DesignworksUSA, the industrial design arm of the BMW Group, has designed Mercury Marine’s new 75, 90 and 115hp four-stroke outboards.
With the style lines following Mercury’s family look, the engines have been designed to work for bass, deep-vee, runabout and offshore boats as well as pontoons and saltwater skiffs.
“DesignworksUSA created a design language for the Mercury FourStroke engine that was modern and dynamic in line with the Mercury family aesthetic,” said Laurenz Schaffer, President, BMW Group DesignworksUSA.
The engineers say the new engine lineup was designed and manufactured to provide both a smoother and quieter ride. A tightly sealed top cowl and idle relief muffler system lessen high-frequency exhaust noise. A top-mounted throttle body fine-tunes intake noise, while the Mercury-exclusive Focused Mount System reduces vibration. Even the trim pump is designed to run quieter, and a new clutch system reduces shock while shifting into gear.
Despite their low profile and reduced weight – they’re 9 kg lighter than the closest four-stroke competition – the new engines feature a 2.1-litre, four-cylinder, eight-valve, single-overhead-cam design that is said to deliver more torque and horsepower than competing engines.
The new Mercury FourStroke engines are built with the same architecture as the Mercury 150hp FourStroke also designed by DesignworksUSA in collaboration with Mercury Marine.
Source: BMW DesignworksUSA