The new 150 FourStroke is the ultimate 150hp EFI outboard engine that offers unprecedented world-class durability under all conditions and is light enough to deliver superb fuel efficiency and performance.
The 150 has picked up an innovation award from the International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in Louisville, Kentucky. “Mercury Marine has found a way to trim 11kgs off their new 150 FourStroke, while helping to satisfy the growing need for superb fuel efficiency and performance,” said IBEX innovation awards judge Zuzana Procheska.
Available in both Mariner and Mercury brands, the 150 has a four-cylinder in-line configuration that easily creates power when used as either a single or twin application. It has more displacement than any other 150hp four-stroke engine and yet it delivers fuel efficiency at cruising speed that no other engine can beat.
The new 150 FourStroke is designed, built and tested to be the most reliable and durable 150hp four-stroke on the planet. The engine has endured severe cold climate field testing in applications off the west coast of Canada to commercial fishing in the warm waters of the Bahamas and the unprotected sea around Guadeloupe in the French West Indies. In fact, the 150 has encountered thousands of hours of harsh, real life testing applications that the average boat operator will never endure – all with excellent results.
The massive torque curve of the new 150 ensures that even the heaviest boats will plane quickly. This multi-use engine is the smallest 150 and the lightest four-stroke ever. It is the perfect option for boaters choosing to repower their boats, especially older models with transoms not designed to accommodate the weight of conventional four-strokes. With fewer parts than competitive products, the 150 FourStroke proves that technology can be used equally well to deliver durability and performance while simultaneously reducing package size and weight. “The new 150 FourStroke is class-leading in every respect but we particularly focused our attention on being a ‘stand-out’ in the areas that our customers told us we really matter to them; quality and reliability; smooth operation; a great torque curve; low weight and compact size; excellent fuel economy and easy maintenance,” said David Foulkes, vice president of engineering at Mercury. “We started our engineering efforts by listening hard to our customers and then we executed the most effective possible design to meet their needs.”
Boaters will find the new 150 exceptionally easy to maintain, durable and hassle-free in a size, weight and horsepower that will fit not only premium boats but mid and entry level vessels as well.
The new Mercury and Mariner 150 Fourstrokes will be available early 2012 in time for the boating season.