Commentary: Mercury Racing’s Real Miami Power Move

In the interest of preserving everyone’s sanity, can we please take a six-month break from yapping online about Mercury Racing’s “more-powerful outboard engine” and when it’s coming? Fueled by a wildly inaccurate report from a sketchy media outlet that a more-powerful outboard from the Fond du Lac, Wis., high-performance marine engine and accessories company was coming to the Miami International Boat Show three years ago, the speculation has become tedious.

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With demand for its 400-hp V-6 outboard engine still white-hot and a new 300-hp V-8 outboard coming on line, holding off on a more-powerful release in Miami this week made perfect sense for Mercury Racing. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Strike that. Speculation about Mercury Racing’s next outboard is a dead horse that’s been beaten so badly I’m afraid that it could—like something out of a Stephen King horror novel—come back to life.

Please let it die. Six months is all I’m asking. Let it die.

Surprising absolutely no one thanks to an epidemic of loose lips in the high-performance marine industry, Mercury Racing did not release a more-powerful outboard based on its relatively new 300R V-8 outboard platform when the 2019 Miami International Boat Show opened today.

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