New Mercury V12 Verado Revolutionizes Outboard Industry
In early 2021, at their secluded “Lake X” test site outside of Orlando, Florida, Mercury made an announcement to members of the press, boat builders and dealers: greater horsepower has arrived.
Mercury’s all-new 600hp Verado engine features a 7.6-liter V12, along with a two-speed ZF transmission and a unique steerable gearcase. One of the first boats to be outfitted with these engines was the Valhalla V-46, which received a set of quad outboards for testing. The 2,400hp propelled her to an impressive 65-knot (75 mph) top speed and 44.6-knot (55.9 mph) cruise.
The industry-first two-speed transmission allows these outboards to produce torque across the range of speeds, providing a quick start and consistent power while underway. Another trait of the new transmission is that the shifts are almost imperceptible while operating the boat. Lusink continues, “During test runs we tried to feel the shift and it was barely noticeable at best, and there was absolutely no ‘clunk’ when engaging into gear.”
Finally, the new engines have a completely redesigned look when compared to the previous Verado designs. It does away with the standard engine cowling dome for a gas-assisted hood that pops open for service and maintenance. Speaking of maintenance, the first service occurs past 200 hours while the second service is not performed until 1,000 hours or five years.
By all accounts, Mercury appears to have delivered a true game-changer. “It’s not very often you see something that actually revolutionizes the industry,” Lusink explains. “The new Mercury V12 has brought true innovation to the market at a time when power figures have increased but the wow factor has not.”
“It’s not very often you see something that actually revolutionizes the industry.”
Mercury’s new powerhead is designed to be incredibly versatile with multiple outputs becoming available including a commercial boat edition rated at 500 horsepower. Everyone seems excited to see hull 2 of the Valhalla V-46 outfitted with these impressive new engines and anticipate more Valhalla models accepting this powerplant in triple and quad configurations. If the opportunity for a ride aboard a boat powered by Mercury’s new revolutionary outboards presents itself, Hall and Lusink highly recommend you seize it!