WITH production to commence shortly, the new Mercury Diesel 6.7-litre mid-range engines will be available Down Under in early 2018.
Unveiled at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show, the exciting new electronic, common-rail engines come in three power levels: 480hp, 500hp and 550hp. For further flexibility, they can be used as inboards or packaged with the Mercury Zeus pod-drive technology. They are, of course, fully compatible with Mercury’s full suite of SmartCraft controls and electronics, including optional joystick piloting for inboards and joystick piloting for pods (Zeus).
Designed to deliver substantial improvements in acceleration and top speeds, the engines boast a matched turbocharger design coupled with electronic common-rail fuel injection technology and a state-of-the art Bosch EDC17 engine control system. Utilising design features and materials specific for marine applications, the new Mercury Diesel 6.7-litre engines are extremely durable with low fuel consumption and an extended travel range. Brunswick Corporation’s vice president and chief technology officer and Mercury Marine vice president – product development, engineering and racing David Foulkes said, “Mercury has established itself as providing the best integrated propulsion solutions to our customers.” “This is the first opportunity to provide our fully integrated ecosystem of technology and ease of boating features to our mid-range diesel customer.”
FPT Industrial vice president sales Massimo Rubatto said, “Our strategic partnership with Mercury Marine, initiated in 2015, emphasises the FPT Industrial technological leadership by providing our customers with best-in-class product and service, bolstering FPT Industrial’s competitiveness in the marine engine business.”
The new Mercury Diesel 6.7-litre engines are assembled at FPT Industrial’s dedicated marine engine plant that involves the latest in quality controls. Mercury Marine senior director of diesel and propulsion strategy Reinhard Burk said, “We want to be our customer’s first choice when it comes to selecting a power option.” “Expanding into the mid-range diesel market offers Mercury the opportunity to deliver on our brand promise to customers in this premium boat segment. With this new offering, the consumer isn’t just adopting Mercury’s diesel engine, but will have access to our entire range of SmartCraft features.”