Here’s the outboard motor news, from the 2016 Miami International Boat Show. We’ll get into more details in future Outboard Expert columns, but for now:
Mercury Marine 115 Pro XS
The new Mercury 115 Pro XS is a hot-rod version of its current 2.1-liter FourStroke outboard. Mercury claims this will be the quickest and fastest 115 HP outboard on the water. A new spark-and-fuel profile in the motor’s control unit bumps WOT rpm from 6000 to 6300, which gives boat owners more prop-tuning latitude, either to drop an increment in pitch to gain hole shot without losing top speed, or to bump up a pitch size for more top speed. Its racy graphics look cool and this motor will find a home on a wide variety of transoms, from pontoons and mid-size freshwater angling boats to flats and bay rigs. The 115 Pro SX will be available in 20- and 25-inch transom lengths, with either the standard gearcase or the Command Thrust gearcase that can accommodate up to 16-inch prop diameter. Let’s get a look at the 115 Pro XS, in this First Look Video.
Mercury also used the Miami show to introduce a new Joystick Piloting control, updated Vessel View displays and 40/60-hp Sea Pro commercial outboard models.
For more information, visit Mercury Marine.
Seven Marine 627 SpectraBlade
Five years after its dramatic Miami Boat Show debut, Seven Marine is still a must-see booth at the show for any outboard fan. Seven won an NMMA Innovation Award for its 627 HP SpectraBlade outboard, which debuted in prototype form at Miami in 2015 but went into production later in the year. Its LED SpectraBlade cowl was glowing red in the booth this year, absolutely the sexiest engine product on display. The Milwaukee-based company continues to refine its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 powered motors, the latest developments being a 20 percent increase in the size of the anti-ventilation plate and a slight change to the shape of the gearcase nosecone, both revisions designed to improve performance on the largest outboard-powered outboards in the world. Check it out:
For more information, visit Seven Marine.
Bonus News from Suzuki Marine
Chuckle if you must, but don’t discount the importance of portable outboards like the new Suzuki DF4A and DF6A models. They may not be glamorous and they may not feature LED illumination, but they sell like hotcakes in many global markets. At 51.8 pounds, Suzuki says these all-new models are about five pounds lighter than the motors they replace and weigh less than any motors in this category. They can be stored lying down on three sides without leaking oil or fuel. A new gravity-feed fuel tank eliminates the need to prime the fuel pump following storage, and for the first time these motors feature a pressurized oiling system.
For more information, visit Suzuki Marine.