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Whether you’re buying a brand new boat or looking to repower, the 2023 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the place to scope out the best the world has to offer in marine power. So stop in and take a look at these seven must-see engines at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Courtesy Mercury Racing
Mercury Racing 500R
The latest and greatest offering from Mercury Racing is a supercharged behemoth. This 4.6-liter V-8 delivers serious torque, acceleration and speed for the large and sporty center consoles and outboard powered day and performance boats that need that extra oomph. Catch up on our review here.
Where: Bahia Mar Lavender Zone Slip 1012, Broward County Convention Center
Courtesy Mercury Marine
Mercury V10 Verados
The V10 Verados in 350 and 400 hp offer excellent power options combined with
Mercury’s DTS digital steering to provide a smooth and seamless experience with major horsepower in single or multiple engine applications. See our review here.
Where: Bahia Mar Lavender Zone Booth 1012, Broward County Convention Center
After a few years of maxing out with its 250 hp engine, the four-stroke pioneer has just come out with its largest engine to date, the all new BF350. Our full review is coming out in our January 2024 issue, but as one of the first to test it, we know the Honda 350 features a newly developed 5-liter-displacement block with a fully balanced, 60-degree offset crankshaft, built using the same alloy and strength specifications as the engine in the Acura NSX high-performance supercar, according to Honda. This eliminates the need for counter balancing the crankshaft and seamlessly integrates with the 60-degree V-8 powerhead design to minimize engine vibration and noise. Available in silver or white paint schemes, the Honda delivers its 350 prop-shaft horsepower using 86-octane gasoline (versus premium unleaded octane) at 5,500 rpm.
Where: Bahia Mar Engine Tent, Booth 1223
Courtesy Suzuki Marine
Suzuki will have its full array of outboards on display, up to its DF350, but take a look at the DF200. Also note Suzuki’s industry leading Clean Ocean Initiative to help keep our waters clean and safe for boating.
Where: Bahia Mar Engine Tent Booth 1220, Convention Center Booth 2054
Volvo Penta Diesel-Electric Hybrid System
Volvo Penta is leading the way with its sterndrive, forward drive and pod technologies, and has also proven to be at the cutting edge of converting to electric power, as noted in its diesel-hybrid collaboration with Beneteau.
Check out everything Volvo Penta has to offer at the show.
Where: Bahia Mar Engine Tent Booth 1203
COX continues to make diesel power a viable option in the outboard market, especially with its CXO300.
It’s definitely an option for outboard-powered yacht tenders where the owner wants to use the same fuel as the mothership.
Where: Bahia Mar Engine Tent, Booth 1211
Yamaha XTO 450
Yamaha boosted the power output of its V8 XTO 425 up to 450 hp, expanding its presence on ever-larger boats requiring multiple outboards as its power source. One of the benefits of the 450 is that the Yamaha XTO Offshore 450 boasts more charging power, featuring a three-phase, simultaneous charging system that produces up to 96 net amps per engine in neutral. This enables it to provide more power for high-demand devices, such as gyrostabilizers, air conditioning and sound systems. The charging system is so powerful that it can even eliminate the need for an onboard generator, according to Yamaha. See our full review here.
Where: Bahia Mar Engine Tent, booth 1207, Broward County Convention Center