Boating business professionals attending the upcoming International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) show in Lousiville, Kentucky, will witness Mercury Marine formally unveil its all-new 150 four-stroke, which the company describes as the smallest, lightest, and most durable 150 four-stroke outboard in the world.
Despite a hefty 3.0L displacement, the naturally aspirated, four-cylinder inline engine is unusually compact and lightweight at just 455 pounds. Expected to be available by December, 2011, in time for the 2012 boat show season, the new 150 four-stroke is squarely aimed at the pontoon, fishing and repowering markets where its compact dimensions and light weight are expected to provide a competitive advantage. Mercury notes the new engine offers “the least transom-well intrusion among all 150 four-strokes” and that its comparatively light weight will resonate with repower customers who own older boats that were not designed to accommodate the weight of conventional four-strokes.
The new engine uses standard mechanical cables and is compatible with dual cable or hydraulic steering, power steering on dual-engine setups, and can run on either standard analog or full SmartCraft instrumentation straight from the factory. It is also compatible with Mercury’s Big Tiller system.
The new 150 four-stroke will feature Mercury’s standard three-year limited, non-declining warranty and it will be eligible for any promotional warranties as well. Priced to offer dealers with a competitive advantage, the 150 four-stroke’s suggested retail ranges from $12,980 to $13,575 depending on configuration. Look for more details on the new 150 four-stroke in the November issue of Boating Business.