Mercury Marine announced the addition of the 250 Pro FourStroke to its lineup of outboard engines. According to the company, the new unit has been positioned to appeal to anglers seeking the more refined ride offered by a four-stroke. However, performance pontoons and tritoons are also candidates for the new outboard.
“Shipment of the engine will begin on November 15 but is available for order now,” says Steve Fleming, Mercury Marine's Communications Director. “The new 250 Pro FourStroke is a Verado at heart but has significant calibration changes to make it more appropriate for angling uses, specifically bass. It has higher torque at the low end for better hole shot and a higher top-end speed. It has virtually zero vibration and is much more refined than a two-stroke. However, the two-stroke OptiMax 250 Pro XS is lighter.”
Fleming says the new outboard provides another option for the growing number of boaters who prefer four-stroke over two. “The industry is headed towards four-stroke technology and this is an opportunity for anglers looking for a smoother, quieter ride,” he adds.
The 250 Pro FourStroke takes the same fuel grade as Mercury's 300 hp Verado engine (91 recommended for maximum performance under all conditions, but it will run on 87 octane without compromising reliability or conflicting with warranty coverage).
The new outboard features Digital Throttle and Shift and electro-hydraulic power steering, both of which Mercury compares to automotive-like handling.
The 250 Pro FourStroke is available with a 20-inch shaft (L version) for bass boats 21 feet and longer, and a 25-inch shaft (XL version) for multi-species and salt water bay boats.
While the engine did appear at this year's IBEX trade show in late September, Fleming anticipates that the 250 Pro FourStroke will be debuted for consumers to see at the Miami International Boat Show, set for February 17 to 21.