Mercury Marine Unveils 400R
The 2015 Miami Boat Show was the chosen spot for Mercury Marine to show off their largest, most hi-tech outboard yet, the 400-horsepower 400R engine.
With the success of Mecruy’s Verado four-stroke outboards that ranged up to 300-horsepower, the only place left to go was up. And that is just what they did with the recent introduction of the 350 Verado and the 400R at the 2015 Miami Boat show that took place last week in Florida.
The highly anticipated unveiling took place with much smoke and lights, but these motors are no parlor trick.
The advances in engine technology have increased the power, reduced the weight and maintained the smooth quiet operation that boaters have grown to love.
The 400R is a high performance engine from Mercury Racing and is the fastest most powerful outboard that Mercury has ever produced.
Features include a cool air intake, a water-cooled supercharger, a charge air cooler, electronic boost bypass control valve, and a super stable mid and lower sections to harness the power of these new features.
Combine this unprecedented power to weight ratio with Smartcraft engine software, digital throttle and shift and the ever-popular joystick piloting for outboards, and you have the complete package for today’s modern high performance fishing and cruising vessels.
The 400R has a dry weight of 668-pounds, which is 95-pounds lighter than other comparable engines on the market. A belt-driven 70-AMP alternator delivers plenty of power for today’s boats that are loaded with power-hungry accessories. Another plus is the slim size of these outboards, which allows the normal mounting distance of 26-inches on center. The motors are designed to be able to run on 89-octane fuel, but will offer their peak performance using 91-octane.
The new 400R comes in two color options to best match your boat’s look, either the traditional Phantom Black with a red graphics package, or the Cold Fusion White, which has a choice of color pallets for the graphics. The engine is available in three shaft lengths and is compatible with a wide range of Mercury’s accessories. Mercury offers a two-year recreational warranty and a three-year Limited Corrosion warranty.
No matter what color is on the outside, the bottom line is, if you like to go fast, be it for the thrill or to get to the fish first, the Mercury 400R is your new engine of choice.