from a tow vehicle to the boat.

Embossed ribs on the top cover fit securely into slots on the  bottom cover which enables the cases to be stacked securely. A durable, spring loaded carrying handle retracts into a recessed area when not in use.

I’m looking forward to hear what you think about our new case. I think you’ll agree it is worth the investment.

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Race to ECO!

The all-new  Mercury Racing ECO XP propeller.
The all-new Mercury Racing ECO XP propeller.

I am very excited to share with you information regarding our latest prop offering. The all new Mercury Racing Enertia ECO XP offers “Extreme Precision” when dialing in engine speed for maximized power output and efficiency on recreational bay boats and center consoles. It has been my experience that adding  pitch sizes in 1/2-inch increments is helpful for those who need an option when the available pitch range is greater than one inch from one to the next. Being able get the engine to run as close as possible to its max rpm operating range will enhance overall boat performance and fuel economy.

Race to ECO with this  quint Verado 400R  powered Midnight Express. Photo courtesy of Speed on the Water.
Race to ECO with this quint Verado 400R powered Midnight Express. Photo courtesy of Speed on the Water.

Based on the award winning Mercury Enertia ECO propeller, The ECO XP is particularly helpful in spooling up Mercury Verado 300 and 350 and Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboards to their full potential on recreational bay boats and offshore center consoles.

The Mercury Racing Enertia ECO XP is perfect for bay boats and center consoles.
The Mercury Racing Enertia ECO XP is perfect for bay boats and center consoles.

Our propeller techs customize blade cups to offer 16.5”, 18.5”, 20.5” and 22.5” pitch sizes to compliment the Mercury Enertia ECO line which ranges from 17” to 23” pitch in two inch increments. The ECO XP features the Mercury patented Performance Vent System® (PVS). PVS® enables the user to fine tune the amount of venting needed for quick planing. The standard length exhaust tube, in addition to reducing the time-to-plane, also provides stern lift for maximum hull performance and an improved ride in a variety of conditions.

PITCH/DIA RIGHT-HAND LEFT-HAND
16.5”/16.00” 8M0110304 8M0110303
18.5”/16.00” 8M0108350 8M0108351
20.5”/16.00” 8M0108352 8M0108353
22.5”/16.00” 8M0108354 8M0108357

I’m anxious for you to give our new ECO XPs a spin.    

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Hot Wheels!

In our trifecta of Miami product releases propellers are always the unsung heroes. They are often forgotten about in the glitz and glamour of media conferences and product unveilings. However, it is that polished piece of art bolted onto the leg of an outboard or sterndrive that makes or breaks an engine’s performance. Performance propeller guru Scott Reichow gets it and is continually serving niche markets with new props and or enhancements to existing models. He did just that for the Miami Boat Show with the release of the all-new Pro Finish Bravo I XC propeller as well as enhancements made to the popular Bravo I XS and Pro Max props. Read more

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Personality is Key with this QC4v!

The all new Mercury Racing 1550 Sterndrive.
The all new Mercury Racing 1550 Sterndrive.

In typical Mercury Racing fashion – we’ve released multiple new products at the  Miami International Boat Show. The new 1550 dual calibration sterndrive is the latest generation of our popular QC4v engine platform.

Personality is Key

The Race Fob requires 112 AKI race fuel. The Pleasure fob requires 91 octane pump fuel.
The Race Fob requires 112 AKI race fuel. The Pleasure fob requires 91 octane pump fuel.

The 1550 features an advanced control system which enables the operator to switch engine power level via an electronic key fob.

The Race key fob turns the engine into a pure bred race machine – pumping out one thousand five hundred and fifty horsepower on 112 AKI race fuel.

The Pleasure key fob is selected when a more leisure ride is in order, creating 1350 h.p. on 91 octane (98 RON) fuel. Both fuel calibrations provide maximum torque and efficiency and are designed to optimize the engine performance at each power level.

 Theft Deterrent

Race Fob inserted in the Theft Deterrent System (TDS).
Race Fob inserted in the Theft Deterrent System (TDS).

The electronic fobs work off of Mercury’s Theft Deterrent System (TDS). The Race/Pleasure key fobs provide the operator visual cues via an interactive VesselView display.

One key fob controls the horsepower output of multiple engines. The Theft Deterrent System disables the vessel when an assigned electronic key is not engaged. The dual calibration enhances consumer value by offering essentially two engines in one; both backed by a factory warranty.

The Pleasure key fir eevery day boating at 1350 h.p on 91 octane pump fuel.
The Pleasure key is for everyday boating at 1350 h.p on 91 octane pump fuel.

This is not just a “valet key” where the engine is detuned; this is a fully integrated control system with switchable engine control. The technology greatly enhances the boater’s experience by providing the option to switch to pump gas when in areas where 112 AKI fuel is not available or when full race performance is not desired.

Two in One 

The dual calibration enhances consumer value by offering essentially two engines in one; both backed by a factory warranty.

Solid Foundation  

The Quad Cam Four Valve platform is based on a robust 552 cubic inch (9.0 liter) cylinder block.
The Quad Cam Four Valve platform is based on a robust 552 cubic inch (9.0 liter) cylinder block.
The QC4v exclusive valve train and cylinder block.
The QC4v exclusive valve train.

The 1550 is the latest generation of Mercury Racing’s exclusive QC4v (quad cam four valve) engine. Designed and developed in-house, the QC4v design has revolutionized the recreational sport boat industry.

 

The high styled Zero Effort Digital controls.
The high styled Zero Effort Digital controls.

The 9.0 liter quad cam four valve (QC4v) cylinder block and head design, combined with SmartCraft Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS), provides big power with luxury-car-like drivability. With the dual calibration of the 1550, you get both a race boat and a high performance pleasure boat.

Power to the Water

The 1550 is packaged with race-proven M8R drive.
The 1550 is packaged with race-proven M8R drive.
A new Pro Finish CNC Cleaver prop was created specifically for the 1550.
A new Pro Finish CNC Cleaver prop was created specifically for the 1550.

The 1550 is available with robust M8R drive and the Pro Finish 5-blade 1550 CNC Cleaver propeller.

 

 

 

Factory Backed Warranty

The 1550 is backed with a 10 hour warranty at the 1550 power level (at 2000 RPM or above) or 1 year, whichever comes first.

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FS Miller

Steve's boat is similar to this Lund Pro-V 2075.
Steve’s boat is similar to this Lund Pro-V 2075.
Steve's Verado 300 Pro Fourstroke.
Steve’s Verado 300 Pro Fourstroke.

My good friend Steve Miller recently bought a 2014 Lund Pro-V 2075. Steve is the Senior Category Manager for Mercury Marine. He was heavily involved with the Verado from day one and also on the ground floor of the 150 Fourstroke launch as well as the launch of its 75-115 siblings. He knows the products – inside and out. Its only natural his 2075 Lund features Verado 300 Pro Fourstroke power. Steve uses the boat for both fishing and family time on the water.  Read more

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