2001 Engine Preview Page 18
Engines — By
the PMY staff
Diesels — Mercury
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Through its MerCruiser division, Mercury has been offering a line of diesel inboards and stern drives ranging from a 160-hp four-cylinder to an electronically controlled 300-hp version of the 7.3-liter Navistar automotive engine used in Ford's light trucks. But many people feel that the company's heart has never been in the diesel market. According to MerCruiser, that's about to change. It is investing heavily in service and parts and setting up a series of regional service centers that will focus on diesels. The first will be in the Tampa area, with others soon to follow. The goal is to offer its customers the same level of service MerCruiser gasoline engine customers have been getting for years.
There are also new engines in the pipeline, the first being a 1.7-liter four. At 120 hp at 4400 rpm (very high for a diesel), this engine won't be finding its way into your mid-30-foot cruiser, but it is a sign of Mercury's commitment to the diesel market. Its up-to-the minute design includes dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, an aluminum cylinder head, turbocharging and aftercooling, and a svelte weight of just 653 pounds with an Alpha One stern drive.
Mercury (405) 743-7588. Fax: (405) 743-6560. www.mercurymarine.com.
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This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.