Mercury Marine was awarded the Most Innovative Product for its new V-8 FourStroke outboards at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show.
The show marked the first time the new engines, launched last Friday, have been shown to the public.
Mercury displayed the full range of V-8 4.6L outboards, including the 250- and 300-hp FourStroke models, as well as the new Pro XS lineup.
“We are honored to win the Innovative Product award for our all-new V-8 4.6L outboard platform,” said Randy Caruana, Mercury Marine vice president of sales for the Americas and Asia Pacific, in a statement. “These engines were a huge hit in New Zealand, and this was a great market to showcase them for the first time. Since we launched these engines last week, the response has been incredible from our customers around the world.”
Along with the 3.4-liter V-6 family released in February, the new V-8 engines fill out Mercury’s portfolio in the 175- to 300-hp range.
“The consumer is going to love Mercury’s new V-8 platform,” Caruana said. “Our customers who have been on the product said they couldn’t believe how lightweight and powerful these engines are. When the new V-8s make their way into the marketplace, this will fundamentally set a new bar for the 175- to 300-hp range.”