• Mercury Marine Introduces The All New V12 600hp Verado Engine

    Redefining Outboard Performance

    FOND DU LAC, Wis. (Feb. 11, 2021) — Mercury Marine®, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), today introduced the new 7.6‑liter V12 600hp Verado® outboard engine. With this launch, Mercury continues to transform the high-horsepower outboard market, providing its most powerful and capable outboard, which includes several industry‑first features for a wide variety of applications.

    “With boats continuing to grow bigger and performance expectations continuing to rise, boaters have been asking for a better, more capable high‑horsepower solution to meet their needs. The V12 Verado outboard is Mercury’s answer,” said Chris Drees, Mercury Marine president. “Using our advanced engineering and design capabilities, we completely redefined outboard performance. The V12 Verado outboard delivers boaters unrivaled freedom, luxury and power to pursue their passions on the water. This is a remarkable engine that will change the future of boating.”


    Groundbreaking product innovations include the following:


    • The world’s first V12 outboard, the 600hp Verado engine features a naturally aspirated, large‑displacement, quad‑cam powerhead that generates impressive torque to get heavy boats out of the hole and on plane quickly, and to accelerate up to rated speed rapidly.



    • The industry’s first two‑speed automatic transmission for an outboard optimizes engine rpm according to workload, facilitating powerful acceleration and highly efficient performance at cruise.



    • The industry’s first steerable gearcase on an outboard pivots independently underwater while the engine’s powerhead remains in a space‑saving fixed position. This provides more room for multi‑engine configurations and a wider steering angle for agile handling. With help from contra‑rotating propellers, it also has better “bite” in the water for docking and other close‑quarters maneuvering.



    • Several enhanced Mercury technologies work in conjunction to enable the V12 Verado outboard to deliver exceptional fuel economy and range.




    “The V12 Verado outboard delivers everything boaters want and more in a high-horsepower outboard. This engine makes boats easy to maneuver near the dock and provides superior handling at all speeds. It’s incredibly fuel efficient, so boaters can go farther and stay out longer. It’s so smooth and quiet that you can have a conversation while the engines are running. It’s durable, reliable and easy to maintain. There’s nothing else like the V12 Verado in the marketplace today,” Drees said.

    The development of the V12 Verado outboard is a product of Mercury’s continued commitment to investing in R&D and manufacturing expansion, which includes more than $1.5 billion of investment since 2008.


    “We’ve dedicated substantial investments and years of effort toward enhancing our ability to turn highly creative ideas into practical, functional and dependable solutions,” said Tim Reid, Mercury Marine vice president of development and engineering. “That work has positioned us well to anticipate and respond to shifts in the marketplace. We listened carefully to boaters’ needs and wishes, and we created new product capabilities aimed at exceeding their highest expectations.”

    The Mercury Marine V12 Verado outboard will be available this spring. For more information, visit mercurymarine.com.

    The development of the V12 Verado outboard is a product of Mercury’s continued commitment to investing in R&D and manufacturing expansion, which includes more than $1.5 billion of investment since 2008.

    The Mercury Marine V12 Verado outboard will be available this spring. For more information, visit mercurymarine.com.


    About Mercury Marine
    Headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Mercury Marine is the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines. A division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), Mercury provides engines, boats, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications. The company empowers boaters with products that are easy to use, extremely reliable and backed by the most dedicated customer support in the world. Mercury’s industry-leading brand portfolio includes Mercury outboard engines, Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard packages, Mercury propellers, Mercury inflatable boats, Mercury SmartCraft electronics, Land 'N' Sea marine parts distribution and Mercury and Quicksilver parts and oils. More information is available at www.MercuryMarine.com.
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. 25two.stroke's Avatar
      25two.stroke -
      A Verado so its assumed to be supercharged...so we are really only making 600 hp from 7.6 liters of displacement? a v12 with only 600 hp? A 2 speed transmission maybe to help make up for a weak engine?

      Can someone please explain why its such a low hp rating? Do the dual props decrease the prop shaft hp rating? Would the transmission decrease hp? what am I missing?
    1. madvillain's Avatar
      madvillain -
      Quote Originally Posted by 25two.stroke View Post
      A Verado so its assumed to be supercharged...so we are really only making 600 hp from 7.6 supercharged liters of displacement? a v12 with only 600 hp? A 2 speed transmission maybe to help make up for a weak engine?

      San someone please explain why its such a low hp rating? Do the dual props decrease the prop shaft hp rating? Would the transmission decrease hp? what am I missing?
      Actually, it's an N/A engine. Mercury has the performance and efficiency data on the website, I'd say for its size that its impressive. My assumption is that their goal with this engine isn't performance, it's to make owning a real big boat a lot simpler to use, but maybe not to maintain lol.
    1. InjectorService's Avatar
      InjectorService -
      Quote Originally Posted by 25two.stroke View Post
      Oh yeah I missed that in the beginning of the promo video...I wonder what makes it a Verado then? The classic verado features like the AMS and DTS were made available in the v6s and v8s, yet they weren't labeled "Verado" cause they weren't supercharged. I wonder what makes this a Verado.
      The AMS units are all designated as Verados.
    1. InjectorService's Avatar
      InjectorService -
      Very cool article Greg, great coverage!
    1. 25two.stroke's Avatar
      25two.stroke -
      Is the AMS what makes it a Verado then?

      That 45 degree steering range must be crazy FUN to drive.
    1. Bill D.'s Avatar
      Bill D. -
      This new non-supercharged 600 hp V12 engine has 50 hp/cylinder, compared to only 37.5 hp/cylinder for the 300 hp. V8. I was surprised to see that the bore of the cylinders in the V12 is slightly larger than the bore for the V6 and V8 (which share the same size pistons), so Mercury is apparently using different/slightly larger pistons in the V12 then what they use in the V6 and V8. Producing a V12 did not surprise me too much, but I never dreamed that they would go to that added expense of different pistons. One would think that if they copied the new pistons (and stroke) of the V12 into the V6 and V8, then the non-supercharged V6 and V8 could presumably be rated at 300 and 400 hp. respectively (i.e., 50 hp. per cylinder). This could easily lead to the phase-out of the inline 6 supercharged Verado engines that are currently rated at 350 and 400 hp. (and that require higher octane fuel). One big advantage would be that the V6, V8 and V12 engines require only regular 87 octane fuel, and I believe that they are 3 star CARB rated. Also, those supercharged inline 6 engines actually weigh more than the current V8. I find it to be a hassle to have to drive a good additional distance to find ethanol-free 91+ octane fuel for my 225 Pro Max. In addition, supercharging....as "cool and sexy" as it is....is an added complex system that many boaters just don't want to have in their pleasure boat engines....and for those who do like it/want it, any new version of the V6 and/or V8 engines could certainly be supercharged (ditto the V12)....just like the current 450 hp. V8 (from Mercury Racing) is now.

      I would also like to see the dual counter-rotating props that are on the V12 to be offered as an option on the Mercury V8. I think that system has proven to be very successful on the Suzuki 350. The Suzuki requires 89, versus 87, octane fuel (due to the very high compression ratio in that engine....which was obviously needed for them to obtain 350 hp. from only a 4.4 liter engine), and that one fact alone makes me reluctant to buy that engine. Counter rotating props work well with larger boats. Bottom line: non-supercharged engines....with reasonable compression ratios....that run great all day long on 87 octane fuel is clearly what the majority of the "in the know" marine market desires. The way to achieve that is typically through good old-fashioned "large cubic inches."

      By the way, I assume that a V10 is yet another future possibility, if Mercury needs more flexibility in their engine offerings. Anyway, just my thoughts at this time. Also, "by the way," I think I just saw where Volvo has now dropped the Seven Outboard engine line. Why the heck did Volvo buy that company, only to drop what they sold? Is there more to that story?
    1. mjf's Avatar
      mjf -
      Bill
      That's a good point about the bore and stroke of the v12 and the other v block engines offered by Mercury. I missed that one. I believe its time for Mercury to put the L6 to rest for the same reasons. Who would want to put an L6 Verado with 17 yr. old technology on a 2021 boat? Not me.
      Your idea about copying the v12 piston is the best but I think it would take a lot of work and money on a motor that that recently came out of research and development. The simple and most cost effective way is for Mercury to slightly detune the 450r power head and offer it as a 400 HP v8 under the Mercury product line (Verado or Pro). As far as the 350 goes they could probably get 350 HP out of a naturally aspirated v8. I believe a new 400 v8 would be a big sales success for Mercury because it would convince customers to select or trade up for the new technology.
      And another thing could someone please tell me why the 450r cost approx. $27,000 more than the 300v8. You can buy two 300v8 s for the price of one 450r and still have thousands of dollars left over.
    1. Ron V's Avatar
      Ron V -
      "First steerable gearcase"? Evinrude had it in 1909.
    1. Jsdffffe421's Avatar
      Jsdffffe421 -
      This is a definitely cool engine to my boat.

      JR | RIgs Trucking
    1. powerabout's Avatar
      powerabout -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ron V View Post
      "First steerable gearcase"? Evinrude had it in 1909.
      then stringer stern drives, then Chrysler L drive..
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