Please welcome the new Mercury FourStrokes
Mercury Marine South Africa is proud to introduce its new 80hp, 100hp and 115hp FourStroke outboards, offering the ultimate combination of power, thrust, unsurpassed fuel economy, extreme reliability as well as a smooth, quiet operation – all in a lightweight, compact package.
Despite their low profile and lowest weight in the industry in this horsepower segment, the new engines feature a 2.1-litre, four-cylinder, eight-valve, single-overhead-cam design that deliver more torque and horsepower than competing engines.
The new Mercury FourStrokes last longer, irrelevant of the conditions
The new Mercury FourStroke engines are built with the same architecture as that of the popular Mercury 150 FourStroke to ensure they start and run consistently as well as last longer, irrelevant of the conditions.
“These new Mercury FourStroke engines have an all-new world-class, hydro dynamically designed standard gear case with a 2.07:1 gear ratio which decreases drag to improve efficiency and performance, consuming less fuel and increasing operating range,” says Shaun van Rooyen, Director of Mercury Marine South Africa.
Unrivalled control and power
The new robust Mercury Command Thrust gearcase delivers unrivalled control and power for heavier boats or boats that operate with more hull surface and remain in contact with the water.
The Command Thrust models use the same bigger gearcase housing as the Mercury 150 FourStroke, but with an all-new 2.38:1 gear ratio. It’s the first true oversized gearcase in the industry for outboards in this horsepower range.
Heavy boats and boats with less efficient hull’s benefit from the gear case’s ability to quickly lift a hull out of the water, resulting in greater acceleration and superior ability to hold plane at slower speeds.
There is also a 115hp Command Thrust model with left-hand rotation for improved handling and docking in dual-engine installations. With Command Thrust you not only experience the benefit of a larger, heavy-duty gear case, but also the broad range of larger-diameter class of V6 propellers that go with it, such as Mercury’s popular Enertia series.
Better boating experience
“This new engine lineup was engineered and manufactured to provide the smoothest, quietest ride,” adds van Rooyen. A tightly-sealed top cowl and idle relief muffler system lessen high-frequency exhaust noise. In addition, a top-mounted throttle body fine-tunes intake noise, while the exclusive Focused Mount System greatly reduces vibration. Even the trim pump is designed to run significantly quieter and the new clutch system reduces shock while shifting into gear. Together all of these features deliver a smoother, quieter, more pleasant boating experience.
“To top it all, Mercury backs up its world-class corrosion protection with an industry-exclusive five year factory backed limited warranty, as well as a lifetime maintenance free valve train, no mess oil-change system, no-tools-required fuel filter, colour-coded maintenance locators and an up-front freshwater valve flush system,” concludes van Rooyen.
This article first appeared on Mercury Marine South Africa’s blog.