It’s the most powerful engine from the American manufacturer: Mercury Verado 400 has just been launched in Miami and is based on the Racing ROS 400 which debuted four year ago in XCAT Offshore Championship.
We could expect that: after four years since the debut of the Mercury Racing ROS 400 engine, the official release of the leisure version had to come. The stage has been the 2019 Miami International Boat Show, and the commercial name is exactly the one we could imagine (not that you need to be genius…): it’s called Mercury Verado 400, and is the company’s most powerful Verado-branded outboard engine.
Raising the bar
With competitors like Yamaha pushing the boundaries up to 425 hp, and Seven Marine‘s (now owned by Volvo Penta) supercharged units north of 600 hp, Mercury needed to get back some ground. And they do that with a solid basis, as the motor is an evolution of the world bestseller Verado 350.
The 4Mercury Verado 400 is suitable for a wide range of applications, including center consoles, pontoons, bay boats, and larger sport boats. Consumers will appreciate the added power over and above the 350hp Verado, while maintaining the standard for smooth and quiet operation for which Verado outboards are generally known.
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Weighing 668 pounds (303 Kilos), same as the 350hp version, the 400hp Verado is also the lightest outboard in the 400+ HP category by nearly 300 pounds (translated: the Yamaha XTO V8 weighs 432 Kg).
It will exclusively use the 5.44” 1.75 Heavy Duty gearcase and will be available in Phantom Black and all three shades of white: Warm Fusion, Cold Fusion, and Pearl Fusion. It is also compatible with Mercury Joystick Piloting for Outboards (JPO).
Beside the leisure version Mercury Verado 400, Mercury Racing will continue to offer the 400R in two different gearcase configurations: the 5.44” 1.75 HD, which is appropriate for lighter, faster (<70 knots) hulls that would benefit from a 7000 RPM red line; and the SportMaster 1.75, which is intended for high-speed (>70 knots) applications.
The same Miami Show has been also the occasion for Mercury to introduce a control software for five or six outboard powertrains, called Replicator, and for a new inboard engine from Mercury Racing delivering 1100 hp.
We went for a little test: four Verados, 71 mph