Since the launch of Mercury's 350hp Verado and Mercury Racing's 400R four years ago, boat owners have been asking for a higher horsepower Verado engine. Now, those requests have been answered.
"The acceptance of the 350hp Verado has been incredible and through extensive conversations with our customers around the world, we have learned that there is an appetite in the marketplace for a Verado-branded 400hp four-stroke outboard engine," said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president.
"As boats continue to increase in size, so has the need for more power. This gives us an opportunity to provide an even higher horsepower Verado, providing the durability and reliability that the Verado brand is known for around the world."
The new 400hp engine - built on Mercury's proven L6SC Verado platform - is suitable for a wide range of applications including blue-water fishing boats, larger sport boats, centre consoles and pontoons.
Boat lovers will appreciate the new engine's added power while enjoying the smooth and quiet operation for which Verado outboards are widely known. Weighing just 303 kilograms, the same as the 350hp Verado, the newest Verado is the lightest outboard in the 400+ HP category by more than 130 kgs.
The 400hp Verado will exclusively use the 5.44" 1.75 HD (heavy duty) gearcase and is compatible with Mercury Joystick Piloting for Outboards. It will be available in the same model variations as the 350hp Verado with colour options of Phantom Black and Cold Fusion.
Mercury's belief in the all-new 400hp Verado is clearly reflected in its 3+3=6 year outboard warranty - providing engine owners with an additional three years of factory-backed protection against failures caused by defects in material or production.
"The introduction of the 400hp Verado is another step in the evolution of the proven L6SC platform that has been successful in the market and we expect to be successful for years to come," said Mr Pfeifer. "Through extensive consumer research, we have determined that there is a market for both variations of the 400, giving consumers the opportunity to have two extremely reliable outboards to choose from based on their preference."
The Mercury Racing 400R, for high-speed applications, will continue to be available through our dedicated Mercury Racing dealer network.