The Ultimate Driving Experience

Whether your engine of choice is a Mercury Verado, OptiMax, or FourStroke, that outboard will deliver an unrivaled driving experience. One that goes well beyond how fast our engines are, or the fuel economy they deliver. When we talk about driving experience we're talking about how it feels to captain a boat powered by a Mercury outboard. Was it so quiet you can hear the water lapping against the hull? Was the steering and shifting so precise, it was truly automotive like?

There's a lot to be said for the innovations and technologies that push the boundaries of speed and fuel economy. And you'll find them built into our outboards as well. However the experience of driving a Mercury outboard is something we take a lot of pride in. Read below about a few of these innovations that make captaining our outboards so special.

Nothing's Quieter

The multichambered Intake Sound Attenuator used on the Mercury Verado not only reduces overall noise by up to 14 decibels, it also gives the engine a more pleasing tone. Additionally, acoustic foam lining along the upper cowling and lower cowl absorbs high frequency engine and driveshaft noise, resulting in Verado's best-in-class sound rating.

Smoothest Ride

The Mercury Verado and our midrange and portable FourStrokes inherently run smoother than conventional V-block outboard engines thanks to their Inline Design. Engines that use an in-line design are better balanced because the cylinders are aligned in one row, providing a smoother running, more compact design.

Precise Control

Verado's exclusive Mercury Power Steering system eliminates steering torque which helps reduce driver fatigue and improve confidence at the helm. The SmartCraft® Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS) System delivers precise, instantaneous throttle response, and smooth shifting by eliminating the hesitation of traditional mechanical cable systems. More than 50,000 hours of testing and nearly a decade of consumer use make DTS the most rigorously proven control system on the water

Engineered for Smooth Handling

The six-cylinder Verado features a unique Cradle-Mount Design with four oversized, calibrated elastomer mounts surrounding the powerhead to isolate and eliminate vibration. The result is an incredibly smooth ride. In addition, the advanced midsection design incorporates a new steering-to-engine-axis geometry, which contributes to the system's solid, precise steering and improves handling at higher speeds.

Smart Features for Easy Boating

Many of our outboards utilize the innovative Propulsion Control Module (PCM) and are loaded with "smart" features that make boating more enjoyable, such as SmartCraft and Engine Guardian.

Clean Power

All Mercury outboards are designed to run clean, helping to protect the environment for generations to come. From Verado, to FourStroke, to OptiMax, we offer more CARB Three-star Ultra-low Emissions outboards than any other manufacturer. So not only can you pass your Mercury outboards to the next generation, you'll also be able to show them your favorite fishing spots.