This is a car website, but we can also cover other things. Like boats, which are basically cars of the water anyway. Whatever. I’m rambling, but it’s because I want to talk about an extremely interesting new engine that popped up from Mercury Marine. It’s a monster of an outboard and the packaging alone is fascinating. Say hello to the Verado V12.
Mercury Marine takes a 7.6-liter V12 engine, stands it on its head, and connects it to a two-speed gearbox. It makes 600 horsepower and propels a craft with its contra-rotating props. Mercury states its V12 gets better fuel economy and makes way more power than its competitor’s V8s. Each engine has a 150 amp alternator, electric starter, electro-hydraulic power steering, and a dry weight of 1,260 pounds (which is beefy, for sure).
Picture a nice 40-foot boat with a quartet of these amazing mills humming off the back. You are in control of 48 cylinders, a shit-ton of valves, and 2,400 horsepower.
The Verado V12 is already now one of my favorite new engines, and I don’t even own a boat. Dear Mercury Marine, let us test this thing out!