Mercury Racing: What’s Moving
Mercury Racing does not divulge per-unit sales figures. That means, for example, if you ask Fred Kiekhaefer, the president of the Fond Du Lac, Wis., company how many 1350 engines the company has sold since the model was introduced two years ago, he’ll simply look at you, smile and say, “We don’t discuss those things. Next question, please.”
However, it is safe to say—very safe—that the team at Mercury Racing has been delighted with the reception of the 1350, as well as that of the 1100, and is still expecting to be delighted with the reception of the 565. Introduced just seven months ago at the Miami International Boat Show, the 565, which has 40 more horsepower than the 525EFI and digital throttle and shift, hasn’t taken off right out-of-the-gate in the same way as the quad-overhead-cam, turbocharged 1350.